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Reviewed March 20, 2018

November to April is the flowering time for the lotus. After being told by several people how beautiful the gardens are, a friend and I made the drive out and were so glad we did. Even on a week day the gardens were very busy - would hate to think what it would be like at the weekends. Apart from all the stunningly beautiful flowers we were so impressed by the whole setup. Other beautiful flowers are planted throughout the gardens and there are so many shelters with seats, to just rest and take in the beauty of the surrounds. Do make sure to take a hat though! They do provide umbrellas but on a busy day you may not get one. A very cute children's playground is a great idea for little ones who may get bored with just wandering. Take a picnic or eat in the cafe. Food was adequate although we were disappointed when the lotus chips we ordered, arrived very over cooked. The nursery looked wonderful although we didn't leave ourselves enough time to explore that. Be prepared to spend at a minimum, a couple of hours just wandering round or sitting quietly.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Elspeth M
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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

Nice place to go with family, good photography opportunities. Be sure to take your picnic basket with you, there are some nice spots.

Melbourne has many beautiful gardens, however this is with a difference, defiantly worth a visit.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Adityac7
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

She is re-doing our pond and fountain and wanted to get ideas for a waterlily so a trip to Warburton was suggested. That somehow grew into an overnight stay plus lunch and dinner so we now have the most expensive waterlily in Australia (and a solar-powered floating fountain for the birdbath).
The idea was that we drive there on the Tuesday following the Moomba long weekend to, hopefully, avoid the crowds. In some ways, the place is set up for enormous numbers of visitors but, in other ways, it isn't. There's heaps of free parking, the grounds are extensive and there are plenty of places to set up a picnic, particularly if you are prepared to walk over towards the river which forms a boundary to a lot of the property. However, there aren't many toilet facilities and the cafe would struggle to cope with a busy day. Also, one of the main features, the Bridge Walk along Monet's Lake, is quite narrow and would become congested with a big crowd. The place was almost deserted but we still had to stand aside to allow people in a hurry to get past. Similarly, the greenhouses containing the special lilies are quite small and I could see queues forming on busy days.
Fortunately, the crowds had all been there for the long weekend and, according to the staff, the day we visited was especially quiet and was the only day that week that there were no bus groups. Even so, the cafe took ages to organise our lunch and there were no pre-prepared hot takeaway items. A coffee, a soft drink, a pie and 3 croquettes with a bit of salad was $41. A lot of the tables had not been cleared of finished food and we had to go on a hunt for salt and pepper. I can't imagine what it would be like on a busy day. In hindsight, we'd have been better off dropping in to the nearby Gladysdale Bakehouse for lunch before going to the water garden.
There is no doubt that the waterlilies are spectacular and parts of the place are very attractive. Other parts are pretty rundown. For me, the Riverwalk was the best part of the gardens but she enjoyed it all (especially the nursery at the end).
Tip: go on a weekday and maybe even ring them first to see if any bus groups are expected that day. The season ends on 15 April and there are already fewer flowers on show. We had been told that we should allow several hours to do the place justice. That's probably on a busy day. We covered everything there was to be seen at a leisurely pace in 2 hours.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank gwegwy
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Reviewed March 11, 2018

The positives: The gardens are beautiful, they're easy to walk around and there's some great photo opportunities. Family friendly.
The negatives: Entry price is a bit steep to walk around a garden. The toilets appeared unclean on arrival (just after 9am) and they were filthy as we were leaving at around 1 pm. Water all over the sink, rubbish bin over flowing and poor signage on the toilets. We were cued for a toilet that was in fact empty !! Now the food, it is your normal take away fair or sit down menu. However there was not enough seating for people for the sit down menu so they were asking people to move on, atrocious. We gave up waiting for service ( we had a toddler with us) so decided take way would be the way to go. 40 minutes in the line for iced coffees and a bucket of chips. More time was spent with the staff chatting and trying to organise each other rather than serving and getting on with the job in a systematic way. Absolute chaos. Further whilst you're standing there "observing" you notice the hair on the ladies not covered (swinging pony tails), gloves used but touching their face, mouth, pushing hair back and wiping them on the apron. All in all unacceptable.
If this is your choice for a day out bring a picnic and you may or may not be able to sit down to enjoy it.
We would not recommend a visit.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

The gardens are truly beautiful. Fascinating flowers
Lovely shaded walks and lots of seating.

The cafe is not great.....takaway options looked much better.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Culture710230
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