3802 Geelong Road, Stockyard Hill (near Beaufort)
Saturday 27 April, 2019 to
Sunday 28 April, 2019
10.00am - 4.00pm
Entry $15, under 18 free
This is a rare opportunity to visit Mawallok – an historic Western District property with 2.5 hectare gardens designed by renowned landscape architect William Guilfoyle in 1909.
Wander the serpentine paths and sweeping lawns and take in the impressive vistas across the lake designed by Sir John Monash. At the bottom of the garden is a six-hole golf course designed by Major Alex Russell in 1924. A ha-ha wall divides the garden at the upper level surrounding the manor house from the golf course, allowing unimpeded views from the house to the lake.
Autumn is a special time to visit the garden and enjoy the many mature trees throughout as they start to colour. There are several historically significant trees including Algerian and Gallipoli Oaks and a stunning Copper Beech. Later design additions include a grapevine-covered pergola, an avenue of pleached tilias and, more recently, a new dry garden.
Visitors are invited to make a day of their visit to Mawallok – enjoy a picnic on the extensive lawns with the many food stalls and other delights that will be part of the opening.
Extras will include:
- refreshments including coffee, tea, cakes and lunches available to purchase;
- local wines and olive oil tastings and sales;
- plant sales; and
- various artisan stalls, including 'Wired For Living'
Other activities to enjoy in the local area include:
Walking and hiking
Nearby Mount Cole State Forest and Mount Buangor State Park offer a range of hiking trails through eucalypt forest and ferns, leading to waterfalls and rocky outcrops. Different routes suit all fitness levels.
Spend an afternoon panning for gold at Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill or walk in the footsteps of past miners on an underground tour of the Central Deborah Gold Mine.
Explore the vineyards and cellar doors of the Pyrenees wine region, including Michael Unwin Wines (Beaufort), Mount Avoca Vineyard, Redbank Winery and Mount Langi Ghiran Vineyard
Information and advice on garden visiting