Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) is set over 100 acres near the quaint village of Olinda in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Located just over three kilometres from Villa d’Amour and only five minutes by car, these stunning gardens are literally on your doorstep!

With magnificent views to the Yarra Valley and mountain ranges beyond, there are peaceful ornamental lakes and literally thousands of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Cherries, Daffodils and Jonquils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year round. This garden is one of the most popular attractions in the Dandenong Ranges.

If you plan your visit during the spring you’ll experience the tens of thousands of pretty blooms along Cherry Tree Grove and witness the captivating beauty of the gardens. During the summer you’ll see the Hydrangeas covering the sweeping embankments flowing down to the ornamental lake. Once the temperatures start to cool down in the autumn the leaves of the Maples, Elms, Dogwoods and Oak trees change from leafy green to vibrant orange, striking red and bright yellow before casting off their colourful cloaks in preparation for their winter hibernation. A kaleidoscope of colour to see!

Keep a lookout for lyrebirds and follow the winding paths through the bushland areas before enjoying a picnic lunch on one of the many lawn areas or seated at a park table.

It is very easy to spend a day in this stunning garden and enjoy exploring the many paths and, if you are lucky, spot the lyrebirds scratching the soil beneath the Rhododendrons.

Entry to the garden is free and it is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.

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