Discover Whittlesea

Whether you’re planning a day trip or an extended stay, Whittlesea and the Plenty Valley offers a wide range of local attractions and activities which showcase the natural beauty and history of the region. From the historic townships of Whittlesea and Westgarthtown and the magnificent Yan Yean Reservoir to the extensive walking, cycling and driving routes and vast range of local produce on offer throughout the region, the City of Whittlesea is the ideal destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of inner-city Melbourne.

Suburbs include:

Beveridge Bundoora Donnybrook Doreen Eden Park Epping Humevale Kinglake West Lalor Mernda Mill Park South Morang Thomastown Whittlesea Wollert Woodstock Yan Yean

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  • Whittlesea Monday Market

    Whittlesea Monday Market

    Every Monday

    The Whittlesea Monday Market has over 120 stalls covering everything from fruit and veggies, homewares, artisan breads, fresh food, live poultry, clothing, plants, farm supplies, antiques and vintage collectables, electrical goods and even the kitchen sink! This is a great opportunity to not only grab a bargain but to get out of the house and enjoy!

    The Whittlesea Monday Market has over 120 stalls covering everything from fruit and veggies, homewares, artisan breads, fresh food, live poultry, clothing, plants, farm supplies, antiques and vintage collectables, electrical goods and even the kitchen sink!

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  • Frolic, Food & Film Night

    Frolic, Food & Film Night

    Friday, 25 August 2017

    Come and watch Dads who can Dance, a performance created by Ausdance and families from Mernda Primary School, before dusting off your dance shoes and getting your groove on, then settle back to watch a classic dance movie. Healthy food will be available at reasonable prices, or bring your own to share.

    Come and watch Dads who can Dance, a performance created by Ausdance and families from Mernda Pri

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    Melbourne City Ballet presents - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    Friday, October 6 2017

    Melbourne City Ballet recreates the long loved story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” of a young country girl who is swept away to the magical world of Oz, where she goes on a perilous adventure to find her way home to Kansas.   This is a new ballet for the Melbourne City Ballet, with all new music, sets, costumes and the company’s largest ensemble. Don’t miss this colorful ballet.

    Melbourne City Ballet recreates the long loved story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” of a young coun

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  • Whittlesea Agricultural Show

    4 November - 5 November 2017

    Grand parade, wood chopping, livestock pavilion, animal nursery, home crafts, free entertainment, working vintage engine display, rides, show bags and gourmet food expo.

    Grand parade, wood chopping, livestock pavilion, animal nursery, home crafts, free entertainment,

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  • Toorourrong Reservoir Park

    Toorourrong Reservoir Park

    Toorourrong Reservoir Park is a 12–hectare scenic reservoir park situated 4km north-east of Whittlesea Township. It's the perfect place for picnics and gatherings, viewing the reservoir, taking short walks with family and friends and enjoying the beautiful scenery. The kids will love the stepping stones across the water, the ornamental lake and grassy spaces to run and jump.

    Toorourrong Reservoir Park is a 12–hectare scenic reservoir park situated 4km north-east of Whittlesea Township.

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  • Turners Bakehouse Eatery

    Turners Bakehouse Eatery

    Set in a heritage-listed Victorian cottage, Mernda's Turners Bakehouse Eatery is one not to be missed. Many of its menu items including the traditional sourdough bread to pies, pasties and cakes are baked in the 130-year-old Scotch oven.

    Set in a heritage-listed Victorian cottage, Mernda's Turners Bakehouse Eatery is one not to be missed.

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  • Farm Vigano

    Farm Vigano

    Farm Vigano is a property rich in history and in Italian culture through the once iconic restaurateur, Mario Vigano of Mario’s in Exhibition Street and his wife, Maria Teresa, a noted artist during the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. Today, this property is still dedicated to preserving the art of true Italian food and culture specialising in dining, weddings, gatherings and functions.

    Farm Vigano is a property rich in history and in Italian culture through the once iconic restaurateur, Mario Vigano of Mario’s in Exhibition Street.

