RJ Hamer Arboretum


RJ Hamer Arboretum

R.J Hamer Arboretum 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.

R.J Hamer Arboretum provides a wonderful area for recreation or relaxation. The Latin word arboretum means a place for trees. Originally a pine plantation, the present-day 101-hectare Arboretum was established in the 1970s and provides distant views of the Yarra Valley and the Great Dividing Range.

Here, you will find over 150 species of native and exotic trees. The Arboretum was designed around a forest formation where each species is represented by an irregular shaped patch of trees. Unlike most typical arboretums, R. J Hamer includes rows upon rows of varying species, representing mini-forests that stretch over the rolling hills.

Large plantings of northern hemisphere forest species can be found here, including many from the USA and China. These provide an impressive display of autumn colour. An impressive avenue of Japanese Cedar greets you on entry to the arboretum's main car park.

R. J Hamer Arboretum is a beautiful area for both relaxation and recreation providing many quiet opportunities for reflection whilst soaking in the magnificent view. The arboretum acts as a local corridor for native wildlife, with lyrebirds, echidnas and owls often seen or heard.

Bring a picnic or BBQ lunch and enjoy a breath of fresh air in one of the designated picnic areas. Electric barbecues, picnic tables and toilet facilities are located close to the Woolrich/Chalet Road car park.

Talk a walk along one of the many walking tracks and admire the unique visual story. Sit and take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking views. Walk your dog on-lead and take in the views together on the many walking tracks. Be sure to stay within the arboretum's borders as dogs are not permitted in the surrounding national park.

Things to do in the area

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.
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 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.
An aerial image of Silvan Reservoir

Silvan Reservoir Park

Set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Silvan Reservoir Park is an easy drive from Melbourne and ideal for a great day out.

RJ Hamer Arboretum

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

Crimson Rosella
Powerful owls

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

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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.

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How to get there

RJ Hamer Arboretum

R.J Hamer Arboretum is located at 10 Chalet Rd, Olinda.

When to go

The majestic gums and oaks and the ornamental willows and birches are at their best in the summer.

Need to know

RJ Hamer Arboretum

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.

  • Valley Picnic Ground

    Valley Picnic Ground access road is closed to cars

    • Valley Picnic Ground access road is closed to visitors cars, visitors are still able to walk in and use the facilities.

  • RJ Hamer Arboretum

    R.J. Hamer Arboretum Visitor Guide & Map

    Please find attached the current R.J. Hamer Arboretum Visitor Guide & park map:

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