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National Rhododendron Gardens

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Address: The Georgian Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
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+61 13 19 63

A spring spectacular! The National Rhododendron Gardens are host to...

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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2 hours is not enough. Make sure you allow more time to see the whole area and appreciate the surroundings. Best to go earlier in summer or late spring to see all the flowers in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

2 hours is not enough. Make sure you allow more time to see the whole area and appreciate the surroundings. Best to go earlier in summer or late spring to see all the flowers in bloom. Can't wait to go back!

Thank Smiley K
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Entrance to this magnificent garden is free, and open all year round! The sealed walkways are well laid out with varying gradients amidst a variety of plants and trees. The landscape changes on every visit. This summer, there were luscious blue hydrangeas and multi-coloured lilies. In early spring, cherry blossoms, magnolias, daffodils, rhododendrons and azaleas galore! Now looking forward to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were very surprised at the sheer size of the gardens, we walked for hours. The walkays were well made and easy to navigate, the wildlife abundant and the flowers stunning. There were many photo opportunities and areas to stop and just sit back , taking in the lovely scenery. A wonderful way to spend the afternoon, escaping the hustle... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Wonderful place to spend a morning or afternoon (enough lawn and beautiful surrounds for a picnic) and entry is free. December/January is busy time, but autumn is stunning times also due to the deciduous trees shedding their leaves and spring brings the blossoms and other flowers to delight. A very peaceful and tranquil place to relax and saunter and enjoy.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

This is a great place to spend an afternoon or even a day with a picnic. Its very well laid out with lots of places to walk and sit and enjoy the gardens.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This was just stunning to walk around such lovely gardens with my wife and teenage daughter. We had a great time. Saw a very cute wallaby that didn't hop away and a lovely duck family and it's ducklings as well as all the amazing gardens. Best of all, it's free!!!

Thank Adam P
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

These gardens are maintained by "Parks Victoria" and are in pristine condition year round. They are open to the public year round, with free admission. Well maintained gardens with stunning views. To see all of the garden it takes a few visits and can be a bit strenuous if you push yourself as it is VERY hilly and as such... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

To locals, the end of November may be a little late to be visiting our National Rhododendron Gardens. We were thinking that ourselves. However, we were pleasantly surprised! Everything was lush and the flowers spectacular! Once we arrived in Olinda, We had a little trouble actually finding the gardens, however, the locals were very helpful. The little gift shop was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Amazing set up here at the National Rhododendron Gardens, I misspell Rhododendron every time I type it, not that you would know but I want to be honest here haha. My rhododendrons never looked this good, actually mine never looked like much so I ripped them out and planted things I knew would grow and thrive in our climate like... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

The Rhododendron gardens are a gorgeous place to visit all throughout the year, but especially in spring, The lovely maintained gardens are fantastic to explore, & there are so many little areas with different themes with are so fun! It's perfect to go with friends/family & have a picnic & just enjoy the environment!

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