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.
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.