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Lake Wendouree

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Lake Wendouree is a man-made lake formed from natural wetlands following the Gold Rush in 1851 and has been a popular recreational lake for Ballarat citizens ever since. The name Wendouree comes from the local aboriginal word wendaaree which means ‘go away’. The story goes that settler William Cross Yuille asked a local indigenous woman what the name of the swamp was and wendaaree was her reply.

In 1956, Lake Wendouree played host to the rowing and canoeing for the Summer Olympics and a monument now marks the end of the course. For further information Click Here

Today, there is a 6km walking / cycling path around Lake Wendouree which is suitable for bikes, prams or casual strolling. The path is named after Steve Moneghetti, a famous Australian long distance runner born in Ballarat. Steve won Gold in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Silver in Auckland in 1990 and Bronze in 1986 in Edinburgh and 1998 in Kuala Lumpur. He also set the record for running the 6km loop of Lake Wendouree in 1992 at 16 minutes and 10 seconds.

The Steve Moneghetti trail is just a few minutes walk from Lake Wendouree Luxury Apartments. The 6km loop will take you past the following landmarks:

  1. Ex-Prisoner of War Memorial, Wendouree Parade, Ballarat
    Local sculpture Peter Blizzard has created a monument to the memory of more than 35,000 Australians held prisoner during the Boer War, First and Second World War and the Korean War.

  2. Tramway Museum, located within the Ballarat Botanical Gardens
    Open every Saturday and Sunday, Public Holiday and Victorian School holiday from 12.30pm-5pm. Adult fairs are $4, children $2 or an all-day ticket is $8 and a ride is approximately 20 minutes or 1.3km through the Botanical Gardens. A lovely addition to any walk through the gardens and around the lake. Click Here for more information

  3. Botanical Gardens, Wendouree Parade, Ballarat
    In 1858 a decision was made to convert the Ballarat Police Horse Paddock into a Botanical Garden and now today, over 150 years later we have what is considered one of Australia’s most significant cool climate gardens. The Botanical Gardens encompass 40 hectares of gardens, avenues and art. Free tours take place in Autumn and Spring at 11am on Sundays and free walking guides can be downloaded by Clicking Here

  4. Adam Lindsay Gordon Craft Cottage, located in the Botanical Gardens
    The Cottage features local craft work such as jewellery, painting, photography, woodwork, cards and textiles created by members of the Craft Council of Ballarat. The cottage was originally located in Lydiard St but was relocated in the 1930s to its present location. Adam Lindsay Gordon is a famous Australian poet, his most well-known work, Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes is now widely regarded as one of the most important pieces of Australian literature. Click Here for more information 

  5. Ballarat Old Cemetery, Macarthur St, Ballarat
    A monument to the diggers who lost their lives in the Eureka uprising was erected here in 1856 and in 1879 the Victorian government erected a second monument to the memory of the officers and soldiers who died as a result of the uprising. The 1920 gatehouse was