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Botanica

Victorian Homesteads, Mansions & Gardens

Melbourne Return

Trip Code: BTHG5
5 Days
10 Meals
2019-20

Trip Highlights

Western District Gardens

Meet private garden owners and see their gardens, including Botanica Founder, Judy Vanrenen.

Visit an iconic nursery

Tour David Glenn's Lambley Nursery renowned for its dry garden and iconic gardens includng Narrapumelap Homestead.

Victoria's Great Ocean Road

Travel the Great Ocean Road and visit the mansion at Werribee and Como House.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • Services of a Coach Driver & Botanical Guide
  • Stay in good quality, centrally located hotels
  • Travel in a small group in a luxury vehicle
  • 10 Meals

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 22-28 guests
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
Australia Map BTHG5 2019-21
Melbourne Return

Depart from the Marriott Hotel at 8.00am or Melbourne Airport at 9.00am. 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. Arrive later to the majestic Grampians with a visit to Halls Gap. Spent the next three nights at the award winning Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld where we will enjoy a welcome dinner this evening.

Stay: Three Nights, Dunkeld, The Royal Mail Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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, before dinner at a local restaurant.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Tour the kitchen gardens of the Royal Mail this morning before exploring the private gardens and homesteads of Narrapumelap, Wiltshire and Toora West. Meet the owners, including Botanica founder, Judy Vanrenen, and hear how they created their gardens from bare paddock.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

We make our way to the coastal town of Port Fairy where we visit a private garden, then begin our journey along The Great Ocean Road, making a stop at the iconic Twelve Apostles and travelling through the lush Otway National Park to Lorne.

Stay: Stay, Lorne, Mantra Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Scenic drive on the Great Ocean Road and a visit to 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. Your tour concludes at 4.30pm at Melbourne Airport or at the Melbourne Marriott Hotel at 5.30pm.

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  • Breakfast

Would not hesitate to recommend Botanica and we are already looking into our next adventure.