• Walk the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens

An energetic city with the splendour of nature a short drive away – that is one of the things I most love about Melbourne. I love being in nature and am committed to being in it more often. 

During such a weekend, the National Rhododendron Gardens, newly named the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens, are one of my favourite spots. Only an hour’s drive from the CBD, and less from the Eastern suburbs, this garden boasts pleasant walks and a celebration of colour. Go in spring when everything is blooming.

The paths are paved, with some hill but less strenuous, and more spacious than the nearby and popular Kokoda Memorial Walk (A Thousand Steps).

If you follow the paths to the back, then to the left, there is a lovely flat spot to picnic. You can even spot wallabies feasting on the flowers.

As with any feast for the eyes, the photos tell more. So here are some pics. Enjoy.

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens

Open 10.00am to 5.00pm daily (last entry 4.30pm) except Christmas Day.

Entrance to the garden is free.