Renovations and extensions were undertaken by the Franciscans in 1944-6. Some effort to follow the lead of the mansion was made in the external Tudor/Gothic detailing of the large chapel. A number of courtyards were formed by the new buildings, including a large courtyard which was used for sports and was later enclosed. The remains of a football field lie to the south of the building complex, and a tall angular concrete pillar near the Nepean Highway originally carried a statue of the Virgin Mary sculpted by one of the Brothers.
Grounds & Gardens
Morning Star Estate sits upon rolling hills amidst vines and gardens spreading over 38 hectares. Looking out over Port Philip Bay over to the Bellarine Peninsula and as far north as the city of Melbourne- the view from Morning Star Estate is simply breathtaking.The extensive gardens surrounding the main mansion are now home to more than 700 varieties of ornamental roses. The elaborate Fountain and Sunken Garden, with extensive planting of David Austin varieties and Iceberg Roses, make Morning Star Estate’s garden an experience in itself. Morning Star Estate proudly uses Sudden Impact for Roses and Seamungus, manufactured by Neutrog – www.neutrog.com.au. Guided group tours by appointment only Phone: 9787 7760 – fees apply.
Vineyard & Cellar Door
The estate features a mature vineyard, with Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Shiraz grapes. The vines were planted by the Franciscan Brothers of the former ‘boys home’ in the late 1930s and continue to be used for producing wine. Whilst wine is no longer made on the premises, Morning Star Estate still carries house labelled wines. The cellar door located next to the estate restaurant is open to cater for private group tastings. Bookings Essential – Phone: 9787 7760.
Commercial Photography, Artists & Film Makers
Morning Star Estate is a stunning venue with a unique landscape. We allow commercial use of our property for a reasonable fee. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your endeavours