Love a lazy Sunday, or are you the type who likes to get out and about? Whichever way, we have you covered!
Depending on the time of month, we have three options to begin your day, either head to the Farmers Market, the Nunawading Craft Market or take it easy in bed (gladly!). After your market fix we take you to the amazing Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, then out to lunch in the Asian culinary capital of Melbourne, Box Hill.
Depending on your sleeping patterns this could be a sleep in or an early rise, though we know that if those kids are up on a Sunday morning… so are you. So drop that newspaper and hop out of bed because there is much to see and do in your local region that you may be missing. After brekkie pack your bags and head to the Nunawading Farmers Market [379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading], here you will find delicious fresh farm-origin produce that has come directly from the source. Shopping this way not only benefits you and your family - as you’re getting the best and freshest produce available - but it also cuts out the middle man who often receive a hefty cut of your money, leaving the farmer with a better proportion of the profits. Take a walk around and enjoy the amazing aromas, test some of the produce and pick up some bargains. The market vendors vary significantly, from butchers to nut sellers, there is something for everyone at this amazing little community market!
The motto of the Nunawading Craft and Produce Market [379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading] is ‘Make it. Bake it. Grow it.’, expect to see many wild and wonderful things here as you walk around the many stalls. It’s the perfect way to start your Sunday morning, bring along the kids and treat them to something specially handmade. This market has everything from fresh produce to original arts and crafts, garden products, baby wear and jewellery. The market is run by Arts Nunawading Inc. which originated in the area in 1964, since then it has been doing a great deal for the community, and began running this market to add some more culture to the area. All proceeds from the craft and produce market goes to supporting cultural, performing and visual arts throughout the city of Whitehorse.
The City of Whitehorse has many hidden and beautiful walking trails and parks. After you have enjoyed the comfort of your bed or visited one of the great markets Whitehorse has to offer, put on those walking shoes and get ready to enjoy some of the great outdoors! Blackburn Lake Sanctuary [Central Rd, Blackburn] is one of the largest bushland sites in the City of Whitehorse. It offers a protective habitat for all native animals and indigenous plants within its 26 hectares. The sanctuary has wetlands, a visitors hub (open Sunday 2pm to 4pm), two playgrounds, extensive walking trails and facilities such as picnic tables. Have a walk around the bushland and enjoy the magnificent scenery; if your walk takes a while be sure to visit the visitor’s hub where the friendly staff will be able to tell you all about the region, and maybe show you some of the native wildlife!
After checking out the markets and a long walk out and about, you and the family are sure to be starved. Luckily for you Box Hill is just around the corner. Known as the Asian Food Capital of Melbourne’s East, Box Hill is packed with restaurants specializing in traditional and modern Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Korean and Japanese cuisine. That might be a little too much choice for a hungry family, so we have chosen two great restaurants for you to try.
Although there are now many Vietnamese restaurants throughout Box Hill, Tien Dat [3 Carrington Road, Box Hill] was the original and still the best. This great restaurant serves many traditional dishes and will transfer your taste buds to the streets of Hanoi, as it is heavily influenced by Northern Vietnamese cooking styles. Their popular dishes include traditional Pho, tender Spicy Salted Peppered Squid and even has great dishes for the kids, like tasty spring rolls. Tien Dat is open lunch and dinner and is BYO (wine only).
For a more relaxed vibe, head into David and Camy Dumpling Restaurant [605 Station St, Box Hill], with some of the best dumplings in Melbourne at great prices, what is there not to love? Some people draw a correlation between food and price… and while this may be true for some places this definitely isn’t when it comes to David and Camy. Get their special Fried Peking Duck Dumplings for only $10 for 15 pieces! Chow down until you can’t move, you have definitely deserved it after a big day.