Discover the Prickly Paradise of Cactus Country, Victoria’s Hidden Gem

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Who knew Australia had a prickly side? This week on MasterChef Australia Secrets and Surprises, we got a glimpse of the captivating Cactus Country, a destination most don’t know exists.

With its sprawling collection of cacti and succulent varieties from around the world, Cactus Country is a prickly paradise unlike any other, so here’s everything you need to know about this Instagrammable hidden gem. Don’t worry; we’re not expecting you to whip up a cactus-inspired dessert. We’ll leave that up to the contestants.

What Is Cactus Country?

Stepping into Cactus Country is like entering a botanical wonderland filled with an astonishing array of cacti and succulents.

Spanning over 10 acres, the property boasts more than 4,000 species of cacti, showcasing the diverse shapes, sizes, and colours of these extraordinary desert plants. From towering saguaros to delicate flowering succulents, you will find something new every time.

With its decades-long history, this sprawling 12-acre farm has gained a well-deserved reputation as a social media sensation thanks to its picturesque landscapes that are simply breathtaking.

How Do I Get There?

To reach Cactus Country via car, it’s a cruisy three-hour drive from Melbourne. The cactus farm is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm for most of the year except on holidays, like Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and Good Friday.

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Photo: Visit Victoria

What Can I Do At Cactus Country?

Cactus Country offers something for everyone, making it an ideal destination for families. Children can go on a scavenger hunt, search for hidden treasures among the cacti, or enjoy the thrill of the “Jumping Castle in a Cactus.” There are picnic areas and a café serving Mexican-inspired treats.

The interactive nature of Cactus Country offers an immersive experience for visitors of all ages. Wander through themed gardens that transport you to different regions of the world, such as the Mexican Garden with its vibrant colours and traditional architecture. Explore the Cactarium, a greenhouse filled with rare and exotic specimens, or stroll along tranquil paths lined with towering cacti.

The knowledgeable staff are passionate about sharing their expertise, offering guided tours and workshops that provide valuable insights into the world of cacti and succulents. Visitors can learn about their unique adaptations and cultivation techniques and even purchase plants to start their own collection.

Best Places to Eat in Cactus Country

Cactus Country may be known for its alluring cactus gardens, but it also offers a delightful culinary experience for visitors looking to satisfy their taste buds. Start your gastronomic journey at the Mexican Bar and Restaurant where you can indulge in a range of delectable dishes inspired by the flavours of the desert.

From fresh salads incorporating succulent ingredients to mouthwatering cactus-based specialties and towering nachos, this eatery offers a unique dining experience in the heart of Cactus Country. You can’t leave without trying cactus ice cream — it’s a delicacy.

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Photo: Visit Victoria

When Is the Best Time to Visit?

The best times to visit the farm are from October to November when most cacti are in bloom.

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