Savour a slice of rural life, and a touch of peace and quiet, in the suburbs when you head southeast to Bangholme.
There’s nothing quite like venturing to the country to forget about the bustle of city life. When you can find it just half an hour from the CBD — and minutes from the quiet stretches at Bonbeach and Edithvale — it’s even better. This is a great example of a Melbourne suburb that still feels slightly detached from its neighbours. As a result, there’s a whole lot of fun things to do in Bangholme.
When the weather warms up, grab the kids and your swimmers and make a break for Melbourne Cable Park. No matter your age, everyone will have fun on the huge inflatable waterslides and rafts floating on the manmade lake. There’s also the chance to test your mettle on the cables as a wakeboarder. If you’re a beginner that’s not a problem — a straight course and lessons are available. For those with skills, there are kickers, sliders and obstacles to set a challenge.
One of the most popular spots at Bangholme is The Craft & Co Farm. On the 16-hectare site, you’ll discover vineyards, a cafe, cellar door and, not surprisingly, a farm. There is plenty of space for the kids to run around, and a family-friendly menu to enjoy at breakfast and lunch. Try the regional platter with a selection of local meats, cheeses and pickled vegetables with a glass of chilled Craft & Co riesling. There’s also live music on the weekends.
Another café promoting local produce is White & Yolk, which specialises in poultry and eggs supplied by neighbouring Tamarix Poultry Farm. The all-day menu features eggs done every which way — there’s even the Canadian breakfast with fried eggs, bacon and maple syrup on pancakes — as well as chicken schnitzels and parmigiana. For something a little different there’s also Australian-made Itrio fresh pasta and sauces, plus a little grocery to stock up before you head home.
There is a swag of outdoor action to be had near Bangholme. If you love to swing — with clubs, that is — head to Eastern Sward Golf Club. Over a 5000-metre course, golfers of all abilities can enjoy sculpted bunkers, lakes and manicured fairways. An abundance of birdlife adds to the serenity of the scene.
For those who love horses, Willow Lane Equestrian Centre is a property offering agistment and facilities for ponies and their riders. There is an indoor arena (great for training at night), show jumping course and a range of cross country jumps that are perfect for training. For those who don’t own their own horse, there’s Jolong Park. Beginners and those wanting to improve their skills can take lessons on the stable’s horses. There is also a trail ride that can be taken through the beautiful scenery of the park — if you have time to spare, choose to have lunch at The Craft & Co farm. For kids who can’t get enough, check out the school holiday program that will have them mastering basic horse skills and progressing with their riding.