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National Rhododendron Gardens

The Georgian Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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lovley gardens

Regardless of the time of year these gardens are lovely. There are so many interesting pockets of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
Still a pleasant place to walk in winter - looking forward to seeing it in Spring

In winter it may not be the visual delight it's reputed to be in spring and summer but it's a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Diego, California
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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 5 days ago

Regardless of the time of year these gardens are lovely. There are so many interesting pockets of gardens to explore. Not to forget the pond and lake which are just beautiful. You need to wear good walking shoes if you want to walk the whole...More

Thank Carms2
Reviewed 1 week ago

In winter it may not be the visual delight it's reputed to be in spring and summer but it's a great place for a relaxing walk. The views from Serenity Point are very good and the birds and other wildlife (we came upon a Wallaby...More

Thank 0591TimS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though it's the middle of winter and the gardens are not at their showy, floral best, I spent a very pleasant couple of hours here wandering around the pathways and enjoying the distant views to the Warburton ranges. The pond and the lake are...More

Thank chookiegirl1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At any time of the year the gardens a good place to visit, changing with the seasons. The gardens are always well kept. Had the most surreal experience this visit though. The Cafe is supposed to close at 4pm at 3.30pm we tried to have...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 9 June 2017

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 29 May 2017 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 27 May 2017

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 25 May 2017

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 24 May 2017 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 24 May 2017 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
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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
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
Madeleine S
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.