R.J. Hamer Arboretum

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Discovering R.J. Hamer’s Arboretum: A Natural Wonderland in Olinda

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, the enchanting R.J. Hamer’s Arboretum is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne. A true hidden gem, this stunning destination is perfect for travellers seeking a serene escape surrounded by nature. 

Let us take you on a journey through the Arboretum’s lush landscape, exploring its diverse flora, awe-inspiring views, and insider tips for a truly unforgettable visit.

Established in 1970, the R.J. Hamer’s Arboretum spans over 120 hectares of lush terrain and is home to over 150 species of native and exotic trees. Named in honour of the late Sir Rupert Hamer, a former Premier of Victoria and passionate environmentalist, the Arboretum was designed as a living, breathing museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the region’s natural beauty.

A Walk Among Giants

One of the Arboretum’s standout features is its collection of towering trees, some over 100 years old. As you stroll along the winding paths, marvel at the vibrant colours of the deciduous trees and the gentle sway of the evergreens. Keep an eye out for the impressive Californian Redwoods, which reach up to 40 metres, and the fragrant Eucalyptus trees, a staple of the Australian landscape.

A Birdwatcher’s Paradise

The Arboretum is a haven for bird enthusiasts, with over 90 species of native and migratory birds calling it home. Bring your binoculars and keep your eyes peeled for colourful Rosellas, cheeky Kookaburras, and the elusive Lyrebird, known for its extraordinary ability to mimic a wide range of sounds.

Insider Tips

  1. Visit during autumn to witness the Arboretum’s foliage transform into a dazzling display of red, orange, and gold hues, creating a breathtaking backdrop for your photos.
  2. Pack a picnic and unwind at the picturesque picnic area, boasting stunning views of the Yarra Valley and beyond.
  3. Don’t forget your camera! The Arboretum offers numerous scenic lookout points and photographic opportunities, including the aptly named ‘Valley View’ and ‘Silvertop’.
  4. Lace up your hiking boots and explore one of the many walking trails catering to all fitness levels and interests.

R.J. Hamer’s Arboretum is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. With its diverse flora, mesmerising views, and abundant birdlife, this beautiful sanctuary is the perfect addition to your Dandenong Ranges itinerary. Book your stay at Gracehill and experience the magic of the Arboretum.

Unwind at Gracehill – Your Dandenong Ranges Retreat

After exploring the enchanting attractions of the Dandenong Ranges, unwind in the cosy comfort of Gracehill Accommodation. Our luxurious, boutique-style lodgings offer a tranquil retreat amidst the beauty of nature. With modern amenities, stunning gardens, and warm, attentive service, Gracehill is the perfect base for your unforgettable mountain getaway. Book your stay now and create lasting memories in this idyllic haven.