When you think of the Mornington Peninsula, you might think about its beautiful beaches and wonderful wineries. But, tucked away in Boneo is a spectacular paradise filled with gardens, lakes, animals and stunning views. The privately-owned Panorama Garden Estate stretches across a whopping 55-acres. 25 of those acres belong to gardens, filled with over 20,000 plants and over 8,000 tonnes of rock. You’ll also find a wildlife sanctuary, with adorable alpacas, albino kangaroos, peacocks and more. This oasis is about an hour and a half away from Melbourne, and you can take a tour for just $30.
Panorama Garden Estate
This delightful hidden gem is the perfect day out for nature lovers. It takes around two and a half hours for you to completely stroll around and admire the gardens. Located roughly ten minutes away from Rosebud, this destination has plenty of picturesque views, looking out over 100km across both Port Phillip Bay and the Bass Strait.
The many garden displays and landscapes took over 18 years to complete. Throughout the space, you’ll discover orchards, flowers, lakes, waterfalls, streams and more.
As it is also a wildlife sanctuary, you’ll find plenty of animals roaming freely around the property. They are not tame creatures, and so, they cannot be interacted with or patted. Initially, Panorama Garden Estate had mostly farm animals, such as cows, sheep and chickens. Then, once they became a wildlife sanctuary, they started to get all sorts of other lovely animals, including their notable albino kangaroos, as well as miniature goats, parrots, geese, wallabies and more.
A limited number of small group tours are available each week, and the venue is open on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 10am. Tickets are $30 per person, and $20 for children under 15. Meanwhile, kids under 5 are free.