Prepare to get lost in the Begonia Maze

The Begonia Maze is coming to the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2024.

Get ready to lose yourself in a throwback to the very early days of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens at this year’s Ballarat Begonia Festival.

In 2024 the ‘Begonia Maze’ will be a key feature of the festival, paying homage to two mazes that once existed in the gardens precinct.

Creative Mazes, a company owned by former Ballarat local Chris Bennett, will set up a temporary maze for the festival, which is certain to provide a highlight for families.

Be prepared to immerse yourself in a world of colour as you attempt to complete a quiz and successfully navigate yourself to the end of the maze.

The maze will pay tribute to two mazes that once featured in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens with an interesting history.

It will operate from 10am-5pm on all three days of the festival.

History of Ballarat Botanical Gardens mazes

The first maze was developed in the gardens in 1862 at the site of the current Robert Clark Conservatory.

Made of a prickly wattle bush, it was removed in 1881 in readiness for a new conservatory, which was built in the early 1900s.

The second maze was first planted in the North Gardens in 1888 to the same design as the United Kingdom’s oldest surviving hedge maze in Hampton Court Palace in London.

With privet and whitethorn hedges planted and a watch tower in the middle, the second maze proved more user-friendly and a popular community asset.

However, after more than 70 years of community use, it was removed in 1959 due to persistent vandalism.

A Begonia Festival to remember

City of Ballarat Councillor, Cr Daniel Moloney said the maze would be a brilliant family activity – one of many throughout the festival.

“We saw last year the Begonia Festival attract more than 65,000 people and contributed $4.5 million to the Ballarat economy, which shows just how important it is to the City of Ballarat,” he said.

“The program that is on offer once again this year looks incredible, and I can’t wait for another bumper weekend.”

The 72nd annual Ballarat Begonia Festival will be held at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens across the Labour Day long weekend (9-11 March). For more information or to see the full festival program, visit