Kalorama, a residential area in the Dandenong Ranges, is 36 km east of Melbourne. Situated on the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, it is immediately north of the Olinda State Forest.
The name, given in about 1932, is derived from the Greek word kalos, denoting beautiful panoramic views. There is a viewing position on the Tourist Road at the Five Ways Corner formerly a popular tea room and now a picnic area with a gallery and cafe.
Much of Kalorama is parkland and forest reserve, which adds to the spacious residential environment occasioned by large houses. Some of them date from pre-war times when Kalorama was a weekend resort. Resort and guest house places continue to offer accommodation to visitors in the area. Kalorama has an Anglican church and a public hall. The nearest school is at Mount Dandenong.
Along the Mount Dandenong Road there are Kalorama Park, Kalorama memorial reserve with sports facilities and an Australian plants garden, and a shop and post office opposite the reserve. The eastern part of Kalorama is unsubdivided land, mainly a water-catchment reserve and part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park.
Kalorama’s census populations have been: