Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden


Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Opening hours

10am - 5pm
Closed Christmas Day, and on days of Total Fire Ban or severe weather events.

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden is Victoria's premier cool-climate garden. With breathtaking views over the Yarra Valley, the garden features important collections of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and more, in a setting of native and exotic trees. While it's difficult to predict timing of the floral blooms, seasonal changes ensure the garden is a year-round delight.

Meander down to Serenity Point where the sculpted landscape opens to stunning views over the Yarra Ranges and beyond. A network of paths criss-cross the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden and highlight the ever-changing seasonal landscape.

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden is home to a staggering 15,000 rhododendrons, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias and 250,000 daffodils clothed in colour in spring and autumn. The garden houses Australia’s largest collection of Australian and overseas raised hybrids of rhododendrons that cannot be replaced, re-bred or re-imported.

Bring a picnic basket and set up on one of the lawns within the gardens for a scenic day out. Ride the 'Garden Explorer' - a fee-for-service people mover which provides a 25-minute guided tour of the garden. 

Things To Do

A landscaped garden with winding paths, a large pond and filled with mature native Australian plants.

Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda

Located in the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, this beautiful native garden is a re-creation of the award-winning ‘Australian Garden’ exhibit, the first ever Australian entry to win at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.
A man with an afro wearing a leather jacket and woman wearing a cream knitted jumper walk past a tree with splendid autumn leaves.

Tours at Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

Discover the beauty of Victoria’s premier cool-climate botanic garden from the comfort of the open-air bus. Enjoy live commentary and stunning views as you wind your way through the picturesque landscapes of this 100-acre garden.
Cafe Vireya interior

Café Vireya

Café Vireya is open on Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am to 4 pm, serving coffees, cakes, light lunches and ice creams. During the spring flowering season (September to November), Café Vireya is open 7 days a week, 10:30 am – 4 pm.
Mist@Olinda exterior


Mist@Olinda is a stunning venue located within the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, ideal for weddings, school debutant balls or formals, christenings or wakes. The venue is well equipped with AV for corporate and conference events.
People walking through paths on a green mature European garden, surrounded by water features.

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden

Delightful all year round, choose your own adventure along the many linking paths beneath the canopy of Mountain Ash trees as you stroll through the garden.
Two retired men go on a long walk through lush temperate rain-forest near Eagles nest picnic ground.

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Protecting the tall forests of the Dandenongs, this park is well known for its spectacular Mountain Ash trees and lush fern gullies, and is ideal for relaxing picnics and tranquil forest walks.
A garden path forks in two directions surrounded by autumn-coloured trees.

Pirianda Garden

With magnificent views and a backdrop of ever-changing colours, photographers and bird watchers are in for a treat at Pirianda Garden, while the lawns are perfect for spreading out with a picnic feast.
Two people walking along a wide path surrounded by trees and undergrowth at RJ Hamer Arboretum

RJ Hamer Arboretum

Originally a pine plantation, the present-day 101-hectare Arboretum was established in the 1970s and provides a lovely place for relaxation, recreation and distant views of the Yarra Valley and the Great Dividing Range.

Wildlife and Nature

Crimson Rosella

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

Find a Licensed Tour Operator

How to get there

The gardens are located just more than 1 hour's drive east of Melbourne. During the busy autumn and spring periods and on weekends, parking on site is limited. There is additional parking available at the nearby Olinda Recreation Reserve, the former Olinda Golf Course and Olinda Pool. These are all a short walk from the garden's main entrance.

When to go

The cool rainforest atmosphere of Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens is the perfect escape on a warm summer’s day. Walk the nature trail or set up for a picnic in the shade of the Cherry Lawn. Wander through the collection of conifers and marvel at the brilliant blue and white hydrangeas in full flower.

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