The 10 Best Things to Do in Olinda, Australia

July 16, 2017 Deane Carmody

Discover the best top things to do in Olinda, Australia including William Ricketts Sanctuary, National Rhododendron Gardens, Dandenong Ranges, Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Tea Leaves Australia, Trees Adventure, Kokoda Trail Memorial Walk, Yarra Valley Winery Tours, Montrose Community Playground and Recreation Reserve, Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens.
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1. William Ricketts Sanctuary

Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, Victoria, Australia +61 3 9751 1300
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4.5 based on 304 reviews

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Reviewed By TommyV56

If you have the chance to visit this place, please do it. It is a magical place. The sculptures are magnificent and the setting in the Dandenong ranges is spectacular. A spiritual Wonderland of shear beauty, creativity and serenity.

2. National Rhododendron Gardens

The Georgian Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia +61 13 19 63
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4.5 based on 391 reviews

National Rhododendron Gardens

A spring spectacular! The National Rhododendron Gardens are host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the Gardens are a delight all year around. When not in bloom, you can still soak in the beauty of rich bark textures, seed capsules, foliage shapes and beautiful fragrance as you stroll through the grounds. While many visitors take their time and enjoy all of the constantly changing vistas of the Gardens, others prefer to take shorter walks into specific areas. Walking the entire garden is a round trip of approximately 5km, and includes some steeper grades. Magnificent views overlook Silvan Reservoir, the Yarra Valey, Warburton Ranges and Mt Baw Baw. The National Rhododendron Gardens are open 10.00am to 5.00pm daily (last entry 4.30pm) except Christmas Day. Entrance to the Gardens is free. The park is located 500 metres from the Olinda township along the Olinda - Monbulk Road. Turn into The Georgian Road, the entrance is 50 metres on the right. During the busy spring period, parking on weekends is limited. There is additional parking available at both the Olinda Recreation Reserve on the corner of The Georgian Road and Olinda-Monbulk Road, and the former Olinda Golf Course site on the Olinda-Monbulk Road. Both these sites are within a two minute walk of the main entrance.

Reviewed By Hedgehog44 - Welwyn, United Kingdom

This must be close to the best collection of rhododendrons in the world, with 30000 rhodos and azaleas. Flowering over a long period and at their peak late October. Good paths and a variety of other plants and trees - creating beautiful blends of foliage colours. Total walking circuit about 5km. Its free entry - so hard to complian - but it could do wih more weeding and more labelling. Overall a delight to walk round - the variety of colours is amazing - and look forward to a future visit...


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3. Dandenong Ranges

Dandenong, Victoria 3787, Australia +61 3 9758 7522
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Dandenong Ranges

Reviewed By Oldjack - Greater Melbourne, Australia

The Dandenong Ranges offers a wide variety of tourist attractions only a short distance from Melbourne. The tall mountain ash's and tree ferns and walks through the Sherbrooke Forest to Puffing Billy vintage train, William Rickets Sanctuary and much more.

4. Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke, Victoria 3789, Australia +61 3 9757 7333
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4.5 based on 141 reviews

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

A hidden garden in the Dandenong Ranges, the Alfred Nicholas Gardens are the original Gardens of the ‘historic Burnham Beeches’ estate. The Gardens are renowned for their extensive water features including a quaint boathouse, the unusual Blackfish Pond and a picturesque lake which is fed by two striking Waterfalls. The structure of the garden is emphasized by the many rock walls, Waterfalls, upper pools and the magnificent lakes. The many linking paths through this garden take you beneath a canopy of awesome Mountain Ash Trees. Admire the natural beauty of the surroundings all year round. Walk through shady trees down to the picturesque lake, and picnic with the family by the boathouse. In spring, view the flowering azaleas, cherry trees and viburnum. Stroll through the magnificent Gardens, take your dog for a walk or photograph the blooming flowers. The garden is located on Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke. The visitor car park is opposite the main entrance.

Reviewed By bloodplum

Lush and green everywhere you look, very peaceful getaway from the chaos of everyday life. This would be a wonderful oasis when it's hot in summer as there are so many layers of trees filtering out the Sunshine it'd be cool all year round - from the ferns at bottom to the towering gum trees high above, interplanted with maples, rhododendrons, azaleas and so many other trees I can't name but all very pretty.
Be aware there's a lot of walking - we went with a pram and generally the park is pram friendly, but that means you need to stick to the gravel path, which is a long and windy walk down the sunken path to the lake below. It's a much longer walk than if you took the steep set of stairs.
Lots of great things for kids, including long staircases, Waterfalls, water features, stepping stones and Bridges dotted throughout. The main residence is fenced off now and you can get close to it at points, but would be so much better if you could get closer to it as it's quite impressive. The grand steep staircase leading up to the front entrance was a hit with the toddler who ran up and down there. The lake also has some fish in it and is a great place for picnics, or photos - there was a couple getting their wedding photos done while we were there.
Free entry, well worth a visit. Parking is across the road from the Gardens.

