Koroit Botanic Gardens
High Street, Koroit, Victoria 3282
Koroit Botanic Gardens were chosen as the site for the inaugural Replenish Our Planet Living Festival because of their historic and aesthetic significance.
One of Victoria’s earliest provincial botanic gardens, the layout and planting were developed in accordance with a master plan prepared by William Guilfoyle, who is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest garden designers. Guilfoyle was appointed Director of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens in 1873, which he redesigned over a period of 36 years to become one of the finest botanic gardens in the world.
The Koroit Botanic Gardens were at the centre of the original plan for the township, developed in 1857. There was little progress until 1870, however, when State Botanist Baron von Mueller donated 190 trees and plants to the venture. Local MP William Anderson then commissioned Guilfoyle and the Gardens were completed to the designer’s master plan in 1880.
After falling into decline in the early 1990s, a conservation plan was proposed in 1999 and the Gardens were eventually listed on the State Heritage Register in 2006. The Gardens contain over 100 rare and unusual trees from around the world, and are currently being restored by a partnership project between Moyne Shire and local community groups.
Koroit is situated in the rolling green pastures of Western Victoria, on the north rim of Tower Hill. Part of the Moyne Shire, the township is 273km west of Melbourne and 18km north-west of Warrnambool.
Koroit has a rich history and unique character, being one of Australia’s most complete examples of an early Irish settlement. The township continues to thrive due to its vibrant and close knit community.
Numerous accommodation options are available in Koroit, Warrnambool and Port Fairy. Please contact the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre for directions.