17-20 & 24-27 October 2018

Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges
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17-20 & 24-27 October 2018

Day 7: Puffing Billy

Friday 26 October 2018  |  $240

9am to 5pm

Karwarra Australian Plant Garden, Kalorama - Guests meet herefrom 9:00 am for a 10.00 am departure.

The gardens featured on this day include:

The Underground House, Olinda - An earth-sheltered home is nestled into the gentle slope of the landscape in this one-acre garden. Features of the garden include a connected system of ponds, streams and a waterfall; up to 100-year-old European trees, rare shrubs and a rooftop vegetable garden.

The Keatings, Olinda - 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.

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, Kallista - 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).

Karwarra Australian Plant Garden, Kalorama - Guests return to Karwarra at the end of each day to a glass of wine and hors-d'oeuvres before retiring to their own accommodation or making their way home.