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Olinda

Perch high above Melbourne and observe the striking seasons in the beautiful gardens of Olinda, one of the highest villages in the Dandenong Ranges.

Olinda's gardens in bloom

Soak up postcard-perfect scenery in Olinda's public and private gardens, from spring blooms and crisp summer days to the changing colours of autumn.

A particular prize is the National Rhododendron Gardens, which contain thousands of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and daffodils. Visit the William Ricketts Sanctuary to look for the striking sculptures hidden in the trees, see rare and historic plants at Cloudehill, and learn about botanically important trees at Pirianda.

Artful creations

Once the home of Australian master painter Arthur Streeton, Olinda's creative spirit is still alive and kicking.

Check out local art galleries and studios like Touchstone Craft Gallery, which sells the works of over 250 Australian master craftspeople. Browse handcrafted jewellery and fashion at local boutiques, and stock up on cooking spices, homewares and old-fashioned sweets.

Brighten up little faces with a trip to Geppetto's Workshop, home to countless wooden toys and puppets, games and puzzles.

Tea time

Sample a famous Dandenong Ranges Devonshire tea, and save room for the showcasing of local produce at Ranges at Olinda, Mount Dandenong Hotel, Wild Oak Café and Credo Restaurant.

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Olinda

National parks & reserves

National Rhododendron Gardens

The National Rhododendron Gardens are host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal...

Walking & hiking

Sherbrooke Falls Trail

Enjoy a gentle introduction to the Dandenong Ranges on this gentle walk to Sherbrooke Falls and find a new favourite escape for walks and picnics.

National parks & reserves

RJ Hamer Arboretum

Arboretum is a Latin word meaning a place for trees. Here you will find over 150 species of native and exotic trees in plantations designed to...

National parks & reserves

Pirianda Gardens

Designed to take advantage of the steep slopes, the terraced gardens of Pirianda are distinctive for their combination of botanically important...

National parks & reserves

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Take a relaxing walk through forests of towering mountain ash in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne's CBD.

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