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Lake Gardens

Lake Gardens is a relatively new suburb on the western rural-urban fringe of Ballarat, Victoria Australia located near Lake Wendouree and directly behind the Ballarat Botanical Gardens from which the suburb draws its name.

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  • Area:1.197 km2
  • Elevation:458 m
  • Population:1,695
  • Local Government Area:City of Ballarat

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Lake Gardens is a relatively new suburb on the western rural-urban fringe of Ballarat, Victoria Australia located near Lake Wendouree and directly behind the Ballarat Botanical Gardens from which the suburb draws its name.The suburb is bounded by Gillies Street to the east, O'Donnell's Road to the west and Gregory Street West to the north.The population at the 2016 census was 1,695.Lake Gardens is almost entirely residential, laid out in street hierarchy with a centrepiece ornamental lake.It has no commercial area; the nearest shopping centres are in Wendouree to the north and Alfredton to the south. Built on the site of a former lunatic asylum, some claim that the suburb is haunted by ghosts. # History The area of Lake Gardens was formerly open flat marshy land between Black Swamp and Winter Swamp, hunting land for the Wathaurong indigenous tribes. In the fledgling Ballarat of the 1860s, the land west of Ballarat Botanical Gardens was set aside for Prince of Wales Recreation Reserve to the south and to the north, "Reformatory Reserve" stretching toward what was known as the Town Common. Lakeside Mental Hospital, a psychiatric asylum, was built on the Reformatory Reserve from 1877. Following the closure of the hospital, City of Ballarat made planning provision for a new suburb on the site. Work began in early 2000 on the 650 metre circumference artificial lake to be the centrepiece surrounded by prestige homes, filled by bore water and storm water. The lake reserve is bounded by Stirling Drive to the north, Lake Gardens Drive to the south, St Cedars Grove to the west and St Glen's way and Gillies Street to the east. The main streets were planted with London plane trees. The large detached homes were progressively built primarily in the neo-eclectic architecture style. # Weather # Things to do

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