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Nature & wildlife

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

  • Alfred Nicholas Gardens, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Hide away in spellbinding fern glades and forests, amid rugged bushland and perfect blooms, and encounter iconic Australian animals in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Towering trees and breathtaking views
Venture into the national and state parks to behold the signature towering mountain ash and dripping tree ferns, dramatic waterfalls and serene lakes.

Stop at scenic lookouts for views of farmland and vines, and the evocative forests. Celebrate the proximity of the snow-covered Lake Mountain to Melbourne.

Postcard-perfect gardens
Swap the bush for manicured nature in both public and private gardens. Witness the riot of colour as thousands of native and rare buds herald spring around the region.

Wild about wildlife
Be captivated by the mimicry of a Lyrebird or the waddle of a wombat as you make your way through swathes of unspoilt forest; a haven for native birds and animals.

Get up close to a menagerie of native creatures in walk-through exhibits and 'meet the keeper' sessions at the famous Healesville Sanctuary. Watch as sick and orphaned animals receive care at the Healesville Animal Hospital.