The rich soils and elevation of the Dandenong Ranges, the result of an extinct volcano last active some 200 million years ago, provide the perfect conditions for some of Melbourne’s best ornamental gardens, plant and flower nurseries and landscape designers, some who have even won gold presenting Australian Show Gardens on the international stage.

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Cloudehill Gardens

A must see garden made at the top of The Dandenongs where a maze of stone walls and jewel like garden rooms are set within woodlands of magnificent and historic, cool climate trees.

Coonara Springs

Coonara Springs Restaurant, Olinda  in the Dandenong Ranges
Established in 1893, Coonara Springs is one of the oldest restaurants in the Dandenong Ranges, and offers an elegant and unique dining experience.

Emerald Lake Park

Discover all Emerald Lake Park has to offer – paddle boat rides, model railway display, café, free barbeque facilities, Puffing Billy, walking tracks, seasonal wading pool, fishing. The Environment Centre offers a live aquatic display, information on flora and fauna, and information on the park.

George Tindale Gardens

Another one of the more beautiful gardens in the Dandenong Ranges is the unique George Tindale Gardens. Just meters from the iconic Alfred Nichols Gardens, it makes the perfect combination of sights to see whilst travelling through Sherbrooke, one of The Dandenong’s leafier suburbs.

Kabloom Festival (Tesselaar)

Showcasing over 40 specialist growers with a huge range of new, rare and unusual plants on offer. This expo brings a wide range of experts together in the one place, providing the opportunity to buy and speak direct with each grower.

Karwarra Australian Plant Garden and Nursery

Karwarra Australian Plant Garden and Nursery is set on two hectares at picturesque Kalorama in the Dandenong Ranges. Karwarra Plant Garden is devoted to displaying a diverse range of Australian plants in a landscaped setting.

Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead

Mont De Lancey is an authentic recreation of pioneer life in Wandin located in pleasant surroundings. The handmade brick homestead and gardens have been fully restored. Group tours, weddings, school groups and the general public are all accounted for.

Mount Dandenong Arboretum

The Mount Dandenong Arboretum extends over 16 hectares and contains a collection of maturing deciduous trees and conifers from around the world.

Pirianda Gardens

The 11 hectare terraced gardens of Pirianda are distinctive for their combination of botanically important trees, shrubs and perennials with an overstorey of large blackwoods and mountain ash towering over the natural fern gullies. The garden is particularly beautiful in autumn when the trees change colour to the many hues of orange, red and yellow.

R.J. Hamer Arboretem

With views that stretch across to Silvan Dam and the Yarra Valley, the R.J. Hamer Arboretum provides visitors with 120 hectares of breathtaking scenery and tranquil beauty.

SkyHigh Gardens and Maze

Situated less than an hour from the CBD, with views of the city skyline or and the majestic sweep of Victoria's Port Phillip Bay, SkyHigh has a hedge maze sculptures, illusions and plenty of beautiful climbing rose bushes.

Tesselaar - Farm Gate Nursery

The Tesselaar farm gate nursery is open daily. The shop is filled with a fantastic range of seasonal plants and bulbs, practical garden gear, and a gorgeous range of gift ware. Set amid historical gardens with something to see year round.

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival began in 1954 and has since grown to become one of Victoria’s most iconic tourist attractions, showcasing the breathtaking beauty of over one million spring flowers in bloom.

The Diggers Club

The Diggers Club works to preserve the best plants and garden traditions to help Australian's become better gardeners.