Forest Glade is a historic private garden that is acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in Australia. It embraces a mixture of landscaping styles taking inspiration from English, Italian and woodland traditions. There are four distinct themes, including the large English section with its huge exotic trees, the Japanese section complete with bonsai house, the woodland area displaying masses of shade-loving plants and the cool fern gully.
There are no bad times to visit Forest Glade Gardens - in autumn the various maples are in a riot of colour, while in spring the rhododendrons, azaleas and peonies are a sight to see. Both summer and winter bring their own very special treats for garden lovers.
Duneira, a historic house and garden at Mt Macedon, is approximately 1-1.5h drive from Melbourne. The 1875 historic Victorian homestead is in excellent condition and is warm and inviting. With its own magical climate and fresh air, Duneira is a place of timeless elegance and beauty, with a touch of old England.
The house is situated in a large and very beautiful English style estate with sequences of walled gardens and enormous trees around pleasant rolling lawns. You'd be forgiven if you thought you stumbled thru the looking glass & ended up in an English garden... Majestic long driveway lined with towering Elms, bluebells & forget-me-nots, holly hedges, expansive lawns, lilac bushes, chestnuts, oaks to name a few. Your eyes are drawn to abundant roses, camellias, azaleas & rhododendrons in flower & other annuals not in bloom. Trees - both deciduous, evergreen & indigenous including some exotic species.
Photographers haven and must visit in spring and autumn!
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Whether you’re a gardener, a buyer, a floral designer or you simply have a sprouting interest in horticulture, attending a flower and garden show is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of nature with like-minded enthusiasts. Every year at Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show talented local and international designers compete head to head to create stunning and memorable display gardens.
Eureka is a 200,000-tonne, 92-storey building in Melbourne which cost an estimated $0.5 billion to build, including 24-carat gold plating at top. It is 297.3 metres tall and when opened in 2006 it was briefly Australia's tallest building. The observation deck (Eureka Skydeck 88) occupies the entire 88th floor of the Eureka Tower and is one of the popular tourist attractions in Melbourne.
As for us, it is one of the best places to show the beauty of Melbourne to our overseas guests.
Spring has finally arrived to Melbourne! I love this time of the year when you don’t have to monitor weather forecast or keep an umbrella in the bag ‘just in case’, when you can put all warm clothes far away, put on jeans and a T-shirt and then spend all day long outdoors.
It’s also been awhile since we went for cycling altogether. According to my Endomondo account, last time when I was cycling I was in Adelaide! When I realised that it was more that 6 month ago, I simply opened a map and choose a random trail to ride.
Well, honestly, it was not a random trail. It had to be flat, no more that 40kms, be within metropolitan area, and, the most important thing, it had to be a ‘new’ trail. Western part of Melbourne and Federation Trail, here we come.
As you may know, all our relatives live overseas (yes, there just three of us here, in Australia!). Every time when someone comes to Australia to visit us, we are aiming to show them the best attractions that Australia has to offer. Sometimes it can be tricky, as we’ve already been in so many places and don’t want to go there over and over again. Moreover, it is not an easy task to plan any trips in winter, as weather in Melbourne is quite unpredictable during this time of the year!
However, if you are quite flexible (e.g. have lots of time and happy to spend couple of rainy weekends in the city), you can always have at least one sunny weekend to have a one-two days trip to the rural Victoria. As for us, couple of weeks ago we went to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village in Warrnambool to step back in time and learn more about Shipwreck Coast of Victoria and its rich maritime history.
The Phillip Island Wildlife Park is one of our favourite destination of all day trips around Melbourne. We visit it every year with our friends and love to spend time with the cute adorable kangaroos and wallabies inhabiting the park.
Set on a huge 60 acres, the park is home to over 100 different species of Australian animals. It is here that you can not only see, but hand feed and really experience close encounters with wildlife. You will be surprised to find such a diverse range of native animals located only 2km's from the main township of Cowes.
Opened in 1983 and located just 45 minutes' drive from Adelaide, Monarto Zoo is Australia’s largest open range zoo. It’s grown from humble beginnings since it was first established as a breeding and pasture area in 1983. Ten years later it opened to the public and is now home to over 500 animals roaming in amazing vistas.
Thanks to our zoo membership, the entry to Monarto Zoo is free for us. That is why we visited it twice - on our way to Adelaide and going back to Melbourne. Both visits were an amazing day experience, getting very close up to most of the animals freely roaming around the zoo.
Hahndorf is the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia, and the main street is made up of historical buildings dating back to the 1800's. Founded in 1839, the trees that line the streets are a hundred years old, adding to the beauty of the picturesque town. German flags and music add to the ambiance and you investigate the offerings of the restaurants and shops. You feel transported to another time and place, despite being a mere twenty minutes for the Adelaide CBD!
While many visitors come to Hahndorf to get a glimpse of the past, Hahndorf is increasingly acknowledged for the modern and the chic and generally a trendy place to wine and dine or to hang out with friends. It is also a good place to buy some Christmas decorations (if you visit the village in December) or enjoy autumn beauty during long Easter holidays.