This northern suburb is growing fast, offering residents and visitors a range of attractions to discover and explore.
It sits on Mount Ridley, one of the highest points in Melbourne’s north, which means Craigieburn has some spectacular views of the CBD skyline, but that’s not all this surprising suburb has in store.
On your Craigieburn expedition, start the day right at Waterside Cafe. The service is excellent and the breakfast and lunch dishes — eggs florentine or waffles with fruit and Nutella early on, then burgers, salad and pasta later — are just the ticket when teamed with views of Highlands Lake. If it’s later in the day, order up a parcel of whiting fillets, dim sims and chips at Kingswood Drive Fish & Chips and take them to the lake, where you’ll easily find a lovely spot of green lawn to spread out the picnic blanket.
See the work of local artists at the Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery. The name means ‘the ancestor’s pride’ in the Woiwurrung language, and was changed during NAIDOC Week 2014 to celebrate the area’s Indigenous ties. The exhibitions on show here present art, culture and heritage displays that support the City of Hume’s commitment to social justice principles. It’s part of the architecturally designed Hume Global Learning Centre that is also home to the library, a childcare facility and café.
See the work of local artists at the Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery. The name means ‘the ancestor’s pride’ in the Woiwurrung language, and was changed during NAIDOC Week 2014 to celebrate the area’s Indigenous ties.
The brand-new Splash Aqua Park and Leisure Centre (it opened in October 2017) is sure to be a popular spot for both locals and visitors to the suburb. Whether you want to swim laps in the 50-metre pool, take part in a group fitness class or entertain the kids, you can do it all here. There are two waterslides, an aqua play zone and toddler pool to keep youngsters of all sizes busy.
If they want activity that’s a little drier, head to United Cinemas. This modern multiplex screens Hollywood blockbusters, artier offerings and kids’ movies. There’s also in-theatre dining, where you can snack on a cheese plate, pizzas and desserts — and order a wine, beer or cocktail — which is perfect if you’re planning date night. The cinema is part of Craigieburn Central, the area’s large, modern shopping centre. As well as major stores like Coles and Aldi, there is a large number of specialty stores, where you can shop for homewares, fashion and much more. There’s also the 123 Play Centre to keep the littlies entertained, as well as a range of dining options. If you love sweets, drop in to Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, where you can sip on an indulgent hot chocolate or milkshake and tuck into pastries and chocolate fondue.
Located at the Craigieburn Sporting Club, you’ll discover the 18-hole, par-72 Craigieburn Willmot Golf Course, one of the best public courses in Melbourne’s north. For those who need to work on their game before they tee off, practice facilities include a putting green, chipping green and three warm-up nets. When you’re done, drop into the Fairways Bistro for a spot of lunch with views of the greens. Finish off a busy Craigieburn day at Highlands Hotel. This contemporary pub has indoor and outdoor areas, plus a very popular international buffet in the bistro. The light and bright sports bar is a relaxed spot for a drink with mates, and the kids are welcome too, with a play area for them to enjoy while you’re having a game of pool.