The National Rhododendron Gardens are located in Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges. They are host to an unparalleled variety of brilliantly colored blooms. Mainly Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, Cherries and Daffodils. The gardens were established in 1960 by the Australian Rhododendron society, and are now owned and operated by Parks Victoria.
Visit the gardens and take a self-guided tour across the 103 acres of scenic botanic gardens. The National Rhododendron Garden has many different paths to be explored. With a number of tracks criss-crossing throughout the gardens. Most of the paths are sealed, whilst others aren’t. Plan ahead as a number of the paths are quite steep. You will need to posses a high level of fitness if you want to explore deep into the gardens. For those less mobile, there is a short 25-minute tour of the gardens via a small bus for a small fee.
The National Rhododendron Gardens have a number of attractions. The site feature two ornamental lakes. Beside each lake is a pagoda in which one can rest and take in the serenity of the gardens. There is a historical telephone booth, and several lookouts where you can see amazing panoramic views of the Yarra Ranges.
When to go?
Thankfully seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around. The best times are in the autumn and in spring.
The National Rhododendron Gardens at a glance:
- Toilet facilities available
- Café onsite
- Great for picnics
- Great photo opportunities
- No dogs allowed
The Georgian Road,
Daily operating hours:
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (last entry 4:30 pm)
Not open Christmas day
There is limited parking at the National Rhododendron Gardens. Additional parking available at both the Olinda Recreation Reserve. This is 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 to the gardens.
Phone: 131 963
The garden maybe closed if there are 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.