Australia's most amazing gardens, great and small

We Aussies love our gardens, whether they're tiny vertical gardens built into urban spaces or great sprawling properties on acres of Australian bushland.

We've found some of the best gardens in the country, from impeccably-designed city gardens to 64-hectare rural masterpieces.

Australian Garden, Cranbourne

Part of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, the Australian Garden is located in Cranbourne, Victoria - just less than an hour's drive from Melbourne. Set across 15 hectares of land, visitors to this award-winning garden can explore the beauty and diversity of Australian flora in the garden’s arid landscape, dry riverbeds and sculptural elements across water features inspired by Australia’s wetlands. Visitors can also get inspiration for their own gardens here and learn how to use Australian plants in their backyards.

Towers Road Residence, Melbourne

Designed by Taylor Cullity Leathlean and Wood Marsh Architecture, the gardens in this stunning private residence are a fine example of how to create a green and tranquil oasis within an urban environment. The lush gardens offer a stark contrast to the raw beauty of the house itself, and include a circular fernery, a rear garden filled with seasonal evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, perennials, stepping stones and arbours to help navigate your way through each area.

Image source: T.C.L

Wattle Glen, Victoria

Designed by Sam Cox to replicate and mimic the Australian bush landscape, the design of Wattle Garden adheres to principles of naturalism and is filled with traditional natives and indigenous plants. Built at the home of Sam Cox and Lisa Hatfield, this garden has been opened to the public in previous years as an example of how we can adapt our gardens to higher temperatures and reduced rainfall, which seem to have become the new normal.

Image source: Sam Cox

Pocket-sized garden, Surry Hills

Designed by landscape architects Growing Rooms, this living rooms melts into the pocket-sized courtyard through clever planting and natural materials like stone and hardwood timber. Designed for a private client, this garden offers a secluded city escape and plenty of opportunities for entertaining.

Image source: Growing Rooms

Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

Founded in 1970 and officially opened in 1976, the 56-hectare botanic gardens are open to the public every day of the year. Key attractions in this vast garden are the Bonsai House, Fern House, Fragrant Plants and Herb Garden and plenty of activities for kids along the Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail.

Mayfield, Blue Mountains

Spread across 64 hectares in the beautiful Blue Mountains are the Mayfield Gardens; the largest gardens on this list. Owned by the Hawkins family, the gardens have been opened to the public for everyone to enjoy and share in the family's vision. So large that there are minibuses operating on site, Mayfield hosts several events throughout the year, including a White Party (February 24), Autumn Fest, Spring Festival and a Garden Run. 

Camperdown Commons Urban Farm

Though not technically a garden, this urban farm - opened in 2016 by Pocket City Farms on the formerly abandoned Camperdown Bowling Club - brings a much-needed slice of green to Sydney's industrial inner west. The farm is a community project, where everyone is welcome to volunteer and get their hands dirty, or even take a yoga class. Acre Eatery is located right next door and sources much of its produce from the on-site farm.

Image source: Pocket City Farms

All Gardens Great & Small - featuring comedian Miranda Hart - premieres Tuesday February 20, 9.30pm on Lifestyle.

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