Lavender fields in and around Melbourne

Stop and smell the lavender at these lovely lavender fields in Victoria
Lavandula Lavender Farm
By Brooke Munday |
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We all spend far too much time searching for the perfect Instagram shot, but these gorgeous lavender gardens are so good you’d be hard-pressed to take a bad photo. Best of all, they all come with their own cafés so you can enjoy lunch once you’ve finished frolicking amongst the flowers. Just so you know, lavender fields are at their most beautiful in late summer.

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Melbourne's loveliest lavender fields

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Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens
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Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens

icon-location-pin Shoreham

1 hour from Melbourne

These gardens are home to a year-round flowering lavender maze, a rose maze and Australia’s oldest hedge maze, which stands at over three metres tall. The sprawling garden beds are peppered with hidden gnomes for you to find, and the Ashcombe café features a medley of lavender dishes from lavender scones to lavender ice-cream and chamomile, green and black lavender teas.

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Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm
Photograph: Supplied
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Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

1.5 hours from Melbourne

These gorgeous European-style gardens look like they were plucked straight from the canvas of a Thomas Cole painting and dropped into the hills of Shepherds Flat. The building's mottled brickwork is the same rock and mortar from when it was built over 150 years ago, when it was owned by the Swiss-Italian family who founded it. Its 40-hectare grounds hold a café and herb and vegetable gardens in addition to the lavender farm itself.

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Walders Cafe and Restaurant
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Warratina Lavender Farm

icon-location-pin Wandin North

1.5 hours from Melbourne

The Warratina Lavender farm was built in 1991, set into the foothills of the Dandenongs. It has grown to over 10,000 lavender plants, which are harvested by hand using a traditional sickle. The lavender that's farmed at Warratina is used to create a range of scented goodies, including as soaps, candles, essential oils and furniture oil. After wandering through the lush, purple fields you might want to stop by the estate’s tearooms for lunch or light refreshments.

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Lavender at Daylesford
Photograph: Roberto Seba
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Red Hill Lavender Farm and Distillery

icon-location-pin Main Ridge

1 hour from Melbourne

Tucked between wineries on the Mornington Peninsula, Red Hill Lavender Farm features a picturesque lake and orchard perfect for an afternoon stroll. When the property was purchased in 2007, the farm was created as a haven, with hand-planted crab apple orchard and olive trees. Should you stop by, be sure to bring a picnic basket and enjoy your lunch amongst the fields, or stop by the farm’s restaurant for a bite. On your way out you can stop by the farm gate and spoil yourself with some fresh, local produce and lavender-scented products on offer.

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