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R.J Hamer Arboretum

An arboretum is a botanical collection of trees and shrubs intended at least in part for scientific or educational purposes.

R.J Hamer arboretum was named after Australian Liberal Party Politician Sir Rupert James Hamer, who served as the 39th Premier of Victoria from 1972 to 1981.

These 120 hectares of beautiful scenery has something to offer for visitors, in every season. Summer and Spring are the best seasons to visit the arboretum. Dogs are allowed in leash and there are facilities for Picnic and BBQ. Toilet facility is also available. There are many trails and tracks for those who want to explore the whole area, but be warned some of these tracks are too steep.


This area was part of the original Dandenong & Woori Yallock State Forest, and was covered in thick vegetation due to fertile soil and high rainfall. But the tree cover in the area was lost due to successive forest fires. Subsequently after the World War II, trees were planted here to increase the timber supply. But in the 1962 forest fire everything was destroyed again. With the intention of creating a firebreak, an arboretum was planned and it received Government approval in 1970. Trees with reduced inflammability are mainly planted here to impede the fire in a fire event. The major plantings were completed by 1978.


Address: 26 Chalet Rd, Olinda, Victoria, 3788

BBQ, Picnic Facilities and Toilets

Web: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/rj-hamer-arboretum-gardens-of-the-dandenongs

Entry is free

For holding a wedding ceremony or for taking wedding photography Contact Parks Victoria by email GardensWeddingsBookings@parks.vic.gov.au or ring (03) 9757 7333.

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