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Mount Dandenong Tourist Road

Beautiful Gardens within Reach of Melbourne

Melbourne Parks and Waterways maintain the following gardens along the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road.

Rosella in the Dandenong Ranges

You can get to the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road by public transport, taking a train to either Belgrave (from which Puffing Billy station is a short walk) or Croydon. However buses run infrequently during the week, and not at all on Sunday.

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Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

Part of the Burnham Beeches Estate, a 13 hectare garden with ornamental lake, boat house, wooden bridges to two small islands.

Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke.

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Coolart Wetlands & Homestead

Late Victorian mansion on the shores of Western Port. Wetlands, observatory, collection of paintings and photographs, circular rose garden.

See web site for opening hours. Admission charged. Confirm details on the Parks Victoria web site
Ph: 13 1963

Access is via Lord Somers Road, Somers

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George Tindale Memorial Garden

Designed to offer year-round beauty, this garden includes flowering plants, lawns and rock gardens on a sloping site.

Open daily. Admission charged.
Contact: web site

33 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

National Rhodendron Gardens (4.25k)

National Rhodendron Gardens

40 hectares of gardens set in the Australian bush with 15,000 rhododendrons, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias and 250,000 daffodils and many other delights. One of the most photogenic features is Priscilla the Peacock. Take the cute 'people mover' if you like.

Open daily, admission charged.
Contact: web site

The Georgian Road, Olinda.

Pirianda in Autumn

Pirianda Garden

Most spectacular in Autumn, this 11 hectare garden features intact native fern gullies and a large population of birds such as currawongs, crimson and eastern rosellas, butcher birds, honey eaters, and kookaburras.
Free admission.

Open daily.
Contact: web site

Hacketts Road, Olinda.

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R. J. Hamer Arboretum

100 hectares of woodland with a mix of exotic trees and Australian natives.

Open daily. Free admission.
Contact: web site

Chalet Road, Olinda

William Ricketts Sanctuary (4.66k)

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Set in the Mountain Ash Forest of Dandenong, the sanctuary is the outdoor gallery for the work of William Ricketts. The kiln-fired clay statuary and plaques bear testament to Ricketts philosophy and appreciation of the aboriginal way of life that he participated in.

Open daily
Contact: web site

Infrequent buses run along the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road.

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Victorian State Rose Garden

4,500 roses of more than 100 species, complementing 10 hectares of gardens at Werribee Park. Parterre with fountain, pond, lake, grotto.

Open daily. Free admission.
Contact: web site

K Road, Werribee