Melbourne/Eastern suburbsMelbourne include Boroondara, Box Hill and Glen Waverley, Manningham and Nillumbik, Ringwood and surrounds. Stretching from almost inner suburbs of Kew, Hawthorn and Camberwell in Booroondara to the outer cities like Maroondah and the Dandenong Ranges.
Ringwoodis a major activity centre in Melbourne's outer north-east.
City of BoroondaraThe word boroondara is an Indigenous Wurundjeri term for "where the ground is thickly shaded". Indeed, Boroondara is well-known among Melbournians for its tree-lined streets, expansive parks and traditional English character. The area was mostly settled in the late 1800s, as Melbourne's suburbia expanded eastward. This has led to an abundance of historic cottages and homes throughout the municipality, many of which are heritage listed, as well as the grand mansions of multi-millionaires. In the suburbs of Boroondara, trees generally line every street, and most houses are within close proximity to a major park. Areas such as Kew and Canterbury possess trees of English origin, while newer suburbs settled in the 1960s such as North Balwyn and Ashburton possess more native Australian fauna, such as the abundant gum trees. Certain streets are renown for their beautiful streetscapes and houses, such as Monomeath Avenue in Canterbury. Another one of Boroondara's claims to fame is its extensive number of schools, with 59 education institutions in the municipality. Many of these are private schools founded well over a century ago, steeped in historic buildings and a number of notable alumni. Some of the more famous schools include Xavier College, Trinity Grammar and Genezzano FCJ in Kew, Fintona Girls' School in Balwyn, Camberwell Grammar in Canterbury and Scotch College in Hawthorn, which was established in 1851.
CamberwellThe seat of the local government and major district centre, centred around the bustling Camberwell Junction.
Kewis the major suburb of the north, also based around a busy junction of the same name.
Balwynis a more low-rise area in the east of the municipality.
Hawthornis one of the more cosmopolitan areas of Boroondara, with a lively arts and music scene and a number of bars and nightclubs in the Glenferrie precinct. The Swinburne University of Technology borders the rail station, making the area a hub for local and international students.
Boroondara is generally blessed for public transport. It is served by six tram routes, three railway lines, 16 train stations and an abundance of fairly frequent bus routes. A map of Boroondara's public transport network is available on the PTV website.
The Belgrave/Lilydale line provides a fast, direct rail service from the City Centre to middle Boroondara, with stations at the major centres of Hawthorn, Camberwell and Canterbury. The line also connects Boroondara to Box Hill in Whitehorse and Ringwood in Maroondah. The Alamein line generally only operates to the city in the peak, with a transfer at Camberwell Station required during other times.
Tram routes 48 and 109 run from Collins St in the city to the northern part of Boroondara, including Kew, Balwyn and North Balwyn. Routes 70 and 75 operate from Flinders St in the city to the southern parts of Boroondara, including Hawthorn and Camberwell. While tram routes 16 and 72 also operate from Swanston St in the city, they take long detours via the southern suburbs and are not a direct service; they are useful for getting into the area from neighbouring Stonnington.
Bus routes 200 and 207 are useful for reaching Boroondara from the inner north along Johnston and Lygon Streets or neighbouring Manningham and Doncaster. Routes 302 and 304 operate express along the freeway from the city and fill in a gap in the tram network along Belmore Rd.
The Eastern Freeway runs along the northern border of Boroondara, providing convenient access to Kew, East Kew and North Balwyn. Citylink and the Monash Freeway provide the southern border, making access simple to areas in the south. Studley Park Rd, Bridge Rd, Victoria St and Swan St also provide major river crossings from the inner east.
While the Manningham area infamously has no train or tram services, it is surprisingly well-connected to the city and surrounding regions by buses. Most of the buses which serve the main roads are the silver-coloured SmartBuses, which offer real-time arrival information, extended operating hours and on-board announcements of the next stop. They generally operate every 15 minutes or better on weekdays, and every 30 minutes on weekends and at night.
The major public transport hub in the area is the
Doncaster Park & Ride
The 907 SmartBus runs from Lonsdale Street in the city to Doncaster, and is the fastest way to reach Westfield Doncaster and the Park & Ride. The 905 SmartBus services Bulleen and Templestowe from the city, while the 906 SmartBus is the quickest way to reach The Pines, East Doncaster and Warrandyte. The 903 SmartBus operates as a cross-town route, connecting the area to train stations at Heidelberg and Box Hill, while also stopping at the Heide Museum and Westfield Doncaster. Other useful SmartBuses in the area include the 901 (from Melbourne Airport), the 902 and the 908.
The tram and bus networks form a convenient grid, generally making connections from one part of Boroondara to another simple. Tram routes 48, 109, 70 and 75, and frequent bus routes 200/207 and 302/304 are useful for east-west travel. Tram routes 16 and 72, along with regular bus route 624, provide an option for north-south travel. Bus routes 548, 284 and 285 are also an option for north-south travel although operate less frequently.
