Yarrabee Native Garden

Lara, VIC, 3212

Yarrabee Native Garden

This private 5 acre garden is only 20 minutes from Geelong and is well worth a visit from anyone who has an interest in gardening. Our object is to encourage interest with homeowners to use more native plants and second hand materials for use in their landscaping needs. This beautiful extensive garden encompasses a wide range of habitats and plants spread around the spacious, but easily-travelled grounds.

Special Event Dates

Saturday, 17 September 2022 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Monday, 19 September 2022 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Regular Opening Times

The Garden is normally open by appointment only. What that means is just give us a call to make sure we will be home. Group bookings, garden clubs and coaches are welcome with special packages available that include morning/afternoon tea.

Entry Fee: $10

Tickets can be obtained at Open Garden Victoria website .tickets must be booked and pre-paid online via TryBooking. You are free to enjoy the garden at your leisure. Specific timeslots are no longer required.
Entry via payment at the gate will be accepted, but prior ticketed bookings will have precedence over pay-at-the-gate, and access will depend on available space in the garden.
Student $6
Children under 18 free

Warning: Water in the garden

Location & Contact Info

  • 50 West Gateway
  • Lara, VIC, 3212

Note: Note: Melway Ref: 422 B1. Ample street parking for cars & buses

Local Climate Zone: 10 - Mediteranean

Summer avg. Max: 25°C Winter avg. Min: 6°C
Avg Frost Days:6
Annual Rainfall avg: 504mm. Summer avg. 118mm.
No. of rainy days: 29 Winter avg. 125mm.

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Garden Guide

This 5 acre property was purchased in 1982. At the time it was flat flood prone farm land. It took over 2 years to bring in 100's of tonnes of clean fill to build up the property. First on the agenda was building the dam which is filled with natural ...

Ponds and waterfall

In front of the house we have 3 ponds .This picture is of pond one, pond 2 is surrounded by acacia ground cover, day lilies and pink status. Pond 3 is surrounded by pig face and has a crocodile in residence.
Out back we have a 18 ft waterfall. The white water cascades down a series of rocky outcrops.  More Info »

Exhibit by Geelong Sculptors Society

On display and for sale throughout the garden are sculptors from the Geelong Sculptors Society. We have created a network of wide walking tracks to guide visitors through a diverse range of exotic and native garden beds.  More Info »


We have for sale in our nursery some rare and unusual plants as well as those propagated from the plants throughout the garden. We have a variety of aloes, daylilies, salvias, geraniums, pelegoniams, echiums, succulents, crepe myrtle trees, plectranthus, eremophlias . We also have large variety of hanging baskets .........  More Info »

Veggie garden

These veggie beds are made out of wood and recycled corrugated iron. The beds can hold a variety of summer and winter vegetables that we pick throughout the year.
At the back of the veggie garden we have our covered orchard which comprises of over 38 fruits tree, 180 strawberries and 35+ loganberry and blackberry plants.  More Info »


Down the back of the garden we have a large dam. This dam fluctuates between full and empty, depending on the amount of rain that we get throughout the year. There is a gently strolling path around our dam where you can walking by sheoaks trees. Maybe you can catch sight of our ducks gliding around on the dam  More Info »

Visitor Comments

The different gardens were beautiful Lots to see , a great day was had and well worth a visit thank you regards Sue & Mark Wattle Glen Vic.
Mark - November 2019
The Benalla Garden Club welcomed with great hospitality on a rainy day in November A day enjoyed by all. Judy S. December
Judy - December 2018
we had a wonderful day at these gardens, tourism Geelong and the Bellarine volunteers visited just recently
Annamarie - February 2018
The Springvale Garden Club visited these beautiful gardens in September. I would highly recommend them. They are a mix of natives and exotics. Very pleasing to the eye. Allow 90 mins./2 hrs. to see everything.
Cheryl - October 2016

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