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Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

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Address: Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke, Victoria 3789, Australia
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(03) 9757 7333
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

A hidden garden in the Dandenong Ranges, the Alfred Nicholas Gardens are...

A hidden garden in the Dandenong Ranges, the Alfred Nicholas Gardens are the original gardens of the ‘historic Burnham Beeches’ estate. The Gardens are renowned for their extensive water features including a quaint boathouse, the unusual Blackfish Pond and a picturesque lake which is fed by two striking waterfalls.

The structure of the garden is emphasized by the many rock walls, waterfalls, upper pools and the magnificent lakes. The many linking paths through this garden take you beneath a canopy of awesome Mountain Ash Trees.

Admire the natural beauty of the surroundings all year round. Walk through shady trees down to the picturesque lake, and picnic with the family by the boathouse. In spring, view the flowering azaleas, cherry trees and viburnum. Stroll through the magnificent gardens, take your dog for a walk or photograph the blooming flowers.

The garden is located on Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke. The visitor car park is opposite the main entrance.

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Delightful and peaceful

We're just going to go to top pools but they were closed so ended up going down to The Lake instead. 700m each way. Lovely trail. Had been raining so lots of black slugs out... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sharon E
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We're just going to go to top pools but they were closed so ended up going down to The Lake instead. 700m each way. Lovely trail. Had been raining so lots of black slugs out (daughter is into snails and slugs so very excited about that). Lake was picturesque and peaceful with photogenic boathouse.

Thank Sharon E
Dorset, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Robust terrain, but ok access that was plainly a local walking venue of choice for the whole range of ages, who also shared experience. Beautiful plants and garden features now maintained as a public parks asset, having been the garden to an industrial magnate's property. Built by 80-odd gardeners across a valley with plants trees and water features. Even if... More 

Thank Beverley H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favourite gardens in the Dandenong Ranges. Particularly beautiful in autumn and early spring, but lovely year round. What I particularly like about this park is that even when there are crowds of people (like today - Easter Monday) it is still possible to find completely peaceful spots, in particular the ones with views of fern... More 

Thank Jon M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plenty to see and do this neck of the woods in Melbourne. This garden is easy walking, with plenty of colours depending on which time of year you visit. Mid-Autumn is the best time when the gorgeous warm Autumn colours dot the whole garden.

1 Thank ERIC L
Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I walked from Sassafras to the Alfred Nicholas Gardens. It is a nice Hiking trail in the middle of the gum trees in the Dandenong. The park is very remote in the Dandenong Ranges. It is a 45 minute walk across the forest but you don't have to walk as I did. You can go by car and park your... More 

2 Thank FranckJa
Oxfordshire, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you visit the Piggery Cafe adjacent don't miss the opportunity to walk around the gardens afterwards, created in the 1930s by the guy who developed the Aspro, so very mature trees offering lots of cool shade on a hot day.

1 Thank Tricky49
Kallista, Australia
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I love this place. I walk here every week and just love it. Stick to the drive rather than deviating off on the paths. If you do, you'll miss the gently incline and waterfall. It's quiet, shady and so peaceful. If you wait a moment at the lake, you'll spot some of the huge 4lb rainbow trout tailing on the... More 

Thank Dion B
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

I've never seen a garden so incredible before! It is quiet a hike back up hill from the lake but definitely worth it! Sealed and unsealed paths and stairs through a magical rainforest. The lake is picturesque. I wish I had more time to sit there and appreciate it more

Thank Smiley K
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is such a pretty little garden to walk around in surrounded by forest. Really accessible for just about anyone with paved wide paths and dogs are also welcome in on a leash. One of the only spots that dogs are allowed to go in the Dandenong Ranges which is great because I always have my dog with me.

1 Thank Kim V
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

Excellent to take a walk or have a picnic. The lake is a great place to sit down or even at the arboretum.

Thank Lindeming

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