Olinda and its surrounding villages are nothing short of charming. You can spend hours browsing the boutique shops packed with handcrafted wares, gourmet goods, fashion, antiques, gifts and everything in between.
Olinda is the highest village in the Dandenong Ranges and it’s packed with shops, delicious eateries serving up fine dining to traditional pubs and a casual pie shop perfect for snacking.
Once the home of accomplished Australian artist Arthur Streeton who was inspired by the area’s beauty, he’s known for painting the village’s scenery in a number of his works.
The arts community here is alive and well and you’ll find plenty of artist’s studios open for browsing and finding that perfect piece.
Love a gorgeous garden? You’re in the right place. The National Rhododendron Gardens burst with more than 270,000 blooms of colour every year and are open daily. Inside, there’s also a sensory garden where plants can be touched, smelled and even tasted.
Other notable and nearby gardens worth adding to your itinerary are Cloudehill Nursery and gardens with its multiple areas to explore adorned with garden art and sculptures. Nearby Pirianda Gardens and RJ Hamer Forest Arboretum are also highlights of the area for their scenic views and plants from all over the globe.
Olinda is the perfect central location to stay and explore the Dandenongs and it has a huge range of options for accommodation to suit everyone.