The Portland Botanic Gardens are a hidden tranquil beauty, established in the 1850s by William Allitt, one of the earliest botanic gardens in Australia. The gardens hold treasure to 300 varieties of roses and 130 varieties of dahlias.
Stroll through the gardens all year round and capture the beauty hidden within, showcasing some rare and important species the Portland Botanic Gardens is home to outstanding species such as the Cordyline Australis, Wigandia Caracasana and Rhus Viminalis.
Enjoy a barbecue or picnic amongst the rose gardens or the native garden beds that include many species that are indigenous to the Glenelg Shire.
Situated in the Botanical Gardens, this two storey bluestone cottage was the home of the Portland Botanical Gardens’ curator. It features a bedroom, nursery, kitchen, parlour and annexe, furnished as a late nineteenth century workman’s cottage.