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Botanica

Private Gardens of Prominent Victorians

Melbourne Return

Trip Code: BTFF5
5 Days
22 Nov 2021 & 21 Nov 2022

Trip Highlights

Visit historic Cruden Farm

Explore Cruden Farm, the beloved historic home and gardens of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.

Stay at iconic Hotel Windsor

Enjoy a stay at Melbourne's historic and iconic Windsor Hotel.

Dine at Heronswood Garden

Visit Heronswood Garden on the Mornington Peninsula and enjoy a ‘Fork to Fork’ lunch.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 5 Days with a Botanical Guide in small group;  Airport transfers on first and last day
  • Stay 4 nights at the Hotel Windsor, Australia’s most iconic grand 5-star hotel 
  • Enjoy High Tea at the Hotel Windsor
  • Visit the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s beloved Cruden Farm
  • See tree peonies in full bloom in the Macedon Ranges
  • Visit Paul Bangay's private garden and also visit Alowyn Garden in the Yarra Valley
  • Admire the stunning Cloudehill Garden in the Dandenong Ranges
  • Visit Chelsea Flower Show winner, Phillip Johnson's private garden

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Low Fitness Level - involves walking on uneven surfaces and stairs, and be able to stand up for up to one hour and keep up with the pace of the group
  • Group size 15-25 guests
  • Can be combined with: Private Gardens and Tastes of Tasmania BTT07 with Bruny Island BTT09
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
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Melbourne Return

Meet your Botanical Guide and fellow travellers at Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor at 8am and travel to the Macedon Ranges. On the way, visit Paul Bangay’s Stonefields garden and enjoy an exclusive tour. His grand-scale masterpiece reflects the precision of the formal inner-city gardens for which he is known, with views extending across Victoria’s highlands. Later, arrive in Macedon, where you’ll have time at leisure. After lunch, visit a peony farm to see spectacular tree peonies in full bloom before returning to Melbourne and enjoying High Tea at the Hotel Windsor.

Stay: Four Nights, 5-star hotel in Melbourne, the luxurious Hotel Windsor or similar

Visit a private garden, then continue on to Heronswood Garden, overlooking Port Phillip Bay. Wander through the gardens, with their perennial borders, scented herbs and dry-climate plants. After enjoying a ‘Fork to Fork’ lunch at Heronswood, we continue on to the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s property, Cruden Farm. Here the driveway of lemon-scented gumtrees leads to beautiful gardens. 

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Today, tour the Yarra Valley, home to some of Victoria’s premier wineries and artisanal produce. Visit spectacular Alowyn Gardens, where the owners have transformed a barren landscape into a beautiful instructive garden. Discover the perennial border, a silver birch forest, an edible garden, a parterre garden and several display gardens. Stop for a wine tasting at Yering Station before enjoying lunch at Coombe Farm, once owned by Dame Nellie Melba. Afterwards, set out on a private garden tour of her estate. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

After breakfast we explore the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. At an altitude of 580 metres, we discover Cloudehill Gardens, which features extensive herbaceous borders, roses and azalea walks. Among the mature trees featured at Cloudehill are maples and copper beeches. We enjoy lunch at Coonara Springs restaurant and wander their picking garden. Afterwards, we visit the private garden of Phillip Johnson, Best in Show winner at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Melbourne’s hidden laneways before your transfer to the airport for your onward journey. 

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