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Olinda is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 36 km east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2016 census, Olinda had a population of 1,738 people.

Olinda township
Olinda is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°51′22″S 145°21′52″E / 37.85599°S 145.364357°E / -37.85599; 145.364357Coordinates: 37°51′22″S 145°21′52″E / 37.85599°S 145.364357°E / -37.85599; 145.364357
Population1,738 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density299.7/km2 (776/sq mi)
Elevation569 m (1,867 ft)
Area5.8 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
LGA(s)Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s)Monbulk
Federal Division(s)Casey
Suburbs around Olinda:
Mount Dandenong Kalorama Silvan
Sassafras Olinda Monbulk
Sherbrooke Kallista The Patch



Olinda is named after Olinda Creek, which begins in the township. The creek was named in 1858 after Alice Olinda Hodgkinson, the daughter of Clement Hodgkinson, Victoria's acting Surveyor General. The town was initially a logging settlement, however as land was made available for horticulture in the early 1900s, the town began to grow substantially. The Post Office opened on 21 August 1901.[2]

Berry farming, dairying, and flower growing became prosperous industries, and tourism soon flourished as the principal industry of Olinda.

In 1919 the Australian artist Sir Arthur Streeton returned to Australia and built a house on the property called Longacres, in Olinda.

Olinda Film Festival 1952

In 1952 Olinda hosted the Olinda Film Festival (also called the Melbourne Film Festival and the convention of Australian Council of Film Societies). [3]

The town todayEdit

Olinda is home to cafes, restaurants, antique and craft shops, and numerous art galleries, showcasing local, national, and international artists in such areas as sculpture and painting. It has a public swimming pool, a primary school, and is home to the National Rhododendron Garden and the Olinda State Forest. The Ashendene Boys Home was located in Olinda.

Sport and recreationEdit

Together with its neighbouring township Ferny Creek Olinda has an Australian Rules football and netball teams (Olinda-Ferny Creek) competing in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League.

Olinda also has a cricket club boasting 5 junior teams from non-competitive to under 16s, 4 senior sides and a veterans team. In past four years the cricket club has won a total of 8 premierships.

Golfers used to play the course of the Olinda Golf Club on Olinda Monbulk Road, since closed and is now used as an open park for walkers and similar recreation[4]


Olinda receives all Melbourne TV and Radio Channels, as it is very close to the Transmission towers, which are West of Olinda. However, being near the Transmitters and in the hills, Olinda also receives channels from Gippsland, and some from Bendigo. TV operators are ABC, SBS, Seven Network (Melbourne), Nine Network (Melbourne), Ten Network (Melbourne), Southern Cross Nine (Gippsland and Bendigo), Prime7 (Gippsland and Bendigo), WIN Network (Gippsland and Bendigo), 7TWO (Melbourne, Gippsland, Bendigo), 7mate (Melbourne, Gippsland, Bendigo).


At the 2016 census, Olinda had a population of 1,738 people. The median age of the Olinda population was 44 years of age, compared to the Australian average of 38. 74.9% of residents were born in Australia, compared to the Australian average of 66.7%. The other top responses for country of birth were England 7.2% and New Zealand 1.7%. When asked about religion, the most frequent response was "No Religion" (50%), followed by Catholic (12%), and Anglican (10%).[1]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Olinda (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 May 2019.  
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  3. ^ Australian Council of Film Societies; Federation of Victorian Film Societies (1952), Film festival ..., Olinda, Federation of Victorian Film Societies, retrieved 14 February 2018
  4. ^ Golf Select, Olinda, retrieved 11 May 2009

External linksEdit

  • Olinda - Government tourism site