In 2006, Truganina was home to less than 3,000 people. A decade later, and it has increased in population to more than 20,000. This type of growth is proving common in Melbourne’s outer west, but it’s the proximity to Melbourne’s city centre – 22 kilometres is the same distance to the CBD as Ringwood, Mordialloc and Diamond Creek – that sets Truganina apart from its northern and western neighbours.
Infrastructure in Truganina is catching up to the population boom as well, making it easy to access and get around. And while most residents’ primary form of transport is currently by car, it’s a trend that may change sooner than expected. The Federation Bike Trail winds through Truganina on its way from Brooklyn to Werribee, and proposed upgrades to that trail will only improve the suburb’s two-wheeled access further. Duplication of many major roads also makes bus and bike transportation more appealing, and the proximity of Williams Landing Train Station means that moving around in Melbourne’s outer west has never been so popular.
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Food, too, is another reason to plan your Truganina trip around mealtime. And, being part of Melbourne, you’re never too far from a decent coffee. Try Mezzanine Café and Lounge, which opened in November 2017. Locals are already raving about not only the great coffee, but also the delicious food on offer for breakfast and lunch (‘til 4pm) every day of the week. Whether you feel like a fresh salad, focaccia or Tandoori Chicken Burger (drool), they’ve got you covered. Sit outside and soak up the sunshine, and taste from the ever-changing menu.
The suburb is home to a relatively large Indian population, so you would be remiss not to sit down for a meal at Cilantro Indian Cuisine. Another newcomer to the local scene, having opened in 2017 (for dinner 7 days and lunch Sat-Sun), Cilantro has established a devoted local clientele. Its menu spans from the traditional tandoori cuisine from northern India to much-loved southern treats like dosas and idlis, offering both an appealing entry point into Indian food, and somewhere for die-hard Indian fans to discover something new.
Alternatively, bring a picnic lunch and stop by Million Dollar Park where kids, teens, adults and dogs can stretch their legs and enjoy the serenity of this gorgeous, family-friendly environment. With Aussie Rules and soccer goals to practise on, a fitness area for a cheeky workout, and an awesome playground with a flying fox, sandpit and diggers, there’s something for all two-legged folks. And those with a tail thrive in the enclosed dog area; what more could you want? (Oh, maybe a BBQ – well, there are a couple of those too.)
You’ll find other notable playgrounds on Stony Brook Drive, which also features a respectable skate park for older kids, and Cheviot Drive, which is perfectly-suited to younger kids with great slides, sporting goal posts and plenty of room to run around between activities.