Brimbank is one of the oldest inhabited areas in Australia, it has a very rich cultural history and its beauty is astounding.
Brimbank is one of the oldest inhabited areas in Australia, it has a very rich cultural history and its beauty is astounding. We have created a dynamic itinerary for you and your family or friends. It’s a flexible journey plan, so you can feel free to switch anything around and spend as long as you like at each spot!
Before heading out for a morning in the great outdoors, stop by one of the many great cafes dotted around the Brimbank region. We suggest checking out Sweet Lulu’s [676 Old Calder Highway, Keilor] for a smashing smashed avocado and an amazing coffee. Fill up at your first pit stop because this will be a big morning!
Head just around the corner and you will find Brimbank Park [Keilor Park Drive, Keilor East], our first official stop. Part of the Maribyrnong Valley Parklands, Brimbank Park is a natural beauty, it offers several walking and riding trails and many great spots for picnics. The Maribyrnong River runs along the outer of the park and there are some picture-perfect places to sit and relax in a truly tranquil space. Watch out though, as the area is known for its wildlife. You will often see wallabies jumping in the distance, or some native birds flying overhead. Take a closer look and you might even see a Blue Tongued Lizard baking in the sun!
We definitely recommend taking a long stroll around the park to take in its enormity and the incredibleviews. Those looking for a long walk and a bit of a challenge will find the Maribyrnong River Recreational Trail running through the park. This trail is truly breathtaking. The tree lined river path meanders along the Maribyrnong River all the way to Footscray (25km away)… don’t go too far though, we need you back for the next stop!
Tip: Stop off at the Visitor Information Centre, have a wander around to check out the Aboriginal cultural displays and pick up a map that will outline some of the highlights of Brimbank Park.
Hero image source: Moonee Valley City Council
Image source: Moonee Valley City Council
Stop 2 actually begins at Stop 1, Brimbank Park. You have seen the natural beauty of this area, now it’s time to learn about its rich cultural history. Brimbank Park transcends time with archaeological surveys in Keilor finding that Aboriginal occupation extends back 40’000 years, making it among the oldest known human inhabited sites in Australia. The area was home to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. A small number of their traditional tools have been found in the area, including blades and scraper.
Head out of Brimbank Park and down the road to the truly stunning Overnewton Castle [51 Overnewton Road, Keilor]. Take a step onto the lawn in front of Overnewton, and back through 180 years in history. This historic castle was built 1849 by Scotsman William Taylor. At the time of its build, it started life as just a small six bedroom home. It wasn’t until William Taylor returned from a trip to Scotland in 1859 that he decided to extend the home into a Scottish Baronial Castle. Take the time to stroll around the castle and its gardens, but watch out for any weddings as it’s a popular marital venue. There is also a magnificent high-tea held in the castle, however, don’t spend all afternoon here because you still need to check out the exciting St Albans Community Centre.
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In March 2017 Brimbank unveiled their new $8.9 million community centre and performing arts space, the St Albans Community Centre (STACC) [Princess Street, St Albans]. The space includes the Bowery Theatre, a much needed addition to the ever expanding cultural scene in Brimbank. The theatre in the STACC is named after the late, eccentric Leigh Bowery.
Bowery was born and raised in the local suburb of Sunshine. His outlandish character and love for fashion drove him to move to London as a young man. From there he made a name for himself through his sometimes obscure clothing and forthright attitude. He was a great influence on many famous names including Boy George and Lady Gaga. The theatre and the STACC as a whole is about diversity and bringing people together, about a bold attitude and jumping into the unknown, all of which are attributes that Leigh Bowery was famous for.
The STACC is a place where locals can come together and share arts, culture, bold ideas and not be afraid of judgement. It is a place for creation and freedom. The Bowery theatre holds 200 seats and already it is starting to pull some amazing acts. Check out who is playing here.
If you’re looking for ways to impress your friends and relatives when they visit, why not showcase this state of the art, bold thinking cultural space.
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