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Some Parks & Gardens in the Dandenongs

Alfred Nicholas Gardens
Alfred Nicholas Gardens
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Burnham Beeches Estate

This lavish estate was built for Alfred Nicholas (developer of Aspro) and his family. It exudes 1920s chic and you would not be surprised to see a Hispano Suza glide up the driveway with young men in boaters and young ladies with parasols. The Alfred Nicholas Gardens (see left) with their extensive water features are open to the public.

Sherbrook Road, Sherbrook
10am - 5pm daily

(See also the Nicholas Building - the city 'skyscraper' built for Nicholas)

National Rhododendron Gardens

Home to the Australian Mountain Ash - the world's largest flowering tree, these gardens feature a huge range of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas and daffodils.

10 am - 5 pm daily
The Georgian Road, Olinda

Other Gardens & Arboreta

The R.J. Hamer Arboretum (Chalet Road, Olinda) features European American and Asian trees, while the Mt. Dandenong Arboretum (Ridge Road, Dandenong) features rare conifers from the Southern Hemisphere. The George Tindale Gardens (Sherbrook Road, Sherbrook -  Me ref 75 J2) and the Pirianda Gardens (Hacketts Road, Olinda) both blend exotic plants with the native trees

All 10am - 4.30pm daily
Karwarra Australian Plant Garden


An Australian Plant Garden devoted to displaying the diversity of Australian plants in a landscaped setting. It features one of the largest ranges of Australian plants in public gardens with many rare and unique species

Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Kalorama
(Mel ref 120 B9)
Enquiries: (03) 9728 4256
10am-4pm Tue-Fri
1-4pm, weekends & public holidays


Bleak House Rose Gardens

Bleak House gardens were established by rosarian Susan Irvine in the early 1980's. The gardens have now grown to fifteen acres, including groves, orchards, various water features and in roads of hedging roses . Refreshments are available in the garden conservatory. Irish donkeys love the attention of visiting children. Entrance fee $5.
10am to 4pm, Sat, Sun & Mon (Nov to April)


166 De Graves Mill Dve - Malmsbury

Bundoora Park

A large park featuring historic Cooper's Settlement, a wildlife reserve, children's adventure playground, picnic reserves, an urban farm and an 18 hole golf course.Public transport access by tram 86 - stop 61 in Plenty Road.
Sunrise to Sunset


Plenty Road, - Bundoora
(Mel ref 19 F4)Enquiries: (03) 9462 4079


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