Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Melbourne Region attractions

1. Dandenong Ranges National Park

0.33 MILES

This national park protects the largest areas of remaining forest in the Dandenongs, which are home to lush fern gullies and huge stands of mountain ash…

2. Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

2.16 MILES

Originally part of the Burnham Beeches estate, these gardens are now operated by Parks Victoria. A lake with boathouse, mountain ash canopies and a mass…

3. George Tindale Memorial Gardens

2.61 MILES

Developed as a hill station-style garden, this small property is named after keen gardener George Tindale, who purchased the property in 1958 and donated…

4. Grants Picnic Ground

2.98 MILES

This picnic ground is located in Sherbrooke Forest within Dandenong Ranges National Park.

5. Burrinja Cultural Centre

3.14 MILES

A multi-purpose space incorporating gallery spaces where local Indigenous art is often showcased as well as artists’ studios, Burrinja also has a theatre…

6. Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

3.21 MILES

Giant eucalypts tower over shady lawns and brilliant flowerbeds at this botanic garden on the eastern ridge of Mount Dandenong, which is planted with over…

7. Cloudehill

3.28 MILES

Graceful Japanese weeping maples in autumn and riotously coloured flower borders in summer are two of the seasonal highlights at this cold-climate garden…

8. William Ricketts Sanctuary

3.37 MILES

This tranquil garden features 90+ sculptures of Indigenous Australians created by potter and sculptor William Ricketts (1898–1993). Ricketts, who lived…