Travel Theme – Gardens (Hunter Valley Gardens)

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Situated in amongst the wineries that the area is renown for the Hunter Valley Gardens  cover an area of 60 acres and has over eight kilometres of walking tracks with delights around every corner. It is wheelchair friendly with only the odd path not accessible.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Another equally as scenic route was soon found.  There are ten themed gardens in all starting with the oriental garden (above). Others include the sunken garden, the rose garden, the formal garden, the border garden, the Indian mosaic garden, the lakes walk, the Chinese moongate garden and the Italian Grotto.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

One of my favourites though was the storybook garden. Here tales from my childhood came alive as we visited the ginger bread house, rolled down the hill with Jack and Jill, saw the cow that jumped over the moon  and of course the mad hatters tea party.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

These gardens are the largest gardens in the southern hemisphere and are privately owned by Bill and Imelda Roche. Their collectibles are scattered throughout the garden. The rose garden has thirteen bronze statues of Imelda and her twelve grandchildren.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

And as a tribute to the Brokenback ranges at which it sits in the foothills  the Brokenback brumbies roam.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

We spent a lovely day and stayed overnight in a winery motel. It was an absolutely superb day and I could easily have spent much longer, taking my time, sitting under the magic mushrooms like Ferdinand, just smelling the flowers.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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24 Responses to Travel Theme – Gardens (Hunter Valley Gardens)

  1. M. R. says:

    Isn’t the first time you’ve made me ashamed of knowing so little of my own country. DON’T ASK ME WHAT OTHER TIME, OK??? – I can’t remember. I just know. [grin]

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  2. Jenni says:

    I never knew they were here – can’t wait to take some time to look – I bet mum would love it too – fond of a garden is mum.

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  3. What a lovely post with great pictures! The Hunter Valley region is truly amazing, just kicking myself I didn’t get the chance to check out the gardens when I was there. Will have to definitely do it next time I’m there. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. fictionfitz says:

    The woman in the wheelchair is your mom?

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  5. Sherri says:

    What a wonderful place to visit! I really enjoyed our walk here today Irene, thank you 😉

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  6. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos Irene. If ever I am in the Hunter Valley I will definitely visit these beautiful gardens.

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  7. pommepal says:

    Loved the walk with you around the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens Irene. I visited them so long ago it is definitely time to visit them again. Maybe on our way home from Canberra later this year.

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  8. Looks like lots of fun IW.

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    • Dysu it is definitely the place for everyone. You can even sit down by the lake a couple of times a day and a rousing orchestral piece will burst forth and the fountains dance to it or you can just be a kid again. Imagine having a grandma with a garden like this. … I dream on 🙂 IW

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