Home » Attractions » Nature

Puffing Billy

The Puffing Billy railway is a historic steam train that starts at Belgrave and runs through the mountainous region of the Dandenong Ranges. This historic...

Puffing Billy

Dandenong Ranges Nature

The Dandenong Ranges region boasts some of the most beautiful nature gardens and forests in Victoria all nestled within a stunning natural landscape.

From large forested areas to lavender farms and from cherry blossoms to rhododendrons, there are beautiful gardens which can be enjoyed in all seasons.

Dandenong Ranges Nature, Walks & Hiking Trails, Wildlife & Photography

To see some of the most beautiful forested areas, head to the Dandenong Ranges National Park which boasts five main sections; Doongalla Forest, Ferntree Gully, Sherbrooke Forest, Olinda Forest and Mt Evelyn Forest. The Dandenong Ranges National Park boasts a number of picnic grounds and scenic spots for visitors to visit as well as a number of picturesque walks and hiking trails.

There are also a couple of waterfalls located in the Dandenong Ranges including the popular Olinda Falls. The falls is located within the Olinda Reserve, which can be accessed through Falls Road. The Olinda Falls boasts a viewing platform and various lookouts, from where you can see the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The walk to Olinda Falls takes up to about 10 minutes.

For those looking for beautiful flowering plants at all times of the year, head to the National Rhododendron Gardens. This serene setting houses a variety of colourful blooms; including azaleas, cherry blossoms, camellias, rhododendrons and daffodils. The garden is great at any time of year, however becomes especially beautiful in September and October when most of the flowers are in bloom.

If you are looking for somewhere to take a relaxing stroll, try the RJ Hamer Aboretum. With a gorgeous backdrop of the Silvan Dam and the verdant forested areas of the Dandenong Ranges, the R.J Hamer Arboretum provides a breathtaking setting great for relaxing walks and picnics. The garden is known for its exotic plant varieties and stretches over 120 hectares.

Click the links below to explore the full range of nature spots you can enjoy in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges.

Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy

Belgrave, VIC

The Puffing Billy railway is a historic steam train that starts at Belgrave and runs through the mountainous region of the Dandenong Ranges. This historic steam train takes its passengers through the renowned...

Read More
1000 Steps

1000 Steps

Upper Ferntree Gully, VIC

Located within the Dandenong Ranges National Park, the 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk is a unique and renowned tourist spot in the Dandenong Ranges. The 1000 Steps boasts the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, a popular walking trail...

Read More
Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Belgrave, VIC

The prime scenic attraction of the area has to be the stunning Dandenong Ranges National Park. Nestled in the picturesque suburbs of the Dandenong Ranges in Melbourne, this National Park is 39km east of the Melbourne...

Read More
Sky High

Sky High

Mount Dandenong, VIC

Whilst visiting the wonderful Dandenong Ranges, you should make sure to set aside some time to visit Sky High, a delightful restaurant located on Mount Dandenong. The Sky High Restaurant and lookout is located less than...

Read More
Sherbrooke Falls

Sherbrooke Falls

Sherbrooke, VIC

Apart from the hilly landscapes and various camp grounds, the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria is also quite popular for its gorgeous waterfalls. Sherbrooke Falls is a renowned oasis amid the picturesque landscape of the...

Read More
William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Mt Dandenong, VIC

The William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong Ranges is an amazing setting where you can relax and enjoy an array of activities. This peaceful refuge is set adjacent to the forest-clad hills of Mount Dandenong and on...

Read More
National Rhododendron Gardens

National Rhododendron Gardens

Olinda, VIC

The National Rhododendron Gardens is a popular destination located in the Dandenong Ranges. This serene setting houses a variety of colourful blooms; including azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons and daffodils. With an...

Read More
Olinda Falls

Olinda Falls

Mt Dandenong, VIC

Soak up in the picture-perfect scenic landscape of Olinda Falls while visiting the wonderful tourist spots of Mount Dandenong. With numerous public and private gardens containing native flowers and picnic grounds...

Read More
Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield, VIC

Lysterfield Park is located on Horswood Road in Lysterfield and is a worthy tourist attraction thanks to its beautiful natural features. With an array of recreational activities, it is little wonder that Lysterfield...

Read More
Trees Adventure

Trees Adventure

Belgrave, VIC

The Trees Adventure High Ropes Park is an awesome setting for eco-adventure fun. Located in a stunning heritage garden of Belgrave, and next to Puffing Billy in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges, Trees Adventure is a...

Read More
Cardinia Reservoir

Cardinia Reservoir

Narre Warren, VIC

Cardinia Reservoir, a water supply dam that is located East of Melbourne, was built in 1970 and provides water for many suburbs in Melbourne. The dam was constructed to supplement the dwindling supply of water in the...

Read More

Sherbrooke Forest

Sherbrooke, VIC

Sherbrooke Forest is one of the top attractions in the Dandenong Ranges as it has a number of great picnic spots and relaxing walks. Some of the most popular locations within Sherbrooke Forest include Grants Picnic...

