When I was a kid I remember Mum & Dad taking me to the National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda, Victoria, and I recall having fun, but that’s about it. So when Shona and I decided to head back up there as fully fledged adults and semi-functioning adults, I was excited to see if it was as entertaining as I remembered!
With 104 acres of wonderfully manicured yet somehow natural looking paths and fields to explore, framed by the worlds tallest flowering tree (the mountain ash), you’re likely to come across lyrebirds, rosellas & ducks and if you’re lucky, you might just spot a wombat or wallaby ambling by. We didn’t see a wallaby or roo, but there were plenty of roo turds laying around so I feel comfortable in my assumption that one was there, and they don’t employ someone to place fake poos around to trick unsuspecting tourists.
I grew up in Mount Dandenong and spent the majority of my childhood wandering through fern gullies and Mountain Ash forests, pleasantly oblivious to the hustle & bustle of both city and gown up life, so when I come back up here it’s a very cathartic experience. The air is cleaner, the people are nicer, and the views are to die for. If you haven’t been, regardless if you’re a Melbourne local or a tourist, I recommend you make the trip out here. Knowledge of wildlife poo is not necessary to enjoy the experience.
To finish off the day we went to Pie In The Sky just around the corner for a quick bite. I had their award-winning Spinach & Feta pie (which they adorably tried to jazz up with some alfalfa), and Shona had chips and gravy because it’s ironically the only vegan item on the menu!
Ya lublu tebe xx