It’s a rapidly changing area that was mostly farmland only a couple of decades ago. But Taylors Lakes’ new residents are bringing plenty a visitor can discover.
It gets its name from one of its earliest European settlers, but you can bet William Taylor wouldn’t recognise his old home now. The Scotsman built the Overnewton homestead here in 1849 and the area was called Taylors Creek in his honour, which, in turn, was changed to Taylors Lakes. Thanks to its rail service and proximity to the Melbourne CBD, this suburb has been growing fast since the turn of this century.
Thankfully, there are still many green spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy. Taylors Creek Linear Park runs adjacent to the creek and connects a number of small lakes. Along Taylors Creek Trail, which is shared by cyclists and pedestrians, there are a number of features, from fitness stations utilised by joggers and walkers to playgrounds for children and community artwork. Huge red river gums line part of the path, and the diversity of birdlife on the water is incredible. Head here at day’s end to catch some beautiful sunset views.
Many people assume that Taylors Lakes is called Watergardens, since that’s the name of the railway station that services the area. In fact, the station is named after the huge Watergardens Town Centre. This shopping centre houses a number of major retailers, including Target, Woolworths and Coles, homemaker stores and about 200 smaller retail and specialty stores. Within the centre, there is also a Hoyts Cinema and AMF Bowling. Station Streat is a unique food destination here, with more than 60 outlets open until 10pm. There’s even a pub, called The Sporting Globe, which has sport on the big screens, comfy booths and a family-friendly menu.
Also in Watergardens is DiCaprio Family Restaurant, where the menu features flavours from around the globe. It’s a relaxed space, where you can tuck into pizza, pasta, salads and a range of dishes off the grill. For quick and tasty Vietnamese dishes, including banh mi, vermicelli salads and rice paper rolls, head to Ba’Get.
Outside of Watergardens, Quality Hotel Taylors Lakes boasts JBJ’s Restaurant & Bar with its bistro-style menu featuring pizza, Asian dishes, steaks and salads. It’s a great spot to relax after you’ve spent a few hours at nearby Calder Park Raceway watching the drag racing.