Botanic Gardens Heritage

Established over a century and a half ago the Geelong Botanic Gardens has a fascinating history and recognised heritage value.

In 1851 the Government had the foresight to set land aside at the edge of the Geelong settlement for the development of a Botanic Garden.

An exposed site of 200 acres with bay frontage and little vegetation has been transformed during the past 150 years to become Eastern Park and the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

The Geelong Botanic Gardens and Eastern Park have recognised heritage value.  They are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Trees in the Botanic Gardens and Eastern Park are some of the finest examples in Victoria.  36 trees are listed on the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Register of Significant Trees.

The gardens are home to some of the city's heritage buildings:

  • The statue of Queen Victoria and the Ladies Kiosk in Eastern Park were relocated from the city to the park are great historic features.  
  • The fountains which used to be in Market Square and the Cabman's Shelter were also moved to the garden.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 3 January 2018