Town & Country
Mornington Peninsula – Portsea – Cranbourne
Resort Lifestyle and Garden Tours
The beautiful Mornington Peninsula with vast seaside views and a rural English hinterland is brimming with boutique wineries, fruit orchards, historic homes and holiday houses. In 2014 it was listed in the National Geographic’s Annual Best of the World List as a ‘must-see’. The Peninsula is a popular playground and weekend getaway where Melburnians escape to relax, play golf, swim, sail and socialise and sip the local wines.
Private Tour Details:
Flexible itinerary – small and large groups.
Directions: SE form Melbourne Stops
Departs Hotel 9.30 am
Returns 4.30 pm
Herronswood historic home and formal garden is one of four places in Victoria listed in the Oxford Companion to Gardens. Situated on two hectares, with sweeping views to the sea, there spacious lawns massive rare oriental and occidental trees (pines) that includes a great Cape Chestnut that survives to this day.
The garden features stunning perennial and annual borders; a kitchen and vegetable parterres. A highlight is a visit to the ’Diggers Club’ shop that stocks over 800 heirloom seeds and other unique gardening treasures. (*a must see)
(1) Herrons Wood Estate Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne (see detail below)
Lunch at Linton’s Nursery Cafe, Mt Eliza
(2) Herronswood Estate Garden and Portsea Cliff Top Estate Gardens – a 30 minute stroll past beautiful homes and gardens of with a backdrop ocean views, private jetties, boats and little beaches.Lunch – at one of Sorrento’s Village cafes
The Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne has created a major new botanic garden on a 25-hectare site at Cranbourne on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne.
It is a built landscape that depicts the poetic beauty of the Australian flora and brings a new type of garden experience to visitors. The landscape design transcends early European gardens that largely ignored indigenous species. The gardens play an important role in helping scientists and the public understand the history, present day uses and what the future may hold for indigenous plants in their natural environment. Because of its grand scale, in 2014 these gardens won ‘Landscape of the Year’ award at the World Architecture Festival, in recognition of artistry in landscape architecture.
At the centre is the Australian Garden, with 170,000 Australian native plants featured in a contemporary landscaped display.
* Red Sand Garden, a must see
|TOUR DETAILS – Mt Macedon – Daylesford Gardens|
|Duration:||7 / 8 hours
09:30am Departs Melbourne CBD
|Distance:||1.5 hrs from Melbourne CBD|
|Escorted:||Driver / Guide – Guides in All Languages|
|Pick-up / Drop-off:||CBD pick-up|
|Options:||Garden tours can include visits to specialist nurseries, orchids|