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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Alfred Nicholas Gardens, Sherbrooke

The Alfred Nicholas Gardens are located in Sherbrooke, high up in the Dandenong Ranges, 45 km east of Melbourne, on the Sherbrooke Rd.

They are managed by Parks Victoria, and are the original gardens of the "Burnham Beeches" estate, dating back to 1929.

The property was acquired by Parks Victoria in 1972.

The 12 hectare Gardens are renowned for their extensive water features, pools, a boathouse, the Blackfish Pond, Mountain Ash trees, many walking tracks, fern gullies, a Rotunda, an arboretum, an island, Dandenong Ranges sculpture, pretty footbridges, and a picturesque lake filled by two waterfalls.

The lake and upper pools are the habitat for a family of ducks!

The key attraction is the ornamental lake, surrounded by mature trees. The gardens are set on a sloping site, pedestrian access to the lake being via a long steep path.

I explored these magnificent gardens on Monday afternoon July 6, 2009, on a bleak, misty and overcast day.

Ther total walking distance was about 3 km.

Admission is $6.90 for adults - $5.30 concession - children under 10 free. Visitors are asked to place their entry fees in a small box just inside the main gate.

The full set of Photos of my visit show some of the features and attractions in the Gardens - the Sassafras Walking Trail is located at the lower perimeter.

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