Dan­de­nong: A Cul­tural Ex­pe­ri­ence

Have an au­then­tic cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence with­out your pass­port!

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GREATER DAN­DE­NONG is the most cul­tur­ally di­verse lo­cal­ity in Vic­to­ria, with over half of its pop­u­la­tion born over­seas, from over 155 dif­fer­ent birth­places.

No­ble Park was for­merly a ru­ral town­ship with mar­ket gar­dens and a River Red Gum land­scape. To­day it has a great sense of com­mu­nity spirit and a much loved vil­lage char­ac­ter. The cen­tre has long been in­fused with im­por­tant multi­gen­er­a­tional com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties—an aquatic cen­tre that fea­tures the largest wa­ter slide in Mel­bourne, his­toric com­mu­nity hall, schools and lan­guage ser­vices, sport­ing fields and more re­cently a new state of the art skate park de­signed by pro-skater Jon Mcgrath. No­ble Park is a tra­di­tional pedes­trian friendly main street with a pre­dom­i­nant re­tail fo­cus, in­clud­ing a num­ber of niche bak­eries, cafés, restau­rants and con­ve­nience stores to sup­port daily life.

Dan­de­nong and Spring­vale of­fer in­di­vid­ual or guided tours. You can ex­pe­ri­ence the cul­tural and re­tail de­lights up close and per­sonal by tak­ing the Food Lovers Tour, test­ing your taste­buds on the Sen­sa­tional Spring­vale Tour, the Maeve O’meara Food Sa­fari Tour of Dan­de­nong, the Pro­gres­sive Pol­ish Food Tour and the Afghan Bazaar Cul­tural Tour. These ex­pe­ri­ences are au­then­tic and true to the many tra­di­tions. Dan­de­nong’s arts and cul­tural precinct is re­splen­dent with many choices, from the award-win­ning Drum The­atre host­ing more than 200 per­for­mances and en­gag­ing with over 100,000 vis­i­tors per year, to the Walker Street Gallery and Arts Cen­tre, which show­cases a broad range of ex­hi­bi­tions fea­tur­ing con­tem­po­rary art­works by emerg­ing and es­tab­lished artists. Vis­i­tors and the lo­cal com­mu­nity get to ex­pe­ri­ence a vast ar­ray of many dif­fer­ent forms of art, at Her­itage Hill Mu­seum, sur­rounded by the His­toric Gar­dens and Lau­rel Lodge, there are stu­dios whereby artists-in-res­i­dence get to ex­press their cre­ative tal­ents and de­liver a gen­uine ex­hi­bi­tion to in­spire oth­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion on var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties, go to grea­ter­dan­de­nong.com/visit

Dan­de­nong Town Hall.

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