Discover Moonee Valley

Discover Moonee Valley

Located three kilometres from the city centre, the City of Moonee Valley is well known for its peaceful and picturesque surroundings attracting locals and visitors alike. Boasting over 500 hectares of parks, gardens and open spaces, the municipality has numerous bike and walking paths including those alongside the Maribyrnong River. Moonee Valley hosts a wide variety of dining and cultural experiences, a thriving nightlife and unique shopping strips embracing fresh produce, art and a relaxed atmosphere that visitors and locals indulge in.











Suburbs include:

Aberfeldie Airport West Ascot Vale Avondale Heights Essendon Essendon North Essendon West Essendon Fields Flemington Keilor East Moonee Ponds Niddrie Strathmore Strathmore Heights Travancore

Gary Mehigan

More than just an area renowned for its beautiful parks and gardens, and a rich multicultural history, the City of Moonee Valley a great destination for food, wine and delicious coffee.
Gary Mehigan
Gary Mehigan Celebrity chef

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  • Melbourne’s Best Food Trucks

    6 July and 3 August, 2016

    Some of Melbourne's favourite food trucks will be serving their deliciousness at Essendon Fields from 11am to 2pm.  From shopping (DFO, LaManna) to leisure experiences (scenic flights, Bounce) Essendon Fields has emerged as Victoria’s newest tourism destination.  Come and see it for yourself! There'll be hay bales, barrels (so you can be grass bound and stain-free) and, of course, a meal to suit every taste.

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  • Reframed

    3 June - 24 July, 2016

    Guest curator, Kent Morris has selected artworks that question aspects of the dominant colonial mindset and challenge stereotypes of what defines Aboriginality. By establishing their own cultural agency behind the lens, the artists develop a dialogue that presents alternative perspectives and 'reframes' the lived experiences of Australia's First Peoples.

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  • Soweto Gospel Choir

    Saturday, 6 August 2016

    Soweto Gospel Choir is one of the world’s greatest vocal ensembles. Since its formation in 2002 Soweto Gospel Choir has won 4 Grammys (2 in musical collaboration), an Emmy Award and an Academy Award nomination for its work with Peter Gabriel.  With soaring harmonies and that unique South African sound, witnessing a performance by Soweto Gospel Choir is unforgettable and a truly extraordinarily moving musical experience.

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  • Saturday at the Valley

    Saturday 20 August, 2016

    There’s no better place to enjoy racing than at Melbourne’s most intimate racetrack! Come join us and get up close and personal with the stars and enjoy a great day out. With amazing views across the track, the unique environment at Moonee Valley ensures your race day experience will be one to be remembered. There’s a vast array of food and beverage options and getting to the Valley is easy by car, train or tram.


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  • Essendon Junction Winter Wonderland

    Essendon Junction Winter Wonderland

    Saturday, 27 August 2016, 10am-2pm

    Essendon Junction will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland on the last weekend of winter so rug up and bring the whole family for a perfect winter day out.

    Experience snowfalls, face painting and craft for the kids. Enjoy entertainment and purchase hot beverages and delicious food from local cafes.


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Things to see and do

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  • Mind Alive, Essendon

    Mind Alive, Essendon

    For almost 40 years, the families of Essendon and surrounding suburbs have been drawn to the wonderland that is Mind Alive Toy Store in Leake Street. Traditional toys such as puzzles, arts and crafts, stacking cups and wooden toys line the shelves, waiting for eager children - of all ages - choose them as their new favourite toy. With a focus on quality service, a belief in the products that educate and inspire young minds, and a love of the community, it's truly a paradise for all.

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    Friends Of Ours Cafe, Essendon

    Whether you're passing through Essendon or looking for a new local hangout, Jakki and the team at Friends Of Ours would love to meet you and show you why they've become one of the most popular destinations for friends and families looking to catch up. A casual, funky vibe resonates throughout the cafe's interior, and footpath seating options mean you're never far from the hustle and bustle of Mount Alexander Road.

