Gardens of The Dandenongs – Pirianda Gardens
Formerly the private 23-acre garden and home of Harvey and Gillian Ansell, purchased in 1959, the gardens were donated to the Victorian Government in 1977 and then managed by Parks Victoria since 1995.
Created on a steep hillside over a number of years, paths interlink and meander through exotic tree plantings and down into a beautiful fern gully, dominated by blackwoods and tree ferns. 500 metres or so of fabulous stone walls built between the 1960s and early 1980s, line some of the paths and steps.
During overseas holidays, the Ansell’s would seek new and unusual plants to import for their garden. 28 different types of Maple and 13 varieties of Birch create a beautiful autumnal display, Rhododendrons and many other flowering plants welcome in the spring, making the gardens an all year round pleasure to visit.
- The paths are quite steep and not suitable for wheelchairs.
- Dogs are allowed, on a leash. Other dog-friendly walks can be found here.
Getting to Pirianda Gardens
Located on Hacketts Road, Olinda (off the Olinda-Monbulk Road. WARNING – Do not approach or leave from the Perrins Creek Road end of Hackett’s as it is steep and generally quite rutted.
Entry is free to the gardens, though donations are much welcomed and needed for the upkeep, a donations box is on-site.
Open from 10 am till 5 pm daily, except Christmas or days of high wind/fire danger.
Public toilets on site.
Magnolias on Mernda
Within walking distance of Pirianda Gardens, this beautiful holiday home accommodates up to 4 people and is set in lovely gardens with views from the private balcony.
Woolrich Historic Garden Accommodation
This stunning property is located below the famous Cloudehill Gardens and is a beautifully renovated property in a gorgeous garden setting. The Hamer Arboretum is not far away.
Check prices and availability to stay at Woolrich
Air BnB Accommodation
The hills are full of unique properties to discover. Air BnB is a great place to start your search for more nearby accommodation.