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AGHS Pre-Conference Tour: Tour of homestead gardens of the Western District

23 October 2017 @ 9:00 am - 25 October 2017 @ 5:00 pm AEDT

Tour of homestead gardens of the Western District

Tour is now fully booked.

You are invited to join a three-day tour (two nights) looking at the development of the gardens and parklands on the volcanic plains of western Victoria. The tour is based in the township of Camperdown where there is also the opportunity to explore the unique volcanic features of the district.

A feature of the tour will be the legacy of the pastoralist Niel Black of Glenormiston, 1839–1880, and his extensive holdings around Mt Noorat where the extant parkland of Noorat House and the Glenormiston homestead can be seen and also the gardens of Dalvui (designed by William Guilfoyle for the son of Niel Black) and Gnotuk House overlooking Lake Gnotuk.

The township of Noorat with its memorial church to the Black family also offers the opportunity to walk around the rim of the volcanic crater recalled by author Allan Marshall in his book ‘I Can Jump Puddles‘, 1955.

The properties of Meningoort and Meekri which we visit, are two of few properties still held by their original families. Meningoort garden is rarely open to the public and from its setting we can still appreciate the view recorded by artist Eugene von Guerard in 1861. Meekri homestead also has stunning views which are enhanced by the construction of a ha-ha wall and other garden features which have been skilfully introduced to an established garden by the Manifold family.

Barwon Park, the seat of the Austin family at Winchelsea, will be a morning tea stop en route as will the garden of Turkeith and on the return journey we will look at the sites and parkland planting of the Robertson family overlooking Lake Colac.

The tour commences 9am at the National Gallery of Victoria (waterfall window) St Kilda Road and accommodation is at the centrally located Camperdown Mill apartments and the Manifold Motor Inn.

Twin or Double Share – $750
Single – $850
Cost includes: transport in air conditioned coach, accommodation, all meals, morning teas and evening drinks and garden entries.

Note: Preference will be given to Conference Delegates.

Further enquiries: Pamela Jellie 0458 361 880 or


This tour preceeds the 38th Annual Conference – Marvellous Melbourne – the challenge of change.


23 October 2017 @ 9:00 am AEDT
25 October 2017 @ 5:00 pm AEDT
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