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A suburb and tourist village on Mount Dandenong famous for its tea rooms and artists.  The township is central to some of main tourist attractions in the Dandenong Ranges.

Originally a logging settlement, arigulture gradually took over and local berry and dairy farming as well as an important flower industry grew. Tourism is now important for the township.

Olinda was the home of renown artist, Sir Arthur Streeton, for many years. The township also has a very active arts and crafts community and has several galleries and arts and crafts shops.

RJ Hamer Arboretum (photo 5) by Matthew Paul Argall, on Flickr

The RJ Hamer Arboretum, a unique and tranquil forest of different tree species. 

Pirianda Gardens - 6 by r reeve, on Flickr

A unique collection of exotic and native plants – the Pirianda Garden.

The big lake - National Rhododendron Gardens

The National Rhododendron Gardens at Olinda, best in spring and autumn, but are a spectacular display of plant life any season of the year. 

20140111-DSCF3875 by r reeve, on Flickr

The Olinda Falls – where the Olinda Creek cascades into the tree fern gully below.