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Scenic attractions in the Dandenong Ranges

You'd be excused for thinking every part of the photogenic Dandenong Ranges is a scenic attraction, but make a beeline for some real standouts to overwhelm the senses.

Blooming gardens

The magnificent gardens of the Ranges are at their best in spring when the flowers burst into bloom. Smell the rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and daffodils in the National Rhododendron Gardens, or the sea of tulips at Tesselaar Tulip Farm.

Watch the colours turn in the Alfred Nicholas Gardens, and find the clay sculptures hiding in the tranquil William Ricketts Sanctuary.

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Marvel at the forests of mountain ash and the plunging fern gullies. Listen out for the intriguing and elusive lyrebird as you walk through the beautiful woodlands to the thundering Sherbrooke Falls.

Panoramic views

Drive the 30-kilometre Mount Dandenong Tourist Road. Stop at the lookout at Kalorama for a view of the Warburton Ranges and Silvan Reservoir, or head off Ridge Road to the Mount Dandenong Observatory for stunning views of the city, particularly at night.

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Scenic attractions in the Dandenong Ranges

National parks & reserves

National Rhododendron Gardens

The National Rhododendron Gardens are host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal...

Parks & gardens

Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Meander through this gorgeous historic garden, a scenic haven with a picturesque lake, a boathouse, a canopy of ash trees and vibrant blooms year-round.

Walking & hiking

Sherbrooke Falls Trail

Enjoy a gentle introduction to the Dandenong Ranges on this gentle walk to Sherbrooke Falls and find a new favourite escape for walks and picnics.


SkyHigh Mount Dandenong and Scenic Lookout

At SkyHigh Mount Dandenong you will get some perspective and escape the noise and pressures of the concrete jungle. Less than an hour from the...

Parks & gardens

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Take a drive out to Mount Dandenong and while away a few quiet hours in the peaceful surrounds of the world-renowned William Ricketts Sanctuary.


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Nature & wildlife

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Nature and wildlife

Wildlife and zoos

Encounter curious Australian animals in regional national parks, or get up close to your favourite creatures at the famous Healesville Sanctuary.

Nature & wildlife

Scenic attractions in the Yarra Valley

Float high above the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon for unprecedented views of rolling hills strung with vines, lush greenery and pastures.

Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

It's easy to get active in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, with a range of tracks and trails to suit all abilities in parks and gardens.