Olinda is a township, with rural and scenic areas 37 km east of Melbourne and at the southern foot of Mount Dandenong.

The name Olinda originates from Olinda Creek, a watercourse with its headwaters in the Olinda area and which runs northwards towards Lilydale. In 1858 the creek was named after Alice Olinda Hodgkinson, the daughter of Victoria's dedicated and energetic Acting Surveyor General, Clement Hodgkinson.


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