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Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published April 14th 2018
22,000 rhododendron plants over 11 hectares

One of my favourite things to do when exploring a new town is to indulge in some quiet time strolling around local parks and gardens. Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden is one such place that we recently explored on our last trip to Burnie in Tasmania.

This unassuming garden is home to 22,000 rhododendrons and other select plants set among 11ha with a series of "countries" from which the wild rhododendrons originate, within authentic built environments.

Although our visit didn't coincide with the 'peak' rhododendron flowering time, which is between mid-September to mid-November, we were fortunate enough to have the garden all to ourselves on a lovely autumn afternoon. As stunning as the gardens are at this time of year, I would love to go back and see it in full bloom!

In the garden, you will find an array of lakes, bridges, arches, walking paths, seats, picnic areas and much more. If you love photography then you will find that this garden will keep rewarding you with every twist and turn in the path.

The Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden was started in 1981 by members of the Australian Rhododendron Society, North West Tasmanian Branch and is now an independent, non-profit organisation. Most of the development has been achieved through voluntary effort by members, and has attracted international attention over recent years." - Quote from the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden website.

A quick google on Trip Advisor has the Rhododendron gardens currently ranked in 2nd position of things to do in Burnie with a rating of 4.5 stars from 132 reviews.

Opening times:

9.00am - 5.00pm daily
except for Christmas Day & Good Friday)
Guided tours by arrangement

10.00am - 4.00pm
Closed: Christmas Day; 27th Dec to 1 January
2018: Open daily from
2nd January to 31st May 2018
Closed: 1st June to 19th August 2018

Garden Entry:

$10 per adult
$8 concession
Or if you live in the area, take out an annual membership for unlimited visits... It's great value at $50 a couple/per year, $30 single, or $100 for a family.

The garden caters for all abilities with wheelchair accessible paths, restroom and various points that can be accessed by car.

Pack a picnic a camera, and enjoy a day out in the gardens with family and friends.

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Why? To stroll through a magnificent garden
When: As noted above
Phone: 03 6433 1805
Where: 55 Breffny Road, Romaine, Tas
Cost: $10 per adult, $8 concession
Your Comment
Stunning gardens, Lorraine - must be very popular with brides and photoshoots!
by Elaine (score: 3|9170) 1761 days ago
It looks amazing Lorraine. I can only imagine how lovely it will look when everything is in flower. It looked so well established I was surprised it was only started in the 1980's.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10399) 1760 days ago
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