17-27 October 2018
Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges
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Day 7: Puffing Billy
Friday 26 October 2018 | $240
9am to 5pm
Karwarra Australian Plant Garden, Kalorama - Guests meet here from 9:00 am for a 10.00 am departure.
The gardens featured on this day include:
Beechmont, Olinda - "Wandering about the garden ... of Beechmont is a wonderful sensory experience – a heady mix of budding colour, fragrance and natural texture." (Yarra Ranges Magazine) This 10-acres of formal parterres, hedges, a walled garden and informal native gardens are the sanctuary of Cherrie Miriklis-Pavlou, amazing florist and owner of renowned Flowers Vasette
Floral Workshop - Join Cherrie Miriklis-Pavlou and her team for an exclusive floral workshop.
Puffing Billy, Belgrave to Nobelius Station, Emerald - Experience the grandeur and charm of a first-class steam train whilst savouring a delicious lunch in the fully enclosed, heritage dining carriages of Puffing Billy. Enjoy your two-course meal as you travel through temperate rainforests and wide-open fields with views of Cardinia Reservoir and beyond to Port Phillip Bay.
Nobelius Heritage Park and Museum, Emerald - Tour the world famous Nobelius Nursery of the late 1800’s which inspired a stunning collection of plants grown and sold in the nursery at the time.
“This park is preserved as a remnant of the historic nursery and tree exporter, with many specimens once stocked by the nursery, now a significant feature”
Mont du Soleil, Emerald - This truly unique 15ha property, inspired by the buildings and grounds of Italy and France, sits high on a hill providing breathtaking views of the Yarra Valley & Warburton Ranges. The property faces due North and therefore enjoys a light and sunny aspect - hence the name "Mont du Soleil" (Mountain of the Sun).
The Keatings, Olinda - The scale and setting of this property has inspired a design where expansive view, near and distant, provide a constantly changing backdrop. Wonderful coloured Rhododendrons and Azaleas flank winding pathways.
Karwarra Australian Plant Garden, Kalorama - Guests return to Karwarra for a glass of wine and hors-d'oeuvres before retiring to their own accommodation or making their way home.