See Giant Lilies at Blue Lotus Water Garden, Yarra Junction

Just an hour from Melbourne, in Yarra Junction, springs an unexpected sight – a water lily garden with thousands upon thousands of glorious floating water lilies and lotus flowers. Welcome to the Blue Lotus Water Garden in the Yarra Valley!


The Blue Lotus Water Gardens will open from Tuesday 26 December 2023 and will be open until Sunday 14 April 2024. The gardens will be open seven days a week including public holidays.

Blue Lotus Water Garden

The Blue Lotus Water Garden is a huge display garden with over 14 acres (50,000 sqm) of beautiful blooms, tranquil picnic areas and even a fairy garden to explore.

If you’re visiting the Blue Lotus Garden with children make sure you collect a ‘Dragon Spotto’ sheet with different things to find on your scavenger hunt. Then wind your way through water lily garden, ponds, lagoons and lakes all covered in thousands of floral blooms.

Blue Lotus Water Garden

It takes about 1-1.5 hours to see everything, though you’re welcome to linger for as long you want. Most of the paths are pram-friendly, though side-by-side double prams may not fit some of the bridges and there are a few steps.

Blue Lotus Water Garden

Highlights include Monet’s Lake with stunning Japanese bridge and metal sculpture fountains…

Blue Lotus Water Garden

….Lotus Lake….

Blue Lotus Water Garden

….the Fairy Garden with wishing well….

Blue Lotus Water Garden
Blue Lotus Water Garden

and Dragon Trail.

Blue Lotus Water Garden

The kids are most impressed by the Giant Amazon Waterlilies, the largest water lily species in the world. They are said to be able to hold the weight of a small child!

Blue Lotus Water Garden
Blue Lotus Water Garden

There’s no opportunity to test out this claim, though you can stick your head through a photo board and pretend!

Blue Lotus Water Garden

While the garden is all outdoors there’s plenty of shaded areas and alcoves. You can also grab a large rainbow umbrella for extra sun protection and photogenic posing.

Blue Lotus Water Garden

Blue Lotus Water Gardens is only open during summer/early autumn every year. Different flowers bloom during the season so you can be assured of beautiful views any time you visit.

Blue Lotus Water Garden

If you want to spend the day at Blue Lotus Water Garden there’s the Lily Pond Cafe & Kiosk, picnic tables and free barbecues. I see a couple of birthday parties setting up by the waterlily garden lake. There’s a small play area next to the cafe seating as well as in the Fairy Garden.

On your way out visit the retail areas – Blue Lotus Plant & Flower Nursery, Blue Lotus Gift Shop and Rod’s Garden Shop. We are inspired to bring the garden home with us and buy three freshly-cut lotus flowers for $12.

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Tips for Blue Lotus Water Garden:

  • Most of the paths are pram-friendly, though side-by-side double prams may not fit some of the bridges and there are a few steps.
  • picnic huts, park bbqs, garden seats & shelters, kids’ gardens and play areas, drinking water, Lily Pond Cafe & Kiosk
  • You need ticket to access cafe and kiosk;
  • plant and flower nursery, gift shop, garden shop,
  • Free parking for cars and coaches;
  • accessible parking bays and toilet;
  • No dogs are allowed.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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