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National Rhododendron Gardens

The Georgian Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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Beautiful walk

Loved the gardens, and the variety in the plants. Spotted a lyrebird. Will come back in another... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Liz992
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Melbourne, Australia
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Beautiful spot, don't miss it

Stunning place to visit at any time of the year and no charge to enter. Take your time to explore... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mike H
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the gardens, and the variety in the plants. Spotted a lyrebird. Will come back in another season and enjoy again for sure

Thank Liz992
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stunning place to visit at any time of the year and no charge to enter. Take your time to explore the pathways and see the amazing flora & fauna. Great exercise and wonderful photo opportunities. Well worth a visit, don't miss out.

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

I think this place is worth visiting in any season of a year. Stunning vies, beautiful flowers and trees.

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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

I love this place, I discovered it in Autumn and it was so beautiful! It is free, and if you do the whole walk, you get to spend a really nice day out. It is mostly pram friendly although there are some side paths that...More

Thank Laura B
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

The National Rhododendron Gardens are beautiful in Autumn. I am sure that they are at least as good in Spring, but I haven't yet managed to get there at any other time of year. The Autumn colours are stunning, not something that you can see...More

Thank Gibbo1964
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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

It was a cool and sunny day and a walk around these gardens is a must. In autumn, the red leaves make excellent hues that photographs do not do justice. It is a great spot to travel and visit for sure.

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

Although we visited at the wrong time of year and therefore didn’t see any flowers, this garden is still very nice to walk through and enjoy the fresh air, and you might even see a lyre bird!

Thank TippOz
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Lovely place for strolling around. It was autumn, so the flowers weren't in full bloom, but the trees, shrubs, gardens, and ponds were worth the trip. I'm sure it will be gorgeous in the Spring.

Thank nredulla
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Even though the flower display was not evident (because of the timing of the visit) it was the great examples of trees and plants that kept me entranced. Well maintained and plenty of space to throw down a rug and enjoy a picnic with great...More

Thank Margot D
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Like a typical botanical garden. The beauty depends on the season. I can imagine the colourful foliage in autumn and beautiful flowers in spring. But it was mostly green when we went.

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Pacilee
26 October 2017|
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Response from chookiegirl1 | Reviewed this property |
Probably not unless they are Service dogs
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Gwennieb5
13 October 2017|
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Response from Lindy K | Reviewed this property |
I was there on a very wet autumn day and it was still delightful. I believe the Rhododendrons are out in November, so it would be even more stunning then.
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Ann A
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
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