Olinda Precinct

Olinda Precinct

Olinda Precinct

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Olinda Golf Course

The former Olinda Golf Course is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Wurundjeri Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Located 50km east of Melbourne is the new Olinda Precinct. Set in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, this former golf course has been transformed into 34 hectares of community parklands. 

Olinda Precinct is set in beautiful surroundings. This area is famous for towering Mountain Ash forest, the closest you'll find to Melbourne, as well as lush ferns and native grasses. Keep your eyes peeled for the variety of birds and wildlife that call this area home. 

This exciting new public space has something for everyone. Kids will love the Nature Playscape, which includes a large sandpit, water pumps, balancing beams, slides, flying foxes, rope courses, trampolines, cubby houses and toadstools. Even better, it's all integrated amongst natural features including rocks and native vegetation. From this elevated position, you can also enjoy spectacular views over Silvan Reservoir.

Several local artists have contributed to the playscape's design, providing unique links with the nature and community surrounding it. As you explore, you'll find many sculptures and carvings including wombats, owls, echidnas and a giant gecko. A special addition to the playspace is mosaic artwork created by local school kids.

Why not enjoy a picnic in the new picnic area? There are barbecues, a water fountain, picnic facilities, shelters, seating and a new toilet block.
Let your dog run off-lead on the former golf course, or enjoy walking together on the trail that loops around it. Check the map for on-and-off-lead areas. 

Olinda Precinct also has plenty of space for the community to enjoy. Olinda Green is an adaptable open space for community events and markets. Community sports teams will love the new sports oval and netball court, as well as the upgraded cricket nets. 

Things to do in the area

 

Olinda Precinct Nature Playscape

Kids will love the Nature Playscape, which includes a large sandpit, water pumps, balancing beams, slides, flying foxes, rope courses, trampolines, cubby houses and toadstools.
A man with an afro wearing a leather jacket and woman wearing a cream knitted jumper walk past a tree with splendid autumn leaves.

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) is host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around.
Two people walking along a wide path surrounded by trees and undergrowth at RJ Hamer Arboretum

RJ Hamer Arboretum

Originally a pine plantation, the present-day 101-hectare Arboretum was established in the 1970s and provides a lovely place for relaxation, recreation and distant views of the Yarra Valley and the Great Dividing Range.
Pirianda Gardens

Pirianda Garden

With magnificent views and a backdrop of ever-changing colours, photographers and bird watchers are in for a treat at Pirianda Garden, while the lawns are perfect for spreading out with a picnic feast.

Olinda Precinct

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:

Koalas
Lyrebirds
Wombats
Wedge-tailed eagles
Wallabies
Powerful owls
Echidnas

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

Find a Licensed Tour Operator

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