Welcome to Colac Botanic Gardens - a 16 hectare retreat consisting of a variety of flora and fauna, a playground, a gorgeous cafe, a fountain and the scenic Lake Colac.
Colac Botanic Gardens was established in 1865 and is located along the southern side of Lake Colac and provides a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere which is ideal for people of all ages, including runners, bikers and dog walkers.
Enjoy walking around the many intertwined pathways the showcase all the gardens have to offer and provide a scenic view of the still, calm waters of Lake Colac where you are welcome to take out your boat.
Colac Botanic Gardens offers a substantial playground, including a sensory garden and accessible play equipment where the kids can spend some time playing around whilst you sit nearby on a bench or start up lunch on the close-by BBQ area.
The beautiful rose garden Arbour is best seen in the summer months when the roses are in full bloom, however it is beautiful any time. Ensure you take time to sit down and enjoy the fountain and pond where you could easily fall asleep to the calming sound of water flowing.
Stop by the cannon and learn about it’s interesting history as part of the armament of HMVS Nelson, one of the Navy’s training ships in 1867.
If you are a real garden buff then you will love the time and effort placed into signs naming each and every flower and tree this garden encompasses, as well as the rainforest walk which replicates the flora seen in the Otway Ranges Forest.
Lastly, don’t forget to stop by the popular Botanic Café on the Lake for a bite to eat accompanied by beautiful views of Lake Colac.
- Gates allowing access to the gardens are open from 10am-4pm daily.
- Dogs on leads are welcome into the garden grounds as well as the café. A bonus are the doggy disposal bags which are provided at the gates.
- Ensure you stay well clear of the Grey Headed Flying Foxes who are known to call this garden their home. Do not touch them and you will be perfectly fine!
- There are many walks that start from the Botanic Gardens and are clearly signposted – such as a creek walk and a walk into the city centre which is only approximately a 1km walk from the park entrance.
The Colac Botanic Gardens offers an array of gorgeous vegetation - this is just a glimpse of the beauty that awaits you on this walk.
This cannon came from the Navy ship HMVS Nelson and acquired by the Colac Council in 1904.
Established in 2004, this Rainforest Walk replicates the plants seen in the Otway Ranges Forest.
This beautiful (and even more impressive during summer!) arbour allows you to walk through a rose covered walkway. Make sure to stop and smell the roses (sorry for the pun!)
Sit down and allow the soothing sounds of the falling water to put you at peace.
A spacious playground area offering an array of equipment, including an accessible playground area.
An interpretive piece, this beauty takes you on a journey with a beautiful view to boot!
Enjoy the calming, still views of Lake Colac as you stroll along this lakeside pathway.
This walk impresses with both colours and vegetation.
Welcome to the Botanic Cafe on the Lake - a beautiful place to sit down, have a feed and enjoy the beautiful views.