5. Tea Leaves Australia

380 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras, Victoria 3787, Australia +61 3 9755 2222
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

Tea Leaves Australia

Melbourne's most marvelous array of fine tea and fabulous teapots, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges.

Reviewed By Clare B - Melbourne, Australia

If you love all things tea, this shop is a must to visit! Could have spent ages in the shop just looking at the teapots etc! We did visit on a Public Holiday so it was extremely busy so will make sure we go back again on a quieter day! So much to look at and of course couldn't leave without buying some of their tea!

6. Trees Adventure

Glen Harrow Gardens, Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave, Victoria 3160, Australia +61 3 9752 5354
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5 based on 156 reviews

Trees Adventure

Reviewed By AshleighJade141 - Melbourne, Australia

The first thing I have to say is that the setting is simply stunning. It boasts amazing views during the activity course that make it completely worth it, even for someone with a fear of heights!
I've previously done the course at Arthur's seat; it was cramped, not challenging and clearly targeted towards short, young kids. The course at Belgrave was significantly better in every way; there was a wide range of difficulty levels, I wasn't uncomfortable or forced to contort my body in awkward ways, there was scenic views and more choice available.
10/10 would highly recommend!

7. Kokoda Trail Memorial Walk

Mount Dandenong Tourist Road | Upper Ferntree Gully, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
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4.5 based on 145 reviews

Kokoda Trail Memorial Walk

Reviewed By Bigredhawker - Melbourne, Australia

A beautiful setting in Ferntree National Park. One of many things to do there. Great walks, BBQ facilities catering for couples and/or larger groups. Plenty of parking. The Kakoda Trail Memorial Walk itself is located at the upper end of the top carpark. An awesome way to shed some kilo's or simply taking it easy and taking in the ambiance of the walk. Many steps to the top but not too hard if you take your time. Not uncommon to see joggers up and down during the walk. Used by many sporting groups. Very pleasant with many fern glades and views throughout. Plaques are a feature documenting Kokoda and the importance it played to Australia and indeed the world during the latter part of WW2. Highly recommended for both locals and visitors from Interstate or Overseas.

8. Yarra Valley Winery Tours

17 Hightech Pl, Lilydale, Victoria 3140, Australia
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5 based on 109 reviews

Yarra Valley Winery Tours

Yarra Valley Winery Tours was established in 1992 and is located in the Yarra Valley region. Public Winery Tours - with a small group size & flexible itinerary. Private Tours - for any group size, can be tailored to suit your requirements. Celebrations, social outings, Hen's Days. Corporate client entertainment, team building, incentive or reward. Private charter or wedding & concert transfer also available.

Reviewed By Lesley H - Greater Melbourne, Australia

We have been to many wineries in the Yarra Valley as we live closeby, but it was lovely to be picked up and driven by someone else. Our driver/ guide David was very knowledgeable and took us to a couple of wineries that we had never been to which was great, as well as others that were favourites. We had lunch at De Bortolis which is always wonderful food and service, we even tasted and bought some cheese from their special cheese room. It was a bonus that there was just four of us plus driver on the tour, so it was very personal and in a most comfortable vehicle. Communication with the company was reliable and timely. The other couple on the tour with us were from the US and they had booked it from there with no problem. Thanks to all concerned for a great day and especially my daughter for the gift voucher.

9. Montrose Community Playground and Recreation Reserve

950 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Montrose, Victoria 3765, Australia +61 1300 368 333
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Montrose Community Playground and Recreation Reserve

This is a community-built wooden playground with lots of swings and a huge climbing net in the centre. This attractive bushy location has a sensory garden, animal sculptures and shade trees on three sides. Public toilets, picnic facilities and barbecues available. *This playground is accessible for all abilities

Reviewed By Cheryl D - Mount Dandenong, Australia

There is quite a bit to do here for the little ones and not so little! Lots of climbing activities and different types of swings. The picnic tables and surrounds could do with a bit of cleaning up and tan bark replacing.

10. Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens

89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia +61 3 9751 1009
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens

Reviewed By Karen Y - Melbourne, Australia

Lovely manicured Gardens and also more wild Gardens. Surprises around the corners. Steep walks down into the forest with lots of paths and levels. Overall, worth the $10 entry fee to visit the beautiful manicured Gardens in this place, despite the fact that there are other free Gardens in this area. Free entry for children.

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