Lake Weeroona is a green space in the north of Bendigo that is a popular location for picnics, a walk, bike ride or row, and for its children’s playground. View the Lake Weeroona Master Plan.
The children’s adventure playground is one of Bendigo’s favourite child friendly places. It is a shady site with seating for parents, and many fun and safe things to do for kids of all ages. Go to Lake Weeroona adventure playground
A range of plants and animals share this urban sanctuary. Over 20 species of waterbirds have been spotted at this site as well as turtles, frogs and lizards. The lake is kept topped up by storm water and recycled water. The Coliban Water treatment plant ensures this water is safe for recreational use as well as improving the ecology for wildlife that inhabit the lake surrounds.
The lake and reserve were constructed to rehabilitate the site after mining left it barren and dusty. In 1873 Mayor Duggall McDougall had the vision to turn it into an ornamental lake and reserve.
In 1878 William Guilfoyle, director of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, was commissioned to design what was first referred to as the Nolan street Reserve. He produced two plans, which included 1600 trees to be planted on the site. Much of Guilfoyle’s landscape style remains at Lake Weeroona, including signature trees such as (Bunya Pine, Fig and Pine), picturesque islands and serpentine perimeter path.