Ballarat Begonia Festival
The whole city of Ballarat is in bloom this March, with the return of the Ballarat Begonia Festival.
The centrepiece begonia display – which has been visited by celebrities, prime ministers and even Queen Elizabeth II – in the Robert Clark Conservatory features more than 700 of the city's finest buds, nurtured for 10 months then handpicked from over 500 different varieties.
Three iconic spots have been littered with illuminated flowers, which guests can interact with to light up paths and put on a show. Local and regional artists have put together a large-scale installation outside the Civic Hall, with a "floating begonia carpet" as a highlight. And Town Hall is being covered with a garland of hand-crafted paper-clay begonias from Wadawurrung artist Deanne Gilson.
Other highlights throughout the three-week festival include audio tours of the Botanical Gardens, a kinetic sculpture, a floral frame trail, farmers' markets, live music and roving performers.