Dandenong Ranges Playground, Olinda

This has to be one of the best playgrounds near Melbourne, with a spectacular setting, lots of activities and equipment for kids to play on, and gorgeous views out across the Yarra Valley.

There is also a wonderful off-lead dog walking area on the former golf course, everyone can bring their dogs along for a great day out in the Dandenongs.

With plenty of spots to have a picnic and a playground for the kids, this is a really popular destination.

Where is the Olinda Playground?

Location: 75 Olinda-Monbulk Road, less than 1km from Olinda Village.

Get Directions to the playground by car.

By public Bus: Catch a bus to Olinda Village from Upper Ferntree Gully, Belgrave or Croydon train stations, then walk about 5-8 minutes down the Olinda Monbulk Road.

Find out more about using public transport to get to the Dandenongs here.

Olinda Playground - map of location and how to get there.

The Olinda Playspace features:

  • Flying Fox
  • Slides
  • Cubby Houses
  • Water Features
  • Swings and swing baskets
  • A roundabout
  • Rope climbing area
  • Sculptures
  • Small inground trampolines
  • Shelter and plenty of tables and seats
  • A 2 burner BBQ – which is free to use
  • From Thursday to Sunday you will usually find ‘Oscar’ the Vintage Coffee Van in the carpark, serving up delicious coffee, hot chocolates, chai lattes and snacks.
  • Public toilets are also located at the playground.
  • The Olinda public swimming pool is about 200 metres away.

Sculptures and Art

Some super talented artists have been involved in creating unique elements to the playspace, we have watched Shlomit from Bushwood Creations in Warburton carving owls and a large totem pole that are just gorgeous. They are something everyone can appreciate and admire, along with the mosaics and other art pieces.

Olinda Golf Course Playground Dandenong Ranges
The carved owls are nestled at the lower end of the playground near the flying fox and bright blue slides. It was a delight to see a local artist at work using locally sourced timbers.

Olinda Golf Course Playground Dandenong Ranges

Lots of planting has been done to make the area attractive, please ask your kids to watch out for the plants and be careful not to squash them as many are still very small.

Olinda Golf Course Playground Dandenong Ranges

Olinda Golf Course Playground Dandenong Ranges

Picnic shelter in the centre of the playground, plenty of tables and benches plus a drinking water fountain.

Olinda Golf Course Playground Dandenong Ranges
Concrete lizard for the kids to play on and around.
Olinda Golf Course Playground Dandenong Ranges
In the little kid’s area, carved wooden toadstools by local artist, Shlomit of Bushwood Creations. The tiny cubby houses were imported as a flat pack from Scandinavia.

Winter 2019 & Snow at Olinda!

What else is planned for this beautiful community parkland?

A second sporting field. Despite many locals campaigning for several years, trying to at least have this sporting field reduced in size or moved slightly to save the many mature trees (over 50 years old) on the top 3 fairways of the golf course, the plans have been approved by the YR Shire. The sports oval plan was pushed forward by a ‘steering’ committee, lead by our own local politician (2019). Sad but true.

Very soon, a fence will go up around the remaining level land and all the beautiful trees that can be seen from the playground will be ripped out of the ground, the whole area completely flattened, goal posts and lighting installed.

The parkland that is so vital to many elderly people for walking on as well as people with serious health issues will be gone. Forever. The trees are wonderful for summer shade, autumn colours and as an inviting frame to the views beyond.

Read more about this divisive community issue here.

Trees that will be removed for new sports oval in Olinda
These trees, and more, will all go.

Other things to do nearby the Olinda Playground:

  1. Walks are plentiful and a number of tracks lead off from this parkland. Mathias Track can be accessed from the very lowest lefthand corner of the land and Rock Track can be accessed from the top corner furthermost away from the playground.
  2. The Olinda Community Pool is just along the road a couple of hundred metres from the playground.
  3. The Trees Adventure Park in Belgrave is another fantastic place for kids as well as adults.
  4. Cloudehill Gardens and a number of other public gardens are close by and the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens are next door to the old Golf Course.