Olinda (Victoria)

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Introduction

Pink Rohdedendron - Rohdedendron Gardens Olinda

Pink Rohdedendron - Rohdedendron Gardens Olinda

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Olinda is a small town in the Dandenong Ranges, to the east of Melbourne nestled between Sassafras and Mount Dandenong.

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Sights and Activities

National Rhododendron Gardens

Open year round from 10am - 5pm these beautiful gardens are home to the Australian Mountain Ash - the world's largest flowering tree. You'll also see a huge range of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas and daffodils set around a gorgeous lake. The National Rhododendron Gardens host an annual festival when the flowers are at their best - the last weekend in October.

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Events and Festivals

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Getting There

By Train

Take the metropolitan Melbourne train from Flinders Street station along either along the Lilydale line to Croydon Railway Station or the Belgrave line to Upper Ferntree Gully or Belgrave. Trains on both these lines run approximately every 20 minutes between 7am and 7pm Monday - Friday. On weekends and public holidays you may need to wait up to 40 minutes for the next train. Check the Belgrave Line Train Timetable for more information. Ticket prices are available on the Public Transport Victoria website.

Connecting buses for Olinda depart from Croydon railway station, Upper Ferntree Gully railway station or Belgrave railway station.

By Car

The 40-50 kilometre drive from Melbourne via Burwood Highway or Canterbury Road is approximately 1 hour. Easy freeway access is along the M1-South Eastern Freeway (to Ferntree Gully Road) or the newly opened Eastlink (to Cantebury Road). For driving directions visit http://www.whereis.com.au

By Bus

Take the train from Flinders Street Station (see above). Connecting buses for Olinda depart from Croydon railway station Upper Ferntree Gully railway station or Belgrave railway station.

From Croydon railway station, take the 688 bus which runs via Railway Grove, Devon Street, Main Street, Mt Dandenong Road and Mt Dandenong Tourist Road to the Olinda bus terminus.Check the time table for the 688 bus for departure and arrival times.

From Belgrave railway station, take the 694 bus via Belgrave-Hallam Road, Monbulk Road, Sherbrooke Road, Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Ridge Road. Check the time table for the 694 bus for departure and arrival times.

From Upper Ferntree Gully railway station take the 688 bus via Burwood Highway, Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Ridge Road and Obvervatory Road to Olinda. Check the time table for the 688 bus for departure and arrival times.

Sherbrooke Falls

Sherbrooke Falls

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Getting Around

By Car

Whilst you won't need a car to see the sights in the township of Olinda itself, a car is by far the easiest method to travel between the close nearby townships throughout the Dandenong Ranges.

By Public Transport

Local buses are the only public transport available in and around Olinda.

By Foot

Olinda is a small town. You can easily cover all the shops and sights by foot, however a car or local buses are the best way to see neighbouring townships like Sassafras and Mount Dandenong.

By Bike

Bike riding within the Dandenong Ranges is extremely popular, particularly on weekends and public holidays. If traveling to Olinda by car or bus, you will see large numbers of dedicated cyclists riding up and down the hills. There is not currently a place to hire bikes within Olinda, however some Bed & Breakfast accommodation does provide complimentary bicycles for guest use.

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Eat

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Drink

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Sleep

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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