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Melbas Garden

Designed by William Guilfoyle, the architect of the Victorian Royal Botanic Gardens, and established over 100 years ago; our seven acres of stunning gardens provide an evocative and romantic setting for wanderings, weddings, private events and many a photograph.

Behind the six hundred metres of Cypress hedge, lie a succession of terraced lawns, native, Italian and vegetable gardens, a croquet lawn, a former grass tennis court, a newly established Rose Arbour and the oldest swimming pool in Victoria.

The gardens contain many rare plants and beautiful old world trees - such as the breathtaking English oak, believed to be over 180 years old, majestically spanning the breadth of the courtyard; and the rambling beauty of the wisteria when in full bloom, elegantly tumbling over areas of the house and Garden.

Melba's Garden is accessed via guided tour. Bookings are essential. 

When attending, please note:
The walk is a guided walking tour of Dame Nellie Melba's Garden. The tour takes approximately one hour.

The walking route follows an unsealed and sometimes uneven pathway. It is not undercover, and there are no toilets along the route.

Please ensure you wear suitable footwear and are capable of standing and walking unaided for the full duration of the walk (or bring a wheelchair and a companion capable of pushing the wheelchair for the entire duration of the tour). Bring umbrellas for shade and rain protection if required and also bring drinking water – particularly in hot weather.

Terms & Conditions for our Tours can be viewed HERE







$30.00 per person - Garden Tour and morning tea (scones & coffee or tea)

$85 per person - Garden Tour and 2 course lunch

$95 per person - Garden Tour and 3 course lunch

$75 per person - Garden Tour and High Tea (Thursday & Sunday ONLY)


For all tour bookings, please click HERE


**Bookings essential**


Coombe Cottage

Dame Nellie Melba was the most famous woman in the world when she chose Coombe Cottage to be her Australian Home.

Melba purchased the sixty-acre dairy farm in 1909, renaming the property Coombe Cottage after a house she had rented in England while she was performing at Covent Garden.

Coombe Cottage is still the private residence of Melba’s family and was the home of Melba’s grandaughter Pamela Lady Vestey until she died in 2011. 

We will once again be opening the exclusive Coombe Cottage, for a glimpse into the extravagant life of this iconic diva. Take a step back in time and enter a world of luxury and glamour.We are very pleased to announce that we will once again be opening the exclusive Coombe Cottage, for a glimpse into the extravagant life of this iconic diva.  

Journey with us through Dame Nellie Melba's home, starting in the grand Entrance Hall. View the Dining Room set as if she was to host a private dinner party.  Regale in the provenance of her priceless personal affects and admire the beauty, elegance and timeless style within her bedroom. The grand music room has hosted many magnificent parties. This evocative room is where the great soprano sang her favourite arias and played her beloved piano.


Bookings are essential 

Tours are limited to 10 and bookings must be made 48hrs prior. 

Terms & Conditions for our Tours can be viewed HERE

Melba House Tours will return for Winter 2022.

Bookings for June - August now available.

To make a reservation please you the links provided below.

Wednesday to Sunday 

House Tour (11:00am) & Three Course Lunch (12:00pm)

House Tour (12:00pm) & Three Course Lunch (1:00pm)

Thursday & Sunday

House Tour (1:30pm) & High Tea (2:30pm)

House Tour (1:30pm) & Premium High Tea (2:30pm)