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11 Attractions at Blue Lotus Water Gardens 2021/22 Season

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by Gayle Beveridge (subscribe)
Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victoria’s beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
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Where fairies and dragons stand guard
Not just a garden but a wonderful family attraction, Blue Lotus Water Gardens offers 14 acres of tropical gardens which showcase the largest display of water lilies and lotus flowers in the Southern Hemisphere, across more than 40 lakes, ponds and water features. As if these beautiful flowers are not enough in themselves, the visitor experience is enhanced with walkways, scenic outlooks, floral sculptures, fountains and waterfalls.

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Lotus flowers - Image from Blue Lotus Water Garden Facebook Page

This is a family-friendly facility with plenty of picnic areas, shelters and barbecues and for those who don't want to bring their own, a café and kiosk. The kids will love the fairy garden, the dragon trail and the Kakadu Lagoon crocodiles, and there are even some great places for birdwatchers. There are a total of 11 attractions to visit and things to do at Blue Water Lotus Gardens.

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Water Lilies - Image from Blue Lotus Water Garden Facebook Page

1. Monet's Lake and Bridge Walk. At half a kilometre long, Monet's Lake is the largest on the property. There are more than seventy varieties of waterlilies in the lake, including a collection of Claude Monet's original waterlilies. You could be excused for thinking you have stepped into a Monet masterpiece. The lake is surrounded by gardens and the 300-metre lake walk, includes eleven bridges, not least of which the beautiful red-arched bridge built in the style of the one in Monet's famous paintings. There are two fountains in the lake and a number of shelters where visitors can rest and take in the beautiful view.

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Monet's lake and Bridge - Image from Blue Lotus Water Garden Facebook Page

2. Kakadu Lagoon. It may not be widely known that Australia has its own native water lilies, more than seventeen species in fact, and the Blue Lotus Water Gardens have successfully grown a number of these. The Australian water lilies, which are native to tropical north Australia, are showcased at the aptly named Kakadu Lagoon. The display includes Gigantea Waterlily, Immutabilis Waterlily, Violacea Waterlily, Cape York Lotus and Waltzing Matilda Lotus. Oh, and don't worry about the crocodiles, they look scary, but they're not real.

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Kakadu Lagoon - Image from Blue Lotus Water Garden Facebook Page

3. Lotus Lake. It might be hard to see the lake beneath these beautiful blooms and wide green leaves, there are in excess of 10,000 planted here. Some of these flowers are as large as a dinner plate; can you imagine that! The featured flowers are the pink Carolina Queen Lotus and the white Cream Lutea Lotus. Walk around the lake on garden-edged pathways beneath the shade of banana and cocos palms. Such a pretty sight can't be rushed, so rest for a while in one of the shady rotundas at the lake's edge and take your time to take it all in.

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Lotus Lake - Image from Blue Lotus Water Garden Facebook

4. The Lotus Wetlands. Here in the wetlands in shallow ponds and bogs, lotus flowers grow to shoulder height, frogs croak from beneath the leaves and perfume fills the air. It is here the Indian Blue Lotus grows along with hibiscus, thalis and papyrus.

5. Giants of the Amazon. The lily pads (leaves) of this variety of Giant Amazon Waterlily can grow up to two metres in diameter and are buoyant enough to support the weight of a child, although this is not allowed as the leaves are precious and also spiny underneath. Needless to say, these plants also produce large water lily flowers, growing between 30 and 40 centimetres in diameter.

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Giants of the Amazon - Image from Blue Lotus Water Garden Facebook Page

6. River Walk and Bird Watching. Walk a short way along the Little Yarra River among tree ferns and towering Manna Gums where the folks at Blue Lotus Water Gardens have been doing conservation works. This native Australian area is a strong contrast to the lily and lotus gardens. Bird watchers keep an eye out for honeyeaters, parrots, kookaburras, and cockatoos.

7. Dragon's Trail. Lovely for all but a great area for the kids. Follow the trail through fields of white lotus flowers, cascading ponds and tropical gardens, until you meet the two red dragons in the ponds at the end. It is rumoured the dragons protect the falls and water gardens.

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Dragons Trail - Image from Blue Lotus Water Garden Facebook Page

8. Fairy Garden. This is not just a garden, but is indeed a fairy village. Slides spring from fairy houses surrounded by flowers. Paths wind through mushroom groves and around a wishing well. Giant fairy sculptures, giant mushrooms, play equipment and a sandpit round off this wonderful area which is adjoined by family picnic facilities.

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The Fairy Garden - Image from Blue Lotus Water Garden Facebook Page

9. Autumn Flowers. Complementing the water lilies and lotus flowers are gardens or perennials, and in autumn, a vast array of colourful blooms. Within the displays, visitors can expect salvias, petunias, impatiens, canna lilies, bougainvillea, hibiscus, sunflowers, iris and cottage garden plants.

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There are many shelters and picnic areas - Image from Blue Lotus Water Garden Facebook Page

10. Picnic and Barbecue Facilities. Amongst the many picnic areas and shelters throughout the garden, there are seven general use coin-operated barbecues. If you would like to have a picnic but don't want the hassle of preparing your own, you can pre-order a picnic or grazing box to pick up from the café. To place an order, click here or telephone Wiels Catering on 0411 293 191.

11. Lily Pond Café and Garden Kiosk. Enjoy a meal and a drink at the Lily Pond Café, which overlooks the waterlilies or order some takeaway. Alternatively, you can get a drink or a snack at the Kiosk and Ice Cream Shop.

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One of many lakes - Image from Blue Lotus Water Garden Facebook Page

The gardens open to the public from summer to autumn, 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm for three, very specific but concurrent seasons:

* World of Waterlilies Season (December 10th–24th 2021),
* Lotus Flower Season (December 26th 2021–31st March 2022), and
* Golden Garden Season (1st–17th April 2022)

The gardens are located at 2628 Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction and can be contacted on (03) 5967 2061. Ticket prices vary dependent on the season but are listed on the Tickets page where tickets will be available for online purchase from 1st December 2021. For more information, go to the Blue Lotus Water Gardens website.
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Why? Because there’s nowhere else in Australia where you can see so many types of waterlilies and lotus flowers in one place.
When: During season–7 Days a week 10am to 5pm, December 10th 2021 to April 17th 2022
Phone: (03) 5967 2061
Where: 2628 Warburton HWY, Yarra Junction, Victoria 3797, Australia
Cost: Ticket prices vary across the seasons. https://www.bluelotusfarm.com.au/tickets/
Your Comment
Wow Gayle, this place looks amazing and is going on my bucket list.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|2523) 105 days ago
Stunning photos Gayle. It's not far from where I live, but have never been there.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3303) 105 days ago
Great list. I would really enjoy visiting these places.
by Roger (score: 2|781) 105 days ago
Hopefully, by the time this opens, COVID lockdowns will be a thing of the past and we can enjoy this wonderful place.
by betty (score: 2|660) 101 days ago
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