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  • Monteleone Restaurant

    Monteleone Restaurant

    Monteleone Restaurant is operated by the Monteleone family, who for 5 generations have been making Artisan gourmet cheese. Located at Donnybrook, the restaurant was founded from a simple philosophy that cheese enhances every delicious meal. Experience the rustic charm and surrounding countryside while watching the dairy cows graze.

    Monteleone Restaurant is operated by the Monteleone family, who for 5 generations have been makin

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  • Appret Café

    Appret Café

    Experience the friendly, warm and open atmosphere at Appret Café, Doreen. Offering a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menu there is something to suit all tastes. This family friendly café is perfect for a filling Sunday breakfast or scrumptious mid-week dinner. The owner’s legacy ‘prepare to eat well’ will keep you coming back for more.

    Experience the friendly, warm and open atmosphere at Appret Café, Doreen.

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  • Two Beans and a Farm

    Two Beans and a Farm

    The 1860s bluestone Carome Homestead in Mernda, nestled along the banks of the Plenty River, has been artfully restored and is now a restaurant, perfect for the whole family. Two Beans and a Farm is a hidden gem offering delicious meals made from home grown produce.  It’s the perfect escape.

    The 1860s bluestone Carome Homestead in Mernda, nestled along the banks of the Plenty River, has

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  • Mick's Donuts

    Mick's Donuts

    Mick’s Place in Thomastown, in Melbourne's north, is the home of the world famous “Donutella”. Down at mick’s every customer will be sure to leave with a smile on their face after trying one of the delicious Nutella filled Donuts. Phone orders are welcomed. So pop on in to Mick’s Place - When only the best will do!

    Mick’s Place in Thomastown, in Melbourne's north, is the home of the world famous “Donutella”.

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  • Buying Direct From Local Producers

    Buy Direct From Local Producers

    The City of Whittlesea is home to some incredible local producers, offering a range of seasonal and locally made baked goods, fruit, cheese and wine. Fresh and high quality produce can be purchased directly on-site at Donnybrook Farmhouse Cheese, Mernda Bakery Café, Merri Merri Olive Estate and Just Picked Berries & Fruit.

    The City of Whittlesea is home to some incredible local producers, offering a range of seasonal and locally made baked goods, fruit, cheese and wine.

  • Community markets

    Community Markets

    A number of local community markets are held throughout the municipality each month, offering a range of local produce, plants, arts and crafts and collectibles. Attracting local residents and visitors alike, these markets support the local community while also giving local producers a platform to sell their products.

    A number of local community markets are held throughout the municipality each month, offering a range of local produce, plants, arts and crafts and collectibles.

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  • Growling Frog Golf Course

    Growling Frog Golf Course

    Previously featured on Coxy’s Big Break, the Growling Frog Golf Course was named after the Growling Grass Frog, which is native to the area. The 18-hole course was designed by Graham Marsh and has been recognised as one of Australia’s best public golf courses. The course is open every day and an on-site restaurant allows visitors to take in the magnificent view of the course, as well as the Great Dividing Range.

    Previously featured on Coxy’s Big Break, the Growling Frog Golf Course was named after the Growling Grass Frog, which is native to the area.

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  • Funfields

    One of Victoria’s leading adventure parks, Funfields offers a range of rides and activities for people of all ages. With toboggans, a pirate ship, waterslides, go karts, mini golf and much more! You cannot miss the world record longest Proslide CannonBowl waterslide, Typhoon. The Typhoon is over 400 feet long and reaches speeds of up to 30 kmph.  It is the perfect destination for family fun! 

    One of Victoria’s leading adventure parks, Funfields offers a range of rides and activities for p

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  • Cycling in the City of Whittlesea

    The City of Whittlesea is one of Melbourne’s leading destinations for cycling. With an extensive network of on and off-road bike routes, the municipality offers the perfect location for experienced riders and beginners alike.

    The City of Whittlesea is one of Melbourne’s leading destinations for cycling.