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  • Philhellene

    Philhellene, Moonee Ponds

    Aiming to provide a rich experience around Greek food, culture, music and history, Philhellene is the closest you will come in Melbourne to eating in a traditional Greek home. The cuisine is provincial Greek with a strong Cretan influence. At Philhellene they present an authentic style of food and drink using high-quality produce and applying traditional methods derived from their own mothers’ cooking. This makes for a memorable and even emotional occasion! 

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  • Chilli Clothing, Essendon

    Chilli Clothing, Essendon

    Chilli Clothing is a women's fashion boutique dedicated to bringing our customers the best of Australian and international labels. They stock Manning Cartell, J Brand, Paige Denim, Viktoria and Woods, Senso Shoes, White Suede, Ginger & Smart, Hudson, Equipment, Citizens of Humanity, Joes, Living Doll, Von Treskow,  American Vintage, Hunkydory, T-Lux, Staple the Label, Hunt No More, Very Very, Liam and many more great Australian and international labels.

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  • Brother Hen, Moonee Ponds

    Brother Hen, Moonee Ponds

    Brother Hen's Mediterranean menu, child-friendly courtyard and many special touches have quickly made this café a favourite amongst the locals.

    The owners are passionate about organic, sustainable produce and even have their own veggie patch out the back. Homegrown tomatoes, herbs and greens are sure to make their way from the garden to your plate. Open from 7am to 3pm, drop in for a coffee, breakfast or lunch.

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  • Willow & Co Floristry, Niddrie

    Willow & Co Floristry, Niddrie

    There are many reasons to shop at this local treasure. The Bloom Bar offers an exciting array of flowers for any occasion and adds to the fun, bright atmosphere in the store, and there are also gifts on offer such as picture frames, terrariums and candles.

    Don't miss Willow & Co's weekly market fresh bunches – a beautiful bunch of the freshest flowers to treat yourself or a special someone.  

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  • Queen Baker

    Queen Baker, Essendon

    Queen Baker was established in 2009 and owned and operated by the Micallef Family. We specialise in Cakes and Desserts  Catering. Our shop front is a dine-in Coffee and Cake Shop offering a beautiful selection of Cakes and an All Day Breakfast Menu...

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  • Darling Street Espresso

    Darling Street Espresso, Moonee Ponds

    Spoil the kids - and yourself - at Darling Street Espresso. Hidden away in an old milk bar on a residential Moonee Ponds street, it's the perfect place for an after-school or holiday treat. Try one of their famous cake pops for that afternoon sugar rush, or enjoy some downtime with friends, good coffee and great food.

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  • Pirate Ship Playground, Aberfeldie

    Pirate Ship Playground, Aberfeldie

    Ahoy me mateys! Get yaaaaar kids together and walk the plank off one of the most unique playgrounds in all of western Melbourne. The Pirate Ship Playground in Riverside Park, Aberfeldie was opened in 2014 as part of a major redevelopment of the entire park. The attention to detail on "The Black Sapphire" is mighty impressive, with crow's nest, treasure map, captain's quarters, bells, telescopes, sunken treasure and even a classic wooden ship's wheel.

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  • Beauty on Rose

    Beauty on Rose, Essendon

    Located on Rose Street in the heart of Essendon, Beauty on Rose is a contemporary oasis offering a variety of inspiring treatment rooms designed to allow guests the luxury of privacy and space. Enjoy a casual and upbeat ambiance in the boudoir-inspired pedicure lounge, the perfect escape for personal timeout or to enjoy with friends. Beauty on Rose boasts a beautiful retail boutique that offers an extensive range of best in class skin care brands, unique gift ideas and divine aromatic candles. 

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  • St Rose Café

    St Rose Café, Essendon

    St Rose Cafe was founded in 2013 by husband and wife duo Domenic and Diana Caruso. The pair dreamt of bringing the cafe experience of the inner city to the suburbs, a little closer to home. A passion for good coffee and simple food, done extremely well were the antecedence to St Rose's humble beginnings.  The café is a cool, casual and organic new it- spot right in the heart of Moonee Valley.  

