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Parks & gardens

Witness an explosion of colour as flowers burst into bloom throughout the magnificent gardens of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. 

Swap the rugged bushland around the region for more manicured nature, with the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges boasting some of Melbourne's greatest gardens.

Gardens through the seasons

Come in springtime to see the riot of colour in the National Rhododendron Gardens, which contain thousands of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and daffodils.

Seek shady respite on hot summer days in the woodlands of the RJ Hamer Arboretum. Watch the colours turn on the deciduous trees dotted around the feature waterfalls in the Alfred Nicholas Gardens, and in winter get soaked by dripping tree ferns hiding clay sculptures in the tranquil William Ricketts Sanctuary.

Open gardens

Celebrate special occasions in the public gardens year-round, and peep into private gardens when they open their gates as part of the Open Garden Scheme, and pick up some regional history, too.

Be advised, some private gardens open their gates once or twice a year as part of the Australian Open Garden Scheme. For further details phone 03 9397 8841.

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Parks & gardens

Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Meander through this gorgeous historic garden, a scenic haven with a picturesque lake, a boathouse, a canopy of ash trees and vibrant blooms year-round.

Parks & gardens

Bollygum Park

Bollygum Park is a magical playground based around the award winning children's book Bollygum by Garry Fleming. You will be enchanted as you wander...

Parks & gardens

Blue Lotus Water Garden

The Blue Lotus Water Garden has grown to cover over 50,000 square metres (14 acres) featuring thousands of exotic lotus flowers and waterlilies all...

Parks & gardens

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Take a drive out to Mount Dandenong and while away a few quiet hours in the peaceful surrounds of the world-renowned William Ricketts Sanctuary.

National parks & reserves

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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Marysville Kin Playspace

The Kin Playspace is an adventure playground located on the former kindergarten site in Marsyville. This playspace caters for children from one to 12...

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