In addition to a visit to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival, a trip to the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley area could include any number of wonderful activities.

The best regional websites are:

Dandenong Ranges – www.visitdandenongranges.com.au

Yarra Valley – www.visityarravalley.com.au


Cloudehill gardens in Olinda has stunning borders and so much more.

National Rhododendron Gardens filled with amazing colour throughout spring.

William Ricketts Sanctuary a gorgeous ferny glade with sculpture.

Pirianda Gardens amazing for trees and views and mountain walks.

George Tindale Gardens rarities abound in this beautiful garden.

Alfred Nicholas Garden one of the most photographed gardens of the Dandenongs.

Karwarra Garden has thousands of native plants to enjoy.

Grant’s Picnic Ground has bush walking and bird feeding plus a lovely cafe.

Ferny Creek Horticultural Society established in 1932, this 10 acre property is filled with rarities on a grand scale. Check for opening times or schedule a visit you will be pleased you did.

Alowyn Gardens in the Yarra Valley is four acres of style and grace. In spring it has an awe inspiring spring bulb display.


Puffing Billy Historic Railway ride aboard a steam train through the forest to picturesque villages.

Sky High Mt Dandenong has plenty to do with fabulous views, a maze and gardens too.

Trees Adventure see how the koalas do it as you climb to great heights and take ziplines through the trees.