Lavandula's Provencal-inspired planting.

Smell the roses

Kristin Lee packs a picnic rug and follows a trail leading to some of the state's finest gardens.

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Crafty escape

Tim Richards heads for the green hills on the edge of the city.

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Still captivating ... Dandenong Ranges National Park.

My side of the mountain

Though the February fires deeply scarred the Victorian bush, Julietta Jameson finds much to lure back visitors.

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The Mill at Olinda

Olinda

Olinda (including Sassafras, Mt Dandenong and Dandenong Ranges National Park)
Dandenongs settlement noted for its galleries and gardens
Olinda is a small and rather beautiful settlement located 44 km east of the Melbourne city centre atop Mt Dandenong. It is noted for its scenic situation and its many art, antique and handicraft galleries. The golf course on the Olinda-Monbulk Rd offers excellent views.

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Olinda - Fast Facts

Olinda (including Sassafras, Mt Dandenong and Dandenong Ranges National Park)
Dandenongs settlement noted for its galleries and gardens
Olinda is a small and rather beautiful settlement located 44 km east of the Melbourne city centre atop Mt Dandenong. It is noted for its scenic situation and its many art, antique and handicraft galleries. The golf course on the Olinda-Monbulk Rd offers excellent views.

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