Once a quarry the Wilson Botanic Park is built on 39 hectares and dates back to 1859. Who’d have thought a former quarry could be turned into something so beautiful. The park consisting of over 1,000 plant species and more than 80 different birds is a great place for nature lovers to visit. Frogs, turtle, lizards and snakes calling this home. Ensure as you stroll along that you keep a lazy eye open for the snakes, there are plenty of signs to warn you.
We had a lovely time walking up the hilly formed tracks that lead you pass lakes, through a pine forest, across bridges, to lookout points and a bird watching hut. From the lookout points you look down on the surrounding homes into the distance.
There are so many gorgeous places to relax and lookout at the scenic surroundings…whilst we didn’t have a picnic we saw a number of people enjoying a meal or snack with family/friends on the massive manicured lawns.
On our visit the BBQ facility’s were closed due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Recently the Wilson Botanic Park had re-opened to the public and social distancing a must.
Regardless of Covid-19 there were a number of people exploring the scenic grounds, having picnics and just enjoying being out in the great outdoors. It is definitely a place where we could easily abide by the Covid-19 restrictions. Signs present reminding people of the requirements to keep the community safe during the Covid-19 period.
Being the start of winter many of the trees had lost their Autumn leaves making for a gorgeous setting, a photographers dream. We spent just over an hour exploring most of the tracks, taking loads of photos.
The minute you drive up to the entrance gates you get the feeling you are not going to be disappointed. Brightly coloured flowers greeted us, followed by the Autumn trees that line the road that leads to the car park.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, a place we discovered when looking for new territory to explore. Being nature lovers we were really impressed with what the park had to offer. The grounds were large and offered so much diversity.
The car park was full, we expected to see people everywhere. What a pleasant surprise that due to the design of the 39 hectares we were easily able to keep our distance from others whilst exploring.
We loved the bird watching hut which had two benches inside to enable you to sit patiently and quietly and watch for birds. With information charts on birds, it’s such an awesome spot for bird enthusiasts.
Wilson Botanical Park is well worth the visit if you love nature, walking, bird watching or looking for a place for the kids to exert their excess energy.
Reasons to visit Wilson Botanic Park Berwick
- Bird watching
- Place to meet family/friends for BBQ’s/picnics
- Photographers haven
- Dogs allowed on leash
There are so many different areas to explore. The signage is very clear so you don’t get lost.
- Picnic/BBQ Areas
- Ball Game Area
- Visitor Centre
- Formed tracks
- A place for weddings
- Lookout points
Other places to explore in Victoria
If you love nature walks then you may also like to check out some of the places below that we have explored within Victoria. There are lots of places to explore in and around Noojee. Click on the links to read more:
- Stevensons Falls Barramunga, Otway, Victoria
- Mt.Franklin, Hepburn Regional Park, Victoria
- Ada Tree Rain Forest Walk, Ada, Victoria
- Noojee Trestle Bridge, Noojee, Victoria
- Ralph Cornwall Loch Valley Tramway Walk, Noojee, Victoria
- Toorongo Falls, Noojee, Victoria
- Amphitheatre Falls, Noojee, Victoria
- Bourne Creek Trestle Bridge, Kilcunda, Victoria
- Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve, Frankston, Victoria
- Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve, Frankston, Victoria
Wilson Botanic Park Berwick, Victoria Location
- 668 Princes Hwy, Berwick, Victoria 3806
- Approximately 45 km, 38 mins from Melbourne CBD
- Approximately 2 km, 27 min from Berwick Train Station
Have you explored these gorgeous 39 hectares or visited other Botanical Gardens you’d like to share your experience with? We’d love to hear about them.