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Maranoa Australian Gardens, Balwyn

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by Sue Williams (subscribe)
Writer, bushwalker, dessert enthusiast. Author of the Rusty Bore Mysteries. More info here:
Published September 25th 2011
Some of the multitudes of native flowers at Maranoa
Some of the multitudes of native flowers at Maranoa

If you've ever considered creating a native garden at home, want to learn more about Australian plants or just feel like relaxing in a garden, Maranoa Gardens are well worth a visit.

Located at the end of Parring Road, in Balwyn, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, these gardens are free to enter and open seven days a week.

For anyone considering setting up a native garden at home or in pots on a balcony, Maranoa is a useful place to visit to get ideas. The gardens are also set up to minimise the use of water and chemicals and it's interesting to see how good this kind of garden can look. They also offer free guided walks in Spring.

The gardens were established in 1926 and have a huge range of native plants arranged in various zones. Following winding paths, you can wander through an Australian style cottage garden, full of colourful, long-flowering plants.

Flowers in the cottage style garden
Flowers in the cottage style garden

Turning the corner, you can then walk through an area of shady rainforest.

There's also an arid zone, full of mass wildflower displays in season. The paths are firm and suitable for wheelchairs and prams.

In the arid garden
In the arid garden

Throughout the gardens, there are benches and areas of lawn suitable for picnics.

Plenty of lawns in Maranoa for picnics
Plenty of lawns in Maranoa for picnics

Maranoa is located right next to Beckett Park, which is also a pleasant spot for a picnic. With acres of green around you, it's hard to believe you're in the middle of suburbia.

Acres of space at Beckett Park
Acres of space at Beckett Park

Beckett Park has picnic tables, plenty of wide green lawns to lay out a picnic blanket, a shady playground and there's even a tower with a winding staircase inside.

The tower at Beckett Park
The tower at Beckett Park

Maranoa and Beckett Park can be reached by car along Whitehorse road, turning left into Parring Road. You can also get there using Tram 109, which runs along Whitehorse Road. Get off at Stop 49 Northcote Avenue/Whitehorse Road Parring Road is a 200 metre walk from here.
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Why? Its an instant escape from suburbia
When: 12 noon to 5pm weekends & public holidays (7.30am to 4pm weekdays). Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Where: Maranoa Gardens, Parring Road, Balwyn
Cost: Free
Those flowers look beautiful.
By Anna Bourozikas - senior reviewer
Monday, 26th of September @ 09:30 am
Thanks Anna! It's one of my favourite gardens in Melbourne. I spend more time visiting all the gardens in the Dandenongs, but Maranoa is pretty special.
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Thursday, 27th of October @ 09:31 pm
Are you allowed to take your dog?
By Anonymous
Saturday, 30th of March @ 01:18 am
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