In Travel on Monday 5th Jun, 2017

Destinations for garden lovers in Australia

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Australia has many superb gardens, not least of which are our botanic gardens. There are some nineteenth century colonial gardens, some botanic gardens and some modern parks and gardens designed by landscape architects.

Whether you’re visiting for gardening inspiration, botanic curiosity or even a picnic on the lawn, you won’t be disappointed by these garden treasures.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

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The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, is a place of natural beauty, where people come for peace, relaxation, education, and to learn more about plants and horticulture.  The gardens are open daily and entry is free.


Hiba Gardens, Bruny Island, Tasmania

Hiba is arabic for “gift”.  and that’s exactly what it is.  Hiba Gardens is a a wonderful 25ha private garden on the west side of the Bruny Island in Tasmania, created by Michael Carnes and Bob Lavers, the makers of Island Fudge and is open for appointments for groups of 20 or more.  It is a majestic English parkland garden that features Rhododendron walks, perennial borders and a whole lot of prettiness.  The massive area is highlighted with gladioli, lily of the valley, trilliums and thousands of fritillaries.  There’s a garden full of standard roses, standard roses, including ‘Seafoam’, ‘Iceberg’ and ‘Burgundy Iceberg’ and, modern roses, including ‘Elina’ and ‘The Swan’.  Rhododendron and azaleas are features, shaded by huge eucalypts.

This garden is a sight to behold.

Cubby house at Hiba, on Bruny Island built for a Canadian grandson. #gardendwellings #cubbyhouse #tasmania #landscapedesign

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Visit Melbourne’s inner-city oasis, where more than 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are home to an amazing range of wildlife.  Open daily, entry is free.


Old Wesley Dale

Old Wesley Dale is a private garden 45 minutes from Launceston in Tasmania around an 1829 old stone cottage with plenty of history.  It is peaceful English garden abounding with hedges and walls, and colourful natural landscapes. It was curated in 2001, before which it was a haphazard planting of hellebores, a few roses and hydrangeas and the hawthorns. What they did have were some wonderful established trees, the surrounding built heritage and a splendid landscape and the rest has been built up over the last 16 years.

The hedges are an important element in the garden design with double planting of Pittosporum ‘Limelight’, behind English Box. Hedges of R. rugosa, hornbeam, elderberry and Virburnum define different areas of the garden. The Lonicera ‘nitida’ Elephant hedge has been sculptured over five years and continues to grow and change. Their hawthorns, established in the 1840′s, are the hedges in the wider landscape, some recently ‘laid’ in the traditional ‘Midlands’ style, while others have been coppiced.

The walled garden is a favourite having been formed a few years ago with the construction of a wall. This has given us warm areas for vegetable growing.

Source: Old Wesley Dale
Source: Old Wesley Dale
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Source: Old Wesley Dale

Hunter Valley Gardens

Nestled at the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges, in the heart of the Hunter vineyards, are the splendid Hunter Valley Gardens which feature over 60 acres of spectacular international display gardens full of colour, and scent.  There is 8 kilometres of walking paths to explore, and a range of ten individual feature gardens that are unlike any in other regions of Australia.

Gardens are curated into stories, like this, the Sunken Garden, a 10 metre high waterfall and garden beds ablaze with the colour of magnificent annual displays. The path ways are framed by hundreds of roses and spectacular views of the entire property from the pergola at the top of the waterfall.


Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha are recognised as Queensland’s premier subtropical botanic gardens. The 52 hectare gardens are open every day of the year and entry to the gardens is free.


The Falls in Longwood

The Falls in Longwood Victoria is an expansive garden on a working farm and country homestead in the foothills of a spectacular granite ridgeline on the Strathbogie Ranges.   The garden has been cultivated by Andrew and Elly Cameron, who purchased the property in 1967.  They planted this spectaculr autumn garden that features Ginkgo biloba (maidenhair tree), Ulmus parvifolia (Chinese elm), macadamia and avocado groves Cork Oaks, Birches and Eucalypts dot the property. The current owners, the Ball family have had garden spaces designed by Robert Boyle and have unique stonework, a pretty lake and modern designs of roses and surrounding perennials.


Adelaide Botanic Gardens

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These diverse gardens including the Wollemi Pine, which dates back to the time of dinosaurs, the mysterious Amazonica waterlily which flowers only at night and Australia’s oldest avenue of Moreton Bay Fig trees.  Open daily, entry is free.


Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

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The sheltered, landscaped grounds of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens hold historic plant collections and a large number of significant trees, many dating from the nineteenth century.


Western Australian Botanic Garden

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The Western Australian Botanic Garden in Kings Park showcases over 3,000 varieties of the State’s unique flora, including many rare and threatened species. Visit the Backyard Botanicals Garden for easy, grow-me-at-home ideas to inspire your own native garden. Discover the natural beauty of Bold Park bushland, with a diverse range of flora, fauna and fungi.


The house was built in 1870 on a plateau overlooking Port Darwin. In the late nineteenth century, John George Knight made a tropical grove with terraced walks. This was restored by Hilda Abbott in the 1930s and the garden was extended in the 1970s. There is a gazebo, herb garden and Flagpole Lawn (the oldest cultivated lawn in Darwin).


Have you been to any of these beautiful places?

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