The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) features over 15,000 rhododendrons, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias, 250,000 daffodil, and many varieties of lupins, golden wattles, laburnums, proteas and cherry trees.
When not in bloom, you can still admire rich bark textures, foliage and serenity. The 104-acre garden is within close proximity to the township of Olinda, at the peak of Mount Dandenong.
The Australian Rhododendron Society and the Forest Commission selected site of the Garden from the Olinda State Forest on the eastern ridge of Mount Dandenong and the National Rhododendron Garden was created in 1961. It was designed as a combination of individually different gardens and spaces and by 1995, the Garden was under management of Parks Victoria.
The Gardens host its annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival in September every year. The cherry trees in full bloom are a spectacular sight and the Garden's Hanami Cherry Blossom Festival offers a picnic under the small white flowers, featuring a Japanese tea ceremony.
The garden is open 10.00am to 5.00pm daily (last entry 4.30pm) except Christmas Day. Entrance to the garden is free and is popular with families and tourists – a must see destination!
The gardens also feature a coffee shop and a function room.
The garden may close during dangerous weather conditions or days of high fire danger.
Address: The Georgian Rd, Olinda VIC 3788