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Cactus Country (Strathmerton)

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by Risha (subscribe)
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Published September 3rd 2022
Marvel at the succulents
I am sure I got your attention with the title. When we first planned to visit Cactus Country, I was excited to see why it's so popular. I mean, we are talking about cacti - what's so special about them? Well, think again. Cactus Country is a different world with infinite species of cactus in all shapes and sizes.

Located in Strathmerton, around a 3 hour drive from Melbourne, this is the largest cactus garden in Australia. In fact, this is one of the must-visit spots if you are craving a day trip or touring the Murray region.


It can take up to an hour or two to tour the whole 12-acre garden with so many varieties of cacti on display. The garden is wheelchair accessible and dog friendly.
Flowering Cactus
Flowering Cactus


They even had a fun game of ticking off the different types of cacti for kids when we visited. They also have a small nursery of cacti for sale if you want to try growing a smaller version of the cactus you see in the garden.

As a photographer, I just couldn't stop taking photos here. No wonder, this place is regularly hired for photoshoots and weddings.
Cactus Country
Cactus Country


After the garden visit, we visited the Mexican-inspired café to taste the cactus cake and ice cream. They have an outdoor and indoor seating area with amazing décor which will transport you to Mexico.

The ice cream made from the cactus fruit was a big hit with kids but the show stopper was the cake.
Cactus Ice Cream
Cactus Ice Cream


The moist, melt-in-the-mouth cake blew my mind. The cake and the ice cream are made in-house and are most popular on their menu.
Cactus Cake
Cactus Cake


You also have other Mexican food like nachos, quesadillas, Mexican sodas, and more on the menu. If I have to describe our visit to Cactus Country in one word, I would say it's unique. It's a world of cacti that amazes you at every turn.

The blooming time for cactus is from October to November and this is the best time to watch the burst of colours on these succulents. Please keep an eye on their website for updates.

Cactus Country is open every week Wednesday - Sunday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
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Why? To see the biggest Cactus garden in Australia
When: Wednesday – Sunday 10AM – 5PM
Phone: 0427 745 271
Where: 4986 Murray Valley Hwy Strathmerton Victoria 3641
Cost: Adults $20, Seniors $17.50, Child $10
Your Comment
We were up that way a few years ago but unfortunately we ran out of time to visit. Your article reminds me how much I wanted to see it.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9742) 24 days ago
I love cactus, they are a hardy plant, suit for me that not having a green thumbs
by Mindo Koerber (score: 2|375) 6 days ago
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