Next Open Garden Date: 13-14 April 2019
Open to the public only a couple of weekends a year, Duneira was purchased in the 1870s by Suetonius Officer. It comprises more than 38 acres and rises to over 820 metres above sea level, and 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.
The gardens of Duneira are only open a couple of weekends a year to the general public. The next open gardens is on 13-14 April 2019.
Enjoy vibrant reds, golds, yellows and oranges in the deciduous gardens, explore seasonal plantings and ancient trees. Bring a picnic, take photographs and make the most of the entertainment and other delights on offer. Gates open at 10am and close at 4.30pm.
Entry $10 | Students $5 | Under 18 free.
PS. Duneira has a no-smoking and no-dogs allowed policy.