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“Go during the bloom”

National Rhododendron Gardens
Ranked #1 of 16 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.
Sutton Australia
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“Go during the bloom”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

If you are lucky enough to be travelling through Victoria when the Rhododendrons and Azaleas are in bloom you should make every effort to see them. You are in for a spectacular treat.

Thank Miriam H
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“National Treasure”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Deep in the heart of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges where the altitude of around 750m makes for chilly mornings.
These gardens have been established in cool temperate Mountain Ash forest which have the worlds tallest trees (despite what the Americans might say). Worth a visit just for the trees in the car park across the road.
Go on Cup Day or just after for the best floral display.
Free entry now as well.

Visited November 2012
Thank Richardnp
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Beautiful - a treat! And free!”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Really a 'must see' if you are in the Mount Dandenong area. The gardens are free to see and are spectacular, particularly in spring when we visited. We spent a while there despite the rain and thunder storm at the time; it just added to the wonderful spirit of the place. Take a camera - if the flowers are in full bloom you will have a great time taking pictures.

There is a small bus that does trips around the garden with a guide - we didn't do that, but those who did seemed happy enough.

Visited November 2012
Thank CilliA
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Melbourne, Australia
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“a spectacular day out”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

We visited the National Rhododendron Garden in October. The camelias were starting to wither and the azaleas were out in full force. The cherry blossoms were in their last couple of weeks and only a few daffodils were out. The gardens are huge and spectacular and if you like to walk you could easily do a few hours of walking there. For those who want a short look around or are less physical, there is a shuttle bus that runs regularly, cost approx $25 per family of four. The cafe isnt particularly good so I would recommend you pack a picnic for lunch. Before going you need to check on the website which are the best times for viewing as the flowers will bloom only in certain seasons

Visited October 2012
Thank EmilyFS
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Doveton, Australia
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“the beauty”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

very nice to see again , lovely place . recommend to all, go and see in spring season the beautiful place .

Visited November 2012
Thank nilantha35
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