FAQ

General

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.  It's called the FIVE-POINT-PLAN.  We recognise this is a perfect opportunity to rethink and revamp parts of the Gardens.  However, the project is a massive undertaking for our faithful volunteers—and expensive—so we would appreciate your generous donations, and/or you also could join our volunteers, the MonVols. 

Just arrive on a Monday morning and we'll find you a task.  Hope to see you soon.

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