The 14-acre Blue Lotus Water Garden at Yarra Junction in Melbourne’s Yarra valley comes to life from December to April, throng by people of all walks of life. The Garden has lakes and ponds, picnic areas, fairy gardens, cafes and kids play areas to keep a family engaged for three to four hours. The little children require special attention to keep them away from the edge of waterways.
The main attraction of the garden is the Giant Amazon Waterlily. Its leaves (lily pads) can grow over 2m in diameter. The Gardens contain sub-tropical waterlilies bred by Charles Winch.
The Garden is home to more than 100 varieties of waterlilies including the famous Hermine( white), Perry’s pink ( deep pink ), Colorado (Salmon), Nouchia ( blue), Mrs Perry Slocum ( double pink), Hindu (deep pink) and Green Magic ( pink tipped).
There are many pathways with Garden beds lined with a plethora of perennials including succulents, cordylines, begonias, canna lilies, crepe myrtles, pergoda vines, banana palms, salvias and impatiens. The Golden lotus which has 88 petals per bloom is one of the largest lotus flowers in the world.
At one end of the Garden is the native river trail lined with rare tree ferns and huge eucalyptus trees. Another attraction is a small pond containing a range of unusual carnivorous plants that particularly like to eat European wasps as well as other insects. Most of the varieties from display are from cool climates and can even survive in the snow.
The flower fairy garden is especially popular with little children, with its fairy village, giant mushroom grove, rainbow slide, cubby houses and lots of fairies.
Location: 2628 Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction VIC 3797
Opening Hours: Open every day from December to April including weekends and public holidays, 10:30am – 5pm (December-April).
Free Parking available
Plants and waterlilies can be purchased at Blue Lotus Plant & Flower Nursery, Blue Lotus Gift Shop and Rod’s Garden Shop sell souvenirs
Ticket prices subject to change. Refer the garden website for details. Concession available for seniors and students. Kids under 15 enter free but must be accompanied by a ticketholder adult.
There are many picnic huts and shelters available for a family picnic. Food can be brought from your home, but Alcohol not allowed.
Dogs and pets are not allowed at the gardens or even at the car park, except for guide dogs.
The best time to see the lotus & waterlily flowers is January to mid-March. The best time to see the Giant Amazon Waterlilies and perennial flowers is February – April.
The carparks and the paths are unsealed but the gardens are mostly flat with few slopes. There are a limited number of wheelchairs available free of charge for visitors with disability. There is one accessible toilet located at the plant nursery. Wheelchairs can be reserved prior to visit. If you have a carer or companion card and assisting a person with disability you are free to enter with the ticketholder.