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Autumn Flora and Fauna Excursions for the Elderly

Are you looking for excursions this Autumn for your elderly loved ones? If so, look no further than the Dandenong Ranges right on your doorstep. Visions of what Heaven must look like await you. More importantly, you and your loved ones won’t have far to travel from Vermont.

Here, at Vermont Aged Care, we get to know our treasured residents very well. That’s why we organise trips and activities to keep them enjoying life to the fullest. As usual, fresh air, exercise and happy times are top of the list. So, without further ado, it is our pleasure to offer you this selection of excursions. We hope they will bring you and your family great joy. Let’s celebrate Autumn together!

Cloudehill Gardens

Billed as “A Garden for all Seasons in the Dandenong Ranges” Cloudehill Gardens is a vision of beauty and colour. That is because there is something for everyone here.  In fact, they’ve got Bamboo that grows all year round, camellias, bays, the lace-leaf maple. Plus, there is even a shrub named the ‘Wedding Cake Shrub” for the romantics!

The plants are displayed in a variety of Gardens. For example, South African bulbs flower in spring and early summer. Also, Japanese shrubs grow in a meadow of rough grass and the Water Garden is flanked by hornbeam hedges. Further along, are Hydrangeas and ornamental grasses and bronzes in ponds. They also feature maples imported from the famous Yokohama Trading Nursery. Plus, they have grape vines, silver pear, magnolias and beeches from England dating back to 1928?

Lawns and Sculptures

Further along in the Quadrangle Lawn, sculptures are displayed and box topiaries too. Also, a Marquee Lawn is available for events such as wedding ceremonies. Interestingly, Rhododendrons are supplied to the wholesale florist market from here. Of course, roses make their beauty and scent felt, alongside peonies and garden art, so walking is a treat.  Also, a Theatre Lawn pays homage to classic theatres in Roman and Greek gardens and the Italian renaissance. Last but not least, Shakespearean Twilight Evenings with picnics in Summer.

The Kitchen Garden, with Chinese apricot and Plums and a lavender hedge and an Upper Meadow with apple trees and daffodils complete the panoply of these amazing gardens. They are open seven days from 9 AM to 5 PM.

  • Admission is $10 for adults, children enter for free and diggers club members are also admitted free.
  • The address is 89 Olinda –Monbulk Road, Olinda Victoria. There are places to eat as well. The Seasons Restaurant takes bookings on (03) 9751 0168.

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Mangana Olinda

Moving to something completely different now, perhaps your elderly loved ones love shopping for things reminiscent of their past? If that is the case Mangana Olinda, a homewares and lifestyle store, might be a delightful way to pass the day. It was established in 1983 and is a family business run by the owners. in fact the buildings themselves are original and circa 1900. Better still for the elderly, in order to provide wheelchair access the buildings have been restored and renovated recently.

The goods on offer are sourced from craftsmen around the world.  For example, they come from India, France and the Americas. In fact, the décor of the shops is a reminder of Aladdin’s Cave. For example, items are as diverse as scientific and maritime instruments, lead light lamps, Australian sheepskin footwear, solid timber furniture and leather goods. They also offer gemstone and silver jewellery alongside many and varied crafted treasures. Their address is 29-41 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda, Victoria. Telephone: +61 (03) 9751 1780. They open 7 days and every public holiday (closed Christmas Day), from Monday to Friday: 10am – 5.30pm. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am – 5.30pm


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This blog is intended to provide helpful advice. Please speak with your family GP for personalised information or, for specialist advice & support in Melbourne Australia, please contact VERMONT AGED CARE:

770 Canterbury Road, Vermont, Victoria, Australia 3133

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