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  • Westgarthtown and Ziebell's Farmhouse

    Established in the 1850s, Westgarthtown was Victoria’s first German settlement and now features a range of carefully restored historic sites, dedicated to the farming history of the region. Located in suburban Thomastown, Ziebell’s Farmhouse is open on the second Sunday of each month or by appointment. Tours of Westgarthtown are available Monday to Friday, by appointment only.

    Established in the 1850s, Westgarthtown was Victoria’s first German settlement and now features a

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  • Bundoora Square

    Bundoora Square

    Enjoy the art journey at Bundoora Square shopping precinct.  Come and be amazed by the large Bundoora Murals and art projects reflecting the history, animals and flora of the area loved by the community. With easy access to trams and parking, Bundoora Square features a wide range of specialty shops and the Psarakos Marketplace. A place where you can meet your friends and linger a while at the interesting cafes and restaurants. 

     

    Enjoy the art journey at Bundoora Square shopping precinct.

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  • Pacific Epping

    Pacific Epping

    Pacific Epping has over 230 stores, with the choice of three quality supermarkets, a huge Big W, plus Best & Less, Target, Harris Scarfe, JB Hi-Fi, H&G Fresh Food precinct – all under the one roof, plus, Urban Diner restaurant and entertainment zone. Pacific Epping’s great range, lovely wide malls, bright and light surrounds and friendly atmosphere equals an enjoyable shopping experience you will want to repeat!

    Pacific Epping has over 230 stores, with the choice of three quality supermarkets, a huge Big W,

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    Whittlesea Township - Church Street and Surrounds

    A country-style experience, only a stone’s throw away from the city. Whittlesea Township provides a unique shopping experience with the beautiful surrounding landscape to match. There are many cafés to enjoy and distinctive retail stores to visit, making for an enjoyable day out. Leave the hustle and bustle behind and discover country style shopping with friendly customer service. 

     

    A country-style experience, only a stone’s throw away from the city.

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    Lalor Shopping Centre

    Come and discover the exciting and tantalising mix of 95 food, retail and professional businesses at Station Street and May Road, Lalor. People travel from all over Melbourne for their fresh and different multi-cultural food offer. The prices are amazing and you will love the many tastes of the delis and cheeses from around the world. Stay a while and enjoy this exciting and friendly centre.

     

    Come and discover the exciting and tantalising mix of 95 food, retail and professional businesses

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  • Growling Frog Restaurant

    Growling Frog Restaurant

    The Growling Frog Restaurant is perched high above the rolling golf course with magnificent views of the Great Dividing Range. The Restaurant offers an impressive selection of fine food and wine in a smart yet relaxed environment. The Restaurant is open for lunch every day of the week and for dinner Thursday to Sunday. 

    The Growling Frog Restaurant is perched high above the rolling golf course with magnificent views

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  • Ruby Green & Co

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The one that comes to mind for Ruby Green & Co is YUM! Utilising local produce to serve up delicious comfort food. The cosy and relaxed vibe will make you feel like you are visiting a friend. Monte carlos, rocky road, hedgehog, lemon slice, and choc-orange melting moments are all made fresh on site.

     

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The one that comes to mind for Ruby Green & Co is YUM!

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  • The Promenade Cafe South Morang

    Looking for a great local destination for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Located on the picturesque foreshore of Mill Park Lakes in South Morang, The Promenade is a 'hidden gem'.  Come on in and discover our extensive menu and beautiful views. The menu includes light and full breakfast options, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, parma, porterhouse, cakes, desserts and great Genovese coffee. Live acoustic entertainment monthly on Saturday nights.

    Looking for a great local destination for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Located on the picturesque foreshore of Mill Park Lakes in South Morang, The Promenade is a 'hidden gem'.

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  • Plenty Gorge Park

     Walk to the beautiful Plenty River Gorge and marvel at the diverse wildlife within the park.  Enjoy a quiet picnic, play ball games or fly a kite in the wide open spaces of Yarrambat Picnic Area.  Hawkestowe Picnic Area is the perfect spot for a barbecue, with views to the Plenty River and the historic Le Page Homestead as a backdrop. 

