Visit one of the world’s premier rhododendron gardens, just 8km south of the Burnie CBD. An 11ha woodland garden with stunning lakes, bridges, gazebos and fascinating paths to follow. A wonderland to explore, right on your doorstep. If you’re very lucky, the platypus will come out to welcome you!
Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden is an independent not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, for the benefit of the community, and with development achieved predominantly through the love and passion of volunteers. It is internationally known for its 23,000 rhododendrons and other exotic plants set in a series of countries of plant origin, with authentic environments to complement. Come and see, for example, Chinese rhododendrons in their natural setting of companion plants and authentic Chinese pavilion. Similarly, Japanese rhododendrons are accompanied by a cherry blossom garden and Japanese tea house. So beautiful it is a sought-after site for wedding photos!
The mild climate of Burnie enables this garden to grow a remarkable variety of rhododendrons, vireyas and azaleas – from the tropical species found at sea level in Sri Lanka, to alpine species from the heights of the Himalaya. All are grown successfully in the rich soil and beautiful environment of North-West Tasmania. Some of our species are very rare in the wild now, and are preserved for everyone in this amazing garden.
Open every day (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) from 9am to 5pm. An admission fee applies, but accompanied children are admitted free of charge. There is ample parking. Bring a picnic, or enjoy our excellent tearoom facilities - open daily from early August through to the end of May 10.00am to 4.00pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday)
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