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Victorian Homesteads, Mansions, Gardens

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Explore beautiful private gardens of Victoria.

Wander the beautiful gardens of the Werribee Garden Mansion with Botanica World Discoveries.

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Explore Victorian homesteads, beautiful private gardens and stately mansions, combined with the spectacular scenery of the Grampians and the Great Ocean Road. A memorable small group trip with Botanica World Discoveries. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTHG7
Duration: 7 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Melbourne Return
Meals included: 13


Day 1. Arrive Melbourne to Grampians

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. 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 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 Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Private Gardens and Homesteads

Tour the Kitchen Garden of the Royal Mail Hotel before exploring the private Western District gardens and homesteads of Narrapumelap, Wiltshire and Toora West. Meet the owners, including Botanica’s 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: Lorne, Mantra Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Geelong and Werribee Park Mansion

We 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 overlooking Corio Bay. 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
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Melbourne

This morning visit the garden of historic Como House, then enjoy a guided tour of the Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens before continuing to Rippon Lea Estate this afternoon. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Depart Melbourne

Enjoy a free morning in Melbourne, before transferring to the airport for your flight home.
  • 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 Centre
  • Admire the Great Ocean Road scenery
  • Discover the grand Como and Rippon Lea mansions’ gardens
  • Explore historic Werribee Park Mansion and Victorian State Rose Garden
  • Visit Melbourne and Geelong Botanic Gardens


Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Botanical Guide and an experienced Coach Captain
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • 13 Meals – 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Travel in a small group aboard a luxury vehicle with room to spread out
  • Stay at the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld and the Marriott Hotel in Melbourne

Additional Information

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.

Wiltshire Garden

  • This is where Botanica’s Founder, Judy Vanrenen found her inspiration to begin Botanica, and features in Judy’s books. It is an eclectic cottage garden that has been in her family for over 70 years and contains many drought tolerant plants from around the world.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • This tour can be combined with: Private Gardens and 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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"Enjoyed all the gardens and homes - a lovely selection of different style and significant historical homesteads."

- Cheryl

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