“With many people feeling anxious about the pandemic, the Gardens are a sanctuary for engaging with nature to reduce stress and experience calm.”  Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria
 
It is still encouraged to get out and do some exercise while remembering social distancing measures. Walking and bike riding around our parks offers some much needed respite, especially for those with kids. Please avoid using public toilets, playgrounds and water taps. 

If you feel well DO NOT go outside. Maintain 1.5m distance. Don’t use toilets or taps. Don’t use playgrounds.

Bendigo has the following great open spaces. A map of these can be found at: http://www.bendigonature.org/map
 
  • Rosalind Park: a stroll around the park takes around 10 minutes
  • Lake Weeroona: a 20 min leisurely walk. All children should avoid the playground, they are closed.
  • Kennington Reservoir: a 20 min lap.
  • White Hills Botanic Gardens: suitable for short or long strolls. Again, children should avoid the playgrounds. 
  • Canterbury Gardens: suitable for short strolls
  • Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb: a 15 min stroll around each lake
  • Mulga Bill walking and bike trail: 6km trail that connects Eaglehawk with Lightening Hill lookout. 
  • Crook Street Park: perfect for a run around or to kick the footy. Avoid the playground.
  • Crusoe Reservoir: is a larger walk taking around 45 mins. Read more here.
  • No 7 Reservoir: a shorter walk trail around the reservoir, although there are many interconnecting trails to make it a longer walk
More adventurous: 
See Council’s website which includes O’Keefe Rail Trail, Goldfields Track and the Bendigo bushland trail.
Big thanks to Meg Caffin for her contribution.