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Your state-by-state guide to the best spring gardens in Australia

Find native flowers, jacarandas, and other spring blooms near you.

Jamie T.
By Jamie T.1 Oct 2023 8 minutes read
Victoria State Rose Garden
Photo: arangemas / Tripadvisor

Come springtime, Australia explodes in a profusion of colour. Local cherry blossoms signal the start of the season, jacarandas spread pastel lavender tones, and Australia’s native flowers, like the iconic waratah (New South Wales' national flower) and yellow billy buttons, burst forth with brilliant hues.

From thriving national parks to immaculate orchards, this guide helps you find the best local blooms in your state.

Spring flowers in New South Wales

Daffodils swaying in the wind at Blue Mountain Botanic Gardens
Striking blue blooms at Blue Mountain Botanic Gardens
Yellow waratahs at Blue Mountain Botanic Gardens
Photo: Rosepink22 / Tripadvisor

1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

  • When: October - mid-December
  • What: Jacarandas, azaleas, rhododendrons, wisterias, daffodils, waratahs

Situated next to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens is Australia’s oldest botanical garden with 30 hectares of rolling lawns, leafy groves and floral trails. Explore a purple sea of blooming jacaranda trees, along with springtime splashes of pink, red, and yellow azaleas, snow-white rhododendrons, and lavender wisterias.

“It’s a lovely place to visit and walk. You get lovely views of Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House from here.” – Candy H

2. Kosciuszko National Park

  • When: November - January
  • What: Billy buttons, eyebrights, everlasting daisies

Think Kosciuszko, and ski fields, hiking trails, or Australia’s highest peak might come to mind. But few know that this spectacular alpine park has more in store — like the colourful wildflowers that bloom en masse every spring. With 21 floral varieties to call its own, this iconic landscape is also home to classic spring flora like bright yellow billy buttons, pink everlasting daisies, yellow and purple eyebrights. Adventurous hikers can extend their visit with a multi-day tour around the Snowy Mountains and Sapphire coast.

“There's a lovely view out over Watson's Crags, but whether it will be snow-covered, who knows.” - sasanqua

3. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

  • When: October - December
  • What: Waratahs, proteas, daffodils, eucalyptus trees

This is the only botanic garden in Australia located in a UNESCO World Heritage area. With over 900 colourful species of plants on display, the lush trails in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden lead up to the famous Three Sisters lookout point, where you can see miles of eucalyptus trees resembling a ‘blue haze’. Fiery red waratahs can be found in the Blackheath, Glenbrook, Katoomba, Lower Grose Valley, and Mount Wilson areas of the park. Discover the best viewpoints on an intimate guided tour—or plan your route with information on each trail here.

“A cold last of winter day at Mt Tomah Botanic Garden was uplifted by the beautiful scenery and in particular the glorious waratahs and proteas in full bloom.” - KevinDwyer1956

4. See Park, Grafton

  • When: Late October - November
  • What: Jacarandas

The small town of Grafton explodes in a haze of dreamy lavender blossoms ahead of the annual Jacaranda Festival in late October. With more than 6,500 trees and 24 beautiful parks around this small town, you’re all set to walk your way through spring. See Park, with its looming jacaranda trees and proximity to the Clarence Riverfront, is a great place to start.

“There are maps of the jacaranda trees online and at the information centre, but to be honest you don’t need any maps as purple trees are everywhere.” - RSV_12

Spring flowers in Victoria

White Rhododendron Bush at Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Olinda
Pastel Rhododendrons at Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Olinda
Close-up of Rhododendron at Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Olinda
Photo: getdihere, TheShis / Tripadvisor

5. Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Olinda

  • When: Late October - November
  • What: Rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, daffodils

The Dandenong Ranges is a sprawling cool climate garden showcasing over 15,000 rhododendrons, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias and 250,000 daffodils, with incredible views over Yarra Valley. Known best for vibrant pink rhododendron clusters, the open garden demands at least a few hours of exploration during spring—nothing less. The sights are better enjoyed onboard Puffing Billy; the train runs through the lush forest, making several stops at mountain villages along the way.

“The sealed walkways are well laid out with varying gradients amidst a variety of plants and trees. The landscape changes on every visit.” - Billy L

6. Victoria State Rose Garden

  • When: November - Late March
  • What: Rose varieties

Follow Werribee’s sweet floral scent and find yourself at Victoria State Rose Garden, where 5,000 colourful roses bloom, climb and ramble across five hectares of trimmed garden paths and archways. With the historic Werribee Park Mansion and lush Werribee Park close by, wandering in the area can take up a full day. Kids and the elderly might enjoy a quick stop at the Werribee Open Range Zoo, just five minutes away.

