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Autumn is the time for smoldering open fires and hot chocolate, but it’s also the time for crunching russet leaves and spectacular golden gardens. To make the most of these seasonal changes rug up and visit one of these scenic gardens and bear witness to Mother Nature’s ever-evolving floral canvas.
After the establishment of the original garden in the 1860s Mother Nature rewrote Tieve Tara’s story not once but twice with fires destroying the gardens in 1962 and 1983. Since then the 7.5 acre property has become an abundantly fertile sanctuary where Toulouse geese and wild ducks bathe in the lakes, while sparkling foundations adorn the grounds. Particularly striking in autumn, the Virginia creepers, maples and pin oaks colour the gardens.
751 Mount Macedon Rd, Mount Macedon VIC Australia, + 61 0418 337 813
Internationally renowned the National Rhododendron Gardens are enveloped by colour all year round. Located in Olinda, the gardens boast over 15,000 rhododendrons, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias and 250,000 smiling daffodils. Deep fern gullies and cherry tree groves further the array of textures and shades that garnish these gardens.
The Georgian Rd, Olinda VIC Australia, +61 13 19 63
From the perfumed Azalea Steps to the glorious Peony Pavilion, Cloudhill is a garden built on harmonious diversity. Located in the Dandenongs, the garden is set ablaze in autumn when the ornamental grasses erupt to amber and the Yokohama Maples blush crimson. Cloudhill is also distinguished by its hedges, meadows ornamental garden beds.
89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda VIC Australia, +61 3 9751 1009
Designed by renowned botanist Baron Sir Ferdinand von Mueller, Castlemaine Botanical Gardens showcases an established collection of native and exotic trees, including an oak planted in 1867 by the Duke of Edinburgh which is listed by the National Trust. Integrated into the landscaped gardens is an ornamental lake which reflects the canary yellow foliage in autumn.
Sitting on site of an extinct volcano, Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens offers panoramic views of Daylesford. Brimming with 19th-century character, the gardens features sweeping open lawns shaded by mammoth conifers and elms making it one of Victoria’s most beautiful regional gardens.
Frazer St, Daylesford VIC Australia, +61 3 5348 2306
Built in 1929, Lake Daylesford is an idyllic place to unwind. Mature trees border the path which encircles the lake and throughout the autumn the trees dazzle with amber and ruby shades. Perched on the banks is the luxurious Lake House which offers tranquil views over the lake. For the best views of the lake stroll to jetty and keep a watchful eye for the areas abundant bird life.