There are so many wonderful experiences to enjoy in the Dandenong Ranges. Make sure you include a visit to Olinda Tea House while you are here.
Puffing Billy is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world and operates every day of the year, except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of their volunteers.
The excitement begins from the moment you arrive at the station with the sight of the historic locomotives, the smell of the steam and the sound of the train’s whistle.
The Railway was built in 1900 to serve the local communities that lived in the hills, carrying anything from passengers to timber, livestock, potatoes and plants.
Today, Puffing Billy Railway is a major tourist attraction and incites visitors to come and experience a century-old tradition. Ride in the open sides carriages as the historic steam trains continue to run on their original mountain track between Belgrave and Gembrook, in
the natural surrounds of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges.
William Ricketts Sanctuary
William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts. Just a few minutes’ drive away, it’s a great place for a gentle walk before or after dining at Olinda Tea House.
George Tindale Gardens
This historic private garden contains a number of plants rarely found in cultivation, which are thriving in the acidic soils, cool temperate climate and shaded conditions found in the Dandenong Ranges. Extensive collections of magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, fuchsias and hydrangeas will delight garden enthusiasts. Around 5 minutes away this garden offers a delightful stroll before or after a meal at Olinda Tea House.
Alfred Nicholas Gardens
The many linking paths through this garden take you beneath a canopy of awesome Mountain Ash trees down to the picturesque lake and quaint boathouse. Please note this garden has steep paths. Around 5 minutes away this is a good choice to walk off a yummy meal at Olinda Tea House.
Cloudehill Nursery & Gardens
A visit to Cloudehill is a must for garden enthusiasts. Cloudehill provides inspiration throughout the seasons; from spring bulb meadows, summer perennial borders and dramatic autumn foliage. Just a few minutes’ drive away from lunch, afternoon tea or dinner at Olinda Tea House.
Karwarra Australian Plant Garden
Established in 1965, Karwarra is one of the few public gardens where native plants are used exclusively, giving visitors the opportunity to see how they can be used effectively as part of a landscaped garden. Less than 10 minutes’ drive from Olinda Tea House. Karwarra has a well-stocked plant nursery and staff can assist with plant selection.
Tesselaar Tulip Festival
Close to Melbourne, through the enchanted forests of Mount Dandenong, is where you will find the spectacular Tesselaar Tulip Festival, in the town of Silvan. Arrive early and gather your family, and friends together for a fabulous morning among the Tulips followed by a lunch welcome lunch booking at Olinda Tea House.
Burrinja Aboriginal Art Gallery
Burrinja is a vibrant community cultural centre in the Dandenong Ranges. The centre encompasses multiple gallery spaces and artists’ studios, a world-class collection of Indigenous and oceanic art, 400 seat theatre, black box space, kids ‘stay and play’ art activities, live music.. something for everyone. Combine this with a meal at Olinda Tea House and you have the perfect day out.