“Great place for family picnics with a museum, hotel and winery nearby. A majestic place for both young and old alike. Must visit if in Werribee South.” - shian

7. Cruden Farm, Langwarrin

  • When: September - November
  • What: Wisterias, rhododendrons, roses, sweet peas, lily of the Incas, clematis

Enter the enchanting dreamland of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, who received the grounds as a betrothal gift from her husband. Carefully tended to for over 80 years, Cruden Farm combines the beauty of weeping wisterias, lush lilacs, colourful roses, and massive rhododendrons in one scenic spot. Entry is AUD10 for adults, and well worth it. For a full day of fun, pair your outing with a visit to the nearby McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park.

“It's a place of hidden paths, majestic trees, enchanting spots for a picnic, walking or meditation. If you are a garden lover, you will be in heaven.” – Annie44433

Spring flowers in Queensland

Close-up of Jacaranda Tree branch at See Park, Grafton, Brisbane
Image: karos1 / Tripadvisor

8. New Farm Park, Brisbane

  • When: Late October - November
  • What: Poincianas, jacarandas, roses

Poincianas are characteristic of Brisbane, and there’s no better place to admire these blooming Christmas trees than New Farm Park. Known as the flame tree that signals the beginning of spring, you won’t miss these firetruck-red trees standing against the pale blue sky. The park is also a great place to spot jacarandas. Cap off your day with a cocktail cruise down the nearby Brisbane River, where you can catch more iconic city views.

“Exquisite rose gardens (in season) and beautifully maintained pathways and lawned areas.” - car0line2811

9. Girraween National Park, Ballandean

  • When: September - November
  • What: Pea flowers, billy buttons, bluebells

This park was named Girraween, meaning “place of flowers”, for good reason. Alongside peak views and otherworldly granite formations, the park’s multi-coloured bushwalks are lined with white heaths mixed with red, yellow, purple pea flowers, golden billy buttons, pink trigger plants and violet bluebells. Camp overnight—Castle Rock and Bald Rock Creek are ideal sites—to explore the many trails and sights the park has to offer. While you’re in the area, drop by Wisteria Cottage for some heavenly chocolate.

“From October to November, all of the wild flowers are in bloom. Stunning scenery with numerous walks (both short and easy, as well as long and more demanding).” – bluenosebunyip

Spring flowers in Western Australia

Everlastings and Cushion Bushes at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth
Vibrant red flowers at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth
Bright yellow flowers at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth
Photo: yunyunchan, Heather / Tripadvisor

10. Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth

  • When: September - November
  • What: Pink everlastings, kangaroo paws, qualup bells, orchid varieties

Rated as one of the top attractions in Perth on Tripadvisor, the 400-hectare Kings Park and Botanic Garden is a must-see in spring—over 3,000 native species of wildflowers thrive here. Explore a range of walking trails at your own pace or join free guided walks or tours. Perth’s Tiny Tours also offers a local wildflower tour across Kings Park and Araluen Botanic Park.

“Spring is the best time to visit with the abundant wildflowers. Sit and look at the views across the Swan River and Perth's CBD skyline or explore the botanical gardens full of native plants to WA.” - jss359

11. Lesueur National Park, Jurien Bay

  • When: August - October
  • What: Kangaroo paws, yellow acacia, red cat’s claws

Lesueur National Park is one of WA’s most significant wildflower parks and a key landmark for botanical conservation. It’s home to 10% of WA’s flora population, with over 900 stunning flora species scattered across low heath and creek lines. Watch for wildlife like kangaroos and native birds—if you’re lucky, you might even spot the elusive Carnaby’s black cockatoo. Need some help planning your trip? Try a guided wildflower adventure by Jurien Bay Adventure Tours.

“Fabulous national park to spend a morning admiring the views and the stunning wildflower displays. We have enjoyed visits to various parks in WA but to me, the diversity of flora here is a standout.” - Dan L

12. Araluen Botanic Park, Roleystone

  • When: August - October
  • What: Tulips

Vibrant tulip beds of all shades come alive in Araluen. Its well-maintained lawns, incredible tulip displays and beautiful water features are a big draw, so schedule at least one to three hours for exploring. Looking for a picnic spot? Park yourself by Stinton Creek to enjoy your lunch. Or enjoy a guided walk and picnic in the area, courtesy of Kaleidoscope Tours.

