Blue Lotus Water Garden

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Blue Lotus Water Garden is one of my favorite places to visit in the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia. Step beyond the gates and enter a world of lush greenery, where for a few hours you can get lost in a sea of serenely floating pink, white and yellow lotus blossoms.

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of strolling through this 14-acre water garden with my husband and his parents who live just a 25-minute drive from this lovely and tranquil attraction.

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

This tropical landscape includes multiple water features such a ponds, lagoons, lakes, bogs, fountains and a waterfall, connected by walking paths and picturesque bridges.

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Thatch-roofed huts are sprinkled around the grounds, providing picnic opportunities as well as quaint shelter from the sun.

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

The water garden features hundreds of varieties of lotus flowers, waterlilies and bog plants, transporting you to a tropical oasis in the middle of the Yarra Valley.

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

The size of the water garden is impressive, creating a completely immersive environment that captivates the imagination.

Lotus flowers at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. ©Thaneeya McArdle.

There are so many incredible photo opps in this enchanting garden. My husband Marcus took all the pics you see here. We had a lot of fun scouting out various angles for taking photos. I’m trying to move beyond just standing still and smiling self-consciously for photos so I saw this as a good opportunity to try out some different poses, such as “looking up with one leg back”. 😊

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

For the kids and kids-at-heart, the Flower Fairy Garden is an adorably whimsical path with giant mushrooms, a wishing well, a slide and more.

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

A Fairy Queen visits on the weekends and public holidays with story time, but she wasn’t there during our visit so we enjoyed having the Flower Fairy Garden all to ourselves. 🍄

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at the Flower Fairy Garden in the Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Artist Thaneeya McArdle at the Wishing Well in the Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Artist Thaneeya McArdle at the Wishing Well in the Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

This was our 2nd visit to the Blue Lotus Water Garden, our first being back in 2016.

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

We suggest arriving as soon as they open if you’d like to browse the water gardens without too many other people around.

Lotus Flower at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. ©Thaneeya McArdle

On both visits we went on a weekday so the grounds were fairly quiet, but the gardens are so large that it’s easy to find a spot to yourselves if you find that a certain area is getting too crowded.

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

The water garden also includes a cafe and a large nursery and gift shop where you can buy your own lotus flowers and lilies. If we lived in Australia it would have been tempting to buy some!

Lotus Flower at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. ©Thaneeya McArdle

Below are Marcus’s parents, who enjoyed the garden as much as we did (it was their 3rd visit).

Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Below we’re walking along one of the long wooden bridges that weaves across the water garden.

Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

These big flowers are so beautiful close-up!

Lotus Flower at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. ©Thaneeya McArdle

The Blue Lotus Water Garden is open from late December to late April every year.

Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. ©Thaneeya McArdle

The Blue Lotus Water Garden is such a wonderful place to get immersed in nature!

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

For sunny or rainy days, a basket filled with rainbow umbrellas is available for guest use, free of charge.

Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. ©Thaneeya McArdle

In addition to the lotuses and lilies there are a variety of other flowers that add lots of color to the landscape.

Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia ©Thaneeya McArdle

Hope you enjoyed this little photo tour of the Blue Lotus Water Garden!

Artist Thaneeya McArdle at Blue Lotus Water Garden in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Thanks for reading!

I’m in the process of writing a few more blog posts about our recent Australia / New Zealand trip, so keep an eye out for those in the coming days/weeks!

Catch you again soon!