Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda

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04.10.2014

On account of the lovely weather this weekend, we decided to make the trip out to the small town of Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges to see the beauty of sakura in the National Rhododendron Garden. We've already been twice in this garden, but couldn't catch that magic moment when sakura is in bloom. One of our friends, who was there a week before us, mentioned that sakura has started blooming, so I though that the third time will be a magic time.

Spring at National Rhododendron Garden

National Rhododendron Gardens in late winter

The promise of cherry blossoms and reasonable weather drew plenty of people to the park yesterday, and we (like many others) had to park down the side-road a way and walked back up to the entrance.

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Feast you eyes upon these photos - yes, there are cherry blossoms (though not nearly quite as many as we had imagined), rhododendrons (many more than we had imagined) and other flowers brightening the park with colour everywhere you care to look!

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Looking for sakura in the National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda, ,

For those who live within visiting range of the National Rhododendron Garden, now is the time to go and see it at its finest. It is very beautiful and colourful there!

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Katerina is an author and traveller. She is also a co-founder of 'LetsGoToAU.com' project, created specifically for those who are keen to see the best of Australia, but tired trawling forums for traveller feedback/sifting through hundreds of reviews or simply too busy to organize their trip. 

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