It’s changing almost before your eyes. With easy access to EastLink, the suburbs in Maroondah are developing quickly.
You’ll notice new businesses popping up wherever you visit in Maroondah. It’s nowhere more recognisable than in Ringwood, where the shopping centre, town centre and train station have all had multimillion dollar upgrades. Now, you can find anything you might once have travelled into the city to find — hip eateries, great retail and even co-working spaces — right there in the suburbs.
Throughout Maroondah, which lies to the east of the CBD, there are large pockets of bushland and numerous parks. With them come 13 recreational and heritage walking trails (all outlined in a brochure available on the council website). There’s the Heathmont Historic Walk that starts at the old railway station, and travels past the FJC Rogers Reserve named after a local author, and the old Methodist Church. To step out further, get on the 5.8km Mullum Mullum Creek Trail though bushland, past remnant orchards and along the waterway.
Check out the Moorandah Federation Estate, on the site of the old Ringwood Primary School, to explore landscaped gardens, tree sculptures, a Footsteps of Federation courtyard and the Maroondah Art Gallery, which hosts a diverse range of local, national and international touring shows.
At the Wyreena Community Arts Centre, there’s a gallery exhibiting the work of local artists, a huge garden and conservatory cafe overlooking the playground.