It extends from the Dandenong Hills to the water of Western Port, and is an area of huge diversity, from farming land to pretty, village-like suburbs.
It’s one of Melbourne’s biggest areas, both in geographic size and population, and it would take a good many weeks to explore it all. Casey lies to the south west of Melbourne’s CBD and stretches from farming land in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, where you’ll find some small vineyards like D’Angelo Estate, through a green belt near Cranbourne and Clyde, to small fishing villages like Tooradin and Warneet.
If you’ve got the kids on a day out, head towards Myuna Farm, a block of land that was set aside to support a developing local community in the 1950s. It’s now a community farm, with sustainability workshops, gardens and a display centre where kids can pat farm and native animals.
More animals can be seen at Wilson Botanic Garden in Berwick. Sit in the bird hide to get a good view of the local inhabitants, walk to the Basalt Lake or send the kids to the playground while you take a relaxing stroll along one of the many trails.
The City of Casey also plays host to four gallery spaces, the largest of which, the Civic Centre Art Space in Narre Warren, presents innovative artworks — paintings, ceramics, photography and beyond — throughout the year.