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New upgrades to bloom at Wombat Hill


Daylesford locals and visitors will soon have even more to see at the iconic Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, with the central area’s upgrade well underway thanks to an investment from the Victorian Government.

The project is supported by a $500,000 grant through the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round in partnership with Hepburn Shire Council and Friends of Wombat Botanic Gardens.

The project is on track for completion at the end of this year and is a key part of the Hepburn Shire Council’s Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens Landscape Master Plan, which aims to maintain the gardens’ 19th century heritage while ensuring it is equipped with modern facilities to meet the needs of locals and visitors.

The heritage-listed gardens have been a staple in Daylesford’s attractions for more than 150 years and were developed during Victoria’s Gold Rush. They now attract thousands of visitors to Daylesford each year.

The gardens’ day basin, which historically served as Daylesford’s town reservoir, will be transformed into an eye-catching water feature as part of the project.

The works will also deliver more access to the gardens through improved pathways, with recently installed stone steps inviting exploration through all areas of the gardens including a fernery space.

To compliment the project, glass refurbishments to the Alf Headland Conservatory located at the west end of the gardens will allow year-round seasonal displays of plants, in addition to the stunning begonia flowers that are a key tourist attraction at the gardens.

Blooming from January to March, begonias are both challenging to grow and rare to find, making the displays at Wombat Hill an exciting attraction to regional Victoria.

The heritage 1930s art deco toilets will also receive a makeover to modernize their amenities and provide all abilities access.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, designed to help businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, support community projects and support councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need.

The Fund is key to the Government’s almost $30 billion record investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015. For further information and guidelines, visit Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.

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