A visit to Bendigo, Victoria

Long-billed Corella, Bendigo Botanic Gardens Zoo

Long-billed Corella, Bendigo Botanic Gardens Zoo

While staying with our friends in Gisborne north of Melbourne last January we went for a drive to Castlemaine and then on to Bendigo. The main purpose of the trip was not to do any birding but rather as a social outing. The ladies in our group wanted to see an exhibition in the gallery so my friend and I spent the time shopping. We didn’t buy anything, which can be the best kind of shopping.

Before leaving I asked my friend to drive to the Bendigo Botanic Gardens. I wanted to check out the small zoo there and to get a few photos. I’m sorry I did. This very small zoo can hardly be called a zoo. Two rather disgusting aviaries with only a handful of birds and a small enclosure with three wallabies does not exactly inspire one to visit. The gardens are also in a very poor state. I guess the local authorities have the excuse of the continuing drought and severe water restrictions.  I didn’t even bother making a list of birds living in the natural environment there as I was so upset. Visits here in the past have been so enjoyable in this beautiful city, but this time I felt very let down.


3 Responses to “A visit to Bendigo, Victoria”

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  2. Sandra Fraser says:

    The gardens are now beautifully tended and a wonderful place to relax and picnic. Great for young children. Not sure about the birds. No kangaroos now.

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