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BELGRAVE

Only 40 km from Melbourne, and accessible by suburban train services, Belgrave’s main claim to tourist fame is being the home of historic steam train Puffing Billy. Visit the National Trust-listed cottage built by Horatio Jones in 1917; Try a delightful afternoon at Lysterfield Park Lake where you can take a walk, paddle a canoe or watch the ducks, swans and pelicans. Or have a picnic in Birdsland Reserve . Monbulk Creek runs through this reserve which includes a system of lakes,   walking trails and picnic/BBQ facilities wetlands.

 Sherbrook

The Alfred Nicholas Gardens Situated on  Sherbrooke Road in the Dandenong Ranges,  in the Burnham Beeches Estate. This is just 10 mins from Olinda Country Cottages. The Alfred Nicholas Gardens are known for their waterfalls, water features and features its iconic ornamental lake and boathouse. Alfred Nicholas spent enormous time and energy to develop the gardens he traveled to many parts of Victoria. He was the inventor of the pain relieving asprin. The property has a long history  and has seenmany changes of ownership, it has been a hotel, a Children’s Hospital in the early 1940s, a research facility in the 1950s. The gardens itself are now owned and operated by Parks Victoria,  recreating the spectacular location that has become the Alfred Nicholas gardens that we know today. There are ducks in the lake and kookaburras can often be heard in the treetops. There are native and exotic trees including mountain ash, wonderful ginkgoes, maples and liquid ambers. Impressive colour is provided throughout the year. Its well worth spending a leisurely afternoon walking around these impressive grounds.
 George Tindale Gardens . Just meters from the iconic Alfred Nichols Gardens, it is well worth combining with a visit  whilst travelling through Sherbrooke, one of The Dandenong’s leafier suburbs. This picturesque property houses rare and exotic plants and flowers. After his death in 1977, George’s wife Ruth continued on the work at the gardens,  furthering his amaxing legacy. Ruth bequeathed the garden to the Victorian Conservation Trust in memory of her husband in 1980, and has now been in the trust of Parks Victoria since 1995. Sherbrooke, Melway Ref: 75 J2 For other fun out door activities see link below. https://visitdandenongranges.com.au/places-to-go/top-trails