Dandenong Ranges – Town & Country Forests and Garden Tour
Wealthy business people bought large estates and landscaped these into native and ornamental gardens. The natural abundant rainfall, rich volcanic soil, and hot summer days produces a perfect climate for plant life.
Private Tour Details:
Flexible itinerary – small and large groups.
Departs Hotel 9.30 am Returns 4.30 pm
Directions: Dandenong Ranges located 35 kms east, 1 hr from Melbourne.
(30 mins from the scenic Yarra Valley.)
The Dandenongs are also home to the spectacular rare lyrebirds. Today nurseries flower farms, berry fruits and orchards flourish. Devonshire teas are popluar with international tourists. And for locals there are many kilometres of walking tracks and small picnic reserves.
Experience the towering Mountain Ash trees and lush fern gullies, visit the Sherbrook forest visit gardens filled with exotic trees and plants and enjoy the small towns and private estates established late 19th Century by wealthy Melbourne families who escaped the summer heat by retreating to their leafy English-style gardens.
The tour stops at Cloudehill and Art and Crafts style garden with compartment of dry stonewalls, hedges of beech and horn-bean to frame 20 landscaped smaller garden displays. The inner gardens with herbaceous borders are filled of texture and colour, while the outer compartments run into the woodland forest with a sense of never-ending.
Lunch – a choice of
Grants Reserve Cafe that situated at the edge of Sherbrook Forest and where flocks of parrots can be observed flying from the forest to feed.
‘The Piggery’ a rustic café owned by Melbourne’s famous chef, Shannon Bennett that serves dishes with fresh ingredients for the café garden and bread produced in its on-site bakery!
The tour stops at William Ricketts forest garden that is set into the side of the hills under the canopies of the Mountain Ash and lush ferns. (*not to be missed.) a n undulating garden where sculptures blend with nature. The clay sculptures depict Aboriginal figures, animals and sacred stories.
Public gardens once private now under the auspices of National Park are open for visits on your private tour..
National Rhododendron Garden
- Bonsai Garden
- Pirianda Garden, featuring Australian native plants
- Tesslers Tulip Festival (September)
- Dandenong Ranges Daffodil Festival
|GARDEN TOURS – DETAILS|
|Distance:||1.5 hrs from Melbourne CBD|
|Escorted:||Escorted Driver and Guide|
|Pick-up / Drop-off:||CBD pick-up|
|Options:||Garden tours can include visits to specialist nurseries, orchids|