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Victoria in Autumn - Historic Homes, Gardens, Art and Culinary Delights

Melbourne Return

Trip Code: BTMD5
5 Days
2 May 2022

Trip Highlights

Private Gardens in autumn

Visit private gardens around Melbourne as they are decked in spectacular autumn colour.

Visit historic Cruden Farm

Explore Cruden Farm, the beloved historic home and gardens of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.

Stay in Hepburn Springs luxury

Stay at the beautiful and historic Grange Bellinzona in Hepburn Springs and enjoy a special tea experience.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 5 days with a Botanical Guide and experienced coach captain
  • 4 nights' stay in centrally located 4-5 star hotels plus 9 meals
  • Airport transfers on first and last day
  • Visit historic homes and their private gardens around Melbourne and enjoy sculpture art in wonderful settings 
  • Admire Cloudehill, Daylesford, Trentham and the Dandenongs in autumn colour
  • See Cruden Farm, the home of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
  • Visit Simon Rickard's private garden and experience Tieve Tara garden in autumn splendour
  • Enjoy a tea workshop at Trentham Estate and stay at the Grange Bellinzona in Hepburn Springs

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 15-20 guests
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
Botanica Map (Victoria) 2021 BTMD5
Melbourne Return

Depart from the Marriot Hotel at 8:30am and travel to Gippsland to admire Broughton Hall in full autumn splendour. Enjoy lunch within these terraced gardens, located in Bunyip State Park against a backdrop of the Tarago Reservoir, followed by time to browse the rare plant nursery. We then visit the famous Noojee Trestle Bridge, set in a beautiful tall forest which is spectacular in autumn. Later this afternoon explore Picardy Private Garden, a romantic French Provincial homage including a herb garden and olive grove. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your hotel this evening.

Stay: Three Nights, Melbourne, Marriott Hotel or similar

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today we visit the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, which are resplendent at this time of year. While here, we visit the acclaimed Cloudehill garden, where you can wander an area flushed with the autumnal colours of copper beeches and maples. Enjoy time to explore the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden which are most beautiful at this time of year. We tour William Ricketts Sanctuary to view its distinctive sculptures and hear about their fascinating history. Enjoy free time tonight to enjoy the laneways and wonderful restaurants that Melbourne has to offer. 

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  • Breakfast

Today, enjoy a delightful glimpse into the art world of the Mornington Peninsula. First we visit Mulberry Hill, a National Trust property and the former home of Joan Lindsay, author of Picnic at Hanging Rock, and her artist husband Sir Daryl Lindsay. Then we enjoy lunch at the renowned Point Leo Estate and Sculpture Park, with time to explore the grounds. Afterwards, we visit Cruden Farm, the home of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, with its memorable driveway of lemon-scented gum trees. 

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

This morning, visit the tranquil and beautiful Gardens of Tieve Tara, nestled on the slopes of Mt Macedon. Referred to as ‘The Jewel of the Mountain’, it looks glorious in its autumn guise. Our next stop is the wonderfully picturesque town of Trentham. At The Estate Trentham, we enjoy a ‘garden tea’ workshop, where we learn about the medicinal properties of common kitchen herbs. You can then make up your own unique cuppa. Continue to the private garden of Simon Rickard, one of Botanica’s most respected Botanical Guides, for a rare peek into his amazing property. This afternoon, explore Daylesford and then arrive at the elegant heritage-style retreat Grange Bellinzona. 

Stay: Hepburn Springs, Grange Bellinzona or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Visit the delightful family-run Lavandula Lavender Farm to learn all about this versatile herb, before exploring the enchanting Diggers Club Garden at the Garden of St Erth in Blackwood. Situated close to the Macedon Ranges and within the Wombat State Forest, throughout the year Blackwood is filled with flowering borders in spring to a blaze of autumn colour. As one of Australia’s most exciting cool-climate gardens, the garden is also home to a collection of rare and unusual plants. Afterwards, we make our way back to Melbourne.

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In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.