Formerly known as the National Rhododendron Gardens this is the place to lose yourself in year-round colour thanks to displays of azaleas, camellias and of course, rhododendrons!
* Note: See this updated advice (May 2020) from the Victoria Government regarding recreational walking at popular sites such as the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Opened in 1960 and formerly known as the National Rhododendron Gardens this is a lovely place to lose yourself in a haze of year-round colour. Spring time is the best time to visit for the displays of azaleas, camellias, cherry-tree blossoms (see point of interest for best time to visit) and of course, rhododendrons!
This walk will take you past some of the key highlights of the 36-hectare gardens including the lovely little lake, cherry tree grove and Kumure bowl (lovely in the spring time).
The gardens are free to visit and open every day (except Christmas) from 10am until 5pm (but there is a strict final entry of 4.30pm).
Dogs are NOT PERMITTED at these gardens.
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You'll step out of the shop / entry to be greeted by this beautiful vista!
Take the scenic route (well, that's pretty much all of the routes!) down towards the lake. If you have children see if they can find the old telephone box.
This is as good a spot as any to stop and have a rest. Photo: Michelle Baker (Autumn Walks photo competition 2019, see link).
The grove was opened by Japanese royalty in 1995. Late September is usually a good bet to see them blooming, but check local forums as the window is short and weather dependent.
As you head back up to the top of the gardens you may be lucky to see a spectrum of hydrangeas in bloom. The stunning Kurume bowl is worth pausing over, especially in the spring time.