Discover Australia’s largest floral display of Lotus and Waterlilies at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley from December 26, 2019 to April 13, 2020.
Each year Geoff and Yvonne Cochrane open their 14 acre garden to thousands of visitors from Australia and beyond who come to admire the beauty of exotic Lotus flowers and magical Waterlilies.
Thought to be the largest garden of its kind in the southern hemisphere, Blue Lotus Water Garden features dozens of man-made lakes and ponds covered in thousands of spectacular water flowers each summer
Highlights of Blue Lotus Water Garden:
A special feature of the Garden is ‘Monet’s Lake’ which is the largest lake on the property holding 11 million litres of water. The lake contains over 70 varieties of waterlily flowers including a prized collection of Claude Monet’s original waterlilies from his garden in Giverny, France. It also features a 300m walk through the centre, with 11 bridges including our famous red arched bridge. Filled with native water birds such as Giant Egrets, Water Hens, Spoon Bills and a variety of ducks there are many stunning photo opportunities.
Lotus Lake and the Golden Lotus
Lotus Lake is so beautiful you will never want to leave! The lake produces the largest display of lotus flowers in the Garden with over 10,000 blooms on display including Carolina Queen Lotus and Cream Lutea.
A special feature of this walk is the Golden Lotus exhibit. This spectacular double yellow flower has more petals than any other lotus in the garden – 88 in fact. The origins of this lotus is a mystery, however we believe the variety originated in China. The Golden Lotus grows in its own pond on the eastern side of Lotus Lake and is at its peak in February – March.
Native Lotus and Waterlily exhibit
New to the Garden in 2020, this exhibit features a specially built greenhouse containing a collection of the most stunning tropical waterlilies and lotus plants native to Northern Australia. Thought to be the only display of this kind in southern Australia, it’s a great opportunity to see these beautiful flowers up close without having to take a trip to northern Australia – and it’s crocodile free! Best viewing will be from February onwards.
Giants of the Amazon
Giants of the Amazon are on display in the Tropical World Complex, housing the largest species of waterlily known to man including the Victoria Longwood (hybrid) Waterlily. These amazing waterlilies are distinguished by their massive leaves, known as lily pads, which can reach over 2 metres in diameter with flowers bigger than a dinner plate.
Ancient Japanese Flower – Oga Lotus
Lotus flowers have been around for thousands of years, possibly even before dinosaurs. In the Garden’s Japanese pond, visitors will see one of the oldest varieties of lotus flowers known to exist, believed to be over 2,000 years old. This ancient flower was discovered by Dr Ichiro Oga during an archaeological dig in 1951 at the Hanamigawa River, Chiba, Japan. Dr Oga successfully germinated 1 of three seeds found and named it the Oga Lotus. Blue Lotus Water Garden is fortunate to have received seed progeny of this stunning lotus and it is now on display in the Japanese styled pond.
Flower Fairy Garden
Children are not forgotten at this stunning oasis with a Flower Fairy Garden located on the shores of Silver Lotus Lagoon complete with fantasy cubby houses, a rainbow slide, wishing well and the new magic mister. On weekends and public holidays the Flower Fairy Queen flies in for story time and the best bit, kids entry is free!
Perfectly located for a day trip, the Gardens have numerous picnic areas, shelters, BBQ facilities, café and ice-cream shop. Also on site is Australia’s best lotus and waterlily nursery, a fabulous gift shop and Rod’s Garden Shop.
Open: December 26, 2019 – April 13, 2020 7 days a week
Time: 10am – 5pm
Address: 2628 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction 03 5967 2061 www.bluelotus.com.au
Tickets: Adult $20, Students and Seniors $17.50. Children free (Under 15 when accompanied by an adult).