We just loved our early-Autumn ramble through these beautiful gardens - which are just perfect for losing yourself in - mentally as well as physically!
Simply pick a path and follow as these gardens - while smaller than many other formal gardens in the Dandenongs at 11 hectares - have a high beauty-per-step ratio! As you head away from the main entrance you'll find the terraced slopes become laced with stone-wall paths.
We particularly likes Maple Grove and see if you can find all 28 species of maple in the gardens.
Open hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day except Christmas Day.
Dogs: Dogs are permitted in the Pirianda Gardens but must be kept on-leash to protect plants and native fauna.
Enter the gardens through the covered main gate. This is a good place to read up on the history of the site.
The best thing about these gardens are the gorgeous 2km network of stonewall paths. Pick one! They're all lovely.
This was a favourite path, with a great variety of mature maples - so brilliant in the Autumn months!
As you get further down the garden towards the creek, notice the tree ferns and larger Blackwoods, not cleared by William Pollard in the early 1900s.
Make your way back from the bottom of the garden towards the entrance along the much more open Rollings Drive.
You may notice some gentle Australian giants as you amble up Rollings Drive.
A great place to take a break at any point of your journey to Pirianda as there are not many seats dotted around.
Even the public toilets here are covered in beautiful plants!
Soon after you enter the gardens you'll see some older non-native trees along either side of the main path, probably planted by Harvey and Gillian Ansell in the 1960s.