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National Rhododendron Gardens

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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A must see

Amazing plants and flowers! This is a very big garden and it could easily take up the whole day to... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2019
Beautiful garden

These gardens are now know as the Dandenong Ranges botanic gardens. Free entry and ample parking... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2019
Melbourne, Australia
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“cherry blossoms”(21 reviews)
“free entry”(27 reviews)
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...more
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The Georgian Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed walking around these gardens last week. Stunning views and lots of interesting plants. The paths are quite hilly in places be warned. Plenty of parking and the shop at the entrance has some lovely items. The staff were very pleasant too. Entry is free...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 29 January 2019

Amazing plants and flowers! This is a very big garden and it could easily take up the whole day to see it all. The garden has concrete paths going all around the garden and a lot of gravel paths if you want to explore further....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 741hollyg
Reviewed 21 January 2019 via mobile

These gardens are now know as the Dandenong Ranges botanic gardens. Free entry and ample parking. There is a souvenir shop at the entrance. Lots of hydrangeas in bloom in a multitude of colours. Unfortunately the rhodedendrons were not in flower. Not too crowded and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank smiyy
Reviewed 18 January 2019

The gardens are beautiful all year round. Famous for their rhododendrons, approx Sept to December. When 'peak rhodo' hits there are alot of people there, you need to get there as early as possible.. it opens at 10am. Other times of year still lovely for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Caro C
Reviewed 17 January 2019

This is such a beautiful ad tranquil place to visit.. so colourful, green, peaceful, interesting with all the bird sounds.. friendly staff at the nursery next to it.. just lovely. perfect for a family or romantic picnic too!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank chris73259
Reviewed 29 December 2018

The gardens are located minutes from Olinda's town centre. Access is free, and visitors were seen having picnics throughout the gardens. There is also a cafe and gift shop at the entrance. This was my second visit to the gardens. The last time I visited,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Shihoko
Reviewed 19 December 2018 via mobile

Loved the gardens including the gigantic trees, the flora and the fauna. You can easily spend a whole day here enjoying the serenity of the place.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank MunnaAustralia
Reviewed 1 December 2018

These are lovely gardens, tucked away in Olinda‬. The gardens are vast and include every type of Rhododendron you can think of. We visited the gardens in late September, which was a bit early for some of the trees, and another month ahead would've probably...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank TheShis
Reviewed 28 November 2018 via mobile

The title says it all, and it's free. If you're in, or near, Olinda it's a must see if you have an hour or more to spare.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NeilDArmstrong
Reviewed 24 November 2018

The gardens are beautifully designed and at this time of year the blooms are just spectacular.They make for a pleasant hour or two walk, with spectacular views of the Yarra Valley.

Date of experience: November 2018
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31 October 2018|
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Response from 936tiav | Reviewed this property |
There are rhododendrons all year around here and there within beautiful flowers (speaking from experience) as they have different types of Rhododendron in the garden. However, their best season is roughly about September... More
9 September 2018|
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Response from susanh4995 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but I don't know if alcohol is allowed in the gardens.
26 October 2017|
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Response from chookiegirl1 | Reviewed this property |
Probably not unless they are Service dogs