Major east-west thoroughfares for vehicles are Earl St/Belmore Rd, Barkers Rd and Burwood Rd. North-south roads include Denmark St/Princess St, Auburn Rd and Burke Rd, although the latter is regularly heavily congested.
Boroondara streets are also generally very walkable and very pleasant, with well-kept footpaths on both sides of the street.
phone: +61 3 9278 4444address: Yarrbat Ave Balwyn VIC 3103One of Australia's oldest native gardens. Located next to Beckett Park in the leafy suburb of Balwyn, the gardens provide visitors with a large range of native plants in different sections.
Canterbury streetsA number of residential streets in Canterbury are renown for their streetscapes and gentle elegance. There are two main groupings of streets that are worth walking along: from Wentworth Avenue to Hopetoun Avenue, and the area between Maling Road, Prospect Hill Road and Wattle Valley Road.
phone: +61 434 382 920address: Maling Road, Canterbury VIC 3126A lovely quaint shopping village established in the 1800s with an 'old world charm'. Many small boutique shops line the street, with most of the original buildings still intact.
address: 8 Wallen Road HawthornTwenty-one historic, fully-restored trams reside in the museum, including one of the first electrified trams from 1906, several versions of the iconic W-class tram of the 1930s and the original prototype of the "modern" Z-class from 1975. The museum is housed in the now-defunct Hawthorn Tram Depot, which was opened in 1916 in the American Romanesque architectural style.
phone: +613 9278 4770address: 360 Burwood Rd, HawthornThis grand town hall was completed in 1890 in the Second Empire style as the seat of government for the former City of Hawthorn. It now houses an art gallery, a performing arts centre, a youth hub amongst various other functions.
phone: +613 9859 1221address: 1-9 Doncaster Rd, Balwyn NorthWhile the current refurbished building is nothing spectacular, it was the site of the first free-standing Coles supermarket in Australia in 1960, with the chain later growing to become the largest supermarket chain in Australia.
Box Hill Town Hall
Ramsay Street from Neighbours
Schwerkolt CottageSchwerkolt Cottage is a pioneer cottage built around 1880.
phone: +61 3 9850 1500address: 7 Templestowe Rd, BulleenA world-famous contemporary and modern art museum set amongst the Yarra River floodplains in Bulleen. Offers three separate galleries, including one in the original 1870s farmhouse. Home to works of many artists, including Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester. There is also a free-entry outdoor sculpture garden which can be visited at any time. A café and gift shop are also located on-site. Free guided tours daily at 2pm.
Maroondah Access GalleryAn art gallery.
Ringwood Clock Tower and Park
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary
phone: +61 3 131963Beautiful and large expanse of parkland and bushland only 3km from the CBD. Contains Fairfield and Studley Park boathouses, walking/cycling tracks, historical sites and picnic areas.
Koonung Creek TrailA fairly flat and easy bicycle track following the Eastern Freeway through the suburbs of Kew, North Balwyn, Box Hill North, Blackburn North and Nunawading. A pleasant ride which follows parkland, featuring toilets, drink taps and seating along the route. The entire track is a sealed path and is well signed.
phone: +613 9853 1828address: 1 Boathouse Road, KewEstablished in 1863, the Studley Park Boathouse is the oldest operating boathouse in Australia. The building is hidden amongst the beautiful Yarra River parkland, and houses a café, restaurant and small kiosk. Visitors are also able to hire a canoe, kayak or rowboat to paddle along the Yarra River, or utilise the walking tracks and playgrounds.
phone: +61398821391address: 97 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn EastRace Party is a venue for slot car racing with two custom made eight lane 40-m slot car race tracks, suitable for all ages from 6 and up.
Box Hill Chinese New Year Festival
phone: +61 3 9813 4190One of the oldest centres of Melbourne, Camberwell boasts a large variety of different cuisines in a traditional shopping 'village' feel. The strip shops stretch along Burke Road from Camberwell Junction in the south up to Burwood Road and beyond in the north.
phone: +61 3 9853 6929address: 285 High Street Kew VIC 3101Recently won a chef's hat award from the Age's Good Food Guide. Features traditional Sicilian cuisine.
phone: +61 3 9381 1222address: 26 Cotham Road Kew VIC 3103Run by reknowned chef George Calombaris. Features Greek cuisine.
phone: +613 9848 6811address: 19 Williamsons Rd, DoncasterThe Shoppingtown is the only real hotel-style accommodation in Manningham, and it's right in the heart of Doncaster Hill. While a bit 60s, it offers comfortable 3.5-star rooms and facilities. The hotel also offers a bar and bistro, a nightclub and a cabaret room, hosting various performances and shows regularly throughout the year.
phone: +61 3 9844 0666address: 1-3 Whipstick Gully Road, WarrandyteA humble 4-star bed and breakfast in a scenic rural setting, right next to the main shopping strip of Warrandyte. Includes complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi and Netflix.