Parks near the Dandenong and Yarra Ranges
Not too far from Melbourne, the Dandenong and Yarra Ranges region is a favourite for food and wine lovers, but there’s also incredible nature to explore. These mountainous regions of cool temperate rainforest are perfect for discovering cascading waterfalls, picturesque picnic spots and incredible views. Explore by car on a scenic drive, try one of the many walks or jump on your mountain bike. Don’t miss the opportunity to get into nature in this beautiful region.
Parks near the Dandenong Ranges
Perhaps the most famous spot in the Dandenong Ranges is the 1000 Steps, but there are many quieter walks that are just as spectacular. Visit the Dandenong Ranges National Park after rainfall and see the waterfalls flow. You might also spot a lyrebird out to feed too!
The open lawns of Silvan Reservoir Park are surrounded by impressive eucalypt forest, making it perfect for a picnic or barbecue. Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden is another great spot for a picnic. Visit in spring to see the Rhododendrons bloom.
Gardens of the Dandenongs
The Dandenong Ranges is well known for its cool climate gardens, with stunning collections of rare plants and flowers. Enjoy the seasonal changes of nature in the beautiful Gardens of the Dandenongs.
From the extensive water features at Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden to the striking sculptures of William Ricketts Sanctuary, each garden has something unique to explore. Enjoy peaceful walks or picnics on the lawns. The gardens are all located close to Olinda, so why not make a day of it and visit a few?
Parks near Gembrook and Emerald
Set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges are the towns of Gembrook and Emerald. Not too far away, there are more great parks to be explored. The adventurous will love Bunyip State Park. Explore the diverse eco-systems on foot, horseback, trail bike or in your four-wheel drive.
Kurth Kiln Regional Park is another great spot for horse-riding. The park is also popular for camping, picnicking and walking.
Enjoy the many lookouts and vantage points of Cardinia Reservoir Park. You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views. Keep an eye out for Eastern Grey Kangaroos feeding at dusk!
Parks near the Yarra Ranges
For snow-lovers, Mount Donna Buang in Yarra Ranges National Park is one of the closest spots to Melbourne for snowplay. The park is spectacular all year round, with its rainforest scenery and epic views. Don’t miss the stunning lookouts in the park.
Photographers will love a visit to Maroondah Reservoir Park in Healesville. The historic Rose Stairway is best in Autumn, while azaleas and rhododendrons are in full bloom in spring. Or visit in the wetter months to capture the water tumbling over the spillway.
Visitors to Upper Yarra Reservoir Park will find carefully maintained gardens and picnic grounds. The park is due to reopen in May 2021.