A Parks Ranger told us that right now in Autumn is just as good, and we shouldn't wait until September.
Thank you - Parks Ranger. So glad we listened to you.
A kaleidoscope of colours bombarded us as we walked along the trail. Red, yellow, orange, green, gold, crimson,white, pink, purple....it was like opening a box of Derwents.
The 4.5km of paved trails were easy to walk, with many information posts along the way that detailed the history of the gardens and explained more about the various flowers, shrubs and trees in the garden.
Looking towards Silvan Dam, the Yarra Valley, the townships of Healesville and Warburton and all the way to Mt Baw Baw.
Many flowers are still in bloom and the bright colours pop right out of the earthy palette of the Autumn hues. The gardens are home to over 270,00 varieties of flowers. Azalea, Protea, Chamellia, Magnolia, Cherry and Daffodil share the space with the Rhododendrons.
...and the leaves on the ground looked like Mother Nature's confetti.
A creek formed from a natural spring trickles under this stone bridge. The bridge was built by a volunteer group of ladies in the 1960's. Apparently, the ladies took too long to finish the job and the menfolk took over. How rude.
The lake and the pond provide many photo opportunities to capture the beautiful reflections of the trees in the still waters.
Deciduous trees like English Beech can be found in the gardens and giant Mountain Ash - the world's tallest flowering tree - border the site.
Pack a thermos of hot soup and some fresh bread and have a picnic at one of the many tables in the gardens. Remember to rug up - it's chilly in the hills!
Where: The Georgian Rd, Olinda
When: Daily, 10am–5pm
Why: flowers, gardens, picnics, walks
How Much: FREE (you might like to drop a donation in the box, to help Parks Vic continue their fab work of caring for our beautiful parks and gardens)