     Walk to the beautiful Plenty River Gorge an

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  • Santos Cafe and Bar

    Offering a selection of wood fire pizza, burgers, pasta, risotto, parma, porterhouse and salads. Don’t worry we haven’t forgotten the sweet tooth. Select from the nutella pizza, buttermilk pancakes or try one of the 18 varieties of milkshake.

    Offering a selection of wood fire pizza, burgers, pasta, risotto, parma, porterhouse and salads.

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    Thomastown Shopping Centre

    Visit Thomastown Shopping Centre for all your personal, business and every day needs. Located along High Street and within walking distance of the Thomastown Railway Station, the Centre is ideal for a quick stop on the way home. A versatile shopping hub offering service for businesses including real estate, financial and legal services in addition to personal hairdressing and beauty services, whilst accommodating your grocery needs.

    Visit Thomastown Shopping Centre for all your personal, business and every day needs.

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  • Split Bean Cafe

    Split Bean Cafe

    A family cafe offering all day breakfast and lunch. Come in and take your pick from the delicious menu.

    A family cafe offering all day breakfast and lunch.

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    Once Old is New Again

    If you are looking for something old to revitalize, then a visit to one of the many Opportunity Shops doted throughout the City of Whittlesea is a must. Take your pick from the Epping Vinnies to the Salvos in Lalor or Thomastown, Savers in Mill Park to the Whittlesea Op Shop. A wide variety of second hand goods, including clothing and furniture are on offer to fill that vintage void.

    If you are looking for something old to revitalize, then a visit to one of the many Opportunity S

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  • Pho Sunday Rose Vietnamese Restaurant

    Pho Sunday Rose Vietnamese Restaurant

    If you love Southeast Asian cuisine then Pho Sunday Rose is for you.  Pho is Pho Sunday Rose’s specialty and you’ll find a range of options like the classic beef and brisket. Choose from a selection of piping hot pho, tom yum soups, curries, rice and noodle dishes.

    If you love Southeast Asian cuisine then Pho Sunday Rose is for you. Pho is Pho Sunday Rose’s specialty and you’ll find a range of options like the classic beef and brisket.

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    Shop Direct & Save

    Did you know that many of the City of Whittlesea’s food manufacturers also sell direct to public? Why not support local manufacturers while taking full advantage of substantial cost savings and the finest food products right on your doorstep.

    Did you know that many of the City of Whittlesea’s food manufacturers also sell direct to public?

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  • Maple Tree Cafe

    Maple Tree Cafe

    The Maple Tree Café has based the menu around seasonal produce, organic home grown vegetables and herbs with a modern take on breakfast and lunch.

    The Maple Tree Café has based the menu around seasonal produce, organic home grown vegetables and herbs with a modern take on breakfast and lunch.

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  • Moxie Cafe

    Moxie Café

    Moxie Café is a new establishment set in the bustling Church Street shopping strip in Whittlesea. Offering fine coffee, delicious fresh comfort food, beautiful ambience and a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

    Moxie Café is a new establishment set in the bustling Church Street shopping strip in Whittlesea.

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  • Royal Mail Hotel

    Royal Mail Hotel

    Whittlesea is a perfect destination for a day trip. When you visit, make sure you stop by The Royal Mail Hotel, ideally located in a magnificent part of Victoria just 35kms from Melbourne. We are proud of our status as a good Australian country hotel with excellent service and a friendly atmosphere.

    Whittlesea is a perfect destination for a day trip.

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  • Mini Me Mango Cafe

    Mini Me Mango Cafe

    Mini Me Mango Café is all about serving up nutritious and healthy food. Choose from a great breakfast menu or a selection of house made fresh sweet delights. There is a smoothie bar, a coffee bar or a juice bar to quench your thirst. The little ones are not forgotten with a Mini Monsters Menu sure to satisfy. 

    Mini Me Mango Café is all about serving up nutritious and healthy food.

