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Victorian Homesteads, Mansions & Gardens

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See historic homes & gardens of Victoria’s West

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

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5 Days with a Botanical Guide in a small group. Explore Victorian homesteads, beautiful private gardens and stately mansions, combined with the spectacular scenery of the Grampians, Coonawarra, and the Great Ocean Road. Stay in the famous Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld and enjoy dining at their famous restaurant. 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 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 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, before dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Private Gardens & Homesteads

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 Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Port Fairy and Lorne

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 Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Geelong and Werribee Park Mansion

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.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Learn about the history of the homesteads and regions you visit
  • Tour David Glenn’s Lambley Nursery
  • Tour historic Narrapumelup Homestead
  • Be captivated by the Grampians and visit private gardens
  • Visit the Mary MacKillop Center
  • Admire the Great Ocean Road
  • Visit Melbourne and Geelong Botanic Gardens


Included Experiences

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

Additional Information

Wiltshire Garden

  • This is where Botanica’s founder, Judy Vanrenen, found her inspiration to begin Botanica. It is an eclectic cottage garden that has been in her family for over 60 years and contains many drought tolerant plants from around the world.


Fitness Level 

  • Low - These tours involve travel close to home and include longer stays in one location. Guests need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and stairs, and be able to stand for up to one hour and keep up with the pace of the group.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • This trip can be combined with: Private Gardens & Taste of Tasmania with Bruny Island (BTT09). Savings apply. Enquire for details.
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
  • Group Size - 22 to 28 guests

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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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