The City of Greater Dandenong is a cultural rich area in the South East of Melbourne and the perfect place to explore for a day to discover amazing food, people and immerse yourself in other cultures. I used to work in this area and loved the interactions with so many different people. I would help support newly arrived families access services such as family day care, childcare and after school care. I loved being exposed to difference and learning so much about different families.
I now love visiting with my own family and here our our Top 5 experiences.
Greater Dandenong is the most culturally diverse locality in Victoria, and the second most diverse in Australia, with residents from over 150 different birthplaces and well over half (60%) of its population born overseas. Birthplaces include Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, China, Italy, Greece, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Britain. More than four out of five (84%) residents have at least one overseas-born parent.
- Food and cultural tours.
The City of Greater Dandenong hosts 6 amazing experiences to learn more about a variety of cultures and their food.
We have enjoyed the Afghan Bazaar tour and can’t wait to join in for the Springvale tour coming up in October.
The tours run for approx 3 hours each and cost $45 which includes lots of tastings and a meal. It’s a great way to get a behind the scenes look and enjoy some great company. Some are held at night others during the day.
More info head here.
2. Dandenong Market.
This market has seen big changes over the last couple of years. There is always something new happening. Along with being able to do the weekly fruit/veg and meat shop, there are great places to have lunch, shop and be entertained.
During school holidays they always have free craft/music activities for kids too.
It’s the perfect place to enjoy a Vietnamese Iced coffee, a gozleme or the famous Dandee Donuts. ( they have a donut eating comp coming up Sep 4th)
They have live music each Sunday through August too.
The Full Moon festival is held this year on September 18th. For more info click here. We attended last year and the kids loved all the dancing and entertainment and of course food!
Dandenong Market trading hours:
- Tuesday: 7am – 4pm (The Bazaar opens at 8am)
- Friday: 7am – 5pm (The Bazaar opens at 8am and closes at 4pm)
- Saturday: 7am – 4pm (The Bazaar opens at 8am)
- Sunday: 10am – 3pm (The Bazaar opens at 10am and closes at 3pm)
3. Festival of Lights.
It’s the perfect to enjoy on a Spring evening as the weather starts to warm up and the lights shine.
Starts August 26- October 9th 6pm-10pm.
4.Playgrounds, Skate parks and Pools.
The City of Greater Dandenong has a huge variety of sport and recreation facilities.
(The playground and skatepark on Princes Hwy has a wheelchair liberty swing.)
For more information on pricing and locations head here.
5. Drum Theatre.
Wheelchair access is fantastic and accessible seating/companion card bookings can be made over the phone or in person.
We hope you love exploring this area as much as we do and we look forward to hearing about your adventures. Don’t forget to pin for later!