These relatively new gardens (opened in 2006) are both a visual delight and an uplifting educational experience at any time of the year. A firm commitment to the environment and the Aboriginal heritage of the land is evident as clearly marked walking tracks take you on a journey of discovery of Australian landscapes such as 'the red sand garden','the rock pool waterway', 'the arid garden' or 'the eucalypt walk'. Each area portrays the the subtle beauty and diversity of Australian native plants. A number of themed exhibition gardens show clever ideas for a suburban garden and expert volunteers are available to answer questions. Add a native orchid house, excellent visitor centre, garden shop, cafe, picnic and barbecue areas, bush walks to discover birds and wildlife as well as helpful information guides, you have a full-day visit that leaves you inspired and appreciative of the rugged natural beauty of Australia.
A magnificent 19th century Romanesque mansion that has been restored and is open to the public. Its grounds and gardens are amongst the finest in Melbourne. Originally owned by a series of families over the years, it is now a National Trust property. Open most days of the year with special 'free entry' days now and then (like for Mums on Mothers Day).
192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick 3185 (a short walk from Glenhuntly railway station);
Car parking outside in Hotham Street;
tel: 9523 6095;
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