This remarkable private garden, built and operated by volunteers, is located near Burnie, in North-West Tasmania. The site was little more than scrub and blackberry infested hillside in 1981, before the vision of its founders and lots of hard work turned it into a world standard garden.
A plant museum
More than 24,000 rhododendrons and other plants are set among 11 hectares of gardens, within themed environments. The garden is divided into each part of the world rhododendrons grow, from the icy Himalayas to tropical New Guinea, which makes the garden an enchanting place to wander and let your imagination run rampant at any time of the year.
Three mirror-like lakes, along with well-placed pavilions and constant birdsong add to this sense of being in some kind of mythical wonderland.
Platypus in residence
While you are unlikely to spot an emu, you may well cross paths with other native fauna – echidna and platypus.
The garden is open 363 days a year (10:00am – 4:00pm).