FAQ

General

Some Rhododendrons and Azaleas are in bloom as early as September, but they are at their magnificent best from early-October to late-November. However...there is always something beautiful to see all year round.

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.

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

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

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

A coffee/tea plus a scone with jam & cream costs $7.00 (we don't call them Devonshire Teas because we don't use clotted cream).  We offer a variety of other refreshments—but not lunch, and no take-aways.

By shuttle bus from the Blackheath station or Town Centre.  Otherwise drive or stroll. Check the MAP opposite the pedestrian crossing from the station.

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

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. Very occasionally, we will do a guided tour for a group on request

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 in the area just above the Information & Donations Kiosk. Please don't leave rubbish behind.

What we are working on now

Since the 2019 fires we have very busy with restoration work, called the FIVE-POINT-PLAN.  We have been rethinking and revamping parts of the Gardens...and we have more than 400 new Rhodos to plant.  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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