This area is changing rapidly, as is Melton, the central hub for everyone who lives and visits here.
For many years, Melton lacked large green spaces, and so the council and group of volunteers established Melton Botanic Garden. Go for a walk along Ryans Creek, bring a picnic and use the barbecue facilities, and explore the species in the dryland eucalyptus arboretum. If your kids want to swing and climb, take them to Navan Park. It’s located on a small lake, there are plenty of lawns on which to play games and the playground is huge.
One of the biggest entertainment venues in the western suburbs is Tabcorp Park. A number of harness racing meets are held here each month, but even when there’s no equine action, visitors can eat at Homestraight Bistro or catch up with friends in the sports bar, which also hosts live music.
Check out a slice of local history at The Willows Historic Park. Located on Toolern Creek, it’s the home of the suburb’s oldest homestead, built in the 1850s, two other relocated historical cottages, a heritage walking trail and a museum.
For friendly service, a diverse menu and very generous portions, Stone Bar & Grill gets the vote of locals. Steak is definitely the specialty here, but there are plenty of other options including pizzas and burgers. The kids’ menu will keep the youngsters happy, too.
Another great place to meet friends and family is the Golden Fleece Hotel. Relax in the sports bar or tuck in to a good range of pub grub in the bistro.