Just a short drive from the CBD, Cranbourne offers a slice of skater heaven and some excellent dumplings.

Fancy practising your olly flip? The Shed Skatepark in Cranbourne is Australia’s biggest indoor skate facility, with a ramp, street course and more. Catering for all levels of skater, the venue holds workshops, lessons and skating and BMX sessions every day of the week.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Cranbourne is a beautiful spot to view rare and protected Australian flora and fauna. When planning your visit, check the website for tours and special events, and be sure to pack a picnic — barbecue facilities provided.

Want to know a secret? You’ll find some of the best Chinese dumplings in the City of Casey at Dumpling de Chef. Cheap, cheerful and always busy, this is the place for yum cha favourites and big serves of pan-fried dumplings.

A living relic of an era past, Kelly’s Motor Club Hotel has been serving locals for a hundred years, and the current publicans are descendants of the original owners. The name comes from the old rule that decreed you had to travel a certain distance to get a beer on Sunday. Thankfully you don’t have to prove you’ve driven from afar to have a drink there now, because a pot of pale ale in the sunny beer garden is a lovely way to pass some time.

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