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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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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HOT Tips for Alfred Nicholas Gardens Sherbrooke:
- Toilets and water available near entrance;
- You can obtain a Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden map at the park office when it's open;
- The visitor car park is across the road, opposite the main entrance.
- No vehicle entry into the gardens;
- There is no Alfred Nicholas Gardens cafe so walk next door to The Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches for food and drinks and a child-friendly venue.
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