African and Asian communities come together in this vibrant neighbourhood.

There’s a whole lot of history to Noble Park. For a start, it was named after the Swedish inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel (he of the famous prize), in 1909, when a local businessman used land around the subdivision to test explosives. It was also where John Farnham worked as an apprentice plumber before he became The Voice. These days, much like many of the surrounding suburbs, it’s an area that is culturally diverse, with migrant populations from across Asia, Europe and Africa calling Noble Park home.

Douglas Street is the main shopping area, with a village atmosphere and plenty of family-owned businesses. Take a walk to Ian Street, where you’ll discover a microcosm of Melbourne’s African community. There’s a number of shops along here, including Surur African Variety Shop and Nano Jamz African Movies and Music, as well as cafes serving foods from countries like Ethiopia and Sudan.

If you’re looking for great cafes in Noble Park, you won’t be disappointed. Peddler Tuckshop serves up variations on banh mi — choose from crackling pork belly, teriyaki chicken, tofu and more — as well as rice paper rolls, vermicelli salad, fresh juices and coffee. If you’re after a more extensive selection of Vietnamese dishes, including stir-fried noodles, warming pho and seafood dishes to share, head to Street Pho. Then there’s the casual but cool Turkish eatery, Little Bad Wolf, where kebabs make up the menu and its version of the HSP is very popular. For traditional Italian fare in casual surroundings, try Noble Calzones. Whether you’re craving traditional or gourmet pizzas, pasta or a burger, you can order it here. Leave room for the decadent dessert calzones, filled with ingredients like chocolate and honeycomb or baked apple and biscuit crumbs.

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After a traditional pub meal? The bistro at Sandown Park Hotel has an extensive menu, with favourites like steaks, burgers, beer-battered barramundi and salt and pepper calamari, as well as kids’ meals. Afterwards, make your way to Spark Bar, within the pub, where you can play poker, watch the footy, enjoy some entertainment or simply relax with friends. Another friendly family option is Club Noble, the home of the Noble Park Football Social Club. Generous, well-priced meals are a specialty, and you won’t want to miss Friday night and its Mega Meat Raffle.

If you’re looking for school holiday or weekend activities for the kids, take them to the Noble Park Aquatic Centre. There are indoor and outdoor pools, Melbourne’s largest waterslide and a fun splashing area, with buckets and fountains.

Find out about diversity in community and explore the places of worship for different faiths and religions on an Interfaith Tour of Noble Park and surrounding suburbs. You’ll visit mosques, Hindu and Buddhist temples and Christian churches on this fascinating outing.

The award-winning Noble Park Civic Space offers free Wi-Fi, a shaded place to sit and a community stage on Douglas Street, just a five-minute walk from the train station. There’s also a public art project called …a place for gathering, a neon creation accompanied by an integrated sound component from visual artists Fiona Hillary and Sarah Haq and musician Hugo Cran.

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