In 1893 the site was part of a larger area divided into settlement blocks, and was known as either the Kialla Village Settlement or Honeysuckle Park. In 1972 the Shepparton Council purchased four of the settlement blocks to be used as landfill. The landfill operated until 1987. In 1994, the site was identified for rehabilitation, and then in 2011 it was redeveloped as a Botanic Gardens.
There are several picnic tables and many options for seating throughout the gardens. The gardens will eventually have permanent toilet facilities, but in the meantime a portable toilet is located behind the shed close to the entrance. Riverside Plaza, the local shopping centre, is only 1 km away and has excellent toilet and café facilities.
People in wheelchairs can access some parts of the gardens. There is disabled parking close to the entrance of the gardens, however many of the paths are gravel surfaces. There is a granitic path that follows the lower rock wall and links the asphalt zig-zig path to give access to the lookout on Honeysuckle Rise.
The main road to the rise is prioritised for improved access, and will be sealed during late 2017.
If you have a formal booking such as an event and you require a designated area, please contact the Greater Shepparton City Council’s bookings officer on 03 5832 9390.
Booked group tours are available at limited times, according to the availability of our volunteers, through the Friends of the Botanic Gardens Shepparton.
Self-organised group visits are at your own liability, but since there are occasionally construction vehicles on site, contacting the bookings officer or emailing the ABGS committee is advised.
Please see our Get Involved page. The dedicated crew of the Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton always welcome new members.
For event bookings contact GSCC bookings officer on 03 5832 9390.
To contact the Committee for the ABGS, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For group tours and information about becoming a Friend, email email@example.com