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The southeast of Melbourne is an eclectic mix of multicultural suburbs offering flavourful Asian and European foods and quaint seaside towns in which to relax.


Black Rock, a well-off bayside suburb, boasts many popular beaches, but is most notable as the home of Royal Melbourne Golf Club, whose West Course is consistently rated the best in Australia and one of the top 5 to 10 worldwide.

Brighton is a popular beach suburb amongst both Melburnians and tourists alike. During the Summer, finding somewhere to lay down your towel on the beach can be a difficult task, as thousands flock to the suburb on hot days. In addition, Brighton Beach is known for its famous, brightly-coloured bathing boxes which line the beach for hundreds of metres.

Caulfield is the location of the Caulfield Racecourse, home of some of Australia's most iconic horse races, and a satellite campus of Monash University dealing particularly in the creative arts. It's also a hotspot for Melbourne's flourishing Jewish community, with about 40% of the population answering Judaism as their religion at the 2016 Census.

Clayton is a student neighbourhood, hosting the home campus of Monash University -- the largest in the country, and one of the most prestigious. With 35,000 students at the Clayton campus compared to around 20,000 residents of the neighbourhood, the university serves as a gravity well for the rest of the area's community and lifestyle.

Cranbourne is a booming growth area, and the site of Melbourne's other Royal Botanic Gardens.

Dandenong is a thriving multicultural city, often considered Melbourne's second CBD. It is home to strong Afghan, Indian and African communities, which are reflected in its variety of shops and restaurants.

Pakenham is another fast-growing suburb, and a gateway to the nearby Gippsland region.

Springvale is a multicultural suburb renowned for its Vietnamese culture.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

  • 901 bus from Melbourne airport connects with Dandenong.

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Get around[edit]

There are trams and buses in the area if you want to use public transport. There's also the M3 and M11 toll free freeways with exits for most suburbs. Additionally, there's the A50 Nepean Highway which goes up to Mornington, but a nice coastal route while in the South East.


Map of Melbourne/South-Eastern suburbs

  • 1 Brighton Beach and Bathing Boxes. One of Melbourne's favoured beaches, be sure to check out the infamous 'bathing boxes', brightly coloured boxes that are dotted along the sand.
  • 2 Jewish Holocaust Centre.
  • 3 Monash University Museum of Art. Monash University is one of the major tertiary institutions in Melbourne.
  • 4 Rippon Lea Estate. A heritage-listed historic house and gardens. Rippon Lea Estate (Q7335741) on Wikidata Rippon Lea Estate on Wikipedia
  • 5 Old Cheese Factory, 34-68 Homestead Rd, Berwick.
  • 6 Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne (Enter via cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne), +61 3 5990-2200. 9AM-5PM, daily. Closed on Christmas Day.. Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne (Q7373834) on Wikidata Royal_Botanic_Gardens,_Cranbourne on Wikipedia
  • 7 Drum Theatre (The Drum), Corner Lonsdale and Walker streets, Dandenong, +61 3 8571 1666, . 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday. Opened in February 2006, Drum Theatre is a state-of-the-art, purpose built performing arts theatre within the heritage facade of the former Dandenong Town Hall, and situated in the heart of the Dandenong CBD.
  • 8 Myuna Farm, 182 Kidds Rd, Doveton (Travel east along Clow St, a 1.4km walk from Dandenong Plaza.), +61 3 9706 9944. 10am to 4pm, everyday of the year. $8 each, Group of four $28.
  • 9 Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale, +61 3 59787935, . 10AM-5PM (Night tours are available and must be booked in advance). Eco-tourism zoo with rare and endangered Australia animals such as koala, kangaroo, wallaby, dingo, Tasmanian devil, wombat and birds. Koala petting is available at additional cost. Adults $26; Child $13; Seniors and students $23. Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (Q6907907) on Wikidata Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park on Wikipedia


  • 1 Lysterfield Park (Lysterfield Lake), Horswood Road, Lysterfield. Sunrise to sunset. Mountain Bike Trails including the State Mountain Bike course offers 20 kilometres of trails catering for riders of all ages and ability. The lake is very popular for canoeing, sailing, paddle boating and surf skiing. There are also a number of walking tracks including three trails that are linked for a brisk two-hour walk around the lake. Free. Lysterfield Park (Q6710292) on Wikidata Lysterfield Park on Wikipedia
  • 2 Caulfield Racecourse. Site of dozens of horse-racing events throughout the year.


Chadstone central atrium


  • 1 Dandenong Market, 40 Cleeland Street, Dandenong VIC 3175, +61 3 9701 3850, . Open every Sunday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Founded in 1866, Dandenong Market is Melbourne’s second oldest and second largest market. Fruit and veggie, bakeries, delis, seafood, butchers, honey, nuts, clothing, jewellery, flowers and books.

Shopping malls[edit]

  • 2 Chadstone Shopping Centre. The biggest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere. Two food courts, countless clothes shops (including a dedicated luxury fashion and accessories section), art, music, and daily essentials. Has express buses from the city and from Oakleigh Railway Station. Chadstone Shopping Centre (Q5066504) on Wikidata Chadstone Shopping Centre on Wikipedia

Individual shops[edit]





Most good network providers have 5G in the area, with a few occasional patches of 4G.

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This district travel guide to South-Eastern suburbs is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.