Read More

Grants Picnic Ground

Kallista, VIC

Grants Picnic Ground is a beautiful spot for picnics and one of the most popular destinations for outdoor lovers in the Dandenong Ranges. Best known for its bird-feeding, the picnic ground provides a tranquil setting...

Read More
Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Emerald, VIC

Emerald is a beautiful scenic location in the Dandenong Ranges; known for its gorgeous lake and a number of scenic attractions. Located between the towns of Cockatoo and Belgrave, Emerald is easily accessible from any...

Read More
Bunyip State Park

Bunyip State Park

Gembrook, VIC

From 1898 to 1990, this area was used primarily for logging. Later it became Bunyip State Park; the picturesque spot we can visit and enjoy today. The Bunyip State Park offers a variety of trails for walking or hiking...

Read More
Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

Sherbrooke, VIC

The Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens is a great venue for all nature lovers. Located in Sherbrooke, these gardens are home to magnificent shrubs, flowering plants, and majestic Mountain Ash trees. Whether you’re...

Read More
Cardinia Reservoir Park

Cardinia Reservoir Park

Narre Warren, VIC

An ideal getaway for the whole family, the Cardinia Reservoir Park is a fantastic location for families to come and picnic, as there is a natural abundance of flora and fauna. Visitors who manage to get a glimpse of the...

Read More
Warratina Lavender Farm

Warratina Lavender Farm

Wandin North, VIC

Nestled on a picturesque landscape at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, the Warratina Lavender Farm is a family owned and operated lavender farm that is truly worth a visit. Visitors can browse through the lavender...

Read More

Rj Hamer Arboretum

Olinda, VIC

The Dandenong Ranges is one of the most popular and scenic destinations in Victoria. The R.J Hamer Arboretum in the Dandenongs is one of the most amazing and unique gardens located in this region. With the gorgeous...

Read More
Tim Neville Arboretum

Tim Neville Arboretum

Ferntree Gully, VIC

Located on Dorset Road in the Dandenong Ranges, the Tim Neville Arboretum is a popular playground for visitors to this area. The arboretum is essentially a fun-filled playground that is designed with children in mind...

Read More

Cloudehill Gardens

Olinda, VIC

Cloudehill Gardens are a magnificent escape tucked away at the top of the majestic Dandenong Ranges and is a must-visit for both locals and visitors touring the region. The gardens are an all-seasons source of...

Read More
Pirianda Gardens

Pirianda Gardens

Olinda, VIC

The Pirianda Gardens are known for being one of the most picturesque parks in Victoria. The terraced gardens are beyond compare, especially in autumn, as the leaves turn to stunning shades of red, orange and yellow. The...

Read More
Silvan Reservoir Park

Silvan Reservoir Park

Silvan, VIC

Set at the base of the Dandenong Ranges, Silvan Reservoir Park is the perfect location for a day out of town, and is just a short drive from Melbourne. The Park has a number of walking trails that visitors can use to...

Read More

Kurth Kiln Regional Park

Gembrook, VIC

Kurth Kiln Regional Park is a popular park located in the Dandenong Ranges, and whose unique attractions make it a must-visit for those coming to the region. The park is best known for its kiln whose history can be...

Read More

Birdsland Reserve

Belgrave Heights, VIC

Birdsland Reserve is an amazing getaway tucked away between Lysterfield Lake Park and Belgrave. This bushland reserve is best known for its rich bird life and diverse species of native animals. The reserve’s rich...

Read More
Australian Rainbow Trout Farm

Australian Rainbow Trout Farm

Macclesfield, VIC

The Australian Rainbow Trout Farm is rated as the number one attraction in Macclesfield, Victoria. Just one hour outside Melbourne, it’s easily accessible and a fun way to spend time with the family in the great...

Read More
Belgrave Lake Park, Belgrave, Victoria, Australia

Belgrave Lake Park

Belgrave, VIC

Belgrave Lake Park is a sizable reserve, located just south of Belgrave, that plays a significant role in maintaining the biodiversity of flora and fauna in the region. Belgrave Lake Park is the critical link between...

Read More
Kalorama Park

Kalorama Park

Kalorama, VIC

Kalorama Park in Victoria, boasts breathtaking views of the Dandenong Ranges to the South East and is a major tourist attraction in the area. With such majestic views of the surrounding environment, the park is a must...

Read More

Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk

Kallista, VIC

Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk is located in the verdant Sherbooke rainforest and is one of the region’s most spectacular destinations for bushwalking. The forest is located just 40 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD and...

Read More
George Tindale Memorial Gardens

George Tindale Memorial Gardens

Sherbrooke, VIC

The George Tindale Memorial Gardens is a popular public park which features a number of rare and native flora species. The soil at this park is acidic and rich in minerals, therefore many rare plants grow here without...

Read More
Mount Dandenong Observatory

Mount Dandenong Observatory

Mount Dandenong, VIC

To get the most panoramic views of Mount Dandenong and its surroundings, visitors should head to the popular lookouts and the viewing points of the area. Much of the Mount Dandenong area is occupied by the Dandenong...

