Feed your feed in the spring gardens of the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges.
Looking for new places to visit this spring that will add a pop of colour to your Facebook and Instagram feed? We've got some magical places for you to explore and capture beautiful spring moments. Create a day trip around some of these amazing locations and be amazed at the natural beauty of our region.
CherryHill Orchards, Wandin East
Did you know that cherry trees only blossom for a two-week period every year from late September to early October. One of the best places to see these stunning cherry blossom flowers in bloom is at CherryHill Orchards' Blossom Festival.
Only one hour from Melbourne’s CBD, CherryHill Orchards is Victoria’s most established and popular Blossom Festival, situated at their 85-acre cherry orchard in the Yarra Valley. Dogs are welcome, please register their attendance on the event website.
Alowyn Gardens, Yarra Glen
Alowyn Gardens is a beautiful seven acre award winning display garden in the heart of the Yarra Valley. It features nine distinct garden areas, with seasonal displays and an extensive plant nursery with interesting and unusual plants. There's also a café with great coffee, teas and cakes.
The Wisteria Arch at Alowyn Gardens during October is the Insta/TikTok (whatever you're on) Mecca. Prop up your platform with purple blooms sending off a flattering hue and filling a whole entire tunnel.
Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Silvan
Tiptoe through the tulips at the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival. See the spectacle of over a million spring flowers in bloom over five acres. The Tulips are the stars of the show and there are plenty of photo opportunities to be had! Enjoy live entertainment daily, indulge in some delicious foods from around the world, try fun activities for all ages, wander the mark stalls, take a tractor train ride, visit the fairy in her garden and more! Dogs on leads are welcome.
Warratina Lavender Farm, Wandin North
Enjoy the tranquil surroundings of this family run five-acre lavender farm which is open all year round. Come Summer (November - January) and walk among the rows of flowering lavender and breathe in its fragrance, before it’s harvested. In January/February you’ll get to see the harvested lavender hanging to dry in the drying sheds. Come later in Autumn/Winter and enjoy seasonal events such as Easter Egg Hunts, Yarra Valley specialised markets and exhibitions.
Treat yourself to some delicious regional fare in their tea room (a late breakfast, lunch, or morning/afternoon tea), all made on the premises. Dogs on leads are welcome.
Cloudehill Gardens, Olinda
Cloudehill is a garden at the top of the Dandenongs in Olinda, and is internationally famous for garden rooms overflowing with flowers and magnificent artwork all year round. Some 25 garden compartments are divided by stone walls and hedges. They include Australia’s finest summer borders, peony gardens, a spring shrub walk, bluebell woodlands, extensive bulb meadows, and a ‘green theatre’ which hosts the Summer twilight concert series.
Deep volcanic soil and moist mild weather allow plants to reach majestic proportions. The weeping Japanese maples at the heart of the garden are of serious significance. Imported from the legendary Yokohama Nursery in Japan they have been growing on the property since 1928.
The Diggers Club operates Cloudehill’s nursery, stocking heirloom seeds and mature trees, as well as many of the plants to be found in the gardens. Seasons Restaurant provides a unique dining experience using fresh local produce.
Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens, Olinda
The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) is Victoria's premier cool-climate garden. With breathtaking views over the Yarra Valley, the garden features important collections of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and more, in a setting of native and exotic trees.
The garden is home to a staggering 15,000 rhododendrons, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias and 250,000 daffodils clothed in colour in spring and autumn. The garden houses Australia’s largest collection of Australian and overseas raised hybrids of rhododendrons that cannot be replaced, re-bred or re-imported.
A network of paths criss-cross the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden and highlight the ever-changing seasonal landscape.
Alfred Nicholas Gardens, Sherbrooke
Situated on the gorgeous Sherbrooke Road in the Dandenong Ranges, the Burnham Beeches Estate is home to the stunning and highly regarded Alfred Nicholas Gardens.
Synonymous with the Dandenong Ranges, The Alfred Nicholas Gardens are known for their picturesque waterfalls, water features and its iconic ornamental lake and boathouse.