One of our favourite day trip locations is Mount Macedon.
Mount Macedon is a small town 64 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. The town is located below the mountain of the same name, which rises to 1,001 metres. Mount Macedon is best known for its collection of 19th-century gardens and associated extravagant large homes, which is considered to be one of the most important such collections in Australia. (Source: Wikipedia)
There are a few beautiful private gardens which are open to the public for a small entrance fee. One of them is Forest Glade Gardens.
Driving to Forest Glades Gardens
It’s an easy drive via the freeway and there are no unpaved roads to contend with. Be aware that there is no on-site parking, so you will have to park along surrounding residential streets.
About Forest Glades Gardens
Forest Glade Gardens are about one hundred years old covering around 6 hectares (14.5 acres). The gardens are beautiful in all 4 seasons based on the photos on their website. However, our personal favourite seasons to visit Mount Macedon are Autumn (for the brilliant colours) and Spring (to see daffodils).
The property is currently owned by a registered charity, The Stokes Collection Limited and there is an entrance fee of $10 per person.
There is a surprise at every turn, with a wide variety of flowering plants, shrubs, trellises, ponds, fountains, statues, etc.
At Forest Glades Gardens
Be aware that there are NO toilet facilities at Forest Glade Gardens. It is possible to have a picnic on site, so it’ll be a good idea to go prepared with food, drinks and to have a toilet stop before arrival at the gardens. Dogs are also allowed if they are kept on their leashes.