Boathouse at Alfred Nicholas Gardens Sherbrooke

HOT: Alfred Nicholas Gardens, Sherbrooke

If you’re looking for a perfect nature play and cafe combo that’s not too far from Melbourne…then Alfred Nicholas Gardens and Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches in Sherbrooke Dandenong Ranges is it.

Child standing on path in Alfred Nicholas Gardens at Autumn

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens is one of the jewels of the Dandenong Ranges. The large garden was part of the historic Burnham Beeches Estate, home of Alfred Nicholas, developer of the Aspro formula.

Bridge over water at Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

The Alfred Nicholas Gardens‘ Autumn landscape is particularly magnificent, with the changing colours of maples and beeches. In Spring the park blooms with azaleas and cherry trees.

Bridge over water at the Alfred Nicholas Gardens Sherbrooke Dandenong Ranges

At the park office you can scope out an Alfred Nicholas Gardens map – but really there’s only one direction to head, and that’s down towards the water! The garden is over 13 hectares but you shouldn’t miss the ornamental lake with a boathouse at the bottom of the hill.

Boathouse and ornamental lake at Alfred Nicholas Gardens Dandenong Ranges

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Make it your first stop as what goes down must come up….and it’s better that you tackle the uphill climb while little legs still have energy.

Boy next to water at Alfred Nicholas Gardens Sherbrooke

The picturesque waterfalls, water features and the iconic ornamental lake and boathouse is a popular backdrop for weddings – just search ‘Alfred Nicholas Gardens wedding’ to see some stunning shots!

Boy crossing bridge at Alfred Nicholas Gardens Mount Dandenong

On the upper levels of the Alfred Nicholas Gardens you’ll find a small pond with sculptures as well as many paths leading under the canopy of mountain ash trees.

Take a picnic and while away a day away from the bustle of the city at the Alfred Nicholas Garden Dandenong Ranges. Or if you didn’t come planned with a picnic note that there is no Alfred Nicholas Gardens cafe but you can head next door to The Piggery at Burnham Beeches for a child-friendly cafe with delicious food and drinks.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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