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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hamer Arboretum at Olinda in mid-winter

Warramate Hills

Nib Nab Nob Lookout

Arboretum from Woolrich Lookout

SIlvan Rd in the gloom!
One of my favourite places is the R.J. Hamer Arboretum, Olinda, about 30 km east of the Melbourne CBD.

It is surrounded by the Dandenong Ranges National Park, with plantations dating back to the 1975.

Many walking tracks pass through the Arboretum, some of them named after the plantation species.

I visited the Arboretum on Wednesday afernoon July 13 2011, 2010.

My excursion included the Woolrich Lookout (with amazing views towards the Victorian Alps and Yarra Ranges), quaintly named Nib Nab Nob Lookout, following the unsealed Silvan Rd through the Arboretum and the Yarra Ranges National Park.

Sadly, the weather was bad, overcast, gloomy, and raining, and some of the photos reflect these dismal conditions.

Most of the non-native trees were sleeping, and will awaken in august, generating a mass of color across the Arboretum.

See all of the Photos of my visit.


  1. I was there two years ago and i was impressed. Unfortunately i had no time to visit it very well because i was there for only two days, but i hope to visit it again very soon. I recommend this place, it is very nice.

  2. Visiting this area in Autumn is spectacular. The colours of the trees are so beautiful!