Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens


Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Wurundjeri Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Opening hours

10am - 5pm
Closed Christmas Day, and days of Total Fire Ban or severe weather events.

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden is the original garden of the historic Burnham Beeches estate, renowned for its extensive water features. Delightful all year round, choose your own adventure along the many linking paths beneath the canopy of Mountain Ash trees as you stroll through the garden.

Make your way down to the picturesque lake for a picnic by the quaint boathouse, take a seat in the gazebo and admire the intriguing sculpture by Mark Stoner, or simply enjoy walking your dog (on lead) through the changing landscape of blooms and foliage.

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.
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.
Two people walking along a wide path surrounded by trees and undergrowth at RJ Hamer Arboretum

RJ Hamer Arboretum

Originally a pine plantation, the present-day 101-hectare Arboretum was established in the 1970s and provides a lovely place for relaxation, recreation and distant views of the Yarra Valley and the Great Dividing Range.
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.

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How to get there

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

The garden is located on Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke. The visitor car park is across the road, opposite the main entrance.

When to go

Summer is the time to see hydrangeas, fuchsias, native ferns, rhododendrons and native terrestrial orchids.

Need to know

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

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.

  • Mt Dandenong Arboretum (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Dandenong Ranges TFB Park Closure Notification: Wed 28 Feb 2024

    In accordance with the Emergency Management Plan for the Dandenong Ranges National Park and Dandenong Ranges Gardens, the declaration of a Total Fire Ban on Wednesday 28 February 2024 for the Central Fire District will trigger the closure of the following Parks Victoria parks and reserves within the Dandenong Ranges:
    Dandenong Ranges National Park, including:
    ·        Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground.
    ·        1,000 Steps - Kokoda Memorial Walk.
    ·        One Tree Hill Picnic Ground.
    ·        Sherbrooke Picnic Ground.
    ·        Grants Picnic Ground.
    ·        Doongalla Homestead Picnic Ground.
    ·        Olinda Falls Picnic Ground.
    ·        O’Donohue Picnic Ground and
    ·        Kalorama Park
    Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve.
    Perrins Creek Reserve.
    Black Hill Reserve and
    Silvan Reservoir Park.
    Dandenong Ranges Gardens, including:
    • Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly National Rhododendron Garden).
    • William Ricketts Sanctuary.
    • Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden.
    • George Tindale Memorial Garden.
    • Pirianda Garden.
    • R.J. Hamer Arboretum.
    • Mt Dandenong Arboretum and
    • Olinda Golf Course (Olinda Precinct).
    These sites will be closed from 12:01am, Wed 28 Feb 2024 until 11:59pm Wed 28 Feb 2024.  They are expected to re-open Thurs 29 Feb 2024 following completion of the ban.  Parks Victoria regrets any inconvenience this may cause.
    For further information on CFA Total Fire Bans and ratings click here
    For further park information please contact the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963.

  • Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

    Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden Visitor Guide & Map

    Please find attached the current Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden Visitor Guide and park map:

    Attachments: ANMG ParkNote (353KB)

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