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Dandenong Ranges (Dandenongs)


Some Parks & Gardens in the Dandenongs


Burnham Beeches Estate

This lavish estate was built for Alfred Nicholas (developer of Aspro) and his family. It exudes 1920s chic and you would not be surprised to see a Hispano Suza glide up the driveway with young men in boaters and young ladies with parasols. The Alfred Nicholas Gardens (see left) with their extensive water features are open to the public.

Sherbrook Road, Sherbrook
10am - 5pm daily

(See also the Nicholas Building - the city 'skyscraper' built for Nicholas)

National Rhododendron Gardens

Home to the Australian Mountain Ash - the world's largest flowering tree, these gardens feature a huge range of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas and daffodils.

10 am - 5 pm daily
The Georgian Road, Olinda

Other Gardens & Arboreta

The R.J. Hamer Arboretum (Chalet Road, Olinda) features European American and Asian trees, while the Mt. Dandenong Arboretum (Ridge Road, Dandenong) features rare conifers from the Southern Hemisphere. The George Tindale Gardens (Sherbrook Road, Sherbrook -  Me ref 75 J2) and the Pirianda Gardens (Hacketts Road, Olinda) both blend exotic plants with the native trees

All 10am - 4.30pm daily
Karwarra Australian Plant Garden


An Australian Plant Garden devoted to displaying the diversity of Australian plants in a landscaped setting. It features one of the largest ranges of Australian plants in public gardens with many rare and unique species

Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Kalorama
(Mel ref 120 B9)
Enquiries: (03) 9728 4256
10am-4pm Tue-Fri
1-4pm, weekends & public holidays


'SkyHigh' at Mount Dandenong
'SkyHigh' at Mount Dandenong

Some places of interest in the Dandenong Ranges:

National Rhododendron Garden
At The National Rhododendron Gardens you will find brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around. When not in bloom, you can still soak in the beauty of rich bark textures, seed capsules, foliage shapes and beautiful fragrance as you stroll through the grounds. National Rhododendron Garden

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Yarra Ranges Regional Museum
This museum includes a significant section dedicated to the great Australian singer, Dame Nelly Melba. It is currently closed for major renovations but will reopen to the public early 2011.

Some markets in the Dandenong Ranges:

Cherished Once More Baby & Children's Mini - Market
Quality New & Preloved Baby and Kids items for sale. One day only Sat 7th Feb 2009. 10 Holme Rd, Ferntree Gully. 9am - 2pm. Prams, toys, books, manchester, clothes, and heaps of new stock at heavily reduced prices.

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Cockatoo Country Market
Artisan style market. Locally handmade, grown and produced stalls. Handcrafted goods, fruit and veg, plants, unique handmade goods.

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Cockatoo Plant Market
Please note - White Hat has not been able to confirm if the October market is going ahead so please double check before making a special trip! Held twice yearly, this market sells garden related items including garden furniture, plants, shrubs, seedlings, garden tools and garden supplies such as manure. It regularly attracts over 100 stallholders.

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Emerald Craft and Produce Market
In the beautiful township of Emerald in the Dandenong Ranges next to a beautiful little park is the Emerald Craft and Produce Market. Friendly stallholders sell high quality, homemade, home-grown or vintage goods. Ride Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Emerald Station or about a 1 hour drive from the CBD. A splendid day out in the hills.

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Gembrook Market
"Free Entry & Family Fun" - A wide range of mostly locally grown and made craft and produce for sale. Find everything from Crafts, Jewellery, plants to soaps and other handmade goods and foods. Tantalise your taste buds with freshly brewed coffee, a range of sweet & savoury foods, a community barbecue operated by Gembrook Community groups available. Stallholder & Volunteer enquiries welcome.

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GrassRoots Community Market Upwey
A new market in the Dandenong Ranges, featuring all that is good about our region. 50 stalls, free music. Details at GrassRoots Community Market. Market dates Saturday 20th Nov 2010, 26 March 2011 and more to follow

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Gully Market
An outdoor market at the foot of Mount Dandenong comprises of a large Fruit and Veg stall, ferns, natives, rare bulbs, statues, jewelry, arts and crafts and many more. Water and some powered sites are available both Saturday and Sunday.

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Kallista Community Market
An outdoor market in the surroundings of the Dandenongs with a wide range of home made and locally produced goods.

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Lilydale Farmers Produce Market
Lilydale Farmers Produce Market featuring farm fresh produce, variety fresh foods. Easy access and Parking. Over 50 stalls. Organized by Rotary Clubs of Montrose & District, Lilydale and Chirnside Park.

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Montrose Community Craft Market
An outdoor market with over 30 stalls providing beautiful local craft, homegrown fruit, veg and plants.

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Mt Evelyn Affordable Food Market
Local food growers providing healthy food at affordable prices. Live music, cooking demonstrations and free entry.

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Warburton Community Market
High quality arts and crafts, plants, cakes, organic produce, musical instruments and Frank's sausage sizzle.

What's on and things to do in the Dandenong Ranges:

Chestnut Festival
Held annually by the Mt Dandenong Preschool on the Kalorama Reserve in the Dandenong Ranges. Market stalls, fair ground rides, fairy floss, hot food and, of course, roasted chestnuts! Full details at Chestnut Festival.

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You can find a comprehensive guide to markets around Australia at The White Hat Guide to Markets in Australia.


Park at Silvan Dam