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  • Riverside Golf and Tennis Centre

    Offering a range of facilities including a nine hole golf course, a 44 bay driving range, 12 tennis courts including one rebound ace court, mini golf, pro shop and the Riverside Restaurant bar and function centre. Situated in natural picturesque surroundings and nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Riverside Golf and Tennis Centre is a relaxed atmosphere that has something for both beginners and the professional sporting types.

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  • Farmers Markets

    Join the fresh food revolution and come to Moonee Valley for fresh Victorian produce on offer every weekend! With two great locations, you really can't look past the North Essendon and Mt Alexander Road College markets.

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  • History

    The Moonee Ponds Heritage Trail starts at the Court House Museum on Mt Alexander Road and takes in many sites of historical interest in the Moonee Ponds area. Don't miss your chance to explore the Court House Museum classified by the National Trust in 1975, St Thomas’ Anglican Church and Puckle Street which has been the commercial centre of Moonee Ponds since 1882. Or take a drive to the Airways Museum at Essendon Airport, housing a collection that traces the development of Australia’s civil aviation from its beginnings in the 1920’s to today.

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  • Walking and Cycling

    Walk along this pleasant 3.5 kilometre trail with Boeing Reserve as its base to the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail - a nature lover’s delight. Home to a variety of bird life, it also has an interesting pioneering history, providing settlers with a ready water supply. Afton Street Reserve and Conservation Wetland houses a protected natural environment for native plants and animals in stunning surroundings. Take a stroll down Maribyrnong River Trail which begins at Thompson Street Reserve and ends at the historic Riverview Tea Gardens, incorporating many sights of interest along this magnificent waterway. A steep climb to the scenic lookout at Lily Street will reward walkers rewarded with magnificent views along the river and the city skyline.

  • Moonee Valley Racing Club

    Moonee Valley Racing Club

    Moonee Valley Racing Club is considered to be Melbourne’s most appealing spectator racecourse, established in 1883, the course offers an exciting, up-close and personal experience for race goers. The first Cox Plate was run here in 1922 for a purse of 1000 pounds and has become a prestigious race leading up to the Melbourne Cup. Racegoers can also experience the thrill of night racing under lights throughout the spring and summer months.

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  • Incinerator Gallery

    Built in 1929, the Incinerator Gallery is a piece of art in itself, with its blend of architectural influences ranging from the charming Arts and Crafts movement to the dynamic modernism of Art Deco. It is listed with The National trust of Australia, Australian Heritage Commission and Heritage Victoria. The gallery houses the collection in two main gallery spaces and offers a year round exhibition program with free entry.

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  • Clock Tower Centre

    The Clocktower Centre is the cornerstone of the Moonee Valley's cultural life, and comprises state-of-the-art facility for the performing arts community. The theatre showcases performances, functions and events from professional touring companies for all ages. The Clock Tower also presents its own vibrant and exciting annual program of theatre and performing arts, and features a children and family program guaranteed to entertain the little ones.

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  • Queens Park, Moonee Ponds

    A popular park with a rose and sunken garden beside a stunning lake that is a picturesque oasis with an abundance of natural wildlife and beautiful fauna and flora. Also known for its historic features including being the first camping ground for many on their way to the gold diggings. Burke and Wills also camped near here on the first night of their journey. Oliver's Garden cafe sits next to the lake within the beautiful surrounds of Queens Park; it is open every day and serves breakfast, lunch and light snacks. Situated next to the playground, it is the perfect place to sit back and have a coffee whilst enjoying the natural world class surroundings.

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  • Shopping & Dining

    Experience Moonee Valley’s diverse range of boutique retail precents, shopping centres and eclectic mix of multicultural restaurants, artisan style cafes and boutique bars on offer. Treat your taste buds to an array of impressive dining options waiting for you with an experience for everyone. Make a day of it and have a total shopping experience whilst discovering the hidden secrets of Moonee Valley’s shopping precincts. Shopping precincts include: Union Road - Ascot Vale, Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent - Flemington, Napier Street - Strathmore, Puckle Street and Mt Alexander Road - Moonee Ponds, Rose Street - Essendon, Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) and Homemaker Hub - Essendon Fields, North Essendon Village and Keilor Road - Niddrie.