Olinda is a popular mountain destination for couples and outdoors-people whom enjoy disconnecting from the city and reconnecting with nature. With a distinct rainforest feel, Olinda and the Mount Dandenong National park is just over an hour from Melbourne however feels like a world away. Enjoy strolling through the impossibly tall trees and enjoying some good old-fashioned hospitality in the local shops and cafes. Great for a daytrip, Olinda is home to the National Rhododendron Gardens, which are not to be missed.
How to get there
Take the Lilydale line train from Flinders Street or any City Loop station, and alight at Croydon. Change to the 688 bus towards Upper Ferntree Gully, and alight at Ridge Rd/Mt. Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda. All up this will take approx. 1.5 hours including change and wait times from the train to the bus. You will be dropped at in the main street of Olinda.