The Blue Lotus Water Garden is the secret garden of the east. The garden covers over 50,000 square metres (14 acres) and features thousands of exotic and native flowering plants featuring waterlilies and lotus. There are dozens of ponds and two large lakes that are connected by accessible paths and many ornate bridges. We had a lovely time exploring this tropical paradise and the kids enjoyed doing the little treasure hunt (included with entry).
There is an admission cost to the gardens but the nursery, specialising in aquatic plants, and the cafe are free to enter. Keep in mind that this is a seasonal attraction and not open year round.
We found accessibility to be quite good with most paths fine for wheelchairs and prams. Some areas would be challenging to access though.
The gardens are located in the Yarra Valley and we visited on the way back from a trip to Healesville Sanctuary.
The Blue Lotus Water Garden is a “Seasonal Attraction” and is open to the public between the 27th of December and the 15th of April. During the open season the gardens, nursery and retail areas are open everyday including public holidays.
Autumn (1st March – 15th April)
Monday to Friday: 10am-4pm
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10am-5pm
Summer (27th December – 28th February everyday 10am-5pm)
The gardens, nursery and associated facilities is closed from April 16th until and re-opens on December 27th each year.
TICKET PRICES – 2017/18
- Adults: $17
- Senior Card Holders, Age Pensioners & Disability Pensioners: $14.50
(Card Required: Victorian Seniors Card, Disability Support Pension Card, Age Pension Card)
- Student Consession: $15.50
(Must be a student studying in Australia, card required)
- Kids (0-15 years): FREE
(must be accompanied by an adult)
- Companion Card Holders: FREE
(must be assisting a person with a disability)
- Season Pass: Adult $34 Senior/Pensioner $29 Student $31 Locals $17
(Locals discount pass only available to Yarra Valley residents living with in 25km of the BLWG, photo ID is required.)
Directions: The Blue Lotus Water Garden is located at 2628 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction, Victoria. It takes by car approximately 1.5 hours from Melbourne CBD. Melways Ref P288 H8