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  • Bridge Inn Hotel

    Bridge Inn Hotel

    Established in 1891 the Bridge Inn Hotel has been restored, revamped and relaunched. With À La Carte Bistro, Lounge area and Sports Bar each offering their own unique menu’s there’s sure to be something for everyone. Open 7 days a week and offering special themes and events throughout the week you’ll be sure to have a great time.

    Established in 1891 the Bridge Inn Hotel has been restored, revamped and relaunched.

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  • 4 Doors

    4 Doors

    This hidden treasure located in Mill Park offers Italian cuisine. Try the rustic bruschetta, linguini marinara or extensive pizza menu. Be sure to leave room for sweets as the vanilla Chantilly or white chocolate filled doughnuts are worth the wait.

    This hidden treasure located in Mill Park offers Italian cuisine.

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  • Whittlesea Bowls Club

    Whittlesea Bowls Club

    Fully licensed bistro and functions rooms available for meetings, celebrations and bus groups. A relaxed atmosphere and delicious menu are perfectly matched to ensure you have a magical experience. You can enjoy the view over the greens or even maybe enjoy some exercise in a friendly environment, please ask about the lawn bowling activities.

    Fully licensed bistro and functions rooms available for meetings, celebrations and bus groups.

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  • Blue Stone Kitchen

    Blue Stone Kitchen

    Blue Stone Kitchen specialises in authentic flavours of the Mediterranean with a modern twist. Use of organic produce and the freshest locally sourced ingredients make this a must visit. Try the famous organic handmade potato gnocci or one of the amazing pizza creations on the menu.

    Blue Stone Kitchen specialises in authentic flavours of the Mediterranean with a modern twist.

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  • The Ultimate Karting Experience

    Get your adrenalin pumping at The Ultimate Karting Experience. Get a bunch of friends together and take to the track. You can speed along the winding course challenging your friends or attempt to beat your own record. Whether experienced or amateur it is sure to be a fun filled day.

    Get your adrenalin pumping at The Ultimate Karting Experience.

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  • Eucalypt Community Market, Wollert

    Eucalypt Community Market, Wollert

    In partnership with Stockland and Third Place Café in Wollert, this monthly market runs at the Eucalypt Estate providing locals with access to fresh produce, arts and craft that will be sure to have something for everyone. A great way to connect with your local producers and find out what little treasures are in your own backyard! 

    In partnership with Stockland and Third Place Café in Wollert, this monthly market runs at the Eu

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  • All things Art

    Whittlesea is home to a vibrant and diverse arts community, which is evident in the many events, exhibitions and installations which feature across the municipality. From the Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre to the many local restaurants and recreation facilities that actively promote the arts, the City of Whittlesea nurtures and promotes arts and culture throughout the local community. 

    Whittlesea is home to a vibrant and diverse arts community, which is evident in the many events,

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  • Historic Homesteads

    Discover some of the many historic buildings throughout the area including Carome Homestead, Westgarthtown, Farm Vigano, Whittlesea Courthouse, Turners Bakehouse Eatery, Third Place Cafe' and Le Page Historic Homestead and Art Gallery.

    Discover some of the many historic buildings throughout the area including Carome Homestead, West

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  • Yan Yean Reservoir Park

    Yan Yean Reservoir Park features a range of heritage sites, including Melbourne’s oldest dam, the valve house and the original caretaker’s cottage, as well as a variety of walking tracks which allow visitors to experience the magnificent scenery of the area.

    Yan Yean Reservoir Park features a range of heritage sites, including Melbourne’s oldest dam, the

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  • Whittlesea Courthouse and Visitor Centre

    Located in the historic township of Whittlesea, the restored Whittlesea Courthouse now serves as the Visitor Information Centre for the City of Whittlesea. The Courthouse itself is set amongst scenic gardens and is often used as a venue by local artists exhibiting their work. Built in 1864, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Whittlesea Courthouse.

    Located in the historic township of Whittlesea, the restored Whittlesea Courthouse now serves as

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