Perch high above Melbourne and observe the striking seasons in the beautiful gardens of Olinda, one of the highest villages in the Dandenong Ranges.
Olinda's gardens in bloom
Soak up postcard-perfect scenery in Olinda's public and private gardens, from spring blooms and crisp summer days to the changing colours of autumn.
A particular prize is the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, which contains thousands of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and daffodils. Visit the William Ricketts Sanctuary to look for the striking sculptures hidden in the trees, see rare and historic plants at Cloudehill, and learn about botanically important trees at Pirianda.
Once the home of Australian master painter Arthur Streeton, Olinda's creative spirit is still alive and kicking.
Check out local art galleries and studios like Touchstone Craft Gallery, which sells the works of over 250 Australian master craftspeople. Browse handcrafted jewellery and fashion at local boutiques, and stock up on cooking spices, homewares and old-fashioned sweets.
Brighten up little faces with a trip to Geppetto's Workshop, home to countless wooden toys and puppets, games and puzzles.
Sample a famous Dandenong Ranges Devonshire tea, and save room for the showcasing of local produce at Ranges at Olinda, Coonara Springs Restaurant and the Mount Dandenong Hotel.