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Very Victorian: See Australia's Garden State

Discover Victoria’s diversity of gardens in spring including Botanica Founder Judy Vanrenen’s Wiltshire Garden

Victoria has long been known as the ‘Garden State’ with an enviable collection of private and public gardens to visit. Botanica has carefully selected a range of gardens to show visitors the depth and breadth of the state’s botanical gems. Come and explore Victoria with Botanica this spring.

7 Day Trip: Victorian Private Gardens & Galleries

Art and gardens combine to create a memorable and educational tour of regional Victoria. Delight in works of art by Streeton, Roberts, Ramsay, Fox and Drysdale to name a few. See the masterpiece gardens of Paul Bangay at his private garden Stonefields and Botanica Founder Judy Vanrenen’s private garden, Wiltshire.

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8 Day Trip: Murray River Gardens by Paddle Steamer & Bright Autumn Festival

Travel to Victoria’s beautiful north-east to explore private gardens in Beechworth and Bendigo and experience the annual Bright Autumn Festival as leaves crunch underfoot. Enjoy four wonderful nights aboard paddle steamer PS Emmylou, reserved exclusively for Botanica guests, during which you’ll step ashore to visit Perricoota Station and Restdown Winery.

7 Day Trip: Victorian Homesteads, Mansions & Gardens

Travel the Great Southern Touring route to see gardens and homesteads of Victoria, including the mansions of Como, Rippon Lea, Werribee and The Heights. Also visit Narrapumelap, considered the best example of the French Gothic style in rural Australia and meticulously restored to its former glory. Enjoy lunch in Judy Vanrenen’s private garden, Wiltshire, and stay in the award-winning Royal Mail Hotel.

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5 Day Trip: Gardens & Sculptures in Autumn

Autumn foliage paints a magnificent backdrop for our discovery of the beloved private gardens around Melbourne. With trees awash in glorious hues it’s the perfect time to explore such places as Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm, Simon Rickard’s garden and Tieve Tara Garden. Plus, an evening at the beautiful Grange Bellinzona in Hepburn Springs will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

5 Day Trip: Victorian ‘Fork to Fork’

Meaning from the ‘garden fork to the table fork’, this tour celebrates productive gardens. Visit the Diggers Club Garden of Heronswood where you will see fruits, vegetables and herbs decoratively planted. Enjoy food and wine tastings and a cooking masterclass demonstration at the Sofitel Hotel along with a visit to Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s beloved Cruden Farm to see her picking garden.

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8 Day Trip: Melbourne Flower Show & Gardens of the North-East

From the Garden of St Erth in the Macedon Ranges near Daylesford to Cloudehill Garden in the Dandenongs and the home of the Diggers Club at Heronswood Garden in Dromana, you’ll experience a selection of the most exciting gardens surrounding Melbourne. Relax in luxury accommodation in Melbourne and Milawa and delight in the chance to attend the famous Melbourne Flower Show including a pre-visit lecture.

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6 Day Trip: Murray River & Silo Art

Experience a showcase of heritage gardens, gourmet farm produce and regional art as you travel from Adelaide through South Australia’s stunning Riverland region to Mildura. Delight in a meal at Stefano’s renowned restaurant at Mildura’s Grand Hotel and a paddle-steamer cruise along the Murray River. Finish with an in-depth look at the Wimmera’s iconic art silos