Immerse yourself in the colour of one of Melbourne’s most vibrant and captivating regions. Greater Dandenong has it all, from bustling markets to food from around the world.
You might almost think you’ve stepped into another country. Foster Street and its surrounds in Dandenong are home to Little India and here you’ll discover the colours, flavours and aromas of this exciting culture. Snack on burfi at Bikaner Sweets & Curry Cafe, shop for authentic spices at MKS Spices’n Things, or gaze at beautifully embroidered saris at Roshan’s Fashions. As an introduction to the City of Greater Dandenong, it can’t be beaten.
Greater Dandenong is in Melbourne’s south west, about 30km from the CBD. Not only is it serviced by excellent public transport options, but more than a quarter of the land on which it sits (totalling 130 square km) is set aside as part of the South East Green Wedge, an area of farming and low-density development. This is most evident in suburbs like Bangholme, which is both close to the bay beaches of Bonbeach and Edithvale and has the atmosphere of a rural village. Here, you can visit places like Craft & Co Farm, with its vineyard, gardens growing all sorts of produce and cellar door. There’s a cafe too, with live music on the weekends. Not far from here, cafe White & Yolk showcases the eggs and poultry supplied by a neighbouring farm.
Not surprisingly, the outdoor life is celebrated in Greater Dandenong. Race meetings at Sandown Racecourse always attract a big crowd. If you’d rather jump on a pony yourself, head for Jolong Park, where riders of any ability can take a trail ride. There’s also the chance to try your water-skiing skills at Bangholme’s Melbourne Cable Park. The kids will love it here, too, since there are huge inflatable waterslides and bouncing pontoons on the manmade lake.