Pirianda Gardens

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Pirianda Gardens

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

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.

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.

The 11-hectare woodland garden contains many botanically significant exotic specimen trees and shrubs that are rare in Australia., including 28 different types of maples and 13 birch varieties. 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.

Things to do in the area

 
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.
People walk along a paved path surrounded by mature autumnal European trees.

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) is host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around.
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.

Wildlife

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:


Crimson Rosella
Lyrebirds

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

Pirianda Gardens

Pirianda Garden is located at 5-9 Hacketts Road, Olinda.

We recommend visitors access Hacketts Road via the Olinda-Monbulk Road only. Ignore GPS directions that take you via Perrins Creek Road, as this access is extremely steep and only suitable for 4WD vehicles.

When to go

Escape the heat and see Mock Orange, Eucryphia, Clethra, Hydrangeas and NSW Christmas bush at their finest.

Need to know

Pirianda Gardens

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)

  • Pirianda Gardens

    Pirianda Garden Visitor Guide & Map

    Please find attached the current Pirianda Garden Visitor Guide & park map:

    Attachments: Park-note-Pirianda-Garden (504KB)

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