Melbourne is really blessed with the Dandenong Ranges that are home to some of the most magnificent gardens in Australia. The cool climate and fresh mountain air that gives us the spectacular forests of towering mountain ash trees and ferny gullies also nurtures spectacular gardens of international fame.
Two day/ one night gardens tour of the Dandenong Ranges
From August to November, you can witness an explosion of colour as flowers burst into bloom in the superb gardens of the Dandenong Ranges. See a riot of colour with tens of thousands of daffodils, jonquils, tulips, rhododendrons, flowering cherries, azaleas and camellias. There are many wonderful historic gardens to visit in the Dandenongs.
Maps, dirctions and detailed informaton available at the bottom of this page
George Tindale Memorial Garden
Drive from Melbourne on the Burwood Highway to Upper Ferntree Gully. Take the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road towards Sassafras. Turn right into Sherbrooke Road and visit the George Tindale Memorial Garden, a 3 hectare ‘plantsmans’ garden offering a distinctive intimate landscape of garden beds under a canopy of Mountain Ash trees.
Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden
The historic boathouse reflected in the wonderful ornamental lake.
Just off the Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd is the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, originally part of the Burnam Beeches estate. This is the only garden of its type, open to the public, featuring an impressive ornamental lake, boat house, waterfall and ponds.
National Rhododendron Gardens
Spectacular Rhododendrons, a superb sight to see
Continue to Olinda. The 42 hectare National Rhododendron Garden is beautifully landscaped and a sight to behold in every season, but the rhododendrons blossom in Spring and bring the Gardens alive with a superb array of colours. Entry to the park is free.
Lyrebirds are sometime hard to find. Go quietly.
One visitor said “Yes, I have been there more than once and each time, it takes my breath away. I have even spotted a lyrebird at the gardens. The gardens look beautiful and the sound of the birds, and the trees rustling makes it purely a delightful experience. The hidden walkways make it all so mysterious. I love the National Rhododendron gardens.”
Cloudhill Gardens and Nursery
A gem of a site on the Monbulk Road. A must see garden display with a maze of stone walls and jewel like garden rooms set within woodlands of magnificent and historic, cool climate trees.
Stay at CountryPlace overnight.
Just 8 minutes from the gardens above is CountryPlace Hotel, a 62 bedroom retreat with all of the comforts of home in beautiful Kalorama.
The panoramic view overlooking Silvan Reservoir and right down the picturesque Yarra Valley[/caption]
Arise to a springtime CountryPlace morning looking out over Silvan Dam. CountryPlace is set in superb 60 year-old gardens featuring many of the exotics – camellias, azaeleas, rhododendrons, with mature maples, lindens, chestnuts. Extensive displays of Australian natives abound. Truly a sight to behold. Particularly in springtime. Enjoy a leisurely CountryPlace breakfast before visiting Sky High.
Sky High Observatory & Gardens
Just above CountyPlace, on Observatory Road, you will look out over the spectacular Melbourne city skyline. While there enjoy a walk through their maze which is a horticultural delight. Around every corner mystery awaits, filled with sculptures, illusions and butterflies.
William Ricketts Sanctury
Fabulous sculptures by William Ricketts.
Below Sky High on the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road is the famous William Ricketts Sanctury where you will see 92 ceramic sculptures by William Ricketts. These sculptures are placed in and entwined in the natural forest surrounds of ferns and Mountain Ash trees. William lived here for 60 years. His artistic contributions are today classified by the National Trust.
Finally, heading back towards Kalorama, visit Karwarra Gardens devoted to displaying the diversity of Australian native plants in a landscaped setting. Entry is free. A inspiration to those wishing to create their own garden using natives.
Continue back along the Tourist Road towards Montrose and back to Melbourne. We are looking forward to seeing you at CountryPlace. Bring your girlfriend. Bring your mother-in-law. Come in a group and have some fun.
Here is a map on how to get to the gardens