There are over three kilometres of pathways that you can wander whilst admiring the lotus-filled waterways and flower beds in full-boom. Don't miss the spectacular 500 metre long Monet's Lake, that comes to life with over 70 varieties of water lily, including of course a collection of the artist's original flowers. Adding to the stunning vista are two fountains built in the shape of giant lotus flowers, you'll be in Instagram heaven. Take along your sketchpad and allow your inner artist to shine through and create your very own masterpiece.
Cross the Japanese Pond's red bridge to catch a glimpse of flowers spawned from one of the world's oldest known lotus blooms. This ancient lotus flower is believed to be over 2000 years old, discovered in 1951 at the Hanamigawa River, Chiba, Japan.
Visit the Giants of the Amazon waterlily exhibit at the Tropical World Complex that contains many rare, beautiful and amazing plants. Explore the tropical wonderland housed in four specially designed greenhouses, two of which contain the largest waterlily species in the world, the Giant Amazon Waterlilies. Please note, visitors aren't allowed to sit on the lily pads as they are quite fragile and covered in razor sharp spines underneath.
Don't miss the stunning Golden Lotus by the Chinese red pergola as you walk around Lotus Lake. This double yellow flower has more petals than any other lotus in the garden and has been sourced from ancient seeds from China. The flower itself is significant in Chinese culture because of its colour and the fact it has 88 petals - considered to produce good fortune. That's why it's often referred to as the "lucky lotus". The best time to see the Golden Lotus in full bloom is February – March.
Lotus Lake itself has the largest display of lotus flowers with over 10,000 blooms on display. The featured flowers are Carolina Queen Lotus (pink) and Cream Lutea Lotus (white) with some blossoms as large as a dinner plate. The gardens pathway are lined with exotic flowering plants, adding to the wonderful vistas. Stop under the numerous reed covered rotundas to admire the views and take in the serenity.
The kids will love stepping into a world of fantasy as they enter the Flower Fairy Garden, located on the shores of the Silver Lotus Lagoon. The flower fairies have been busy building their own magical village, including 3 fantasy cubby houses, a rainbow slide, fairy dell wishing well and the Fairy Queen's magical throne. Watch out for the monster goldfish which have taken up residence in Silver Lotus Lagoon. Some of them have grown to a whopping 46cm long, which is getting very close to the world record. Kids are welcome to help feed the goldfish at 12pm and 2pm daily.
Also for the kids is the free "Garden Spotto" activity, designed to get kids interested in exploring the gardens and the wonders of nature. Each child will receive a sheet and pencil on arrival and their mission will be to find all the things on the sheet. Once complete, they'll be able to exchange their pencil for a lollypop reward.
With face-painting and other fun school holiday activities, the kids are sure to have a great time.
Enjoy a picnic in one of the numerous lakeside picnic shelters amongst the gardens, with BBQ facilities available (watch out for cheeky fairies around the Flower Fairy Garden running away with your snags). The Lily Pond Café & Takeaway and the Ice Cream Kiosk will also be open for delicious meals, snacks, coffee and ice cream.
The Blue Lotus Plant & Flower Nursery will also be open for you to browse and maybe take home your own beautiful lotus or water lily. The nursery stocks Victoria's largest range of potted lotus flower plants and waterlilies as well as many other flowering plants.
Located next to the nursery is a lovely gift shop that offers a range of indoor plants, souvenirs, t-shirts, hats, gardening books, homewares, gifts, artwork and garden themed products.
Online tickets will be available from 27 December 2018 or at the gate and prices are as follows:
Senior & Pensioners: $16.00
Kids (0-15 years): Free (accompanied by an adult)
Companion Card Holders: Free (assisting a person with a disability)
Blue Lotus Water Garden will be open from 10am–5pm, daily. It is located in Yarra Junction, approximately 55 km east of Melbourne's CBD. It sits at the junction of the Yarra and Little Yarra Rivers and is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year.