Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden


National Rhododendron Garden

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

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden is Victoria's premier cool-climate garden. With breathtaking views over the Yarra Valley, the garden features important collections of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and more, in a setting of native and exotic trees. Seasonal changes ensure the garden is a year-round delight.

Meander down to Serenity Point where the sculpted landscape opens to stunning views over the Yarra Ranges and beyond. A network of paths criss-cross the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden and highlight the ever-changing seasonal landscape.

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden is home to a staggering 15,000 rhododendrons, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias and 250,000 daffodils clothed in colour in spring and autumn. The garden houses Australia’s largest collection of Australian and overseas raised hybrids of rhododendrons that cannot be replaced, re-bred or re-imported.

Bring a picnic basket and set up on one of the lawns within the gardens for a scenic day out. Ride the 'Garden Explorer' - a fee-for-service people mover which provides a 25-minute guided tour of the garden.

Opening hours

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden is free to enter and opens daily: 10am - 5pm (last entry 4:30pm).

The gardens are not open on Christmas Day, or on days of Total Fire Ban and severe weather events. 

Things To Do

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Garden Tours

Discover the beauty of Victoria’s premier cool-climate botanic garden from the comfort of the open-air bus. Enjoy live commentary and stunning views as you wind your way through the picturesque landscapes of this 100-acre garden.
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Café Vireya

Café Vireya is open on Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 am to 4 pm, serving coffees, cakes, light lunches and ice creams. During the spring flowering season (September to November), Café Vireya is open 7 days a week, 10:30 am – 4 pm.
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Mist@Olinda is a stunning venue located within the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, ideal for weddings, school debutant balls or formals, christenings or wakes. The venue is well equipped with AV for corporate and conference events.
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Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
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Botanic gardens

Stroll through magnificent gardens that promise to delight all year round. Make sure you return to see the treasures that come with changing seasons.

Wildlife and Nature


Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

Find a Licensed Tour Operator

How to get there

National Rhododendron Garden

When to go

The cool rainforest atmosphere of Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens is the perfect escape on a warm summer’s day. Walk the nature trail or set up for a picnic in the shade of the Cherry Lawn. Wander through the collection of conifers and marvel at the brilliant blue and white hydrangeas in full flower.

Need to know

National Rhododendron Garden

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

24 Georgian Road
Olinda VIC 3788
13 1963
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