Lake Wendouree
Lake Wendouree
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Lake Wendouree, part of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, is an artifically created and maintained shallow urban lake.
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  • Debra M
    Westport, Canada145 contributions
    Peaceful Easy Walk
    What a great gem of a walk in Ballarat. The trail along the shoreline of this lake is a beautifully maintained easy flat walk for just about anyone. Do a section or the entire 6km loop depending on your fitness level. Take your dog, or a friend or go alone - it only matters that you go! Every town should have a walk like this.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 7 January 2023
  • lachkeira
    Sunbury, Australia508 contributions
    Such a beautiful 6km walk
    A beautiful 6km walk around the lake, nice and flat mainly crushed rock style. There's lots of wildlife to see, dragonflies were everywhere and so many great opportunities for photos. A stunning place. there are a couple of toilets and water stations, but not too many so make use of them when you come across them. On a sunny day there is only occasional shade, so would recommend hats and sunscreen. It would have taken about 60-75 mins but we stopped at the Lake view hotel for a refreshing drink.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 8 January 2023
  • JackieWaWa
    Adelaide, Australia66 contributions
    Windy Day
    It was easy walking distance from the main town but it was oooh sooo cold & windy in July. Lake Wendouree is open and vast with no shelter from wind or rain. All that aside the lake is picturesque and a good walk around. Worth seeing whilst in Ballarat.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 24 January 2023
  • catkid3
    Victoria, Australia148 contributions
    Makes for a nice walk
    An easy walking track around the lake; you could easily spend an hour or two making your way around. Lots of bird life hanging around as well. Plenty of parking is available, and there's good amounts of green spaces to have a picnic. You also pass by the Olympic memorial and a children's playground as you make your way around the lake. Visiting in the warmer weather meant we observed lots of families and pets taking a dip in the water, fishing, paddle boarding and boating.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 7 February 2023
  • Traveller
    Melbourne, Australia15,743 contributions
    A Popular Tourist Destination in Ballarat
    My wife and I visited this place during our recent holiday in Ballarat. Lake Wendouree and the adjoining Ballarat Botanical Gardens are the jewel in Ballarat's crown. The Olympic Games took place in the southern hemisphere for the first time in 1956 (Games of the XVI Olympiad). They were hosted in Melbourne from 22 Nov to 8 Dec 1956. The rowing and canoeing events took place at Ballarat’s Lake Wendouree. The Olympic Precinct commemorates Ballarat’s involvement in the Olympics and to honour the achievements of Ballarat Olympians.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 March 2023
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia49,651 contributions
    Recreational lake
    Lake Wendouree is located in central Ballarat next to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. It offers recreational activities including on and off the water. Several years ago when I visited the lake was completely empty so great to see it full of water. It has a six-kilometre Steve Moneghetti running and walking track, cycling trails, playgrounds and excellent picnic and BBQ facilities. It also offers fishing, sailing and rowing. Its claim to fame is that it hosted rowing events at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. There are several eateries and bars with great views of the lake. We had a beer and the nearby Yacht Club which backed right onto the lake.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 September 2023
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Mark J
Sydney, Australia43 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
My wife and I spent two hours walking around this lake. This is truly pleasant place to spend time. The views are changing with bend you come to.
Written 7 November 2023
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Perry B
Sydney, Australia2,649 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
I really liked the Lake Wendouree vistas in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. There were vivid views and a lot of fun to be had perambulating around the lakeshore. It's an ideal place for an extended walk.
Written 1 October 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia49,651 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Lake Wendouree is located in central Ballarat next to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. It offers recreational activities including on and off the water.

Several years ago when I visited the lake was completely empty so great to see it full of water.

It has a six-kilometre Steve Moneghetti running and walking track, cycling trails, playgrounds and excellent picnic and BBQ facilities.

It also offers fishing, sailing and rowing.

Its claim to fame is that it hosted rowing events at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

There are several eateries and bars with great views of the lake. We had a beer and the nearby Yacht Club which backed right onto the lake.
Written 16 September 2023
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Judy B
Adelaide, Australia21 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
The walk around the lake was approx 6km , a very easy walk with good paths. The gardens were well maintained , lovely cafes on the shore or nearby
Written 29 August 2023
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Simon255093
Verdun, Australia85 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
A lovely walk around the lake took us 1.5 hours. Pleasant rather than spectacular scenery. Lots of moorhens and swans ....although not a lot of other bird species. You could take extra time for the botanical gardens and tram museum, although we chose to do that the next day.

The walk is very flat and easy.
Written 17 June 2023
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Jewels
Canberra, Australia20 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
Loved riding around this Lake. It has beautiful scenery, plenty of playgrounds and picnic areas. Lots of swans and bird life and lots of nooks to explore and discover.
Written 16 April 2023
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angelC3476SL
Auckland, New Zealand181 contributions
Mar 2023
Beautiful lake, an easy walk great scenery and lots of birds. There is plenty of street parking around to get there to do the 6km walk and get back home again.
Written 29 March 2023
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia15,743 contributions
Mar 2023
My wife and I visited this place during our recent holiday in Ballarat.

Lake Wendouree and the adjoining Ballarat Botanical Gardens are the jewel in Ballarat's crown.

The Olympic Games took place in the southern hemisphere for the first time in 1956 (Games of the XVI Olympiad). They were hosted in Melbourne from 22 Nov to 8 Dec 1956.

The rowing and canoeing events took place at Ballarat’s Lake Wendouree. The Olympic Precinct commemorates Ballarat’s involvement in the Olympics and to honour the achievements of Ballarat Olympians.
Written 23 March 2023
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catkid3
Victoria, Australia148 contributions
Jan 2023
An easy walking track around the lake; you could easily spend an hour or two making your way around. Lots of bird life hanging around as well. Plenty of parking is available, and there's good amounts of green spaces to have a picnic. You also pass by the Olympic memorial and a children's playground as you make your way around the lake. Visiting in the warmer weather meant we observed lots of families and pets taking a dip in the water, fishing, paddle boarding and boating.
Written 8 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JackieWaWa
Adelaide, Australia66 contributions
Jul 2022
It was easy walking distance from the main town but it was oooh sooo cold & windy in July. Lake Wendouree is open and vast with no shelter from wind or rain. All that aside the lake is picturesque and a good walk around. Worth seeing whilst in Ballarat.
Written 24 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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