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Parks & gardens

Whether you're an avid green thumb or a weary traveller looking for a quiet place to relax, the Grampian's leafy parks and lush botanic gardens offer a place to relax and get close to nature.

Colours of spring

Visit in spring to fully engage with the floral wealth of the region. Get to know your gum trees at the Peter Francis Points Arboretum in Coleraine, home to 500 different species of eucalyptus. Visit a wildflower farm at Wartook Gardens and see over 1,000 species of Australian plants, or join in flower and gardening festivals, celebrating everything from orchids and geraniums to native wildflowers.

City and country

Wander along the winding pathways that take in green lawns, cactus gardens, lakes and floral displays in the Hamilton and Horsham botanic gardens. Enjoy a picnic by the water and spot the similarities between these gardens and Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens, all designed by botanist William Guilfoyle.

Private views

Australia's pre-eminent landscape garden designer Edna Walling has had a hand in many of the private and public gardens across the region. Springtime offers a chance to visit some of the many private gardens, which open to the public at the end of winter.

Chinese heritage

Delve into the rich Chinese heritage of the Grampians region on a wander through the Avoca Chinese Garden, named the Garden of Fire and Water by Chinese-Australian artist Lindy Lee. Located in the historic sale yards next to the town's first Chinese burial site, the garden hosts seasonal celebrations, festivals and tai chi sessions.

Be advised, some private gardens open their gates once or twice a year as part of the Australian Open Garden Scheme. For further details visit opengardensvictoria.org.au

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Parks & gardens

Parks & gardens

Peter Francis Points Arboretum

Home to the official Eucalyptus Collection of Australia, the Peter Francis Points Arboretum is a 370-hectare reserve boasting over 12,000 native...

Parks & gardens

Horsham Botanic Gardens

Designed by William Guilfoyle in the 1870s this was originally a reserve of 37 acres, but only eight acres remained by 1982. Clubs and individuals...

Parks & gardens

Alexandra Gardens

Amble through the Alexandra Gardens to discover the fernery and waterfall, orchid glasshouse, Alexandra Lake and Japanese Island. From mid-December...

Parks & gardens

Dunkeld Arboretum

Stroll the 2-kilometre walking track around the waterways amongst a collection of trees and shrubs. Take in expansive views of nearby mountains at...

Parks & gardens

Hamilton Botanic Gardens

The site for these gardens was set aside in 1853 and first planted in 1870, making them one of the earliest provincial botanic gardens in Australia....


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