I found the National Rhododendron Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges truly spectacular. While it is probably prettier in spring, when the rhodos are in full bloom, late Autumn was a good time to see the diversity of plants in the Gardens and obtain a sense of the 'bones' of the garden design.
Autumn foliage and spot-flowering rhododendrons added amazing colour wherever I turned.
The many rotundas, garden seats and picnic tables provided peaceful views as well as convenient resting places!
This plaque acknowledges the impressive work of the ladies' rhodo society, who established the Gardens. It also identifies the various Dandenong mountains visible in the distance. The view was stunning!