Dandenong is one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets - a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a village lifestyle, with cosy cafes and elegant restaurants nestled in stunning scenery. The area benefits from a thriving creative scene, as well as the hidden delights of Dandenong Ranges' secret fern glades, giving the suburb a distinctly different ambience to the big city. As such, Dandenong has become one of the most sought after locations for city workers who prefer a more relaxed pace of life.
As a popular commuter location, Dandenong has many great places to stay, ranging from boutique hotels to no-frills hostels. However, those planning an extended stay in the area may find they are better to suited to serviced apartments, which offer a kind of home-from-home whilst still providing many benefits of a hotel - such as room cleaning and reception services. The added benefit of full kitchen facilities also make serviced apartments ideal for those looking to self-cater - which can be an important factor over a longer visit to the city.
Dandenong is known for its distinctly laid-back atmosphere, combining all the amenities and convenience of big city life, whilst offering plenty of relaxing cafes and bars in which to socialise and absorb the ambience. There are also plenty of great restaurants in the vicinity, making it ideal for those looking to spend an evening out.
Of course, one of the area’s main selling points is its parks, forestland and open spaces. Whether you enjoy a stroll among beautifully landscaped gardens, or prefer a hike through a rugged national park, Dandenong is a great place to enjoy Australia's incredible landscapes. There are also plenty of opportunities to become acquainted with the local wildlife - with several parks and reserves accessible locally.
Visitors to Dandenong also have the option to head into Melbourne proper - one of Australia's most exciting cities which offers a huge array of cultural attractions, museums and landmarks, as well as world-class dining and nightspots. However you choose to spend your time, Dandenong is a great place from which to experience the incredible natural and cultural diversity of the region, mixing big city life with unique rural charm.
Dandenong has plenty of options when it comes to eating out, with everything from fine dining to street food on offer. Dandenong Pavilion, Beletti Restaurant Cafe Bar and Roco Restaurant are particularly popular with locals, offering a mix of European and Australian cuisine, whilst Afghan Rahimi Restaurant, Siam Basil Thai Restaurant and Lakshmi Vilas are great options for those seeking something a little more exotic.
Visitors to Dandenong don’t have to travel far to find great shopping opportunities - Dandenong Plaza and The Village Dandenong both offer a diverse range of retailers, including fashion brands and consumer electronics. These are supplemented by a huge selection of independent stores dotted across the region. Dandenong market is also an option for some alternative shopping - not to mention a tourist attraction in its own right - with sellers offering everything from handcraft fashions to local delicacies.
Many of the area’s attractions are linked to its unique forest setting, with Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden and the Dandenong Ranges National Park drawing visitors from all over the country. Puffing Billy Railway is a popular attraction for those visiting with family, showcasing historic steam engines as well as offering scenic trips through the ranges. Alternatively, the Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens is a great way of learning about the history of the area.
Dandenong benefits from being part of Melbourne’s extensive public transport network, comprised mainly of buses and a light railway service. The area is served by several dedicated bus services, running to and from the city centre as well as out towards Frankston and Mornington. There are also plenty of taxi and private hire firms operating locally, making for a convenient way of getting around.
The finance, manufacturing, and tourism sectors are the main drivers behind Melbourne’s thriving economy. Several large domestic firms operate in the region, such as ANZ - an international banking and financial services group, Telstra - one of the Australia’s largest telecommunications groups and a major local employer, and Bhp Billiton. Manufacturing is represented by firms such as Amcor and BlueScope.
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