It's always a good time to visit one, or all, of these picture-perfect gardens around Melbourne - there's a secret garden just waiting to be explored.

We share some our most visited gardens that can only be described as jaw-dropping! So when you're after a picturesque day trip, pack up the family or your guests and pop by one of these beauties.


Gardens of Tieve Tara, Mt Macedon

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The Gardens of Tieve Tara in Mt Macedon that can only be described as truely splendid...and enchanting and they're very kid-friendly.

Enter via the black gates and pop your $8 entry (per adult) into the donations box and then enjoy the spectacular gardens.

Pack a picnic as there's plenty of open space to sit down and enjoy the view.

Special areas within the gardens have been created to keep children thoroughly entertained. With little seating just for them, a fairy garden and two play areas full of equipment plus duck and geese feeding, children will delight in the fairytale of the gardens just as much as the adults.

So start planning your day trip - this is one beauty you simply can't miss!



Alowyn Gardens, Yarra Glen

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Meander through the 'secret' gardens and if you're here at the right time of year (generally first couple of weeks in October) you'll take in the beauty of the arch full of wisteria - magical!

It's a mixed bag here (but full to the trip of goodness) - formal gardens, edible gardens, Australian native gardens, birch tree forest, poppy field, perennials, a nursery and cafe. It's certainly breath-takingly beautiful from every angle.

As you sit amongst the trees, vines and roses you can enjoy your devonshire tea from the cafe. While you're enjoy a spot of peacefullness the kids can hang out on the big sized chess board.

Alowyn Gardens is definitely the 'Hidden Gem' of the Yarra Valley.



Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens, Olinda

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These picturesque gardens (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) play host to vibrant coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. See them at their best when they're in season and full of life.

The gardens are also a picnic haven for families enjoying the sunshine and colours of this free national park. Picnic tables and chairs are dotted around or just throw down your picnic rug and enjoy the views.

Entry is via the gift shop and there's either stairs or a ramp for pram/wheelchair access. Paths are flat so it's most suitable for a pram/wheelchair though there are several downhill paths to get to the bottom to see the lake.



Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sherbrooke

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The Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens is a magical stop off after you've eaten at the Piggery Cafe next door (and you can walk off all that food)!

The descent into the gardens and the lake at the bottom is best done down the garden steps if you are able, stopping off at the pavilion for a 'breather' if required. Once at the lake level, the paths are all flat and meander around the lake providing stunning views of water reflections and Japanese bridges (although these were closed on our last visit but on other visits we could wonder over them). There's scattered seating to take in the views and reflect on the beauty.



Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne

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Surround yourself in nature's playground. These stunning gardens are unlike any other gardens you're likely to come across. From lush bushland right through to the Red deserts, there's views to take in from every direction. When you stroll the gardens, keep an eye out for native species (birds, bandicoots...) and an abundance of flowers and native plants and trees.

It really is a peaceful haven with wonderfully laid out paths and connecting gardens. Be sure to take in the glorious view from the cafe. With the grounds measuring's you'll be thankful of a seat, coffee and bite to eat!

The gardens are a great day out for all the family with lots of things for the kids to do. Running along the eastern edge of the Australian Garden, the Rockpool Waterway has a designated wading area - look out for the red and yellow flags. It's a refreshing spot on a hot day and a place to kick off your shoes and have a little dip in the cool water.



Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens, Olinda


From the moment you step into the gardens, you are enchanted by the amazing landscapes, secret doorways, neatly pruned hedges which formed interesting structures, huge varieties of flowers, plants and trees, and paths which lead us into woodland.

For those children that are able to walk and run, this is a wonderful 'playground' for them...a place for them to freely explore, climb and observe nature! For the adults, we can't think of a nicer way to spend an afternoon than to leisurely stroll through the impressive gardens followed by coffee and cake!