World of Waterlilies Season

1st – 23rd December

At the gardens we have over 150 different varieties of waterlily plants that producing thousands of blooms every day. Our displays, lakes and ponds feature many hardy (or temperate) varieties that love to grow in cool climates. And we have many sub-tropical and tropical varieties that produce a stunning range of colours.

December it’s also a time when the garden’s many trees, shrubs and plants are covered in new growth. And thousands of lotus buds start to emerge with more and more flowers opening each day.

Special highlights of the World of Waterlilies Season

*Monet’s Lake and Bridge Walk*
See our special exhibit of Claude Monet’s waterlilies found in his famous garden in France. Explore the 300m Bridge Walk with wonderful vistas in all directions.

*Tropical World and Kakadu Lagoon*
Be amazed at the beauty of native Australian waterlilies sourced from the tropical areas of Australia. Experience a sample of the natural wonders of Kakadu and Nth Queensland here at the gardens.

*World of Waterlilies Walk*
Currently under construction our NEW walk will feature a number of rare and new waterlilies varieties. The walk will contain numerous ponds and water features with great views of the lower garden.

*River Walk & Bird Watching*
Discover the unique beauty of our indigenous environment with a peaceful stroll along the Little Yarra River. The area features rare tree ferns, towering eucalyptus trees and many other native plants. The river environment is also the best place for bird watching enthusiasts to catch a glimpse of the rare Azure & Sacred Kingfishers and many other amazing feathered friends.

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Discover our attractions and experiences

Monet’s Lake & Bridge Walk

Experience wonderful vistas and thousands of water flowers when you explore our famous bridge walk that run thourgh the middle of our largest lake.

Tropical World

Discover the wonders of tropical plants and flowers including Australian natives on display in our Kakadu Lagoon.

River Walk & Bird Watching

Enjoy the wonders of our native enviroment with towering river gums and tree ferns. A great place to catch a glimpse of many native birds.

Fairy Garden & Kids Fun

Kids of all ages will love our flower fairy garden full of fantasy and fun. Meet the Fairy Queen on weekends and public holidays. For times and dates hit ‘learn more’ below.

Picnic & BBQ Facilities

Have a lakeside picnic or bbq with your friends, family or group. We have fantastic facilities with dozens of picnic huts, shelters and pavilions. 

Lily Pond Cafe & Kiosk

Enjoy a delicious lunch with friends, family or that special someone overlooking the waterlily pond. Or grab a takeaway snack or drink from the kiosk.

Giants of the Amazon

See the World’s biggest waterlily species that can produce lily pads big enough to float on.

Dragons Trail

Meet our friendly dragons at the end of a magical trail that winds past waterfalls and through majestic lotus flowers. 

Lotus Wetlands

Surround yourself in a virtual forest of huge lotus flowers that grow up to 6ft tall.

Lotus Lake & Golden Lotus

Witness the largest display of lotus flowers in the garden with thousand of flowers on display. See our unique Golden Lotus, one of the biggest lotus flowers in the world.

Autumn Perennial Garden

Surrounding our lakes and ponds are hundreds of garden beds planted with thousands of Autumn flowers that burst into colour during the cooler time of the year. 

Plant & Flower Nursery

Start your own water garden at home or buy a bunch of flowers. Browse Australia’s best selection of lotus and waterlily plants.