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OlindaAustralia

From native greenery to exotic blooms, exquisite parklands have pride of place in this leafy town on the eastern slopes of Mount Dandenong.

Olinda is picturesquely situated within the rolling Dandenong Ranges, where tracts of native wilderness are peppered with manicured gardens and forest-fringed estates. Spend some time in this leafy township to find antiques stores, boutiques and charming restaurants. Follow one of the forest roads that lead from the town into the wild fringes of the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Explore the stunning bushland trails that wind around the park or wander around one of Olinda’s idyllic European gardens.

Make your way to one of Olinda’s major commercial areas. One lies at the junction that connects with Monbulk and the other is on the route to the peak of Mount Dandenong. Check out craft shops, antiques stores, boutiques and cafés. Meet local artisans and stop by one of the restaurants to enjoy some of the region’s local produce. Olinda is renowned for its European influence and features a selection of German- and French-style restaurants.

Experience more of this European flair in Olinda’s beautiful gardens. The National Rhododendron Gardens has a breathtaking array of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and daffodils that explode into colour in the springtime. Nearby, you’ll find the RJ Hamer Arboretum, which showcases a huge range of native and exotic tree species throughout its expansive grounds. There are also barbecue facilities and scenic lookouts in this park. The terraced plots at Pirianda Gardens are another highlight.

Check out the region’s magnificent wilderness at the Dandenong Ranges National Park, which contains a network of pretty walking trails that lead to the tumbling cascades of Olinda Falls and the spacious Valley Picnic Grounds.

Olinda is situated between Mount Dandenong, Sassafras and Kallista and is 49 kilometres (30 miles) east of central Melbourne. Drive or use the local transit network to reach the town. Stay in one of Olinda’s leafy boutique lodgings and listen to the call of kookaburras in the treetops as evening falls. With its idyllic gardens and beautiful bushland, Olinda is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year.

Top hotels in Olinda

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Loft In The Mill Boutique Accommodation
The Loft In The Mill Boutique Accommodation
4 out of 5
1602 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, (corner of Tourist Rd & Harold St), Olinda, VIC
The price is AU$150 per night

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from National Rhododendron Gardens and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Alfred Nicolas Gardens. Monbulk ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (230 reviews)

"The little touches. Four post bed was beautiful. The fire place set up High quality toiletries"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

The Loft In The Mill Boutique Accommodation
Arcadia Cottages
Arcadia Cottages
4.5 out of 5
188-190 Falls Road, enter from Monash Avenue, Olinda, VIC

Situated in Olinda, this luxury cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dandenong Ranges and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from SkyHigh Mount Dandenong. Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens ...

5/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)

"Place was amazing couldn’t of asked for anything better. The host did such an amazing jobs with all the little touches."…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2019

Arcadia Cottages
A Cottage in the Forest
A Cottage in the Forest
3.5 out of 5
452 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda, VIC

Situated in a national park, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dandenong Ranges and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Sherbrooke Forest. Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"Perfect exactly as described. Amazing location wonderful place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2019

A Cottage in the Forest

Popular places to visit in Olinda

National Rhododendron Gardens
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National Rhododendron Gardens

5/5(5 reviews)

Enter the fragrant world of this much-praised parkland in Victoria’s Mount Dandenong Ranges to see the tallest flowering trees on Earth and other blooms.

Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
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Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary

4.5/5(49 reviews)

Get up close and personal with Australia’s iconic wildlife and learn how rare native species are protected in of one of the country’s most famous wildlife parks.

Sherbrooke Forest
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Sherbrooke Forest

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Walk amid ancient mountain ash forests and rest at shady picnic spots in this national park, where you might glimpse a lyrebird as it dashes through the undergrowth.

Top activities in Olinda

Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne
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Puffing Billy & Dandenong Ranges Tour from Melbourne

88% of travellers recommend
AU$95
Per adult
Yarra Valley Winery Tour
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Yarra Valley Winery Tour

98% of travellers recommend
AU$130
Per adult
Puffing Billy and Yarra Valley with Lunch by Gray Line
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Puffing Billy and Yarra Valley with Lunch by Gray Line

74% of travellers recommend
AU$228
Per adult
Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne
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Yarra Valley Small-Group Wine Tour from Melbourne

98% of travellers recommend
AU$140
Per adult
Yarra Valley Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight
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Yarra Valley Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

96% of travellers recommend
AU$405
Per adult
Yarra Valley Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride & Winery Tour
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Yarra Valley Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride & Winery Tour

100% of travellers recommend
AU$580
Per adult

Reviews of Olinda

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 May 2020

If you haven't been, you really should.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Oct. 2019

Very beautiful place to visit

5/5 - Excellent

Andy

23 Sep. 2019

Beautiful little town. Quiet and surrounded by nature.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Sep. 2019

Lovely town. I liked the northern part better than the southern part.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Sep. 2019

Olinda is beautiful. I love walking around this area, whether bushwalking or just strolling around the streets.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Aug. 2019

A beautiful and quiet little town that was great to explore. Definitely recommend!

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