Being based in the Yarra Valley gives me locality to so much beauty, culture and activity while still being only an hour away from Melbourne.
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The gardens are are located over 14 acres and there is beauty everywhere you look from every angle. The gardens include the Giant Amazon Lily, Ancient Oga Lotus, Crocodile Plant, the Tropical Lily House, Native Tree Fern Plantation, Kids Fairy Garden, a Rare Plants Pavilion and the Native River Trail, along the Little Yarra River.
There are cute little bridges everywhere to wander over!
There are numerous gazebos located around the gardens for picnics to be enjoyed in, or even just for some quiet reflection and pondering while taking in your surrounds. Picnics can be brought in and BBQs are available to use.
The Lily Pond Cafe is located on sight, from which you can order a delicious lunch or morning or afternoon tea. In addition to the cafe, there is a little drink kiosk selling refreshments including milkshakes!
The grounds are truly a work of garden art and I would certainly suggest all ages would benefit from a visit to enjoy the beauty on offer. The giant Lily Pads would surely impress the little ones, as will the cute Fairy Garden!
A retail nursery is housed at the gardens with a good stock of plants for sale, as well as a gift shop. You do not have to enter the actual Water Gardens and pay an entry fee if you only wish to visit the Nursery and Gift Shop.