Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda

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Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

The Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda 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.

In 2013, Phillip Johnson, Wes Fleming and the Trailfinders team's ‘Australian Garden’ display became the first ever Australian entry to win at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. The display was toured by the Queen and Prince Harry and was unanimously voted ‘Best in Show’ by the judges. Now visitors can experience this stunning design through a re-creation of the display at 20 times the size of the original.

Located within the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, the Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda is a permanent display, featuring an enormous Waratah sculpture, waterfall and billabong. Over 15,000 plants have been used in the design, with over 400 different Australian species. 

Built on an unused grassed area of the former Olinda Golf Course, this feature enhances the environment by introducing additional rare and endangered plant species and providing more native habitat for plants and animals. The garden also provides a fantastic opportunity for locals and tourists to connect with Australian nature and learn about native plants and sustainable landscape design.

Wander around the sealed paths and discover an amazing variety of building materials, plant shapes and beautiful vistas. Sit and listen to the frogs and birds. Discover the interpretive signs and read more about this enormous project. If you have time bring a picnic and enjoy the spacious lawn next to the stunning Boab trees. 

Remember to keep wildlife wild by not feeding them. All plants, animals and other natural features and cultural sites are protected and must not be disturbed or removed. 

This garden was brought to life with funding from the Victorian and Commonwealth governments, and philanthropic support from The People and Parks Foundation and the generosity of many wonderful individual donors.

 

Plan Your Visit

We know the community is as excited about the opening of the Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda as we are. We are expecting large crowds over the coming months.  

To help you plan your visit and to get the best experience at the garden, we recommend that you: 

  • Consider if you can visit mid-week or early in the morning when the garden may be quieter. During winter and summer we also expect fewer crowds.
  • Plan for alternative parking if the main carpark is full. Parking around Olinda can be found at the Olinda Recreation Reserve (The Georgian Road), Olinda Precinct (Olinda-Monbulk Road) and the Olinda Pool and Community House (Olinda-Monbulk Road).

 
While you’re up here, don’t miss some of the other beautiful and tranquil gardens that the Dandenong Ranges have to offer. You may like to check out Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden, Pirianda Garden, George Tindale Memorial Garden, RJ Hamer Arboretum and Mount Dandenong Arboretum.

Things To Do

 
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.
Mist@Olinda exterior

Mist@Olinda

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. For bookings, call 0457 671 067.
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Garden Café Olinda

The cafe 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), the cafe is open 7 days a week, 10:30 am – 4 pm. For bookings, call 0457 671 067.
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.
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 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.

How to get there

Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden is located at 24 The Georgian Road, Olinda.  The garden is 500m from the Olinda township along the Olinda‐Monbulk Road. Turn into The Georgian Road with the garden’s two car parks located either side of the main pedestrian entrance. The Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda is approximately 600m from the botanic garden entrance, on a sloping, sealed path. 
 

Need to know

Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Deer control in the Dandenong Ranges Gardens

    Parks Victoria will be undertaking deer control in a number of parks Victoria managed Dandenong Ranges gardens. This program will be taking place between the hours of 4pm and 7am on a number of nights between July 15th and November 29th 2024. These control works are being undertaken by accredited and authorised contractors.
    For reasons of public safety, the Alfred Nicholas Garden, George Tindal Garden, Dandenong Ranges Botanical garden and Pirianda Garden will be inaccessible during the evening throughout this period.
    Signage will be in place at access points when control activities are occurring. For our own safety please observe the signage during this time and do not enter any closed areas.
    For further information please call 131963

    Attachments: DR Gardens map May2024 (1,318KB)

  • Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

    Garden Tour Bus - Updated days and times

    Schedule and duration
    Season
    Months
    Days
    Tours
    Summer
    December
    January
    February
    Monday
    Wednesday
    Friday
    Saturday
    11:00am - 3:30pm
    every 45 minutes
    Autumn
    March
    April
    May 
    Monday
    Wednesday
    11:00am - 3:30pm
    every 45 minutes
    Winter
    June
    July
    August 
    Wednesday
    11:00 am - 3:30 pm
    every 45 minutes
    Spring
    September
    October
    November 
    Monday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    10:30am - 3:30pm
    every 45 minutes

    Attachments: 2024 - Schedule and duration (107KB)

 
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