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the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges at Katandra Gardens,
Wandin, Melbourne, Australia.
All cottages have extensive view
Enjoy the Magnificent Yarra Valley
Stay at Katandra Gardens to
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
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.
Parks to Visit, Forest Drives, and More
Yarra Ranges National Park
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Mt Riddell Climb
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.
- 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
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
Blandfordia grandiflora or "Christmas Bells" as most people know
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