Perfect for a day trip, Berwick brings history and a touch of Dutch to the suburbs.

For casual dining and a cheerful menu — think burgers, salads, pizzas and eggs any way — Nomadic is a great bet. It’s fully licensed and offers a great kids menu, too. If you feel like something sweet, tuck into one of the home-made cookie sandwiches.

Joppie fries, served with curry mayonnaise and onion, and bitterballen (bite-sized beef croquettes) are just a couple of the dishes on the menu at A Touch of Dutch. This cafe and store sells a huge variety of snacks, gifts and cooking needs all the way from Holland. Stock up on gingerbread slabs while you’re here.

Locals head to the friendly Berwick Inn for a few pints and a spot of live music every Friday. This pub has been part of the local landscape for more than 150 years and caters for everyone, with members’ specials, trivia nights on Tuesday, seniors’ discounts and good old-fashioned pub grub. 

Picturesque gardens in a tranquil setting at the foot of the Dandenongs can be found at Wilson Botanic Park. Pack a picnic and spread out your blanket, or meander to Basalt Lake watching for native birds and animals on the way.

Preserved as it was built in the 1860s, the Old Cheese Factory is a step back in time. Book in for a cheese-making workshop, visit the monthly farmers market (held on the second Saturday of each month) or picnic in the surrounding estate. 

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