There is no shortage of exciting things to see and do in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs. From wonderful walking tracks and parks, markets and shopping precincts to fun family friendly activities, there is truly something for everyone!
Are you thinking about calling this part of the world home? Want to become more intimately familiar with attractions and activities in this area of Melbourne?
In this article, the Noel Jones team puts to use our intimate knowledge of the area and breaks down some of the best things to do in Melbourne’s East.
1. Parks, Gardens, Reserves & Walking Trails in Melbourne’s East
When looking for things to do in outer East Melbourne, you will be spoiled for choice of stunning national parks, gardens, nature walking trails and reserves. Some of our favourites are:
Maranoa Gardens, Beckett Park, Koonung Creek Reserve, Outer Circle Linear Park Playground, Nicholson Street Reserve, Balwyn Park
Marie Wallace Park, Guy Turner Reserve, Canterbury Gardens, Glen Park Playground
Box Hill Gardens, Surrey Park, Bushy Creek Parklands, Artists Park, Kingsley Gardens
Candlebark Walk Reserve, Tarralla Creek Trail, Barngeong Reserve, Cheong Wildflower Sanctuary
Lynden Park, Through Road Reserve, Bowen Gardens, Fordham Gardens, Read Gardens
Halliday Park, Antonio Park, Simpson Park, Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve
2. Shopping Precincts in Melbourne’s East
If you’re in the mood for a bit of a spree, there are a great variety of shopping precincts to satisfy your urge! Some of our favourite destinations are:
Croydon Main Street – Running from Mount Dandenong Road up to Coolstore Road, Main street offers a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and services all along one strip.
Camberwell Shopping Precinct – You’ll be spoilt for choice at this popular shopping destination offering everything from high-end fashion to homewares and everything in between. You can also find a selection of cafes and restaurants, making it the perfect place to while away a few hours.
Doncaster Shopping Centre – One of Melbourne’s largest shopping centres, Doncaster Shopping Centre is home to many of Australia’s leading brands complimented by valet parking, electric car charging and styling services.
Eastland Shopping Centre – Located in Ringwood and with ample parking Eastland has an array of options for dining, fashion, home wares and groceries.
Knox City Shopping Centre – Westfield Knox has something for everyone with shopping, dining, and entertainment precincts with further plans for development and upgrades in the coming years.
Box Hill Central – Positioned in the vibrant heart of Melbourne’s East, Box Hill Central is home to authentic Asian cuisine and culture.
3. Markets in Melbourne’s East
Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs offer a range of markets from fresh produce and farmers markets, vintage markets and arts and crafts, a perfect way to spend your weekend morning.
Camberwell Market – Every Sunday 7.00am-12.30pm
Whitehorse Farmers Market – 2nd Sunday of each month 8.00am-1.00pm
Heide Makers Market – 2nd Saturday of each month 10.00am-3.00pm
Bayswater Makers Market – 4th Saturday of each month 10.00am-3.00pm
Blackburn Art and Craft Market – 2nd Saturday of each month 9.00am-1.00pm
Doncaster Hill Market – 1st Sunday of each month 9.00am-2.00pm
Ringwood East Community Market – 1st Saturday of each month 8.00am-12.30pm
Boroondara Farmers Market – 1st, 3rd, 5th Saturday of each month 8.00am-12.30pm
4. Arts, Galleries and Museums in Melbourne’s East
If you’re in the mood for places to visit with artistic or cultural significance, spare a morning or afternoon to visit some of these local spaces sure to delight:
ArtSpace at Realm – Located in Ringwood, this popular arts centre offers a range of ultramodern visual and performing arts for engaged audiences.
Bunjil Place – Located in Narre Warren Bunjil Place is the home of arts and entertainment in the City of Casey offering theatre, events, art and exhibitions.
Manningham City Square – Located in Doncaster and hosting a suite of local services, the Manningham Art Gallery and Art Studios offer exhibitions, courses and workshops year round.
Karralyka Centre – Located in Ringwood, The Karralyka Center offers a full theatre season, kids shows as well as hosting functions and events.
Hawthorn Arts Centre – Located in Hawthorn, the Hawthorn Arts Centre offers an exciting and diverse program that aims to engage and entertain.
Whitehorse Artspace – Located in Box Hill the Whitehorse Artspace first opened in 2007 and is home the the Whitehorse Art Collection which contains more than 1700 works.
5. Kids Activities in Melbourne’s East
Bayswater Roller City – This indoor roller rink offers skate classes, inline hockey games, and a café onsite.
Schwerkolt Cottage Museum Complex – This fascinating museum is housed in a cottage established in 1884, telling the story of early European settlement in the area with a wonderful collection of walking tracks and a family playground.
Box Hill Skate Park – Open to all levels this concrete skate park has a bit of everything including bowl, quarters, rails, and banks.
Aqualink – With facilities in Nunawading and Box Hill Aqualink offers swim classes for all levels, aquatic play, as well as gym and fitness activities.
Inflatable World – Located in Ringwood this inflatable playground will have your kids having endless fun!
Knox Shopping Centre – Located in Wantirna South, Knox offers a range of dining and entertainment options to keep both parents and kids happy including Timezone, Funtopia and Village Cinemas.
Find a Place to Love in the Outer Suburbs of Eastern Melbourne
The outer suburbs of East Melbourne are filled with beautiful homes for those infatuated with the attractions and things to do in the area. If you would like to learn more about the local real estate market, perhaps to buy a property in Melbourne’s East or rent, please contact a member of our friendly team at Noel Jones today.
Our knowledgeable agents would be happy to take the time and understand what you’re looking for so we can find a suitable spot for you to settle and enjoy your surroundings!