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Botanica

Victorian Homesteads, Mansions, Gardens

Melbourne Return

Trip Code: BTHG7
7 Days
8 Nov 2021
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Depart from the Marriott Hotel 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. Arrive later to the majestic Grampians with a visit to Halls Gap. Spend the next three nights at the award-winning Royal Mail Hotel where we will enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening.

Stay: Three Nights, Dunkeld, The Royal Mail Hotel

Daily :
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel through Casterton 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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Tour the Kitchen Garden of the Royal Mail Hotel before exploring the private gardens and homesteads of Narrapumelap, Wiltshire and Toora West. Meet the owners, including Botanica founder Judy Vanrenen hearing how they created their gardens from bare paddock.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

As we make our way toward the coastal town of Port Fairy we visit a private garden before beginning 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: Lorne, Mantra Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Take a scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road and visit The Heights Homestead and Garden in Geelong before exploring the low-water Botanic Garden. After lunch, we travel to Werribee Park Mansion and the Victorian State Rose Garden before arriving back in Melbourne.

Stay: Two Nights, Melbourne, Marriott Hotel or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast

This morning visit the garden of historic Como House. Built in 1847, Como House is an intriguing mix of Australian Regency and classic Italianate architecture. Enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens before continuing to Rippon Lea Estate this afternoon. Built in 1868, this Romanesque-style mansion was one of Australia’s last great privately owned 19th-century estates, with a garden of international significance. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy a free morning in Melbourne, before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Everything was wonderful. There were great sightseeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.

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