The gardens and plantings are stunning here.
One of the glasshouses.
The place must be amazing in full Autumn.
See the bird on the fence…?
There’s a vineyard next door.
And this amazing rose garden.
I love those big trees and winding paths.
It all feels very English.
Inside is stunning.
Brothers Thomas and Andrew Chirnside came here around 1840.
They built a pastoral empire with a ‘Do or Die’ attitude.
The home was sold to the Roman Catholic Bishops of Australia.
For the next 50 years it was a seminary until it was sold to the state government in 1973.
The coffee and chatter was calling me.
A few of us went for a final explore before closing.
This river was full of birds!
We go out about every two weeks for free outings and occasionally I host a 2 hour paid camera workshop. Come join us for free over here at The Melbourne Walk and Shoot Group. It makes for a lovely way to spend a half day exploring interesting places around Melbourne and for finding new friends too.