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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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Cherry Tree

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What's in flower

Updated 29 September 2014
The gardens are looking lovely with magnolias, camellias, pieris, hellebores and the mid-season rhododendrons now in flower.

The cherry blossoms at the Cherry Grove are no longer in flower.

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 will be open from 7 September until mid-November. 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 (weekend group bookings over 30 available on 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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What's in flower Updated 29 September 2014 The gardens are looking lovely with magnolias, camellias, pieris, hellebores and the mid-season…

Visitor experiences

Facilities Summary

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

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Australian Rhododendron Society 2014 Convention

25 Oct 2014 9:00am - 26 Oct 2014 4:00pm

This year’s ARS National Conference focuses on the pressing topic of Rhododendron conservation in this time of steeply accelerating forest loss, climate change and human population.

Park Statistics

Established

May 1990

Area

36.2ha

Contact information

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