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National Rhododendron Gardens

The Georgian Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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Ode to Spring!

On a beautiful spring day (last Sun Oct 15) - everyone was heading for the hills especially to this... read more

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Tranquility At Its Best

We only dropped by to kill some time - and WOW! So stunning. We didn't have the time to see all of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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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 yesterday via mobile

On a beautiful spring day (last Sun Oct 15) - everyone was heading for the hills especially to this sprawling magnificent garden. So get in early on weekends during the peak flowering spring season (Sep - early Nov usually) before the gates open at 10...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We only dropped by to kill some time - and WOW! So stunning. We didn't have the time to see all of it, so can't wait to head back. Free entry, there are bathroom facilities, a café (which I'm yet to try), and countless picnic...More

Thank ALoBi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A Spring visit..the Rhododentrons are in full bloom so are the daffodils, blossoms, magnolias and azaeleas. Just a treat to have in every single vista bursts of different colours. Gardens are meticulously curated and maintained, obviously with great love and passion. The walk along the...More

Thank Dorothy H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to these gardens on 3 occasions now. Only once did I experience the magic of this place when all the flowers (azaleas, magnolias, rhododendrons) were blooming. It was spectacular. The other occasions were enjoyable, but waiting for the right time to visit is...More

Thank Martyn B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a beautiful sunny day matched with a magnificent garden and beautiful views of the Yarra. I love the gardens, flowers in full bloom, variety of rhododendrons and mature trees. It is just magical, well kept gardens. We enjoyed the walk through the gardens...More

Thank Travellyn2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As always this is a place to stroll, relax and take in the most magnificent floral display. the chance to exercise The undulating walkways gives the opportunity to exercise the muscles whilst absorbing Mother Nature's artistry.

Thank EA1509TC1401
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect place for simps appreciating nature and voluminous blooms. Some great views across the Yarra Valle. Has the largest bed of Helleborus I've seen, and there's a huge amount in flower.

Thank Redzircon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice, depends of the time of the year there are the cherry blossoms, Rodedendrons flowering, very nice fern gully walks and if you are unable to walk there is a little bus that drives around and cafe . Best of all it is free.

Thank zauberwald
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the garden in Spring so many of the trees were in bloom including huge rhododendrons, azaleas and magnificent magnolias. The deciduous trees did not have their leaves as yet but In one area there were masses of daffodils under these trees and in...More

Thank marj51
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, these gardens are just beautiful. I wish they were mine. Definitely worth visiting, the whole place is just lovely, full of colour and magnificent trees and shrubs. Will be visiting again next Spring.

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12 October 2017|
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Response from marj51 | Reviewed this property |
We visited the gardens at the end of September. Many of the rhododendrons were out as well as magnolias and azaleas plus daffodils galore in one area and hellebores. It is a beautiful garden to walk around, I would... More
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
Alan K
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