Business Summary
Yarra Ranges Council is located on metropolitan Melbourne’s eastern fringe. It was formed in 1994 following the amalgamation of the former Shires of Healesville, Lilydale, Sherbrooke and Upper Yarra. Home to a population of around 154,000, the Shire covers an area of approximately 2,500 square kilometres. The Shire stretches from the densely populated outer suburbs up into the surrounding foothills, agricultural valleys and forested areas of the Great Dividing Ranges. It is one of Victoria’s largest, most varied and scenic municipalities.
About Us

The two-hectare garden is one of our hidden jewels featuring more than 1400 different species of native plants, a retail plant nursery, community room and lovely views. Established in 1965, Karwarra is one of the few public gardens where native plants are used exclusively, giving visitors the opportunity to see how they can be used effectively as part of a landscaped garden. It is owned and operated by Council with support and assistance from the 'Friends of Karwarra' group.

Karwarra has a well-stocked plant nursery and staff can assist with the selection of plants suitable to your particular needs.

A small function room is also available for community groups. BBQ's and picnic tables are also available at the Kalorama Memorial Reserve.

Plant nursery

Karwarra also has a well-stocked plant nursery with Australian native plants available for sale to the public.

Venue Type
  • Bushland Reserve
  • Parks & Gardens


  • Toilets
  • Rotunda
  • Shade Areas
  • Venue for Hire