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National Rhododendron Gardens
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Olinda
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Owner description: 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.
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2013

It is the perfect distance and is beautiful. As you start, take the path to your left. This path loops back to the beginning and should take about one hour (4 km). My partner and I walked this path just before a big storm. It was raining and the lady at reception was so incredibly nice to offer us an umbrella.It came in handy because we would have been soaked. Overall great experience.

Visited December 2013
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

We visited here late last year for a wedding and what a perfect setting for a wedding it was. I remember the gardens from many years ago and they were not so formal or structured back then, a little bit wild but now with the paved paths and manicured lawns with seating it is just beautiful. An abundance of wildlife can be seen here as well and best of all it's free. Not so far from the city, take a day off and go enjoy nature.

Visited December 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“One of the best FREE attractions in Melbourne”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

One of the best FREE attractions in Melbourne, and there aren't many things free around here. Late October and early November is the best time of the year to go if you want to see beautiful colours.

This is a great garden which suits people from all sorts. If you can't walk there is a shuttle which costs $10 per adult or $5 senior/concessions and goes all around the garden for 20 minuts with commentaries. This van only operates in the Spring and peak season only so call in to make sure if you are thinking of taking it.

If you just want a short walk you can walk to the main lake and then around which only takes 20 -30 minutes. If you walk right around using the main walking track only it should only take 40-60minutes to walk it. However if you want to see all the smaller paths as well then leave a good half day to walk the park.

There are quirky stone ladybirds to look out for too. They also let you take your picnic in.

Visited November 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“One of Victoria's gems”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

We have visited the Gardens many times and each visit has been different and delightful. Today, early November, the rhododendrons and mollis azaleas were stunning though a few were reaching the end of their flowering. The gardens provide a steep walk in places but there is a bus that provides a tour for a small fee ($5 for seniors) making the flowers accessible for all. Every season is different so the gardens are worth a visit at any time - the azaleas are stunning in early spring and the foliage is great in autumn. Even the towering surrounding eucalypts are worth a visit in their own right. Admission is free! There are other gardens nearby (eg Cloudehill), so one can spend a day enjoying a range of views and different types of planting. This really is a must if you are in Melbourne and enjoy gardens.

Visited November 2013
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“First class gardens”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

I was surprised to find such spacious and beautiful gardens hidden away in the Dandenongs. I'd never heard of this garden before, and now i will be recommending it to all my friends.

Abundant bright blooms in a kaleidoscope of colourings. Well paved walk ways (although some are steep), beautiful tranquil lake and small gift shop where you can buy plants to take home for your own garden (we got a large Rhododendron at a steal).

Visited October 2013
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