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National Rhododendron Gardens

The Georgian Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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A magnificent collection in beautiful surroundings

This must be close to the best collection of rhododendrons in the world, with 30000 rhodos and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Welwyn, United Kingdom
A spring extravaganza

Wonderful late colour from the Rhododendrons and azaleas. Beautifully kept gardens with tarmac... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sylvia R
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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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 4 days ago

This must be close to the best collection of rhododendrons in the world, with 30000 rhodos and azaleas. Flowering over a long period and at their peak late October. Good paths and a variety of other plants and trees - creating beautiful blends of foliage...More

Thank Hedgehog44
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful late colour from the Rhododendrons and azaleas. Beautifully kept gardens with tarmac paths so easy under foot. The lake at the bottom is so pretty. Quite a climb back but take it slow as worth the effort.

1  Thank Sylvia R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went when the Rhododendrons were at their best. Absolutely beautiful but very extensive to walk. We got there at 2.00pm and the little bus that takes trips around had finished for the day. Well worth the visit

1  Thank Divetraveller62
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place to visit, even though we missed the blooms by a couple of weeks, it has a wonderful feel about it.

1  Thank helbix
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Huge garden with an amazing display of rhodedendrons. A blast if colour. Other trees, maples, beech, etc. Excellent photography. Good pathways, but must be fit as hilly. Cafe on site.

1  Thank getdihere
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this echoing place with its forgetmenots, hidden lakes with millions of litres of water and enormous tall trees, stumpy ferns and not forgetting the rhododendrons of course. Inevitably there is a coffee shop and trinket shop you can't avoid on the way out....More

1  Thank Caustonator
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit early November was great - lots to see. Amazing colour! Beautifully maintained gardens and good access to both made paths and tracks. Highlight was seeing two lyrebirds!! Would like to have seen some more rhododendrons for sale in the nursery.

Thank leannebeasley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely place in Olinda,Dandenong Ranges (Melbourne) to spend a couple of hours (or more) to admire the many species of rhododendrons, azaleas, and many other temperate-climate flowers and trees. Best to visit during spring (Sept-Nov). Other seasons are great as well. Don't forget...More

1  Thank Nguyen D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All sorts of rhododendrons but not just that in this huge and beautiful park in which you can walk for yours. Please check the time of the year you want to visit as to not be disappointed although I am sure this place remains a...More

1  Thank mikevdb59
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are few more beautiful sights than these rhododendrons in bloom. The National Rhododendron Gardens are in Olinda, part of the Dandenong Ranges. Check on the state of the flowers before you go, it can be a long trip for nothing if the bushes are...More

1  Thank Jeffry B
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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.
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