Visiting the Blue Lotus Water Garden is such a good treat. The very symbolic lotus flower is so beautiful and reminds me to be humble in any way.
Seeing the whole vast lotus flower floating on the water will make you feel the peacefulness of the place and admire its tranquility.
Spanning over 14 acres, the Blue Lotus Water Garden contains more than 40 different ponds, lakes, and water features which produce the biggest display of lotus and waterlily flowers in the southern hemisphere. The grounds also contain an amazing array of exotic plants, garden exhibits, fountains, waterfalls, floral sculptures, walks, and scenic vistas.
Depicted as the largest lake in the garden holding over 11 million liters of water. It stretches almost 500m long and contains over 70 varieties of waterlily flowers creating a carpet of color across the surface of the lake. A feature of the display is the prized collection of Claude Monet’s original water lilies, that he planted in his garden at Giverny in France.
At the end of the lake, a plantation of hundreds of Mrs. Perry Slocum Lotus, Hindu Lotus, and Cream Lutea Lotus add to the visual experience, producing thousands of blooms every day. The gardens surrounding the lake also contain a plethora of perennial flowers and shade-giving banana and cocos palms. The lake also features a 300m walk through its middle, with 11 bridges including the famous red arched bridge. Often native water birds such as Giant Egrets, Water Hens, Spoon Bills, and numerous ducks are seen foraging for food or building nests.
On the southern side of the lake, a sandy pathway offers easy access with numerous picnic shelters for people to rest and take in the stunning views. Adding to the vista are two fountains built in the shape of giant lotus flowers, they seem to float on the lake’s surface producing a dancing reflective effect of their surroundings.
Many people don’t realize there are more than 17 species of native water lilies and two species of native lotus have been discovered in Northern Australia. Most of these species are sub-tropical and tropical varieties that normally grow north of the Tropic of Capricorn. However, the Blue Lotus Water Garden has been successful in growing a number of them in their new “Kakadu Lagoon” exhibit.
Over the past 20 years, Geoff Cochrane (owner of the gardens) has collected seeds of these beautiful plants during many expeditions to Northern Australia. The seed is then germinated in experimental ponds at Mossman, Queensland before the mature plants are relocated to our Kakadu Lagoon display which makes up part of our Tropical World complex.
The featured varieties you will see on display include Gigantea Waterlily, Immutabilis Waterlily, Violacea Waterlily, Cape York Lotus, and Waltzing Matilda Lotus. All these native beauties have been selected for their showy long-lasting flowers.
The lake produces the largest display of lotus flowers in the garden with over 10,000 blooms on display. The featured flowers are Carolina Queen Lotus (pink) and Cream Lutea Lotus (white) with blossoms as large as a dinner plate. The flowers grow around the entire 500m circumference of the lake, creating an intoxicating visual experience.
The gardens edging the sandy pathway have all been carefully created and planted with exotic flowering plants, adding to the wonderful vistas. Featured flowering plants include a range of salvias, impatiens, succulents, cordylines, begonias, canna lilies, crepe myrtles, and pergola vines. Banana palms and cocos palms provide shade as you wander, along with numerous reed-covered rotundas offering great vantage points to take in the serenity.
This giant amazon and cruziana waterlilies are all sheltered in this big greenhouse to recreate its natural habitat’s temperature. These are well-protected species, and very important in our biological ecosystem.
Giant Amazon Waterlily
The Giant Amazon Waterlily that grows in Blue Lotus Water Garden is named Victoria Cruziana, which is slightly smaller than its cousin, the Victoria Amazonica. The plant is native to the subtropical regions of South America and grows in a slightly cooler habitat to its cousin. The V.Cruziana is a spectacular plant and produces very large lily pads that reach 1.5 – 2 meters in diameter. The leaves are slightly different from the V.Amazonica, featuring higher sides and a greener appearance on the underside. Like its cousin, the Cruziana’s leaves and stalks are also covered in razor-sharp spines and it produces very large flowers, up to 30cm in diameter.
