Illawarra Rhododendron Gardens

In 1968 the search for a suitable site revealed a quiet valley, 229 to 274 metres above sea level at Mt. Pleasant under the north eastern summit of Mt. Keira. This land was owned by Australian Iron and Steel and then General Manager Mr A.A Parrish backed the scheme and a (peppercorn) lease over six hectares (14 acres) was granted to a Society set up to develop and manage the gardens.

The Illawarra Rhododendron Gardens are located at Mt. Pleasant under the north eastern summit of Mt Keira and cover an area of 13 hectares. It's the perfect place for a picnic lunch or even a wedding.

The garden contains thousands of azaleas and hundreds of rhododendrons in company with many rare companion plants including camellias. A section of rich rainforest is featured in the top section with walking trails.

The Rhododendron Gardens are managed by volunteers.

Nearby events

  1. Monochrome - Works from the Collection

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Sunday 11 August 2019 , Wollongong

    Black, white and every shade of grey in between, this exhibition lunges into the inky darkness and brightest light to explore the collection and includes painting, drawing, photography, prints and sculpture. Gallery hours: Tuesday to…

    26 Apr - 11 Aug
  2. Friday Forage

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Friday 21 June 2019 , Wollongong

    A Friday market in Wollongong mall, from the land to the sea on the South Coast, Illawarra and beyond, they aim to provide everything in season, showcase amazing artisan products and bring people together to enjoy what this amazing area…

    26 Apr - 21 Jun