Camperdown Botanical Gardens

Camperdown Botanical Gardens

These magnificent  gardens are perched above the two volcanic crater lakes of Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Gnotuk and are a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic or BBQ (free electric BBQ) with your friends and family.

The Camperdown Gardens land was put aside in 1869 with work being carried out by Daniel Bunce from 1870, in 1888 improvements were made under the guidance of William Guilfoyle. The Gardens feature three species of trees on the Significant tree registry  The African Holly, an avenue of nine Linden trees and two Himalayan Oaks. The impressive canopy also includes  Elms, Cedars and Pines.

Dogs on leashes are permitted on the network of trails at Mount Leura and Sugarloaf, at South Beach at Lake Bullen Merri and in Camperdown Botanic Gardens which overlook Lakes Gnotuk and Bullen Merri. To comply with local by-laws and ensure safety for visitors and residents, dogs must be on leads at all times and owners need to be carrying bags to clean up after them.

Accommodation Nearby

Things To Do Nearby

Places To Eat & Drink

Quick Stop Cafe


DJ’s Cafe


Steakroad Bar and Grill


Red Robin Cafe


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