Olinda Precinct Project

Project status:

September 2022: 

  • Tenders are being sought to construct the upgraded netball and cricket facilities at Olinda Recreation Reserve.
  • Construction to build the Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda is in progress. 



The historic, former Olinda Golf Course is set in the Dandenong Ranges, between the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden and R. J. Hamer Arboretum. Located 50 kilometres east of Melbourne, the Olinda Golf Course was originally constructed in the 1950s. 

In 2012, the site stopped operating as a golf course and was subsequently opened to the public as an informal parkland.  

The Olinda Precinct Plan was developed in consultation with the community in 2016, with the final plan released in 2017. The precinct plan aimed to deliver refurbishment works to transform the site into a 34-hectare open-space site for recreation.

We’re now delivering on the Olinda Precinct Plan to provide more opportunities for the community to get active in nature and make the most of this fantastic location.


Project benefits 


The projects being undertaken at the Olinda Precinct will ensure all native vegetation will be maintained. Sports users will benefit from shade from the surrounding trees and the aesthetic of the natural environment around them during practice and games. 


Three phases of community consultation were undertaken during the development of the Olinda Precinct Plan and we’re now delivering on what we heard from the community through this process.

The new facilities at the Olinda Precinct aim to provide more opportunities for people to get active in nature through community sport and a place for families and friends to meet, play, have picnics and connect to the natural surroundings in beautiful Olinda. 


Visitors to the Olinda Precinct and Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden will have more opportunities to participate in community sport, connect with nature, and enjoy time in the park with friends and family of all ages and abilities.


The Project

This project is being delivered in several stages. Here’s what’s already been delivered and what’s to come:

Stage 1: Sporting oval and Olinda Green (complete June 2020)

A flat open grass area with walking paths, suitable for a market, events space and other recreation was developed in 2020.

Stage 2: Nature-based playspace (complete July 2019)

Designed for children and families of all ages and abilities, a new nature-based playspace was built, along with new BBQs, picnic facilities, shelters, seating and a new toilet block. A dedicated dog-off lead area and a series of walking trails were also constructed.

Stage 3: Netball court and cricket net upgrades (construction tender in progress)

We will refurbish the existing netball court and build an additional netball court within the Olinda Recreation Reserve. The existing cricket nets will also be refurbished.

Stage 4: Car park and access improvements (planning underway)

We will make upgrades to the carparking areas, drainage, and access pathways connecting the site to the Olinda township and recreation trails to improve accessibility.

Stage 5: Supporting a new food and beverage offering to open on site (planning underway)

In the development of the Olinda Precinct Plan our community told us they would like to have a food and beverage offering at the Olinda Precinct, so we're planning to invite expressions of interest for a new operator to use the footprint of the former golf clubhouse. Watch this space for updates on when the EOI process will open.

Stage 6: Australian Garden rebuild at the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (construction underway)

A stunning Chelsea Flower Show winning garden is coming to the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, right next to the Olinda Precinct. The new garden will provide more opportunities for the community to connect with nature, featuring rare native Australian plant species.


Project funding

The Victorian Government has invested:

  • $7.67 million for stage one, including the Olinda Green, nature-based playspace and netball and cricket refurbishment
  • $3.4 million for stage two, including improvements to carparking areas, drainage, access pathways and replacing the former golf clubhouse with a café and new toilets.


Protecting the environment

We understand the need to protect the natural values of the environment in our parks whenever we're building something new. That's why we're making sure these works will have minimal impact on native vegetation at the Olinda Precinct. 


Project timeline

Subject to on-ground and industry conditions, below is the estimated timeline for the delivery of the current phase of the project, which involves upgrading the netball and cricket facilities in the precinct: 

  • Mid 2022: Tender open for construction contract 
  • Spring 2022: Appointment of construction contractor 
  • Late 2022: Works commence 
  • Early 2023: Works complete 

This timeline will be updated as the project progresses.


Project Partner

Sport and Recreation Victoria


Access changes

There are no access changes to the Olinda Precinct. We'll update this page and put up signage at the reserve regarding potential access changes as required. 


Related information



Will the construction of the new netball court and cricket net refurbishment have an impact on the netball, cricket or football competition season in 2022?

We are working closely with Yarra Ranges Council to ensure impacts (if any) to the sporting calendar are kept to a minimum. We will work with Yarra Ranges Council to communicate with local sporting groups about any potential impacts. 

How many cricket nets will be available once construction is complete? 

There will be three or four public practice wickets. 


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