national rhododendrom gardens

These picturesque gardens (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) play host to vibrant coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. See them at their best when they're in season and full of life.

The gardens are also a picnic haven for families enjoying the sunshine and colours of this free national park. Picnic tables and chairs are dotted around or just throw down your picnic rug and enjoy the views.

Entry is via the gift shop and there's either stairs or a ramp for pram/wheelchair access. Paths are flat so it's most suitable for a pram/wheelchair though there are several downhill paths to get to the bottom to see the lake.

Don't forget to sit for a moment and take in the colour, sound (the wind of the trees or the sound of the birds) and wildlife. There's prettiness in every nook and cranny when the flowers and plants are in full bloom. There's also several hidden painted Ladybirds throughout the gardens so the kids can spot them on your walk.

Café Vireya

If you've forgottten your picnic or just want to take in the view of the gardens from the decked cafe area, Café Vireya, managed by Skyhigh Mount Dandenong, is open on weekends from 10.30am to 4.00pm. 

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Where:

The Georgian Rd, Olinda VIC 3788

Opening hours:

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic 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.