The Dandenong Ranges are home to a spectacular plethora of gardens, offering something on bloom at all times of the year. The botanic gardens are particularly wonderful in autumn, with Alfred Nichols Park tucked away on the gorgeous Sherbrooke Road. Explore the boathouse and the picturesque waterfalls, then make your way over to the George Tindale Gardens featuring a large collection of rare and exotic flowers, set under the native Ash trees of the ranges. With nature like this to inspire the folks that make up the communities, it's no wonder flower power is truly alive and in bloom in the hills!
The Cloudehill Festival is a celebration of flowers in the stunning Cloudehill Gardens in Olinda, a must see garden destination in the Dandenong Ranges. Explore the lush flowering borders and join the free garden tours hosted by Jeremy Francis himself. Chat with the plantsmen from the Diggers Nursery, who are celebrating 40 years of the esteemed Diggers club - the nations most remarkable gardening club. Grow your own gardening knowledge with a series of free mini-workshops that cover everything from planning your flower garden, through to choosing the right blooms for Autumn. If you want to learn about Bulbs, you’re in the right place! Discover the Antique Perennials, Yamina Collectors Nursery and Nishiki Nursery to learn how to build stunning flower arrangements, with demonstrations by talented local florists.
Dates: 17th & 18th March
Time: 9 am - 5 pm (Garden tours running daily at 10:30 am | 12:30 pm | 2:30 pm )
Price: Adults $10 | Children under 16 Free
The creators of the Tesselaar Tulip festival have brought a carnival of colour to life with a brand new festival, celebrating the beauty of nature. The KaBloom Festival of Flowers is in its first year and you’re invited! Hosted at the iconic Tesselaars Flower farm in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, come and see what 1.2 million flowers in bloom look like while wandering across over 25 acres of stunning garden land.
Live entertainment is featured daily, along with delicious international and local food. This is a family-friendly event, so children’s activities are as abundant as the blooms. The festival runs across 4 weekends at the end of March and is open daily from 10 - 5 pm.
Chocomania Weekend (Mar 30 - April 2) marks the first weekend of the KaBloom festival. The Easter bunny is set to make a visit, with an Easter egg hunt to follow. The dulcet tones of the Tracy Roberts Trio offer the live entertainment for the weekend, so the kids and grown-ups are kept entertained!
Family Fun Days are spread over 3 - 6 April and 9 - 13 April. There will be treasure hunts and petting zoos, along with giant garden games to entertain the little ones. The gardens will be open to exploring, so you can take your little ones for a walk and tell them that If you put all the flowers at Tesselaars end to end, they would be over 630k km’s long - the same distance as the moon and back.
Rock the Field falling on the weekend of 7 - 8 April, this one is for the rocking rockabilly in all of us! Enjoy a dancing workshop, check out the car displays and grab something fun from the vintage fashion market stalls.
The Colourific Weekend (14 - 15 April) closes the festival with the annual Garden and Plant Expo. Live entertainment is provided by Bollywood dancers, and you can join in on the colour war - you’re encouraged to wear white for maximum impact!
Dates: 30th - 15th April
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Price: Adults $25 | Concession $22 | Children under 16 Free