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Watch the gardens explode in colour as thousands of flowers bloom each spring. Autumn, meanwhile, sees deciduous trees painted every shade of gold and crimson.

National Rhododendron Garden

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Hanami Day 2014 

Unfortunately there won’t be a Hanami Day event this year. However, the cherry blossom flowering season will continue to be a highlight of the Spring  calendar and we’re encouraging all flower lovers to come up to the Gardens anytime during the season to enjoy the beautiful sight of Cherry Tree Grove. The cherry blossom flowering season generally occurs across 2-3 weeks in September. 
We will update this page closer to Spring when the cherry blossoms start to emerge.

Visitor information

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.

Opening hours

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 garden may close during dangerous weather conditions, high fire risk or for major works. Check current conditions on the day of your planned visit to confirm it is open.

Café Vireya

Café Vireya has ceased operation for this season and will reopen in September 2014. For group bookings contact the cafe directly on 03 9751 0443.

Accessibility information

Parks Victoria is progressively updating accessibility information for visitors on this website. Information for people with disabilities visiting the National Rhododendron Gardens is available in the Accessibility section of this page.

 

How to get there

The park is located 500 metres from the Olinda township along the Olinda – Monbulk Road. Turn into The Georgian Road. The car park entrance is 50 metres on the right. Melways reference 66 K6.

Garden Explorer Bus Tour – Spring 2014

Visitors to the garden can enjoy a 25 minute, non-stop, guided tour on the Garden Explorer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 September to the 13 November 2014 only (Autumn tours for groups upon request). The Garden Explorer vehicle is a 24 seater bus which provides comfort and protection to its passengers, with high seating for better views of the magnificent garden.

Entrance to the gardens is free.

Fees for the Garden Explorer

Adults $10
Australian Concession card holders $8
Students/Children $8
Children under 5 Free
Family (2 Adults and up to four children) $35
Group bookings Call 0412 351 296 or email info@yarravalleytransfers.com.au

 

Please note that passengers will need to walk from the carpark to the Garden Explorer, which is approximately 60 metres. In addition, they will need to climb three steps to board the bus. Unfortunately the bus does not provide wheelchair access.

Weddings

Looking to have your wedding reception in the Dandenongs?  Look no further, visit the Mist at Olinda website for further information.

The beautiful National Rhododendron Gardens provide the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony or wedding photography (see the Related publications section below for current pricing and permit applications). Upon inquiry we suggest you visit the gardens venue to view and select the site where you would like to have your ceremony.


 

Aboriginal Traditional Owners

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

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Facilities Summary

  • Kiosk
  • Visitor centre
  • Toilet
  • Gravel carpark
  • Sealed carpark

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Park Statistics

Established

May 1990

Area

36.2ha

Contact information

Call Parks Victoria on 13 1963

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