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National Rhododendron Gardens

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Arrived on a sunny spring afternoon in Melbourne on Sunday 14 Oct. The gardens are large and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Shayne S
Melbourne, Australia

Even on a rainy day, this place is in full bloom and looks amazing! definitely worth a visit! just... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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...more
The Georgian Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Arrived on a sunny spring afternoon in Melbourne on Sunday 14 Oct. The gardens are large and colourful, you'll need to bring comfortable walking shoes, noting the gardens go downhill so you'll have to walk back uphill. There are large open lawn areas where you...More

1  Thank Shayne S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even on a rainy day, this place is in full bloom and looks amazing! definitely worth a visit! just stunning

Thank heatherspencer25
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Rhododendron gardens are an amazing place to be in the springtime. Such a riot of colours. I love that you walk down to the most amazing views. It is such a fabulous place to be in summer as well and autumn is a...More

1  Thank Conneal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When the Spring flowers are in full bloom, what could be a better place to visit if you're a flower lover? Even when it's not in full bloom these gardens are great for a relaxing, invigorating walk. I saw a pair of lyrebirds on my...More

Thank Martyn B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sunday was busy and the parking was a bit of a challenge but the gardens were lovely and we had a nice walk in the fresh air. Rhododendrons were not in bloom and the cherry blossoms were nearly done but the azaleas and some other...More

Thank Passenger608384
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recommend arriving before 11am to get a car park close by. Otherwise if you don't mind walking there are overflow parking areas. Public toilets onsite, need to bring hand sanitizers - no soap available. We visited these gardens on a spectacular spring day in Melbourne...More

Thank Grandview301
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Spectacular gardens of unexpected variety. Rhododendrons of course but so much more. Camelias , flowering fruit tree's, helebores, mountain ash, bulbs galore, tropical vireyas, the list could go on and on. Great views over the valley. The shop is being renovated and the site has...More

6  Thank susanh4995
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Although we went in the middle of winter, so colours were in short supply, it was still beautiful to see the gardens, the layout, the peace and general calmness of the place. I reckon any time of the year is perfect for a visit here....More

2  Thank Kalista52
Reviewed 7 August 2018

My husband and I love wandering through these beautiful gardens, every season there is something different to see. It was a cold day when we were there, but there were still lots to see. We’ll be back in Spring.

2  Thank Melbourne_Scottie
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9 September 2018|
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Response from susanh4995 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but I don't know if alcohol is allowed in the gardens.
26 October 2017|
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Response from chookiegirl1 | Reviewed this property |
Probably not unless they are Service dogs
13 October 2017|
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Response from Lindy K | Reviewed this property |
I was there on a very wet autumn day and it was still delightful. I believe the Rhododendrons are out in November, so it would be even more stunning then.