Designed to take advantage of the steep slopes, the terraced woodland garden of Pirianda contains a unique collection of plants, including many botanically important trees, unusual shrubs and perennials.
Featuring beautiful spring displays, Pirianda Garden is best known for its autumn colours and tree collection, including 28 different types of maples and 13 birch varieties.
With magnificent views and a backdrop of ever-changing colours, photographers and bird watchers are in for a treat, while the lawns are perfect for spreading out with a picnic feast.
Meander through the tranquil garden at your leisure, making your way from the grassy areas, through the terraces, and down to peaceful fern gullies beneath towering blackwoods and mountain ash.
Pirianda Garden is open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day except Christmas Day, days of Total Fire Ban, Severe Weather events and major works.
Check current conditions on the day of your planned visit to confirm it is open.
Things to do in the area
The 11-hectare woodland garden contains many botanically significant exotic specimen trees and shrubs that are rare in Australia.
Collections of magnolias, azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, dogwoods and many conifers can be seen.
Three specimens of the unusual and haunting Chinese Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrate) are located here, flowering annually in early November. The large bracts are up to 12cm long, pure white and conspicuous when waving in the wind.
Other unusual plants include members of the aceae plant family, Franklinia spp and Stewartia spp which are both attractive and rarely seen specimen plants, with delicate and beautiful flowers, and are related to the better-known camellias.
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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 the all 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.
How to get there
Pirianda Garden is located at 5-9 Hacketts Road, Olinda.
We recommend visitors access Hacketts Road via the Olinda-Monbulk Road only. Ignore GPS or Google Map directions that take you via Perrins Creek Road, as this access is extremely steep and only suitable for 4WD vehicles.