Shelley Joughin

Man­ager, Mel­bourne Ca­ble Park

Melbourne Official Visitor Guide - - Neighbourhoods -

Now that sum­mer has well and truly ar­rived, it’s full steam ahead at Mel­bourne Ca­ble Park, lo­cated in the south­east sub­urb of Bangholme.

“It’s a re­ally awe­somely fun day out,” says Shelley, who deals with all the day-to-day run­ning of the op­er­a­tion. “Whether you’re a fam­ily, group of mates or school group hav­ing a blast at the Aqua Fun Park, or a wake­boarder us­ing our lakes for the first time, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one to en­joy.” It’s sit­u­ated in a great neigh­bour­hood, too. “We’re in beau­ti­ful Bangholme, right next to the Na­tional Wa­ter­sports Cen­tre,” ex­plains Shelley. “And even though we’re only 30 min­utes from the CBD, com­ing out here feels like a real get­away.” For any­one mak­ing the trip, there are some great stretches of sand, like Chelsea Beach, which has some colour­ful bathing boxes, as well as walk­ing trails that start near the mouth of the Pat­ter­son River.

Brunswick

Catch the num­ber 19 tram from the city to Syd­ney Road. You could spend hours shop­ping, but be sure to step into Finki, show­cas­ing the fash­ion de­signs of lo­cal Jay­lene Falkner along­side the work of 40 in­de­pen­dent artists and de­sign­ers. At the end of the day, stop for a re­fresh­ing ale in the gar­den at

The Cornish Arms, then get ready for a taste sen­sa­tion at Tiba’s Le­banese. Dips, shawarma, falafel and sal­ads are all on the au­then­tic menu. finki.com.au cor­nisharms.com.au

Tiba’s Le­banese, 504 Syd­ney Road, Brunswick

Hawthorn

If the day is bright, catch the train to Hawthorn Sta­tion and head to the Hawthorn Aquatic and Recre­ation Cen­tre, which has a beau­ti­ful out­door pool that’s per­fect for do­ing some laps or let­ting the kids cool off. When they’ve worked up an ap­petite, it’s time to eat some of the best pas­tries in Mel­bourne at Gon­tran Cher­rier. It’s hard to choose from the lus­cious line-up, but the crois­sants are su­perb. Set within the beau­ti­fully re­stored Hawthorn Arts Cen­tre, the Town Hall Gallery has three spa­ces show­ing con­tem­po­rary works of art. Some are group shows and oth­ers fea­ture the work of in­di­vid­ual artists. hawthorn.boroon­dar­aleisure.com.au gontrancher­rier.com.au

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El­stern­wick

There’s a great di­ver­sity of res­i­dents in this vil­lage­like sub­urb, which is great news for vis­i­tors. Start by catch­ing the train to Rip­pon­lea and vis­it­ing the her­itage-listed Rip­pon Lea House, an el­e­gant man­sion set within spec­tac­u­lar park-like grounds. Wan­der down Glen Eira Road, stop­ping at Le Petit Lapin, serv­ing gor­geous French lunches. When the sun starts to set, try An­tique Bar, a cosy spot for clas­sic cock­tails and craft beer. rip­pon­leaes­tate.com.au lep­eti­t­lapin.com.au an­tique­bar.com.au

Mel­bourne Ca­ble Park

Gon­tran Cher­rier, Hawthorn Did you know? Wil­liamstown was the stand-in for the fic­ti­tious town of Mount Thomas in the Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion drama Blue Heel­ers?

An­tique Bar, El­stern­wick

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