Kalorama 3766Kalorama, a residential area in the Mt. Dandenong Ranges, is 36 km. east of Melbourne. Situated on the Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, it is immediately north of the Olinda State Forest.
The name, given in about 1932, is derived from the Greek work Kalos, denoting beautiful panoramic views. There is a viewing position near the Five Ways Corner, a general store and tea rooms.
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. Several resort and guest-house places continue to offer accommodation to visitors in the area. Kalorama has two churches and a public hall. The nearest school is at Mt. Dandenong.
Along the Mt. Dandenong Road there are Kalorama Park, Kalorama Memorial reserve with sports facilities and an Australian plant 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.
The estimated population of Kalorama in 1994 was 1,300 persons. Its census populations were 164 (1933), 307 (1947) and 1,519 (1981).
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