On a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky, Victoria Discovers took a trip to the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens, formerly known as the Rhododen Gardens. Owned and maintained by Parks Victoria, parking and admission are both free though donations towards upkeep are much appreciated.
The gardens are all pathed making them accessible for prams and walking aids. Though we must mention that some hills are a little steep. There is also a tour bus available at an additional cost. Please check Parks Victoria website above for times and prices.
The Rhododens are as magnificent as ever, though with so much else within the gardens it is easy to see why a name change was necessary.
There is an onsite shop selling drinks and snacks, but Victoria Discovers packed our own picnic and made use of the seating areas provided. It is also worth noting that water fountains are available throughout the gardens to fill up water bottles.
The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens is an incredible free day out for all ages and walking abilities. Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for local wildlife.