Read More

Olinda Creek Walking Track

Silvan, VIC

The Olinda Creek Walking Track is one of the popular attractions in the Dandenong Ranges and is a favourite for outdoor lovers. The walking track traverses the ground between the Silvan Reservoir Park and Mount Evelyn...

Read More

Woolrich Lookout

Olinda, VIC

Woolrich Lookout is one of the most fascinating viewing spots located in the Dandenong Ranges. This lookout is tucked away in the RJ Hamer Arboretum, and offers incredible views of the Dandenong Ranges National Park in...

Read More
Ferny Creek Reserve

Ferny Creek Reserve

Sassafras, VIC

Ferny Creek Reserve is located in the suburb of Ferny Creek, approximately 30kms from Melbourne, Vic. Known as a recreational getaway, the reserve is a popular attraction for locals and visitors to the Dandenong Ranges...

Read More

One Tree Hill

Tremont, VIC

One Tree Hill is a picnic ground located at the top of the famous Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, also known as the 1000 Steps, in the Dandenong Ranges. Nicely maintained by rangers, the Kokoda Track is a beautiful walking...

Read More

Doongalla Homestead

The Basin, VIC

Doongalla Homestead is a delightful picnic ground tucked away in The Basin, and it is a tranquil attraction in the Dandenong Ranges. Come with a picnic, or take a quiet stroll at this historic landmark in Victoria. With...

Read More
Aura Vale Lake Park

Aura Vale Lake Park

Selby, VIC

The Aura Vale Lake Park plays a significant role in the supply of water in Melbourne City. The lake constitutes an integral part of the drainage system within Melbourne, and plays a vital role in preventing the...

Read More
Mount Dandenong Arboretum

Mount Dandenong Arboretum

Mount Dandenong, VIC

Established in 1928, the Mount Dandenong Arboretum was created for the purpose of preserving conifers and deciduous trees that have environmental significance. At the outset, plants initially received at the arboretum...

Read More
Mt Dandenong Walk

Mt Dandenong Walks

Belgrave, VIC

Mt Dandenong boasts a number of scenic walking trails amid the beautiful mountainous landscape and the adjacent deciduous forest. Each of the Mt Dandenong walks are unique and offers you an exceptional experience with...

Read More
Wright Forest

Wright Forest

Cockatoo, VIC

Bush walking is a favourite pasttime for many outdoor enthusiasts and Wright Forest, a bushland reserve located in Cockatoo, is the perfect place to explore the outdoors. The 400-acre forest is home to many different...

Read More

Bungalook Conservation Reserve

Kilsyth South, VIC

The Bungalook Conservation Reserve is an park area tucked away on Tereddan Drive in Kilsyth South and is home to the endangered species that is the Kilsyth South Spider Orchid. The reserve covers a total land area of 35...

Read More

Grey Gum Track Walk

Silvan, VIC

Grey Gum Track Walk is an easy walk that provides visitors with an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while visiting the Silvan Reservoir. The walking trail is short at just 2.4 kilometres (return) and has an easy grade...

Read More

Johns Hill Reserve Lookout

Kallista, VIC

Johns Hill Reserve Lookout is a viewpoint located in Kallista which gives visitors panoramic views of the Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley and the Kinglake National Park. Johns Hill Reserve Lookout, Trig Point, Picnic...

Read More

Kays Picnic Ground

Olinda, VIC

Kays Picnic Ground is a wonderful recreational space tucked away in the scenic Dandenong Ranges. One of the most distinct things about these grounds is that they are teeming with diverse flora and fauna for an...

Read More

Koolamara Water Reserve

Ferntree Gully, VIC

Koolamara Water Reserve is a natural sanctuary and home to diverse flora and fauna that makes it a top attraction in the Dandenong Ranges region. The water reserve is best known for its walking track in Ferntree Gully...

Read More

Living Bush Nature Walk

Ferntree Gully, VIC

Living Bush Nature Walk is located in the scenic Ferntree Gully Area of Dandenong Ranges Park. This walk is an excellent choice for those who prefer a gentle track or for those walking with children. The walking track...

Read More

O’Donohue Picnic Ground

Sherbrooke, VIC

O’Donohue Picnic Ground is a hidden gem tucked away in the beautiful Sherbooke Forest, right in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. With a number of picnic tables and walking tracks located around the picnic...

Read More

Sweeneys Flat

Eltham, VIC

Sweeneys Flat is a stunning metropolitan park tucked away in the suburb of Eltham and is the perfect spot for a quiet family picnic. Sweeneys Flat is a great place to enjoy the outdoors and welcomes visitors to bring...

Read More

Trig Point Lookout

Lysterfield South, VIC

Trig Point Lookout is located in Lysterfield Park and provides excellent views of the surrounding region including Mount Macedon, You Yangs, Arthur’s Seat and Western Port Bay. As the highest point in the park...

Read More
Butterfield Conservation Reserve

Butterfield Conservation Reserve

Emerald, VIC

The Butterfield Conservation Reserve, a notable attraction in the Dandenong Ranges, is located close to Woori Yallock Creek on Emerald – Monbulk Road. The Butterfield Conservation Reserve plays a fundamental role...

Read More

Weather Forecast