Designed and planted 20 years ago by the original owner, Margaret Burrell, the 2.5 acre (1 hectare) garden is set on a sandhill with sweeping 360 degree views across McLaren Vale and the Mount Lofty Ranges.
The garden, surrounded by vineyards on all sides, is beautifully terraced with a real sense of the Mediterranean. Imaginative plantings and the bold use of colour, set against the cobalt blue skies of McLaren Vale, means the garden looks beautiful all year around.
Tipsy Hill Estate offers four options for Garden Tours:
$10 per person
This is a 1-hour experience that includes a guided garden tour.
Garden Tour & Refreshments
$15 per person
This is a 1.5-hour experience that includes a guided garden tour, tea & coffee.
Garden Tour & Picnic Lunch
$55 per person
This is a 2-hour experience that includes a guided garden tour, picnic lunch + a glass of bubbles on arrival.
Guided Garden Tour, Food & Wine Tasting
Minimum 4 people, $70 per person
This is a 2.5 hours experience that includes a guided garden tour and vineyard tour, a picnic lunch, a cheese platter and tasting at Bec Hardy Cellar Door, situated 7 min self-driving from Tipsy Hill.
About Tipsy Hill
Cheerful salmon colours of flowering gums, sedums and bougainvilleas, roses, grevilleas, cannas and the red of berries, contrast with the blues of Duranta repens, solanums, iochromas, Hibiscus syriacus, salvias and succulents.
The property takes its name from a 6th century Chinese tea rose planted in the gardens – Rosa Tipsy Imperial Concubine. The rose – named after one of the Four Beauties of Ancient China, Yang Guifei – was so named because the pale pink blooms and alluring fragrance of the rose are said to have made her feel light-headed or tipsy.
Since acquiring the property in 2016 and as part of our commitment to sustainability, we have been transitioning the garden to an increasing number of native Australian, drought-tolerant plants to reduce water consumption on the property. Like any garden it remains a work in progress.
We are thrilled by the number of visitors and the feedback we received at our first open garden as part of Open Gardens SA in March 2021. We look forward to hosting more garden visits to groups in the future, please be in touch if you are interested (min. 10 people).