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Tim Neville Arboretum

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by Helen Thorogood (subscribe)
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Published September 4th 2017
Play, relax and be inspired
The Tim Neville Arboretum is a 4.4 ha park on the corner of Dorset Road and Francis Crescent in Ferntree Gully. Revamped last year by the Knox City Council, the arboretum is a wonderful park for all ages.

With new viewing decks at the ornamental lakes and new pathways and plantings, the arboretum offers, albeit on a larger scale, an example of what home gardens could look like with careful planning.

Tim Neville Arboretum, park, ferntree gully, knox city council
The park covers a large area.


There is an amphitheatre, an upgraded war memorial (opened in 2011), barbecues, much seating, two ornamental lakes, themed garden areas, including a secret garden, toilets and a wonderful fenced playground which was renewed and officially reopened in 2014. The arboretum truly provides something for everyone.

ornamental lakes, tim neville arboretum, ferntree gully
The ornamental lakes and boardwalks.


Dating from 1975, when the Knox City Council acquired the former orchard from the Dobson family, the arboretum won a 1995 City Pride Award for Most Effective Tourist Attraction, having previously won the 1988 Best Bicentennial Project in the Metropolitan Area from the Keep Australia Beautiful Council.

Referred to as the People's Park, it was named for former Chief Executive of the City of Knox, Tim Neville. The community has had a large involvement in the park, with many decorative tiles designed and crafted by local people.

There are many places to sit, either on benches or on picnic rugs. The park is popular with disabled people and their carers as it has disabled toilets, disabled parking spots and sealed pathways.

themed gardens, tim neville arboretum, ferntree gully
There's a lot of inspiration to be had here.


The fairy tale themed playground is a hit with children as it has two flying foxes, a swing set, net swing, sandpit, climbing net frame and slides. The fact that it is fenced gives parents additional comfort.

dragon, playground, tim neville arboretum, ferntree gully, fairy tale
Who doesn't love a dragon?


The arboretum is popular for large family group gatherings and wedding photography. It is also home to a large variety of birds, from cormorants to water hens.

Get out there and explore one of the Outer East's best parks this weekend.
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Where: 98-106 Dorset Rd, Ferntree Gully VIC 3156
Cost: Free
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