We were amazed at the diversity of these beautiful botanic gardens. We expected just an average sort of collection of trees but it is designed with colonial charm from the mid 1800s, It has also had a number of the areas recreated into gardens for todays conditions with an interesting cactus and succulent area.
The collection of large, mature trees has 28 of them on the Victorian register of “significant trees”. I was astounded at the size the Ginkgo tree had grown to and the knobbly truck. I planted one 20 years ago in NZ. Wonder what it is like now???
We spent 3 hours wandering around.The artistic sculptures that greet you at the entrance are likenesses of the first curator and his lady. They are created from the old timber bollards of the pier pylons.
We also spent time at the waterfront exploring the bollard art trail.
Geelong was an interesting town with the river Barwon flowing through the centre of it. We only stayed one day as we had an invite to stay with another Couch surfer couple at Inverleigh, 30km west of Geelong. More on that visit later….