If you want to immerse yourself in wild bushlands and snack on highway foodie fare along the way, set your GPS to Ferntree Gully.
For those who enjoy nature, there’s an abundance of lush eucalypts and wattle trees to be found in Ferntree Gully, and while highways bend and curve through its centre, there’s plenty to see along the way.
Looking to grab a meal for the road? Check out On It Burgers, dishing up homemade onion rings, chilli cheese fries and thick shakes, alongside a good range of burgers filled with prime beef, short rib, crusty chicken and cheese-stuffed portobello mushrooms. Better yet, take a seat and enjoy the American diner-style atmosphere.
If you’re craving prawn dumplings, Szechuan chicken, sweet and sour pork, or a full Chinese banquet, order it all at Jade Pavilion.
Weekend activities with the kids can be easily fulfilled at Tim Neville Arboretum, a lovely park with lots of open grassy spaces, shaded picnic areas, barbecue facilities and an excellent playground filled with slides, swings and obstacles to climb. There’s also a serene lake surrounded by eucalypts and willow trees where you’ll see ducks swimming and a bubbling water display.
Before you head off home, make sure you leave some time to go shopping. Weave through more than 150 stalls at the Market Fair (open daily), where you’ll find a variety of vintage and collectors’ items, fashion by local designers and handcrafted pieces by talented artists.