Open year-round and best to visit in January
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.