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National parks & reserves

Gain perspective in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges' national and state parks, with their spellbinding fern glades and majestic trees, thundering waterfalls, and glimpses of curious wildlife.

Many ways to appreciate nature

Stand beneath the towering mountain ash trees in the Dandenong Ranges, along the Black Spur, or into Marysville. Follow the many walks and trails shaded by these trees, past undulating seas of tree ferns, across clear streams and past thundering waterfalls. Keep your ears out for lyrebirds, which have been known to mimic everything from the sounds of babies crying to cameras clicking.

Enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your own car and wind through the forests of the world's tallest hardwoods on the magnificent Black Spur Drive from Healesville to Marysville, featuring panoramic views of the countryside.

A piece of park for a moment of peace

Sit and relax and absorb the peace of the parks, or pack a picnic of fresh local cheeses and artisan bread and graze against the lush green backdrop.

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Pirianda Gardens

Designed to take advantage of the steep slopes, the terraced gardens of Pirianda are distinctive for their combination of botanically important...

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Mount Dandenong Arboretum

The Mount Dandenong Arboretum extends over 16 hectares and contains a collection of maturing deciduous trees and conifers from around the world....

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Aura Vale Lake Park

Located north of Cardinia Reservoir, Aura Vale Lake plays a very important role in Melbourne's water supply. The lake forms part of a drainage system...

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Sweeneys Flat

Nestled beside the Yarra River in Eltham, the scenic surrounds of Sweeneys Flat offers a perfect spot for a family picnic, a special place to escape...

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Maroondah Reservoir Park

Maroondah features gardens with stands of native and exotic trees, native animals and birds and walking tracks. Its playground, lawns and cool summer...

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Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

Set in the peaceful high country east of Warburton, lies the popular Upper Yarra Reservoir Park - the upper most point of the Yarra River accessible...

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Dandenong Ranges National Park

Take a relaxing walk through forests of towering mountain ash in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne's CBD.

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Bunyip State Park

See a mosiac of green from heathland on river plains to Mountain Ash forest covering steep slopes. Whatever recreational pursuit you enjoy, Bunyip...

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Kinglake National Park

Only 65 km north of Melbourne, Kinglake National Park lies on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range, offering dramatic views of the Melbourne...

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RJ Hamer Arboretum

Arboretum is a Latin word meaning a place for trees. Here you will find over 150 species of native and exotic trees in plantations designed to...

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Sugarloaf Reservoir Park

Nestled in the Christmas Hills, Sugarloaf is a tranquil setting for a picnic or a stroll near the reservoir shores, offering wonderful views across...

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George Tindale Memorial Gardens

The George Tindale Memorial Garden contains a number of plants rarely found in cultivation, which are thriving in the acidic soils, cool temperate...

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