Pick My Project

The Friends of the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens Inc has submitted an application for their project idea, Nature based play space at Warrnambool Botanic Gardens, for Pick My Project - a $30 million Victorian Government community grants initiative that gives Victorians the chance to apply for between $20,000 and $200,000 in funding for a project idea that will make their community a better place to live. Please find a copy of the submission below.

The project idea will now be reviewed by our team to ensure it meets the eligibility criteria for the program. During the assessment period, you'll have the opportunity to review the project in detail and provide your response.

Details for the project submitted for assessment

A unique and creative play space will be established for all ages using natural and recycled materials which sit comfortably in the heritage listed gardens. A large cypress stump and the remains of a historic tree will be incorporated into the design, becoming play pieces. Elements which encourage climbing, jumping, balancing and squeezing will be included, such as logs, rocks, ropes and old bridge timbers. These elements will encourage both active and creative play, providing spaces for adventure, escape and connection to nature. Careful selection of appropriate plantings will further connect children to nature. 

The project benefits

The WBGs are valued by children and families, with high visitation throughout the year for a range of unique play opportunities including the iconic Moreton Bay Fig tree roots (pictured), feeding the ducks and climbing on the cannon. Community members have expressed interest in more opportunities for creative and active play in the WBG with a recommendation to 'design and develop sensory and nature play areas' listed in the WBG Master Plan (2017). The heritage listed WBG is situated in a residential area adjacent to two large primary and a secondary school, which will have opportunities to contribute to design.

Listening Post

The steering committee, WCC and garden architects Laidlaw & Laidlaw will be a the Gardens from 11am to 12.30pm Saturday 2nd February WUNTA and Jazz in the Gardens. Come along and give us your thoughts and ideas

For further details about the day the Warrnambool Standard have very kindly allowed us to link here their in depth article published today



We have two fantastic speakers in Jessica Wood - Community Advocate Environmental Heritage at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and our very own Curator and Team Leader John Sheely - not to be missed

Pleas note that our usual meeting tim has moved to 5pm at the Hammond Centre Christ Church Henn Street

To view the invitation please click HERE thank you. We will be serving light refreshments, please come along and enjoy the evening, bring family and friends



First Wednesday of the Month 11AM - Morning Tea (Scoborio's Shed is in the depot yard behind the Cottage)
Guest speaker or a chat with tea, coffee and scones




Friends of Warrnambool Botanic Gardens conduct guided walks of the gardens on request.

Please click here for details




13th November 11am to 3pm

The year-long 150th celebrations culminated with a Family Fun Day in November.  It was a day for the whole community to come and enjoy the gardens.  There was lots to do including games for all ages, musical performances, art activities, a scavenger hunt and family portraits.  There were stalls featuring local gourmet food and wine producers and also stalls where you could meet and learn more about local community groups.  Picnic boxes were available from our stalls and something from the sausage sizzle.  Coffees, ice creams and other treats were also be available.



Art installation in the gardens

Creating Truffula Trees - commonly know in the gardens as yarn bombing.

Visit the gardens and have a look


Raffle - Dinner in the Botanic Gardens

As part of our 150th recognition we had a raffle. A dinner for eight people at the Rotunda, catered for by Wyton Event Catering.This raffle was drawn on the Family Family Fun day, the recipient was very excited

Australian Plants Society/Friends of Warrnambool Botanic Gardens

Lynsey Poore, the guest speaker at our joint Australian Plants Society/Friends of Warrnambool Botanic Gardens meeting at Mozart Hall, 8pm Friday 26 August. Lynsey Poore, a voluntary guide with the Royal Botanic Garden Melbourne, explored the landscape created by Guilfoyle during his 36 years as Director of the Garden (1873-1909).

Read more about Lynsey down load here.


Photo Competition

This proved to be a VERY popular event. We received 160 entries from enthusiastic photographers, categories cover under 12, 12-18 and open. The 150th Anniversary of the Botanic Gardens Committee greatly appreciates the response to this competition.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sinclair Wilson and the Warrnambool Camera Club for their support

To see results and comments  for the competition please click here