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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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  • Amenities at the lake and oval are currently closed due to maintenance. Main entrance amenities remain open for use. at National Rhododendron Garden
    Thursday 10 March, 2016 |
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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.

Parking

During the busy spring period, parking on weekends is limited and parking on The Georgian Road is unsuitable and may, in some instances, be illegal and result in a fine. 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 and are more suitable than the narrow/gravel The Georgian Road. 

Café Vireya

Café Vireya, managed by Skyhigh Mount Dandenong, has been newly renovated and is open for business for limited hours on weekends only. For further information phone Skyhigh Mount Dandenong 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

Visitors to the garden can enjoy a 25 minute non-stop guided tour on the Garden Explorer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 13 September through to 4 November. Bookings are required for groups only.

Group tours (20 plus passengers) for weekends and Mondays may be available upon request.  The Garden Explorer vehicle is a 24 seater bus which provides comfort and protection to its passengers sitting high to better view our magnificent garden.


Entrance to the gardens is free.


Fees for the Garden Explorer:

Adults

$12

Australian Concession card holders

$10

Students/Children

$10

Children under 12

Free

Family

POA

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, approximately 60 metres. In addition they will need to climb 3 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.

While the beautiful National Rhododendron Gardens provide the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony or wedding photography bookings are required and a permit needs to be issued (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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