Olinda Precinct Project

The former Olinda Golf Course is located 50 kilometres east of Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges, between the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden and R. J. Hamer Arboretum.

Originally constructed in the 1950s, the site stopped operating as a golf course in 2012 and was subsequently opened to the public as an informal parkland.   

The Olinda Precinct Plan was developed in consultation with the community in 2016, with the final plan released in 2017. The precinct plan aims to deliver refurbishment works to transform the site into a 34-hectare open-space site for recreation. 

We’re now delivering on the Olinda Precinct Plan to provide more opportunities for the community to get active in nature and make the most of this fantastic location. 

The plan is being delivered in stages via various projects, as outlined below.  


The new cricket practice nets at Olinda Recreation Reserve, with new synthetic grass and nets installed.

Olinda Precinct Stage 1

Stage one has delivered more opportunities for visitors to get active in nature, with the completion of the Olinda Green, a nature-based playscape and new and upgraded netball and cricket facilities.

Olinda Precinct Stage 2

Stage two will see further improvements to the site and visitor experience, including better carparking, drainage, access pathways and replacing the former golf clubhouse with a food and beverage offering and new toilets.
A landscaped garden with winding paths, a large pond and filled with mature native Australian plants.

Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda

A section of the former Olinda Golf Course has been converted into a stunning botanic garden, supporting biodiversity and habitat creation for native plants and wildlife.
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