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Olinda is a town in the Victorian Dandenongs, with a population of 1,738 as of the 2016 census. Located 36 km east of Melbourne and within the local government area of the Shire of Yarra Ranges. It is a popular weekend destination for tourists, with a variety of restaurants and cafes. The town is home to the National Rhododendron Garden and R.J. Hamer Arboretum. 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 the land was made available for horticulture in the early 1900s, the town began to grow substantially. The Post Office opened on 21 August 1901.[3] Berry farming, dairying, and flower growing became prosperous industries, and tourism soon flourished as the principal industry of Olinda.

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