Lubra Bend Garden

Garden and Property

The Lubra Bend landscape, located at the heart of the Yarra Valley, features a glorious Guilford Bell house set amongst an established garden of camellias, magnolias, oaks and a Phillip Johnson designed dry garden, cascading 600m to the Yarra River, with expansive views over to the Great Dividing Range.

The garden itself covers 10 acres of sloping landscape down to the stunning Yarra River frontage lined by native and remnant vegetation.

History and Ethos

For 50,000 years the Wurundjeri people have lived and thrived in the Yarra Valley.

Rosemary Simpson and her husband came to Lubra Bend in 2000, and in 2007 she engaged Phillip Johnson to  create a new dry garden and cascade descending 600 metres to the Yarra River. 

2 years ago Phillip created a mound on which are now grown West Australian wild flowers, which have been grafted to survive in Victoria. 

Also to be seen are 50 Camellias, 12 Magnolias, assorted citrus trees and a rose garden. Beyond the garden are a 100 Oak trees.

Rosemary's passion is to save our precious water and to preserve our marvellous landscape.


Lubra Bend will reopen in October for small group tours of 10 or more.

Bookings can be made via the website.

Groups can arive from 10.00am until12.30pm

Cost $20.00/person for an informed tour