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Visit some spectacular private country gardens.

Visit Mt Sturgeon Estate, overlooking a stunning Grampians view on your garden tour of Victoria with Botanica World Discoveries.

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With Botanica World Discoveries explore Victorian homesteads, beautiful private gardens and stately mansions, combined with the spectacular scenery of the Grampians and the Great Ocean Road. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTHG5
Duration: 5 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Melbourne Return
Meals included: 10


Day 1. Arrive Melbourne to Grampians

Depart from the Melbourne hotel at 8am or Melbourne Airport at 9am. Arrive at David Glenn’s Lambley Nursery for a tour of his renowned dry garden. Continue on past historical Beaufort to enjoy lunch in a private homestead garden. Continue to the Grampians with a visit to Halls Gap. Spend the next three nights at the award winning Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld and enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening.
Stay: Three Nights: Dunkeld, The Royal Mail Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Coonawarra and Penola

Travel through Coleraine and Penola to Yallum Park Homestead, built by John Riddoch, founder of Coonawarra. Visit the Mary MacKillop Centre and a leading winery of the region. In Hamilton enjoy a viewing of the art collection at the Gallery.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Private Gardens and Homesteads

Tour the Kitchen Garden of the Royal Mail Hotel before exploring the private gardens and homesteads of Toora West, Wiltshire, and Narrapumelap. Meet the owners, including Botanica’s Judy Vanrenen and enjoy lunch in Judy’s garden.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Port Fairy and Lorne

Travel to the coastal town of Port Fairy then continue along The Great Ocean Road, stopping at the Twelve Apostles and travelling through the lush Otway National Park to Lorne.
Stay: Lorne, Mantra Hotel or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Geelong and Werribee Park Mansion

Today we visit The Heights Homestead and Garden in Geelong before exploring the low water Botanic Garden overlooking Corio Bay. After lunch, we travel to Werribee Park Mansion and the Victorian State Rose Garden before arriving back in Melbourne at Melbourne airport or the hotel.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the history of the homesteads & regions you visit
  • Tour historic Narrapumelup Homestead
  • Be captivated by the Grampians & visit private gardens
  • Visit the Mary MacKillop Centre
  • Admire the Great Ocean Road scenery
  • Explore historic Werribee Park Mansion & Victorian State Rose Garden
  • Visit Geelong Botanic Gardens


Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Botanical Guide& an experienced Coach Captain
  • Airport transfers on first & last day of tour
  • 10 Meals – 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 4 Dinners
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle with room to spread out

Additional Information

Fitness Level 

  • Our tours and cruises cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a low level of fitness – Involves travel close to home and includes longer stays in one location. Travellers need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and stairs, and be able to stand for up to one hour

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included


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"We loved each place we visited, and were impressed by the itinerary. The accommodation and food were excellent."

- Joanne

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