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National Rhododendron Gardens

The Georgian Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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A national treasure

Magnificent gardens lovingly cared for. A joy for all ages but particularly the garden lover. Easy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Coffs Harbour, Australia
Stunning all year

One of my favorite places in Victoria. Since becoming free to visit and proposing to wife there, we... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
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A spring spectacular! The National Rhododendron Gardens are host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around. When not in bloom, you can still soak in the beauty of rich bark textures, seed capsules, foliage shapes and beautiful fragrance as you stroll through the grounds. While many visitors take their time and enjoy all of the constantly changing vistas of the gardens, others prefer to take shorter walks into specific areas. Walking the entire garden is a round trip of approximately 5km, and includes some steeper grades. Magnificent views overlook Silvan Reservoir, the Yarra Valey, Warburton Ranges and Mt Baw Baw. The National Rhododendron Gardens are open 10.00am to 5.00pm daily (last entry 4.30pm) except Christmas Day. Entrance to the gardens is free. The park is located 500 metres from the Olinda township along the Olinda - Monbulk Road. Turn into The Georgian Road, the entrance is 50 metres on the right. During the busy spring period, parking on weekends is limited. There is additional parking available at both the Olinda Recreation Reserve on the corner of The Georgian Road and Olinda-Monbulk Road, and the former Olinda Golf Course site on the Olinda-Monbulk Road. Both these sites are within a two minute walk of the main entrance.
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The Georgian Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Magnificent gardens lovingly cared for. A joy for all ages but particularly the garden lover. Easy to spend plenty of time wandering amongst the stunning rhododendrons. A photographers delight!

Thank Rowlyn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite places in Victoria. Since becoming free to visit and proposing to wife there, we visit every other month Amazing views across the yarra valley with beautiful gardens of vareyas, natives, camellias, cherry blossoms and of course rhododendrons. Look out and listen...More

Thank 487mrm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was there on Friday morning. Could not get in till 10 am! Beautiful autumn colours as shown on my photos attached. Worth a drive from Melbourne CBD. Being a keen photographer, these autumn colours were just stunning.

2  Thank Tiger L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't plan to go to these gardens, but saw it on the map as we at breakfast in Olinda. Absolutely worth a walk around. There is so much to see. Even though the azaleas, rhododendrons and cherry blossoms (and most other flowers) weren't flowering,...More

1  Thank Fiona F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came in spring and it was spectacular, then tried to get the Autumn trip right as well. We were a couple of weeks early so the colour was not at its peak, but that's nature. Massive gardens, you need a couple of hours minimum.

Thank foofernoos
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Rhododendron Garden is one of my favorite places to spend time to unwind, relax and find clarity. It has beautiful little pathways, and big variety of trees, plants, and flowers. When the garden is not so busy with tourists, you can find wombats passing...More

Thank Tijana V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So we visited end of May and arrived by midday. No rhododendrons in bloom which wasn't a surprise being autumn. The autumn colours were however lovely, would have been more if we had the chance to come earlier...it gave us another reason to return apart...More

Thank Amanda L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was 'Rhody' time, with Azaleas out as well. Took a group of older ladies up to the gardens. Sun was shining and the gardens looked a picture with every colour you could imagine there. Entrance is free which is wonderful. Good on you Parks...More

Thank Alison R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had heard so much about these gardens and would love to return in Spring when the flowers are in full bloom however it was impressive during Autumn with the trees displaying beautiful shades of bright orange, red & yellow leaves. We enjoyed seeing rosellas...More

Thank Chellemac
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

This garden has beautiful colour in autumn, lots of local plants, different types of flowers and birds, could easily spot kookaburas and parrots around the trees. Great for a picnic or get the warm food and drinks from the cafe inside this garden.

Thank gabyzk
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Ann A
When are the Gardens at their best?
15 September 2016|
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Response from ParksVictoria | Property representative |
Hi Ann, Spring is a great time to visit - the magnolias are at their peak and looking wonderful. Early rhododendrons and camellias are now in flower along with daffodils, proteas and hellebores. The cherry trees bloom... More
Alan K
Can you get there from the city without a car?
12 August 2016|
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Response from Margaret E | Reviewed this property |
I really doubt this - maybe a hire car or an organised tour
Madeleine S
I would like to know when are rhododendrons in full bloom. I have an oversees visitor and I would like to impress her with the miracle of the garden.
19 October 2015|
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Response from janet m | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the azaleas are amazing now and many of the rhododendrons are flowering. From now on is the answer. Enjoy.