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Lavender fields in and around Melbourne

Stop and smell the lavender at these lovely Victorian flower fields

Nicola Dowse
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Nicola Dowse
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Lavender grows pretty darn well in Victoria. So much so that we have a number of lavender farms dedicated to growing the woody, sweet smelling shrub. Sure, you can find lavender bushes thriing throughout Melbourne, but there is something really amazing (not to mention photogenic) about visiting a lavender farm where you can stroll through purple fields. 

Best of all, many 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 December and January.

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Lavender fields in Victoria

  • Attractions
  • Farms

Reopens January 2, 2022

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.

Warratina Lavender Farm
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • 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. It's free to visit, and is open Wed-Sun.

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  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Main Ridge

Lavender fields reopen mid December

1 hour from Melbourne

Tucked between wineries on the Mornington Peninsula, Red Hill Lavender 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.

Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens
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  • Games and hobbies
  • 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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The best secret gardens in Melbourne
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  • Parks and gardens

If you've seen everything there is to see at the Royal Botanic Gardens, it might be time to stop and smell the flowers at these unsung gardens around Melbourne.

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