Giant Asian Waterlily
Also known as the “Crocodile Plant” or Euryale ferox is a type of giant waterlily, native to the tropical regions of Asia. This amazing waterlily produces massive spiny leaves over 1m in diameter and is covered in razor-sharp barbs on both sides. The color markings and texture of the lily pads also have similar characteristics to crocodile skin. This is why crocodiles have been known to hide under the leaves because they offer great camouflage from unsuspecting prey. The flower is very small and beautiful with delicate purple petals often seen protruding through a leaf. The seed is eaten extensively in Asia and is commonly called foxnuts or makhana. It’s believed the Chinese have cultivated this prickly plant (for food) for over 3,000 years.
Winch Waterlily Collection
Mr. Charles Winch was one of the world’s foremost breeders of tropical waterlilies breeding over 600 different hybrids signified by their large colorful flowers and amazing variegated leaves. On display is a selection of his most spectacular varieties.
From late March until mid-April the garden gets a fresh burst of color provided by thousands of flowering perennial and annual exotic plants. Throughout the grounds, we have planted tens of thousands of non-water plants such as salvias, petunias, impatiens, canna lilies, bougainvillea, hibiscus, sunflowers, iris, and many others.
Some of the best places to view these beauties are along the lower side of Monet’s Lake wall. The embankment has been planted with masses of impatiens, salvias, petunias and features 5m high towers of bougainvillea flowers. The walk at the bottom of the embankment is just stunning in Autumn.
For lovers of hibiscus, the Lotus Wetlands area contains huge stands of pink, red and variegated hibiscus flowers. The plants grow up to 2m tall with flowers up to 20cm in diameter that attracts all manner of insects and honeyeater birds. And our large Fairy Garden provides a colorful experience for both young and young at heart. It features a great range of cottage flowering plants including some of the best-looking orange, bronze, and yellow perennial sunflowers in the country.
Take a picnic out into the water gardens, or enjoy the very attractive surroundings of Café Lotus. Here, all dining is al fresco, with covered verandahs and barbecue areas semi-circling a lotus-packed pond. And the main attraction is on the menu too. Here at Café Lotus, you can try an Australian first – Lotus Root Chips. Tasting like a cross between potato and parsnip, these distinctively patterned chips are lightly seasoned and served with aioli on a fresh lotus leaf.
To complete your experience, there’s a lotus-themed gift shop and boutique, and on your way out through the nursery, you may have been inspired enough to buy your own lotus plants and water lilies, or even a mere bloom or two to grace a table for a special occasion. Certainly, if you want to know how to grow and care for one of the world’s most acclaimed flowers, Blue Lotus Water Gardens is your destination. And it’s a lovely day out. Don’t forget to take your camera. To complete your experience, there’s a lotus-themed gift shop and boutique, and on your way out through the nursery, you may have been inspired enough to buy your own lotus plants and water lilies, or even a mere bloom or two to grace a table for a special occasion. Certainly, if you want to know how to grow and care for one of the world’s most acclaimed flowers, Blue Lotus Water Gardens is your destination. And it’s a lovely day out. Don’t forget to take your camera.
(*all prices in Australian dollars)
Adult (Anyone 16 years and older) – $22.00
Senior or Pensioner – $19.50 (Must have a valid Seniors Card or Pension Card)
WEEKDAY SENIOR and PENSIONER SPECIAL – $17.50
Condition: Must visit on a weekday excluding public holidays and have a valid Seniors Card or Pension Card.
Child (4-15 years) – $6.00
Condition: Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with a ticket. School groups excluded.
Child (0-3 years) – $Free
Condition: Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with a paid ticket.
Group bookings and discounts are NOT available on weekends or public holidays. For our latest weekday group deals, please click on the Groups tab in the menu.
Companion Card or Professional Carer – $Free
Condition: Must be assisting a person with a disability that has a paid ticket. Must have a valid Companion or Professional Carers Card.
Visitors can purchase tickets over the counter on the day of your visit or you can purchase online. We recommend online tickets if coming on busy weekends or public holidays.
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The Blue Lotus Water Garden
2628 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction VIC 3797
Phone: (03) 5967 2061
Email: [email protected]