FAQ

General

When is the best time to visit the Gardens?

The Rhododendrons and Azaleas are at their best from early-October to late-November, but there is always something beautiful to see all year round.

Are the Gardens wheelchair accessible?

Yes, most of the main paths are accessible if care is taken.

Are the tea rooms wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Rhodo Tea Room doors are accessible, but not for extra-large wheelchairs.

Is there parking at the Gardens?

Yes, there is parking in the Gardens, just beyond the Donation and Information Kiosk.  There is extra parking to the right outside the Entrance Gates, and space along Bacchante Street.

What are the opening hours of the Rhodo Tea Room?

During the five Open Weeks ONLY,  the Rhodo Tea Room is open seven days a week, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.  NB: last orders are taken at 3.30 pm.

On Rhododendron Festival Day, what is the best way to get to the Gardens?

By shuttle bus from the Blackheath station or town centre.  Otherwise drive or stroll.

What is your entry fee?

The Gardens’ maintenance and preservation relies solely on generous donations and bequests.  We suggest a minimum donation of $5.00, per person, Entry Fee.

How much are the Devonshire Teas?

A coffee/tea plus a scone with jam & cream costs $7.00.  We offer a variety of other refreshments—but not lunch, and no take-aways.

Are there guided tours?

No, but we have a brochure in the Information Kiosk with a clear MAP and ‘Places of Interest’ shown, with distances noted (please help yourselves).  The paths are easy to navigate.

Are there picnic areas in the Gardens?

Yes, several.  There are two shelters and many benches in the valley, but you are welcome to spread a rug for your picnic on the large grassy areas.  Also, near the car park, there are picnic tables with benches, and there is a covered pergola just above the Information & Donations Kiosk.

What we are working on now

Since the 2019 fires, we have a great deal of MAJOR restoration work ahead...including sealing our Lake.  We recognise it's an opportunity to rethink and revamp parts of the Gardens.  However, the project is massive for our faithful volunteers—and expensive—so we really would appreciate your generous donations, or you also could join our volunteers.  Contact secretary@rhodogarden.org.au 

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