The land that makes up the modern-day suburb of Wyndham Vale has been not only part of Melbourne’s history in the time of European settlement, but also for tens of thousands of years beforehand. Its location, positioned on Lollypop Creek and bordered by the Werribee River on its north and east, was Marpeang bulluk land, one of 25 Wartha warrung clans that lived between the Werribee River and Skipton in western Victoria.
While evidence of this community might be scant in the 21st century, more recent history is clearly presidents park
visible in the ruins of Cobbledick House. The history of the house – and its namesake, Samuel Cobbledick – stretches back to 1868, when it was built on what became a 1000-acre farm. These days, the remnants of the bluestone house and nearby well give a glimpse into life some 150 years ago.
With the area of Wyndham Vale – like all suburbs in the western suburbs – seeing massive population growth over the past 20 years, it’s unsurprising that the suburb features a couple of great parks to stretch your legs at. One of the best playgrounds this side of the city is Presidents Park, with enough adventure equipment to keep even the most hyperactive children busy for hours on end. They’ll climb, slide, swing, jump and fly (well, hopefully not fly) their way around the park while you relax, soaking up the weather and meeting another local or two.
As well as also being home to the Werribee Giants Baseball Club (there are eight baseball or softball diamonds if you’re so inclined, and a number of teams if you’re in town on match day), Presidents Park also features BBQs and picnic areas, a skate park and loads of green space to kick a footy or throw a frisbee. There’s also a great off-leash dog park along the bank of the Werribee River for your fur ball to a) go absolutely ballistic, or b) learn a thing or two at puppy school.
If you’ve always wanted to learn something new, meet new people or contribute to the community, Iramoo Community Centre is central to Wyndham Vale and the perfect place to do just that. Learn anything from Middle Eastern cooking to barista coffee making, yarn bombing to karate, and their children’s holiday activity program is sure to keep little ones entertained – especially on wet days.
And to satisfy the tastebuds, drop in for a meal where the locals go; Fresh Chilli Thai Restaurant (a second restaurant is also located in Laverton). Open from 5pm, seven days, a meal there will always be enjoyed at your own pace. Whether you want something quick and easy, or long and luxurious, you’ll enjoy fan favourite Tom Yum Soup, flavourful red duck curry and the minced chicken salad. It’s popular with residents and visitors, so if you’re thinking you’ll end your day in the west somewhere around Wyndham Vale, it might be worthwhile making a booking.