Frequently asked questions

The Ballarat Begonia Festival is an innovative garden-based horticultural festival that show cases our cities natural assets including our unique and rare collection of Begonias.

Traditionally the festival has been held in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, for 3-days over the March long weekend attracting 60,000+ patrons. Due to the impact of COVID-19, our festival has changed in format, duration and location in 2021. The festival will be celebrated for an extended period over 3 weeks, including 4 weekends from Saturday 6 March to Sunday 28 March. The Festival will occur throughout the CBD, in support of local business, and our premium parks and gardens precincts.

No. Tickets are not required for the Ballarat Begonia Festival. Partner offerings such as special hospitality events may however require you to book. Please check independently with the venue.

Yes. Begonias can be purchased from the Gardener’s Market on Saturday 6 March, directly from the grower. Also, Formosa Gardens will have Begonias for sale at their Nursery at 104 Leith Street, Redan.

This year’s extended festival has so much on offer. Why not plan a mid-week or weekend getaway and explore Ballarat’s beautiful parks and gardens and experience our vibrant cafes, restaurants and bars. Visit the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, the Ballarat Wildlife Park, Kryal Castle or Sovereign Hill. There is so much to see and do.

Book into the Buninyong Progressive Dinner ‘Botanicals’ brought to you by Saltbush Kitchen, The Shared Table and Red Door Pizzeria. Order a Bushfood Box filled with delicious house-made bushfoods and have your own Australian Picnic in one of our parks and gardens. Purchase your own Bushfoods and learn how to grow them thanks to Buninyong Bushfoods. Refuel with the Begonia Toastie and Begonia Smoothie at the Orchard Café Lucas. Support our vibrant hospitality scene citywide.

No! Take a FREE walk through the Robert Clark Conservatory to view the brilliance of the Begonia Display.

The Begonias will be on display from the first day of the Ballarat Begonia Festival, Saturday 6 March 2021. The Begonia Display will continue after the festival for as long as the begonias look their best, usually until mid-to-late April, weather dependant.  

Shop our local boutique businesses, dine at our specialty restaurants and cafes or relax in one of our trendy bars and pubs. To discover Ballarat’s award-winning attractions and unique visitor experiences check out https://www.visitballarat.com.au/ for your getaway ideas! We look forward to welcoming you.

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