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Rhododendron Gardens

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by Kathie Thomas (subscribe)
I'm a writer who lives in Australia. I also run a business as a Virtual Assistant and enjoy nature photography. You can find out more about me KathieThomas.com. If you enjoyed this article please subscribe.
Published June 26th 2013
One might think that Spring is the only time to visit the Rhododendron Gardens, but that is not the case. This is a place you can visit in any season, there will always be things to see and enjoy.

One of the first things you might see, while still in the carpark is the local neighbourhood kookaburra, greeting you at the gate.

Australian Laughing Kookaburra
Australian Laughing Kookaburra at entrance


You'll go through a gate and walk through the shop there, that showcases many items relating to the various things of the gardens. Handicrafts, books and so on. Things you can think about taking home with you after you've completed your walk.

Outside of that building there is a map pointing out the different pathways and you can go left, right or in the centre.

Be prepared that you could spend many hours here, just exploring path after path and some will take you down to a couple of lakes, there are paths dedicated to different types of bushes and trees (not just rhododendrons) and there is a lyrebird track and creek... and yes, you might even see a Lyrebird. I certainly have.

Lyrebird at Rhododendron Gardens
Lyrebird at Rhododendron Gardens


Down at the lake and around the various paths, you'll find bench seats you can sit on, to just enjoy the views. There are lawns to have picnics on - when the weather is dry. It is truly a place you can enjoy alone if you want some solitude, or with a group of people.

Peaceful place at the gardens
Peaceful place at the gardens


Finally, this is a place that is wheelchair friendly. And only 5 mins out of Olinda, it's easy to get to. Entry is free although you could choose to go on a tour for a small fee.
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When: Anytime
Phone: 0412 351 296 for group bookings
Where: The Georgian Road, Olinda
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Kathie I love your photographs. Can you tell me what type of a camera you use? Keep the photos coming. I love them all.
by Happy Mom (score: 2|548) 1425 days ago
I have never seen a Lyre bird. I will try to spot one next time I'm in the Ranges.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1129) 1545 days ago
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