Shopping? Culture? Food? Nunawading is ripe for the picking. Come out east for the best of Suburbia.
Nunawading has had a diverse history. From its early days in the 1870s — where, for the first few decades of its existence, it was known as Tunstall — to the 21st century, it has been the location of vast fruit orchards, an area where bricks and clay were fired, and a quintessential Melbourne suburb. These days, its 11,000-odd residents live alongside TV studios, sporting grounds and a bounty of major retail outlets.
With more than 250 businesses, MegaMile — a 3-kilometre stretch of Whitehorse Road that spans east–west across practically the entire suburb — is recognised as the most impressive home and lifestyle precinct in Melbourne, and one of the largest in Australia. Whether you’re in the market for a new fridge, a new pool or a new pair of sneakers, you’re in luck. 2,500 people work in the precinct, meaning there are plenty of spots to grab a bite to eat as you explore factory outlets and wholesalers in search for a bargain or three.
If your idea of a day (or night) out is to soak up some arts and culture in Melbourne, then the Whitehorse Centre is one of the hottest spots in the eastern suburbs. It’s the City of Whitehorse’s premier arts and cultural centre, and hosts some of the best theatre, music and dance performances from around the country. It’s also a popular venue for many of the City of Whitehorse's performing arts groups. A browse through its What’s On page will show a diverse mix of programming including opera, children’s events, and premieres by emerging writers and performing arts companies. The Whitehorse Centre is also one of the best options in Nunawading for private functions, with a classy event all but guaranteed.
Sunday mornings come alive across Melbourne, when makers and growers from near and far converge on a destination for a few hours of pure communal bliss. Nunawading Craft Market is one such place, and on the fourth Sunday of every month (except December and January) you have the chance to join the locals and the out-of-towners at the Whitehorse Centre. Hours of business are 9am to 2pm, with a special Christmas Twilight Market held on the second Sunday in December (1–5pm). The market’s motto is ‘Make It, Bake It, Grow It’, and a few hours browsing the stalls will have you poring over a diverse range of goods ranging from baby ware, jewellery, clothing, toys, gifts and plants to gourmet foods and fresh produce.
On the second Sunday of each month, the Whitehorse Farmers Market takes place at the same location, from 8am to 1pm. The market provides the community with direct access to fresh farm-origin and organic food products and gives suppliers a local venue for their business. Of course, it’s a family-friendly atmosphere so you can bring the little ones and treat them to something delicious. And no farmers market would be complete without a quality onsite coffee. Everything’s coming up tasty in Nunawading.