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From child’s play to adult’s eating and drinking, it doesn’t take much to scratch beneath the surface in Dandenong South and discover a bounty of activity for all to enjoy.

On first glance, the factories that make up much of Dandenong South don’t look like they would be the guardians of some of the best fun this side of the city. Let’s face it, it’s not a suburb that you’d go driving through to marvel at the architecture or landscaping. Dandenong South is about function over form. But look again, as between (and sometimes inside) the big buildings are gems worth searching for.

Brick Lane Brewing is more than your run-of-the-mill suburban brewery. Financially backed by some serious star power including celebrity chef, Shane Delia and Melbourne Storm co-owner, Bart Campbell, there’s more than enough flavour to match the hype. Friday afternoons are the perfect time to sample a crisp brew, with the venue opening their beer garden from 2pm to 6pm. Sip a Red Hoppy Ale as you watch the sun set over the Dandenong South farmland.

A favourite with locals and visitors alike is Le Mans Go Karts. Strap in and cut a few laps in one of their state-of-the-art go karts; the perfect activity to enjoy with friends and family. They have karts for anyone aged 3+, so even the youngest of thrill-seekers can get their fill during a day out in Dandenong South. In the same complex you’ll find LaserZone, which draws visitors from as far as East Gippsland and Phillip Island to strap a vest on, power up and battle it out over the double storey arena.

If you’re looking for something a little less high-octane, get in touch with Ripple Massage, who are based in Dandenong South. They’ll come to you for an in-house massage or beauty treatment, meaning you can enjoy the benefits of up to four hours of day spa bliss in the comfort of your own home.

For the kids, Chipmunks Playland and Café has to be in the conversation when it comes to the best things to do in Dandenong South. Catering for children aged 0 to 11 years, this indoor play centre is perfect year-round when it comes to family fun. The on-site cafe serves up high-quality food and coffee, and with more than 20 locations around Australia, Chipmunks has been offering fun for kids and their families for two decades.

One of the most surprising hidden gems in Dandenong South is also its tastiest, Arco. While it specialises as a venue for weddings and functions, as well as in corporate catering, the menu is diverse and legitimately delicious. Open for breakfast from 7am and with a bounty of fresh, healthy menu items to choose from (and a few guilty pleasures as well), it’s the best lunch spot in town as well.

For something a little exotic, it’s hard to beat local favourite Jing Jing. Open seven days for traditional Thai breakfast, lunch and dinner, they specialise in southern Thai food and, after reading through the comprehensive and mouth-wateringly descriptive menu, your tastebuds will be all-but tantalised. 

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