Box Hill is a cultural hub south of the city, with great food and community spaces, it makes for a great spot to visit with family and friends.
From food (glorious food) to arts, history and leisure pursuits, Box Hill is a gem of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Whether you’re looking for a family day out or a fun night out with friends, if you need any more convincing, simply read on for our top tips.
Most likely, when you hear the words ‘Box Hill’, your thoughts turn to the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s suburban Chinatown, and there is a reason why. Box Hill is the Asian food capital of Melbourne’s East, specialising in traditional and modern Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Korean and Japanese cuisines. There is a wide variety of local restaurants, cafés, fresh food and specialty stores and a short walk along Carrington Road and Station Street will excite your senses and leave you with endless options to choose from.
Box Hill Gardens [Irving Avenue, Box Hill] feature two playgrounds, park tables and barbecues. Courts for netball, basketball, tennis, volleyball and spaces for activities such as tai chi, table tennis, skateboarding and handball are all available for use. It’s the perfect space to spend an afternoon with friends and family.
The Box Hill Community Arts Centre [470 Whitehorse road, Box hill], just a short walk from Box Hill Train Station, is a hive of cultural activity all year round, with events, classes and workshops for all ages. You can sign up for anything from cooking classes and ceramics to performing arts and jewelry making. For those who don’t have the creative touch or who are just looking for a unique gift you can pop in and have a look at the wonderful array of artwork on display at the Alcove Shop. You’ll see promoted artists and have the chance to get up close with their unique handcrafted work – all of which is available for purchase.
Box Hill Town Hall itself is pretty impressive sight, well worth a visit to enjoy the architecture of this historic landmark (it was built in 1935). Venture inside and explore The Whitehorse City Artspace [1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill], which has range of exhibitions showcasing the City of Whitehorse Art Collections. These collections comprise of works by significant artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in addition to work by local and emerging artists.
Nestled in the beautiful surrounds of Surrey Park, Aqualink [Surrey Drive, Box Hill] has set a new standard for aquatic and leisure facilities in Australia. It boasts an extensive range of aquatic facilities including 25 meter indoor and outdoor heated pools, an indoor diving pool, heated toddlers' pools, sauna and spa. Whether you’re a serious competitor, recreational swimmer or just looking for a place to take the kids for some family fun, it’s hard to miss at any time of year.