Spring flowers in bloom

Spring brings new life and with it, an incredible variety of flowers blooming across our many parks. As the weather warms up, escape your winter hibernation and enjoy the vibrant colours that come with the season. Remember to be COVIDSafe and check the latest travel advice before you leave home.

When you’re out enjoying the flowers in our parks, take as many photos as you like but please don’t pick the flowers as, let’s be fair, they’re for everyone to enjoy.

Golden Wattle

You may know that Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is Australia’s national floral emblem, but did you know that there are more than 160 species of wattle found in Victoria? Fourteen of those are found nowhere else in the world! Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors and spot the bright yellow blossoms.

Pay a visit to the aptly named Wattle Park. Here you can take a gentle stroll along the various walking paths and enjoy a picnic among the blooming wattle. Native orchids, lilies and grasses are also common in the area.

More places to see wattle include Warrandyte State Park, Cape Conran Coastal Park, Greater Bendigo National Park and Lerderderg State Park.

Best time for Golden Wattle: late August to early September


Wattle tree taken in Wattle Park


Cherry Blossom

Synonymous with spring, people from around the world flock to Japan to see the cherry blossom or ‘sakura’ in bloom. But you don’t need to go to Japan to enjoy cherry blossoms —they can be found right here in Victoria.

In February 1980, the Japanese Government donated 100 flowering cherry trees to the people of Victoria to mark the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Mr Masayoshi Ohira. Today, these cherry blossoms can be found in Banksia Park’s Cherry Grove. At peak times during the Cherry Blossom season, this park can be very busy. If visiting on the weekend, we recommend arriving early (before 10am) or later in the afternoon (after 3pm). If the carpark is full, do not park illegally.

You can also find cherry blossoms in Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden.

Best time for cherry blossoms: late September to October


Cherry blossom flowers in full bloom at Banskia Park


Rhododendrons

With their trusses of brightly coloured flowers and leathery leaves, rhododendrons are the springtime stars of cool-climate gardens. Each spring, rhododendrons bring bursts of stunning colour to the Dandenongs.

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden is home to a staggering 15,000 rhododendrons. The garden houses Australia’s largest collection of Australian and overseas raised rhododendron hybrids that cannot be replaced, re-bred or re-imported. Pay a visit in spring and wander through the displays of extravagant colour or enjoy a picnic on the lawn.

You can also see rhododendrons in other parks and gardens in the Dandenongs including George Tindale Memorial Gardens, Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Pirianda Garden and Maroondah Reservoir Park.

Best time for rhododendrons: Mid-September to mid-November


View over the water at Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden in spring


Roses

Perhaps one of the most popular flowers in both private and public gardens, roses have long been adored for their large flowers that come in a stunning range of colours and fragrances.

You may have a rose or two in your backyard, but in the Victoria State Rose Garden you’ll find more than 5,000 roses in bloom from October to May. Styled in the shape of a rose, the internationally acclaimed garden contains a range of unusual and historic roses from around the world. You’ll be greeted by a kaleidoscope of colour.

While you’re there, soak in all that Werribee Park has to offer. Pay a visit to the historic mansion, enjoy a picnic on the lawn and explore the formal gardens. You can also grab a coffee and something to eat at the Mansion Café.

Best time for roses: November to April


State Rose Garden in Werribee Park


Orchids

One of the largest groups of flowering plants, there are more than 1,000 species of orchid in Australia. Spring is the perfect time to grab your camera and capture this beautiful flower in its natural environment.

Raymond Island in East Gippsland is also a fantastic place to go orchid spotting. The island is home to over 50 different species of orchids, including the very rare and isolated Raymond Island Spider Orchid.

You can spot a diverse range of native orchids right across Victoria. Other places where you can see orchids include Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve, Braeside Park, Wonthaggi Heathlands, Cathedral Range State Park, Woowookarung Regional Park and Warby-Ovens National Park.

Best time for orchids: throughout Spring


Salmon-sun orchid Woowookarung Regional Park


With spring comes a range of wildflowers blooming across our landscape. Find some of the best places to spot them on our wildflowers page.

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