The Gallery Story

The Gallery Olinda


We want our guests to escape, recharge and be inspired by the intimacy and privacy of the best retreat experience we can offer.

This means providing the finest local breakfast produce we can source- we love to supply local, free-range, organic or fair trade goodies where we can.

Our locally-made range of naturally enriched toiletries is designed for pampering and to also be gentle on the planet. No tiny disposable bottles here- we refill our convenient pump packs with wild lavender body wash and salon quality shampoo and conditioner, saving more than two hundred small plastic bottles going to landfill each year!

Our architectural advisor worked with us in transforming what was once an art space into a stylish and warm retreat. When faced with having to cut down an old, majestic beech tree that had grown against one wall, we moved the wall and kept the tree.

The Gallery Olinda The brief was to provide the most comfortable, relaxing, contemporary accommodation in a generous space. You'll love the wine glass chandelier- it's by Dutch designer Eibert Draisma.

Sure, The Gallery looks good...but there are some things you don't see:
  • 100% green power, matched by Snowy Mountains hydro electricity
  • Locally made, double-glazed windows
  • Plantation-grown FSC and recycled structural timber used throughout the rebuild
  • Locally salvaged floorboards and bench tops (the kitchen worktop once grew in a Melbourne garden!)
  • Walls and ceilings are finished with low VOC paints
  • 100% natural wool carpet
  • 100% wool doona
  • Pure cotton linen from Sheridan
  • Low energy lighting
  • Locally designed and built 5 ½ star gas heating
  • Insulated with petrochemical-free, fibre ecobatts made from recycled bottles
Even the doormat is made from a mix of recycled plastic bottles and rubber!


The Gallery History


The Dandenong Ranges have been a retreat for Melburnians since the late 1800s.

Olinda has a long history and is in the centre of the Ranges, a landscape of towering mountain ash forests, lush fern gullies, streams, cool-climate English gardens and picnic spots.

For thousands of years before this, it was the country of the Wurundjeri people, a clan of the nomadic hunters and gatherers who used the Dandenong's as their summer hunting ground. Mount Dandenong was called 'Corrhanwarrabul', meaning a beautiful place- where birds sang, kangaroos grazed and lyrebirds performed.

Before the recent rebuild, The Gallery operated from the late 70's as the Coonara Gallery. Created by then owner, Dale Falkner, it was well known for its exhibitions specialising in artworks on paper, including fine prints. Dale now operates the Falkner Gallery in Castlemaine. Originally, the property was part of a farm and horse stables stood on the site. By the 1970's it had begun its life as an artist's studio and exhibition space.

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View across the Yarra Valley from the Hamer Arboretum, Olinda