The National Rhododendron Gardens are a great place to drop by if you are visiting the Dandenong Ranges area. The gardens are quite large, so you can spend a good few hours strolling and admiring the environment and surrounds.
The gardens exude a different beauty with each season, so you won't get sick of visiting. Autumn brings out the red, oranges and yellow in the foliage as leaves float onto the paths. Spring brings out the more natual colours of the plants, with green canopies and the bright and pastel colours of rhododendrons and azaleas.
It's a perfect place to take a walk, a picnic and lots of photos. Remember to clean up your rubbish to maintain the gardens' pristine nature. The gardens attract many tourists and families, off to spend a weekend away from busy suburban surrounds, but would also be a great opportunity for photographers. Wedding ceremonies and photography sessions are also often held at the gardens.
The gardens especially come alive in September to celebrate the arrival of spring and they also hold an annual Hanami Cherry Blossom Festival. Visit on this day and enjoy traditional Japanese food, performances and of course, the cherry blossom trees.
Cost: Free entry
Opening hours: 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm) everyday except Christmas Day
Address: The Georgian Rd, Olinda VIC 3788