Celebrate Spring in these Stunning Gardens

The same weather that allows us to grow juicy grapes for our favourite Australian wines, also allows gardeners to grow some of the most stunning flower displays imaginable.

So pack your bags, and get ready to stop and smell the roses, at some of these stunning Australian gardens. 

Floriade, Canberra


As Australia’s unofficial ‘Celebration of Spring,’ we couldn’t write about Australian gardens without mentioning Floriade.

The festival kicks off this weekend in Centennial Park, Canberra, and entry is still free. So it’s a perfect time to take the whole family, or the whole crew out to soak in the spring air.

This year’s Floriade theme is ‘Rejuvenation,’ and it’s the festival’s 30th year – so expect big things. 

The Everglades, The Blue Mountains

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While The Blue Mountains can be far too cold to consider picnics in winter, spring is when the mountains start to shine. Nowhere is this more evident, than the winding pathways of the historic Everglades House Gardens.

Set across more than 5 hectares of flowers, blossoms, streams, and lawns; The Everglades is like something straight out of a Hans Christian Anderson story, and an absolute must for flower lovers (and all lovers alike) during spring.

South Bank Parklands, Brisbane

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Whether you come to South Bank for the gardens, or the incredible restaurants (we recommend getting an outdoor table, and a glass of chilled white, at South Bank Beer Garden), Spring is a fantastic time to visit Brisbane – before the temperature starts to rise in November.

However, for those of you looking to score extra points for your Instagram, then you’ll want to stroll through South Bank’s Grand Arbour. It’s a series of steel archways, connected by wires; but during spring it’s also a vibrant walkway of blooming bougainvillea – just the thing for a new profile pic!

Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden, Bulla

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Alister Clark was known as “the great Australian rose breeder” and this quiet garden the only place where you can see his entire life’s work on display.

It’s only a forty-five-minute drive from Melbourne, but when you step into Alister Clark’s dreamy garden, you’ll feel like you’re hours away from it all.

While many of the roses blossom closer to Summer, some of his finest creations only bloom at the very start of Spring – so be quick! 

Wendy’s Secret Garden, Sydney

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Even though it’s not much of a secret anymore, Wendy’s Secret Garden still has a few secrets up its sleeve. There are plenty of secret nooks and crannies hidden throughout the garden paths, making it the perfect place to explore this spring.

So pack a picnic (and a bottle of Australian wine), catch the ferry over to North Sydney and follow the water’s edge until you see the stairs.


Roberta Marchesini