Get in touch with art history and future winners in the suburbs of Glen Eira.
The land on which these south eastern suburbs — Bentleigh, Caulfield, Carnegie and Elsternwick — stands is the traditional home of the Boonerwrung people of the Kulin Nation. European settlement began in about the 1840s, when some of the region was farmed and used for market gardening.
The area also has a long history of association with the arts. Murrumbeena was the home to the Boyd family, including father Merric and his children Arthur, David and Guy. There are still a number of important sites in the area and the council has a walking tour for download on its website.
The arts today are best represented by MUMA, Monash University’s Museum of Art, which shows important commissions and touring exhibitions. On a sunny day, explore the Ian Potter Sculpture Garden.
One of the major landmarks here, of course, is the Caulfield Racecourse. It hosts a number of important race days throughout the year, though none so closely watched as the Caulfield Cup, a group one handicap race that acts as an important precursor to the Melbourne Cup.
On a day out here, stroll the main shopping precincts and eat at some of the new cafes, like The District Brewer and Little Tommy Tucker, dotted throughout the suburbs. Centre Road in Bentleigh is home to a huge range of grocers and supermarkets stocking the delicacies of nations as diverse as Russia and India.