Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

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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

Everyday: 10am-4.30pm (last entry)
Gates lock at 5pm
Gift Shop: 10am-4.30pm
Ph: 03 8427 2087
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

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.
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 0425 481 115.
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

 
Lyrebirds
Echidnas
Wombats
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

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

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.

Need to know

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

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.

  • 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)

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Autumn 2024 - Garden Visitor Information

    Autumn is the peak foliage season for the Dandenong Ranges Gardens. Throughout April and May, deciduous trees put on an impressive display, with leaves changing colour before dropping to the ground.
     
    During the autumn foliage season, we expect larger crowds, especially on weekends. Consider if you can visit mid-week or early in the morning when the gardens may be quieter.
     
    There is limited parking available at all of our garden sites, including:
    ·       Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden
    ·       Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden
    ·       George Tindale Memorial Garden
    ·       Pirianda Garden and
    ·       R.J. Hamer Arboretum
     
    If the car parks are full, consider visiting a different site. 
    Be considerate and cautious where you park.  Be aware of your surroundings and do not park illegally.  Local police and shire officers enforce parking regulations on the public road network.
     
    Please familiarise yourself with each garden’s specific park rules and regulations, which can be found on this website.

    Due to each garden’s location, shape, and topography; accessibility can be challenging. While main pedestrian paths are wide, sealed surfaces, some others are unsealed or quite steep and not fully accessible for visitors with diverse needs and abilities. Unassisted wheelchair access is not recommended.
     
    Seasonal changes ensure the garden is a year-round delight!

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