The Parnell Rose Gardens is a festival of colour and scent, and home to some 5000 rose bushes. It’s also known as Dove-Myer Robinson Park, in honour of our most popular and longest serving mayor.
The rose gardens showcase new and old rose varieties, many of which have been bred by internationally celebrated rose breeders. The cottage-style Nancy Steen garden offers excellent examples of heritage roses. There’s also a ‘white garden’ which is a popular venue for weddings.
Visiting the Parnell Rose Gardens
The best time to visit the Parnell Rose Gardens and enjoy the spectacular blooms is between October and April.
If you’re here in November, you’re in luck! The annual Parnell Rose Festival is held here every November, with a range of free public events and entertainment.
In the winter months, this is a request stop – please let the driver know if you’d like to get off here.
Walk from Parnell Rose Gardens to Judges Bay
A pathway at the back of the gardens leads downhill through parkland to Judges Bay and the historic Parnell Baths – a retro-style salt water swimming pool complex open during the summer months.