1. Enchanted Adventure Garden – make your visit as relaxed or as adventurous as you want! Amble through the gardens and mazes or pump up the volume and take on the tube slides, tree surfing or bush obstacle course. Wander through three brand new succulent garden areas designed by Collin Hyatt. Delightful to wander through – or get a different perspective from the Big Zip as you fly over.
2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne – a magnificent display of the diversity of the Australian landscape boasting over 25 endangered and threatened species of native flora and fauna. There is also over ten kilometres of walking tracks, six kilometres of cycling tracks, shelters, barbeques and picnic tables. For those wanting to know more, there is always a workshop or tour happening.
3. Heronswood – home of The Diggers Club, this garden is a living catalogue to many plants, fruits and vegetables, including heirloom vegetables. Shop for plants and seeds after having lunch in the historic homestead.
4. Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens – Set amongst 25 acres of manicured gardens, this is home to Australia’s oldest hedge maze, one that will test your navigation skills. Take time out to smell the roses by making your way in and out of the circular rose maze. Oh, and there is a lavender labyrinth too!
5. Boneo Maze – another maze you say? Surrounded by 27 acres of local indigenous flora and fauna, enjoy a stroll down the winding boardwalk to view many species of birds, loose yourself in the manicured hedge maze, reconnect with your childhood playing giant games and puzzles, compete to be a mini golf champion, and end the visit with picnic or grab a drink or bite to eat in the café.
6. A visit to Coolart Homestead and Wetlands will take you to bird heaven. The restored mansion is surrounded by perennial gardens but the larger 87.5 hectare coastal bush reserve is home to 3000 birds. There are walking tracks throughout the wetlands, beautiful gardens, picnic areas and barbeques. Plus you can borrow binoculars and bird identification cards from the visitor centre.
7. Located within the Arthurs Seat State Park, Seawinds Gardens is a hidden gem offering both indigenous and formal gardens. Great short walks and some of the best views over Port Phillip as well as several William Rickett statues to admire.