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Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

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Address: Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke, Victoria 3789, Australia
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+61 3 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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Great for walking

This place is great. We saw fish and tadpoles in the pond, lots of birds and an echidna on the walking track. Free entry and you can take your dog on a leash. Quite a bit steep... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

This place is great. We saw fish and tadpoles in the pond, lots of birds and an echidna on the walking track. Free entry and you can take your dog on a leash. Quite a bit steep, and lots of stairs. Toilets are on site and there are drinking fountains available. I suggest you have about 1.5 hours free to... More 

Thank Meow0205
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

So obviously a once-beautiful spot, now falling into disrepair. Entry is free, but perhaps charging a little, and using the funds to restore its former glory. Beautiful rhododendrons, azaleas, and trees. Pity!

Thank ortho85
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Quite a nice little restaurant, good service and tasty good. Very cosy with open fire burning. I have only been the once, but would revisit. I am a sassafras resident, so visit many local restaurants.

Thank Pamela G
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Easy walk from car park on a footpath through bush land. A plaque about who Alfred Nicholas was, in the car park.

Thank Barbara v
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This park is situated in Dandenong Ranges. I like to call it a hidden gem. On our return journey from Dandenong Ranges, we lost the way and on the new route, found this amazing Park. There is no entry fee and enough parking space too. There is a small lake too. The place is too beautiful to describe by words... More 

Thank jimchacko
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

The gardens are set amongst the hilly terrain of the Dandenongs and some of the walking tracks are quite step but handrails are provided for those who may need assistance. Huge gum trees and lush ferns which are impressive to view. The lake is tranquil and picturesque however the water is quite stagnant and we only spotted 1 fish. Free... More 

Thank Lc100
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

I love visiting this place at least once a year. Along with the National Rhododendron gardens and the Ricketts sanctuary it's a great spot that won't break the budget (it's free). It's best appreciated if you walk down to the lake/boathouse. The tall trees and ferns are breathtaking. The lake is mesmerising.

Thank JohnG3121
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

The gardens are just beautiful. When we visited, there was only a couple of other people around and it was nice to sit down and take it all in. It's a little steep coming down (so up hill on the way back!) so some may struggle but it's worth it. Very picturesque. Would definitely be back (come another season) with... More 

Thank ABarrra
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Went here to get a picture of the boathouse. The walk through the gardens is quite steep and not well signed but good photo opportunities. A few ducks and lovely greenery. Would not recommend walk for kids or elderly.

Thank Cosmicgirl84
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Visited with my teenage daughter on a misty wet winners day - so beautiful! Park across from the entrance and walk along asphalt or paved roads/paths that wind down to a scenic small lake. There are two islands on the lake. (Inaccessible during our visit for rejuvenation of the vegetation) We enjoyed the views and the many unusual shrubs and... More 

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