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.
People walk along a paved path surrounded by mature autumnal European trees.

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.
A garden path forks in two directions surrounded by autumn-coloured trees.

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:

Wedge-tailed eagles
Powerful owls

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

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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.

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Olinda Golf Course

Need to know

Olinda Golf Course

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Olinda Golf Course

    Temporary Car Park Restriction - Monday 12 June 2023

    On Monday 12 June 2023 (King’s Birthday public holiday), a production company will be filming an upcoming TV Series in and around the former Olinda Golf Course car park (including the clubhouse building) between 9am and 5pm

    This filming will impact and restrict parking availability associated with the Olinda Playspace and Olinda Green (oval).  Both the playspace and oval will remain open and available for use during the filming period.

    Public car parking will remain accessible and available, but the number of spaces will be reduced due to the filming infrastructure required on site.  The production company will have traffic and pedestrian management in place to guide visitors to any available public parking.

    The production company will also have their unit base set up at the nearby Olinda Community House Car Park.  Limited public car parking may also be available at the nearby Olinda Recreation Reserve or Olinda Pool.

    We recommend you plan your visit accordingly and if the car parks are full, visit another location (eg. Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, R.J. Hamer Arboretum or Pirianda Garden).

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