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“Obliging hosts”
Review of Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens
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Melbourne, Australia
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76 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Obliging hosts”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

We travelled to Smithton mainly to see these gardens, without realising that they were closed on Sundays. However, I rang early, and Lorraine was kind enough to invite us to visit after 3 o'çlock. There were a few other visitors when we arrived. The gardens and the native forest are wonderful. It was a delight to see their group of peacocks - some white, and others the more usual colour. We also noted wrens, and spotted a couple of fairies hiding in the forest. The Huon pine, and the 500 year-old "Öld Man Tree" were impressive, but the ferns steal the show. The only place I've seen with more beautiful ferns are the Dandenongs.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank Max W
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English first
Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Gardens of natural delight”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Tucked away near Edith Creek in the North West of Tasmania, Aus is Allendale Gardens, a wonderful, charming, very natural place to visit. Landscape gardens over 6 acres adjoining 16 acres of cool temperate rainforest. We went there in Feb 2013 as two couples (60+) intending to spend an hour or two looking at the gardens and maybe have coffee/tea. We ended up spending three and a half hours wandering the various areas including the Rainforest Walk. This area was my favourite, a natural path (easy to walk) wandered through the many Tree Ferns, Blackwood and Eucalypts. Lots of wildlife; birdsong and wallabies bouncing through the ferns.
The landscaped gardens were wonderful (we were told every month had a different aspect), the Rose garden should not be missed. Roaming the gardens were peacocks and Guinea Fowl and a cute breed of chook, Silkie!?
We finished our walk and came back to the tea room where we ordered tea and coffee and scones and cream. This came as pots of tea and pots of coffee, more than enough for two cups each... and were told these came as 'bottomless'. The scones were large, homemade and so good. As well as cream they came with home made blackberry jam which was also delicious (told the blackberries were still on the brambles 3 days prior)
Entrance fee was modest, it wasnt difficult to see that all funds went straight back into the gardens. Allendale is run by a wonderful couple as a personal treasure shared to others.

Cant recommend it highly enough!!
This is their website, lots of info and photos:

Visited February 2013
5 Thank tony_barrie
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