The CBD may be the busiest area of Melbourne but a suburb like Dandenong in the city's east is a great place to stay if you are doing business in the ever expanding south-east reion of Melbourne.
Dandenong is located within a close proximity to many attractions and provides a much more relaxed feel than the city, as well as having much more afforable accommodation options.
Dandenong is located 30 kilometres south-east the CBD and is a culturally diverse suburb that includes a section known affectionately as 'Little India', where you will find a multitude of exotic shops, colourful sari fashions and the most authentic Indian foods. Dandenong is also situated close to the other major regions areas including Frankston, Cranbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.
By choosing to stay in the suburb of Dandenong you have choosen an affordable options in a diverse neighbourhood above the hustle and bustle of the busy city centre.
Melbournians embrace three things in particular:
- Numerous discount factory outlets and shops where you can find special bargains for yourself, your home or as a present for others.
- A number of sporting facilities where you can play tennis, cricket, soccer, squash, netball and or course australian rules football (AFL).
- Close proximity to the Dandenong Ranges, which is a relaxing place to have a stroll, go for a picnic or enjoy an afternoon exploring the unique shops and villages in the mountains.
Sometimes the most exciting thing about visiting a new city is when you unexpectedly depart from the tourist trail and glimpse the city’s “real” character. Big attractions can be great fun, but often it’s the more subtle “insider” experiences that leave you feeling really satisfied.
Accommodation in Dandenong
Throughout the Dandenong there are numerous accommodation options available, ranging from fully self contained serviced apartments and luxury hotels right through to budget motel and backpacker accommodation. Click here for a full list of the Dandenong accommodation available including discount rates for longer stays.
Restaurants in Dandenong
There are numerous restaurants in Dandenong and they reflect the diverse range of cuisines that are on offer throughout Melbourne. This region of Melbourne has a reputation as being a culinary delight and the variety of foods on offer has to be experienced to be believed. Around the area you will find numerous Indian and Afghan restaurants, trendy cafes where you can get a coffee or latte, take-away outlets that have affordable meals and plenty of fast food outlets that offer a cheap alternative to your hunger.
Some restaurant areas in Dandenong include :
- Dandenong Market - in and around the market you will find plenty of places to eat including restaurants, cafes, take-away outlets and multi-cultural food.
- Foster & Mason Streets - an area known as 'Little India' here you will find a selection of delightful Indian food including curries, naans and even sweets shops.
- Dandenong Plaza - within the shopping centre you will find fast food outlets, cafes and a food court serving affordable meals..
Shopping in Dandenong
Bargain shopping whether it be for fashion, homewares or food has always been a feature of Dandenong. There are plenty of shops in the suburb of Dandenong and the majority of them are situated along the Princes Highway (also known as Lonsdale Street), although you can also find uniquely Indian shops along Foster Street in an area affectionately known as 'Little India'. On the corner of Clow Street and Cleland Street you can find the popular Dandenong Market, which is one of Melbourne's oldest markets and boasts a large selection of affordable fresh produce, bakeries, butchers and also a variety of other stalls.
You will also find in the heart of Dandenong the ever popular Dandenong Plaza Shopping Centre which is filled with a wide variety of fashion outlets, discount stores, novelty shops, department stores and a supermarket for all of your day to day needs.