Yarra Valley Accommodation, Yarra Valley Gardens, Melbourne, Australia
Katandra Gardens

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Enjoy the Magnificent Yarra Valley
with a Stay at Katandra Gardens to
experience the peace, tranquility, bush scents and birdlife of Katandra Gardens and its 8 acre paradise.

The Yarra Valley

Less than an hour from Melbourne is the rich fertile Yarra Valley which produces some of the world's best wines.  The area is dotted with fruit orchards, market gardens, vineyards and flower farms.  Beside it, rising to a height of approx 550 metres are the lush Dandenong Ranges with their famous forest walks, fern glades and tall mountain ash trees. A short distance to the east can be found the Upper Yarra Valley extending to Warburton and beyond where the mountain streams tumble their way over rocks and cascades to the start of the famous Yarra River which gives the Yarra Valley its name. 

  Visit the wineries home of some of Australia's greatest wines. Here, winemakers will welcome you to taste their award-winning wines. You will find everything in the Yarra Valley from world-class Methode Champenoise sparking wines to classic Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and more.  You need not spend a great deal to buy a great wine. Meet the winemakers, enjoy their wines.  Stop for a delicious meal and to see the whole region book in at one of the beautiful bed and breakfasts.
Take time to visit the wonderful National Parks, drive through the mountain ranges, stop and enjoy the numerous parks.
Enjoy the fare from the numerous orchards, visit the lavender farm, the historic homesteads, the maze, the trout farm, the yabby farm and the towns which owe much to the historic past. 
Visit Mont Delancey Homestead and its museum in Wandin..  Be amazed at the wonderful collection of items from years gone by. Check out the history of the area, listen to the information on this historic homestead, the historic church of the area, the amazing collection of machinery then sit and have a wonderful lot of refreshments from the tea rooms.

Walking Tracks, Parks to Visit, Forest Drives, and More
Yarra Ranges National Park
Rainforest Gallery
Discover the mystery and the magnitude of the ancient Mountain Ash and Myrtle Beech forests on a journey through the tree tops and fern gullies.
Mount Donna Buang
At 1245 metres high Mt Donna Buang has panoramic views over melbourne, the Yarra Valley, the Dandenong Ranges, Cathedral Ranges, Mount Baw Baw and the Alps.
Lady Talbot Forest Drive

Take a short scenic drive beside the Taggerty River to discover raging waterfalls that cascade over enormous granite boulders, bubbling creeks, beautiful tree fern gullies under tall eucalypts and finally enter a magical ancient rainforest that looks much as it has for many millions of years.

Badger Weir Healesville
Set in a beautiful forest setting with parrots, lyrebirds, kangaroos, goannas and kookaburras all likely to be seen.  A very popular picnic area. A number of walks can be taken from the car park but do take the walk along the western side of the creek down to the weir where on quieter days you are likely to see kangaroos and lyrebirds, especially on cooler days.  A magical spot.

Cumberland Scenic Reserve
16 km east of Marysville. More than 300 hectares, an extremely valuable stand of mountain ash. visit The Big Tree, Cora-Lynn Falls, Barton's Lookout, cumberland Falls, Cambarville, and Sovereign View.

Murrindindi Scenic Reserve
Near Toolangi.  The reserve and surrounding forest offer a wide variety of walks ranging from short strolls to day-long hikes.  See Wilhelmina Falls, Murrindindi Cascades, Historic tramway and Old Dindi Mill.

The Ada Tree
Probably over 300 years old, the Ada Tree stands 76 metres in height with a circumference of 15 metres measured at 1.5 metres above ground level.  The Ada tree is a giant Mountain Ash.  It towers over surrounding rainforest in the headwaters of the Little Ada River north-east of Powelltown.  The tree is accessible from Warburton, Powelltown or Noojee. An 86 Km forest drive round trip will take you via Starlings Gap, The Ada Tree, Ada No 2 Mill, The Bump and Seven Acre Rock.
Walk a 3.6 km round walk to the Ada tree, a very worthwhile experience. 
Warburton Trail
This trail starts in Lilydale at the former bridge crossing on Maroondah Highway and follows the former train line all the way to Warburton, a distance of 38 km.  It may be joined at any place alont the route and is open to cyclists, horse riders or the intrepid walker.
Once the main link between Warburton and the thriving Melbourne town the railway brought guests to Warburton for a honeymoon or to stay in one of the many chalets for a time away from home. 
The Railway was also the means local timber workers, farmers and the general public had of sending their produce and timber to the city markets.

Healesville Sanctuary
 One of Australia's most popular tourist attractions. World renown for holding the world's largest collection of Australian wildlife blending into a spacious and tranquil Australian bush setting.  31 hectares of natural bush.

Warburton Riverside Walk
The Riverside Walk can begin or end at any of the six bridges crossing the Yarra Behind the township.  The total walk of approximately 5 km has a number of attractive rest stops along the way.  For the lucky walker a glimpse is always possible.

La La Falls - Warburton
A 1.6 km walk along Four Mile Creek to the La La Falls is accessed from Old Warburton Road via Park Road, Warburton.  The LaLa walk is a steady, gradual climb up to the falls. For those interested in the vegetation there is certainly enough diversity to hold one's attention.

Maroondah Reservoir Park
Just a few km out of Healesville is the beautiful park of one of Melbourne's well known water reservoirs. Beautiful gardens, lawns and walks make this a popular picnic destination.

Mt Riddell Climb
Accessed from the south-eastern edge of Healesville, Mt Riddell presents a challenge to the fittest of walkers. The route allows foot access to many miles of native bushland.

Native Fern

Badger Creek

Black Spur

Mt Riddell Climb

Katandra Gardens - Accommodation

Stay at Katandra Gardens so that you can truly enjoy this magnificent part of Victoria. Freely wander along the winding pathways at this truly amazing garden lover's retreat.

Cottages have full kitchen facilities

Enjoying the cottage garden

Queen-sized bed in cottage
Brass bed in Hibiscus Suite

An amazing Garden Lover's Delight

The suite has a large corner spa
Katandra Gardens - Enjoy the Gardens  

A quiet stroll around the garden will bring you in close contact with the amazing plant and bird life.

The gardens offer peaceful surrounds, magnificent views, a place to walk around and commune with nature. and an opportunity to see the honeyeaters, blue wrens, wattle birds, fantails, willy wag tails, thornbills, grebes and many other birds which frequent the gardens. Visitors are able to wander the gardens, filming the plants or identifying some of the 70+ species which have been recorded in the gardens over the paast few years.

In 2005 Bob was awarded the prestigious "Gardener of the Year" by ABC's Gardening Australia

New Holland honeyeater sitting on our "acorn banksia"

Bob was presented with the Golden Spade as "Gardener of the Year 2005."

Blandfordia grandiflora or "Christmas Bells" as most people know the plant.

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