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Como Gardens Open Day 2017

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Update April 4th 2016
Como Gardens Autumn Open Garden - the next chance to enjoy this brilliant venue is the 16th and 17th of April 2016. And they have added a horse drawn carriage to events. Get you boots on and prepare to rob the stage coach. They have a secret celebrity chef attending and cooking as well. Be there to find out who.

Update December 19th 2015
What a huge success the Open Day was with over 2000 people through the gardens on the day. Although you could not tell as the gardens are so extensive you feel almost alone in all that beauty. And over $24,000 was raised for the SES and St John's Ambulance Victoria. But you have not missed out, as they open again in Autumn on April 16, 2016 for another wonderful weekend. Gates open at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday and the Sausages will already be SIZZLING. Take this time to visit this historic garden. It is an event you will want to do every year to support our dedicated volunteers.

Do prehistorics roar louder than Bugatti
Prehistoric Woolemi Pine
Explore COMO GARDENS Acres of Adventure

Do you love exploring gardens? What if you could explore one garden that has one of the only prehistoric trees left in the world, the Woolemi Pine (Wollemia Nobilis). This plant existed before the Jurassic Period. There is one particularly beautiful specimen reaching 100 ft in height and 45 ft in width and it is a hidden gem within Como Gardens which is open for one weekend in October.

antique car museum vintage cars car show
Como Gardens Vintage Car Museum

Do you love antique cars? You can stroll through the Vintage Car Museum or join the free tour and view over 15 antique cars including a James Bond specialty car and a car of the royal family, and there are 13 more rare finds.

Bugatti 1927 Type 35 C 220 KPH Hear her ROAR

The museum even has one of the few remaining Bugatti 1927 type 35 C straight eight supercharged grand prix car, capable of a top speed of 220kph. Engine capacity 1910cc developing 130BHP at 5200rpm, single overhead cam shaft through a four speed box.
And it is wonderful to listen to its roar as they start her up.
This car still competes at events.

But if cars don't turn you on, like they reeve me up, then there are acres and acres of gardens to explore including ornamental, formal, wetland, rain forests, and fairy gardens. Face painting and other kids activities are hidden in the Fairy Garden and they have wonderful specialty birds on display showing off their finery. You have to hunt a bit to find the Hobbit House but it is worth the search to find this magical place.

Woolemi Pine Garden Open Day
Picnic and Explore COMO GARDENS for Prehistoric Trees

See if you can spot all 55 types of Magnolias during your strolls around the grounds.

Magnolia Varieties of Magnolias
55 Varieties of Magnolias

Bring a picnic to share or rely on the St John's volunteers as they cook up a mountain of sausages and Devonshire Tea. I have tasted them and they are delicious.

St Johns Ambulance S.E.S
Sausage Sizzle and Devonshire Tea St Johns Ambulance Volunteers

This is all for a good cause, fundraising to support the S.E.S and St John's Ambulance.

Miniature Train Rides
Miniature Train Rides ALL ABOARD

Make sure you save time to watch the miniature boat races and sailing ships on the lake. The Titanic might be sinking.

Miniature Boat Races
Sinking of the Titanic and Miniature Boats on the Lake

Finally, ALL ABOARD, the miniature train that takes you around even more wondrous sights. This is a fantastic fun day for all of the family.

miniature train rides
All ABOARD Train Rides around COMO GARDENS

And this is your chance to see it all this, as George and Pat Hettrel will open their private gardens to the public for one wonderful weekend on 22 and 23 April 2017.

These gardens were initially the homestead and nursery of the William Chandler Family established in 1873 and has many heritage features and plant species. The Royal Botanical Gardens and the Garden Plant Conservation Association of Australia work together with the Hettrel Family to maintain this wonderful space and you will be amazed at the species of plants you will discover on your walks.

Radio Eastern 98.1 FM
Radio Eastern 98.1 FM Outside Broadcast LIVE from their van

And Radio Eastern 98.1 FM will be there on the weekend as well, broadcasting live from their Outside Van, with special interviews with so this is your chance, to meet some of your favourite presenters.
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Why? Family Fun Day Train Rides Antique Cars & Open Garden
When: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: (03) 9761 1341
Where: Como Gardens, 79 Basin-Olinda Rd, The Basin VIC 3145
Cost: 8.00 per person Children under 14 FREE
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One little error - correct name is the Botanic garden or gardens, not botanical. :-)
by fluffynut (score: 2|631) 125 days ago
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