The cacti have been plucked from various warm climate destinations across the globe, including Mexico, America and the Sahara. Unsurprisingly, the plants thrive in the toasty conditions of the Murray region.
At just over three hours' drive from Melbourne, Cactus Country may seem like a challenge to visit. However, thousands of Melbournians are making the effort to witness the unique gardens each year.
1. Experience a garden like no other
Literally - these cacti grounds are unlike any other in Australia.
The 12-acre garden is essentially a never-ending field of desert vegetation. From the entrance of the gardens, the layers of cacti appear to continue all the way to the horizon.
Cactus Country is renowned for its photographic possibilities. The bristly succulents and dry plants produce a rustic and rugged feel for imagery and can be the ultimate backdrop to achieve a wild west aesthetic.
Models and professional photographers regularly visit the gardens for wedding, pregnancy, fashion and product shoots.
The predominant colour themes exposed in Cactus Country photographs are browns, yellows and mild greens. If you plan to shoot with a human subject in the image, I recommend dressing them in orange/yellow/red (to match the background theme), or bold black/white (to contrast and stand out).
To reach the plant-loving paradise, most people will take the Hume Freeway from Melbourne, and then connect onto the Goulburn Valley Highway. The gardens are positioned between the towns of Yielima and Cobram on the Murray River Highway.
The gardens are generally quieter during the week, making it easier and more peaceful for photography. However, if you choose to visit at peak periods, you may have the opportunity to join in on a Cactus Country event.
Upon arriving at the park, you will need to pay a small fee to enter the gardens. This will include access to the restaurant/bar, walking trails, information guides and nursery/gift shop.
On the menu at the restaurant, guests can indulge in nachos, cactus cake and cactus ice-cream, as well as typical Mexican beverages.
Good flowering time is in Spring, and generally best between October and November. It is best to visit on a clear, sunny day as rain can sometimes make the walking trails muddy.