Located just 30km away from the central business district of Melbourne, the city of Dandenong, which is also home to your reliable tax accountant Bunnett & Bassal, is an exciting and up-and-coming region that plays host to more than 150 different nationalities. Its strong multi-cultural flavour is matched only by its vibrancy, and this colourful part of Victoria certainly has its share of cultural attractions and consumer experiences that should not be missed if you happen to be around.
Food and drink
Walking through Dandenong is like going on a mini tour around Europe and Asia combined, as there is a different food experience virtually around every corner. From the highest calibre Afghan cuisine to a Lebanese bakery, from a taste of the British “banger” (sausage) and haggis to Vietnamese street food, plus a choice selection of Polish and Italian delis, there is just so much that Dandenong has to offer.
If you want to learn more about the culture behind the food (and no, the Scots don’t actually go haggis hunting; that’s just something they tell tourists) there are a number of food tours that happen on a regular basis. You can also hop on the Free City Shuttle bus that runs Mondays to Saturdays from 10am-3pm (not including public holidays) for an easy way to experience Dandenong and its different cultures and food.
One of Victoria’s oldest markets, operating since 1866, takes place in Dandenong on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Sunday is Family Day, when parking is free and there is lots of entertainment for the kids (such as face painting), plus live music and cookery demonstrations that all make for a fun and relaxing day out.
The Central Dandenong Shopping Precinct is also home to the Afghan Bazaar and Little India cultural precincts, while Springvale Shopping Precinct is home to many different businesses offering traditional and modern clothing, plus stores where you can pick up beautiful jade carved jewellery and much more.
The fun outdoors
Did you know? There are over 100 parks, play areas and sporting recreational grounds in Dandenong. These allow for plenty of outdoor activities – everything from cycling, picnics and BBQ’s to walking, jogging and an impromptu game of touch footy.
You can also find a number of walking trails that range from easy to more challenging, and there are a number of skate parks, sports fields and basketball courts for all to enjoy. At the Dandenong Park there is the Rotary Waterwheel, beautiful annual displays of flowers and plants, and even the chance to take part in a game of lawn bowls or croquet. Alternatively, you might want to take in a swim or a sporting activity at the Ross Reserve.
Whatever you fancy, there’s sure to be something for you, so the next time you’re heading this way, do make sure you stop by Dandenong – you won’t regret it.