Display examples at Rosalind Park Bendigo Image 1Presented by the Ballarat East Town Hall Gardens Revitalisation Group, a group of the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House, in partnership with the Barkly Square community, The Oasis in the Desert is a flower and garden show and photo exhibition celebrating the chrysanthemum and the unfolding beauty of the former Town Hall Gardens. 

The family-friendly weekend event is part of the 9-day Ballarat Heritage Festival and will see displays, talks, demonstrations, kid’s activities, garden tours, a choral presentation and a major photography exhibition, showcasing the heritage significance of the former Town Hall Gardens and the Ballarat East Civic Precinct.

Read more about the Oasis in the Desert Team.

When: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, 2022

Where: Barkly Square precinct and the surrounding Ballarat East Town Hall Gardens, Barkly Street, Ballarat East

Cost: Free of charge

Image: Example of flower display at Rosalind Park Bendigo

Schedule of Events

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About the Ballarat Heritage Festival

Dust off your tweed, oil up your retro bikes, and start growing that facial hair, the Ballarat Heritage Festival is back again to celebrate the city’s rich heritage, iconic landmarks and vibrant community in May.

This festival is all about mixing old and new, retro vibes paired with innovative thinking, celebrating country and culture, a region that’s proud and historic while forever evolving as a modern city.

Held over nine days, expect thought provoking art, interactive encounters, captivating heritage moments as well as delectable food and drink experiences.

Find out more about the Ballarat Heritage Festival, a City of Ballarat event. 


Image: Town Hall, Police Officers & Public Library, Ballarat East. Source: Excelsior Album of Ballarat Views. Couurtesy of Australiana Section, Eureka Centre.

Town Hall Ballarat East c1875 by John Harvey Source State Library of Victoria

 Image: Town Hall Ballarat East c1875 by John Harvey Source - State Library of Victoria