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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 surrounds, with the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges boasting some of Melbourne's greatest gardens.

Seasonal colours

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 or lush grounds of Cloudehill Gardens.

Watch the autumn colours turn on the deciduous trees dotted around the feature waterfalls in the Alfred Nicholas Gardens, and uncover the clay sculptures hidden under tree ferns in the tranquil William Ricketts Sanctuary. Bruno's Art & Sculpture Garden in Marysville keeps the magical theme going with mystical figures populating the nooks and crannies of the rainforest gardens.

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

Parks & gardens

Blue Lotus Water Garden

The Blue Lotus Water Garden has grown to cover 50,000 square metres of tropical themed garden in the heart of the Yarra Valley. It features thousands...

Parks & gardens

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...

Parks & gardens

Kuranga Native Nursery and Paperbark Cafe

Kuranga Native Nursery and Paperbark Cafe has absolutely the largest range of Australian native plants, anywhere. Winner of a number of awards,...

Parks & gardens

Mist at Olinda and Cafe Vireya

Situated in the National Rhododendron Gardens is the newly renovated function and events centre Mist at Olinda. Together with the Cafe Vireya,...

Art galleries

Bruno's Art & Sculpture Garden

Spend a magical day wandering through the rainforest gardens and discover the more than 120 fantasy sculptures scattered throughout the grounds.

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.

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...

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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Tour one of the most scenic routes in Victoria, sampling fine wine and produce, and spotting Australian wildlife set against a stunning backdrop.

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Scenic attractions in the Dandenong Ranges

You'd be excused for thinking every part of the photogenic Dandenong Ranges is a scenic attraction, but make a beeline for some real standouts.

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Spot one of the many species of birds that nest in the varied habitats around Victoria.