“The falls and the lake bring a cool, fresh breeze to the park – with a nice river flowing into the pond. It's a must-see place, a tropical adventure.” – Jay Idris

Spring flowers in South Australia

Pink azalea and camellia bushflowers at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens
White rhodendendron tree at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens
Close-up of red flower at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens
Photo: Bob D, Sooyon / Tripadvisor

13. Wittunga Botanic Garden, Adelaide

  • When: September - December
  • What: Ericas, Proteas

One of three botanical gardens in Adelaide, Wittunga is a suburban oasis teeming with pastel Ericas and Protea varieties, including an extensive collection of plants from Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula. Blessed with shady lawns and a tranquil lake, the park is a fun learning environment for families with kids looking to explore the floral trails. The fun continues with a family-friendly cruise down the nearby Torrens River.

“Don’t forget to pick up a map and a seasonal information sheet on your way in. And make sure you look up into the gum trees — there are koalas to be spotted!” – AilsaMacT

14. Belair National Park, Belair

  • When: Early September - November
  • What: Cherry blossoms, creamy candles, bush peas, donkey orchids

Love walking and biking? Belair National Park has a well-trodden trail for that. This scenic woodland features the oldest plant nursery in South Australia, where you can find unique floral varieties including native donkey orchids, creamy candles and even cherry blossoms in early spring. From koalas to kookaburras, wildlife is teeming here—so get your camera ready. You can even book a one-day safari tour around the area.

“Lots of wild flowers and wildlife. Black cockatoos, emus, blue wrens are just some of the many birds to see. However, the koalas steal the show for me.” – Vicki M

15. Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, Adelaide Hills

  • When: September - early November
  • What: Roses, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, orchid varieties

Two words: Floral. Explosion. A common stop on road trip itineraries around Adelaide Hills, Mount Lofty is a technicolour display of blushing rhododendrons, pastel azalea bushes, and cream-coloured magnolias. The ATCO Heritage Rose Garden is a must-see, with over 5,000 roses (including native blooms, too). Keen to explore the rest of the wine region? Best Wine Tours can take you to some of the biggest vineyards around Adelaide Hills.

“A spectacular view at every turn! As it is nestled on a steep slope it’s probably a good idea to start at the top and walk down - then get a lift back to the top.” – Chriso17

Spring flowers in Tasmania

Multi-coloured rows of tulips at Table Cape Tulip Farm, Wynyard
Orange-yellow tulip hybrids at Table Cape Tulip Farm, Wynyard
Close-up of pink tulip at Table Cape Tulip Farm, Wynyard
Photo: TheyCallMeMrT, Robyn W / Tripadvisor

16. Table Cape Tulip Farm, Wynyard

  • When: Late September - late October
  • What: Tulips

Check out Table Cape Tulip Farm—the go-to spot for an extravagant display of red, yellow, orange, pink and purple tulips. Endless beds of tulips bloom across 14 hectares of farmland for an entire month. To make the most of this once-a-year phenomenon, admire the scene from above on a Table Cape Lighthouse tour.

“We visited the tulip fields and it’s just breathtaking. So many tulips blooming, such a wonderful explosion of colours, makes you feel like you are in heaven.” – catalinafh

17. Woolmer’s Estate, Longford

  • When: November - January
  • What: Rose varieties

If you love roses, you’ll love Woolmer’s. Explore 460 varieties of roses in the exquisite National Rose Garden, said to house the country's most diverse collection of roses. There are even guided tours available in the property’s homestead, where heirlooms and artefacts preserved across six generations tell a greater story of Tasmanian history.

“Enchanting rural views, magnificent show of roses and a fascinating glimpse into local history. What more could you seek? Put this attraction into your car's GPS.” – Stephen C

18. Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, Burnie

  • When: Mid-September - November
  • What: Rhododendrons, azaleas, cherry blossoms

Run entirely by volunteer groundskeepers, the 11-hectare Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden is a labour of love. Rhododendrons and azaleas of all shades—purple, orange, red, yellow, pink—line airy walkways leading to peaceful lakes and bridges. While you're at it, discover incredible coastal sights on local excursions with Cradle Coast Tours.

“A wonderful display. Very serene, peaceful and an enjoyable and pleasant wander among different gardens and settings within the site. Allow an hour at minimum.” - marketingguru2015