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National Rhododendron Gardens

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The Georgian Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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Very pleasant walk

Although we visited at the wrong time of year and therefore didn’t see any flowers, this garden is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
TippOz
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Perth, Australia
via mobile
National Rhododendron Gardens

Lovely place for strolling around. It was autumn, so the flowers weren't in full bloom, but the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
nredulla
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Cebu City, Philippines
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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
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+61 13 19 63
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Although we visited at the wrong time of year and therefore didn’t see any flowers, this garden is still very nice to walk through and enjoy the fresh air, and you might even see a lyre bird!

Thank TippOz
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place for strolling around. It was autumn, so the flowers weren't in full bloom, but the trees, shrubs, gardens, and ponds were worth the trip. I'm sure it will be gorgeous in the Spring.

Thank nredulla
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though the flower display was not evident (because of the timing of the visit) it was the great examples of trees and plants that kept me entranced. Well maintained and plenty of space to throw down a rug and enjoy a picnic with great...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Like a typical botanical garden. The beauty depends on the season. I can imagine the colourful foliage in autumn and beautiful flowers in spring. But it was mostly green when we went.

1  Thank nuhkol
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We stumbled across this place on the way home from an overnight stay in Olinda and decided to stop for a look. It is such a hidden treasure in the middle of the Dandenongs and would make a great place to stop for a picnic...More

3  Thank Andrea J
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

It is absolutely beautiful, any time of the year, but magic in november, when most of the flowers are out in full force.

2  Thank Arielle M
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

I love this cozy, nice and green garden. Good place for summer walking. Big amount of huge and old trees is amazing.

Thank Kate F
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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

We were there after the rhododendrons were done blooming, for the most part. There were a scattered few still in bloom. The walk was quiet, peaceful, and quite enjoyable. We picked up a couple of small items from the gift shop on our way out.

1  Thank Aolisi
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Ideal please to unwind and take in all the beauty nature has to offer. Good to visit year round but especially when rhododendrons are in bloom. There is also a cafe if one needs a snack.

Thank Paula R
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Would be a fantastic place to see when all in flower. A beautiful area to visit and stroll around. Quiet and peaceful. A nice place forca picnic

Thank bodsy15
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Pacilee
26 October 2017|
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Response from chookiegirl1 | Reviewed this property |
Probably not unless they are Service dogs
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Gwennieb5
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.
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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
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