As the largest cacti and succulent garden in the Southern Hemisphere, “fascinating” doesn’t even come close to describing the experience of walking around Cactus Country. Just west of Cobram in Northern Victoria, it covers an astonishing 8 acres and is still growing.
Owned and operated by Jim and Julie Hall, and their son John, the garden is the culmination of Jim’s passion for cacti, an incredible vision and years of hard work and determination.
Jim purchased the original collection from his father in 1979. After nurturing and expanding this collection for a number of years, Jim and Julie purchased a peach farm, where Cactus Country is now located. The fruit trees were removed and the Cacti garden was finally given the space to truly take shape.
In 1984 the cacti collection grew again when Jim and Julie purchased a vast collection from the estate of South Australian Cacti collector Ed Kromer, who had traveled the world collecting cacti. Ed had requested that his collection be kept together, and his brothers and sisters spent over a year finding the right custodians.
Today, a visit to Cactus Country is like taking a surreal trip from bushy country Victoria to cacti-covered Arizona. Oh, and the Cactus Cake is delicious too!