Purchased in the 1870s by Suetonius Officer, Duneira comprises more than 38 acres and rises to over 820 metres above sea level.
This is an unusual and remarkable property and garden.
The gardens are considered to be of ‘outstanding cultural significance’ by the National Trust of Australia; several of the trees are listed on the Register of Significant Trees of Victoria; and the Elm Avenue is referred to as ‘one of the best surviving examples of a private formal avenue in Victoria’. The main residence and gate lodge are also mentioned in the Trust’s ‘Statement of Significance’.
The lawns have been a feature of Duneira since the 1890s. There are four major areas: the East Lawn; the West Lawn; the East Terrace Lawn; and the Central Terrace Lawn.
The Dutch Elms lining the avenue date back to the planting period of Suetonius Officer and form part of a genetically important, shrinking global repository. Other remarkable trees from that period still abound.
Stuart Stoneman’s contribution has ensured that the assets of the entire property and its general character of the tree collection have been entirely preserved.
Tickets $10 Students $5 Under 18 free