Peony season has commenced in Australia, and it is one of our favourite times of the year! These fleeting blooms don’t last long and are restricted to cold climate parts of the country so you really need to get south to see them growing and to experience a pick-your-own farm. Luckily, with borders reopening that is now possible, and while there are some restrictions on visits this year you can still enjoy farm gate experiences and have the chance to pick some of these precious blooms.
1. Romswood Peony Farm, Macedon Ranges – Victoria
Romswood is a beautiful family run peony farm located in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges just under one hour from Melbourne. The farm is located in the picturesque Kerrie Valley and the gardens at the farm are established and a lovely spot to spend a few hours. This year they won’t be holding their harvest picnics, however they will still have pick-your own-peony sessions available during November. The current advertised pick-your-own days are Sunday 15th of November, Wednesday 18th of November and Sunday 22nd of November, the cost is $50 for entry and 20 stems.
If you are in the region of the Macedon Ranges you can also get lucky and see farms selling blooms on the side of the road, often for $7-10 a bunch.
For more information including bookings, please visit here.
Read our detailed article on Romswood here.
2. Spring Hill Peony Farm, Spring Hill – Victoria
A regular on our ele calendar is the pretty Spring Hill Peony Farm located in the small hamlet of Spring Hill close to Trentham and Daylesford. This farm serves food and drinks and is a great spot to picnic and enjoy the beautiful surrounds.
It will open again this year, however there will be some restrictions on numbers so it is best to head over to Spring Hill’s website for all of the details. Bookings open on November 15 and the cost is $45 for entry and 15 peony stems.
Read our detailed review here on Spring Hill including more gorgeous peony images!
3. Red Hill Peony Estate, Mornington Peninsula – Victoria
Heading in the opposite direction, the Red Hill Peony Estate is located on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. The Estate has been owned by the same family for seven generations, and has a long history of growing vegetables and produce on the lush land. This year the Farm Gate Peak Bloom Days will be on Saturday the 14th and Sunday 25th November. While there is no pick-your-own option, visitors will be able to purchase cut flowers, potted peonies and tree peonies. Self-guided tours are also able to be booked for $20 per person over 15 years of age.
4. Gateforth Farm Peonies, Black River – Tasmania
Gateforth Farm in cold climate Tasmania is the perfect peony growing region. There are six acres of peonies that you can meander through and on the ‘Peonies in the Paddock’ day on November 21 you can buy flowers and plants and enjoy some great local Tasmanian produce and music.
For more information and ticket sales visit here.
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