Dandenong Park 

 

Dandenong Park is 40km east of Melbourne. An oasis in Melbourne’s suburban landscape, it’s accessible thanks to its plentiful and easily recognizable landmarks that bring tourists from all around. From its ornate wrought iron gates to the windmill and the vintage train, Dandenong Park has a bit of something for everyone. What you may not know is that Dandenong Park is home to the largest artificial tree in the world, which also happens to be Australia’s largest. Dandenong Park was established over 100 years ago and is historically significant, being an important arrival gateway to central Dandenong.

The Dandenong Ranges, also called the Dandenong Ranges National Park, is an area of relatively cool temperate rainforest in the southeast of Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, Australia. The park is World Heritage-listed. Dandenong Ranges is Australia’s “oldest national park” (established in 1895) and is Victoria’s most visited national park.

Tucked into the Yarra Valley, east of Melbourne—yes, it’s that close—Dandenong Park is known for its beautiful quiescent lake. Also worth a visit, though, is Dandenong Market, which is held every Sunday on the park’s eastern side. The weekend market features stalls selling clothing, shoes, and accessories, as well as food stalls offering everything from ice cream to Vietnamese coffee.

Dandenong Park, colloquially known as “The Park” is Australia’s oldest public park. It contains many attractions, including the 1.5 kilometer long Tree Top Walk, a rose garden, a children’s playground, a maze, a bushland walk, tennis courts, a bowling green, a cricket oval, a BMX track, a children’s zoo, a maze, a maze, and more mazes.

The Dandenong Park precinct is a sprawling 2,400-hectare expanse of open space that’s a living museum, a botanical garden, a wildlife reserve, a golf course, and the site of Australia’s largest day nursery. Opened in 1849, the park is now home to more than 175 species of native Australian animals, including several species of native birds and frogs. Dandenong Park is also home to Australia’s largest hedge maze, the 2.2 kilometer-long Maze of the Mind. The maze is constructed from 1,000 tons of limestone and is surrounded by holly trees, elms, and olives.

Nestled in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, the Dandenong Botanic Gardens is the oldest botanic gardens in Australia. Originally established in the 1850s, the gardens were established as an arboretum, which focused on growing and displaying trees. In 1896, the gardens were opened to the public, and over the years, have continued to evolve and expand. The gardens now consist of 18 gardens spread across 52 hectares, with 2,500 species of Australian plants and trees.