Pirianda Garden

Pirianda Garden

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Pirianda Gardens - Gardens of the Dandenongs

Pirianda Garden is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape. 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.

Designed to take advantage of the steep slopes, the terraced woodland garden of Pirianda contains a unique collection of plants, including many botanically important trees, unusual shrubs and perennials.

Featuring beautiful spring displays, Pirianda Garden is best known for its autumn colours and tree collection, including 28 different types of maples and 13 birch varieties.

With magnificent views and a backdrop of ever-changing colours, photographers and bird watchers are in for a treat, while the lawns are perfect for spreading out with a picnic feast.

Meander through the tranquil garden at your leisure, making your way from the grassy areas, through the terraces, and down to peaceful fern gullies beneath towering blackwoods and mountain ash.


Opening hours

Pirianda Garden is open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day except Christmas Day, days of Total Fire Ban, Severe Weather events and major works.

Check current conditions on the day of your planned visit to confirm it is open.

Things to do in the area

 
The lake and linking bridge at Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden

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.
A man with an afro wearing a leather jacket and woman wearing a cream knitted jumper walk past a tree with splendid autumn leaves.

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.
Sculpture by William Ricketts

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, featuring extraordinary sculptures of people and animals half-hidden in the natural environment, just waiting to be discovered.
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.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

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.
Four friends relax by the edge of the Yarra River as their curly brown dog gets ready to jump in the water.

Dog walking

Round up your dog, grab the lead and visit dog-friendly parks near Melbourne and across Victoria.
Three friends enjoy a picnic on the grass in front of the historic Wallace Hut.

Picnics

Head outdoors for lunch in the warmer months and enjoy a picnic in some of nature's most relaxing and inspiring settings.

Unique flora

The 11-hectare woodland garden contains many botanically significant exotic specimen trees and shrubs that are rare in Australia.

Collections of magnolias, azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, dogwoods and many conifers can be seen.

Three specimens of the unusual and haunting Chinese Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrate) are located here, flowering annually in early November. The large bracts are up to 12cm long, pure white and conspicuous when waving in the wind.

Other unusual plants include members of the aceae plant family, Franklinia spp and Stewartia spp which are both attractive and rarely seen specimen plants, with delicate and beautiful flowers, and are related to the better-known camellias.

Wildlife

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:


Crimson Rosella
Lyrebirds

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

View all local tours

How to get there

Pirianda Gardens - Gardens of the Dandenongs

Pirianda Garden is located at 5-9 Hacketts Road, Olinda.

We recommend visitors access Hacketts Road via the Olinda-Monbulk Road only. Ignore GPS or Google Map directions that take you via Perrins Creek Road, as this access is extremely steep and only suitable for 4WD vehicles.

When to go

Escape the heat and see Mock Orange, Eucryphia, Clethra, Hydrangeas and NSW Christmas bush at their finest.

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Pirianda Gardens - Gardens of the Dandenongs

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