12 Things to See and Do in Moonee Ponds

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Anyone who lives in or has visited Moonee Ponds already has an experience of what a wonderful community it is. Between contemporary restaurants and vibrant local culture, there’s a lot to see and do.

In this article we’ll look at 12 of the biggest reasons why Moonee Ponds is a brilliant place to live and visit.

1. Restaurants in Moonee Ponds

Enjoy classic European dining at Saros—The best of European food is here in Melbourne, and coupled with its New York style, Saros has it all. Taste fresh local ingredients crafted into classic European dishes.

2. Stroll Through Queen’s Park

Transformed from a swamp into a beautiful public space in 1897, Queen’s Park is a place to discover birds and explore tiny islands, right in the middle of the city. It’s a great spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an afternoon walk.

3. Excitement at Moonee Valley Racecourse

This horse race track, which opened in 1883, is the second biggest in Melbourne. For those that love the racing action, a great time to visit is when the track’s biggest race, the Cox Plate race, is running.

4. Shop in the Puckle Street Precinct

Designer shops and boutiques line this trendy part of Moonee Ponds. From high fashion to the latest trends, there’s something for everyone here. The district is also home to many cafes, bars, and restaurants.

5. Visit the Courthouse Museum

If you’re interested in local history, then the Courthouse Museum is perfect for you. You may also be lucky enough to catch one of the events hosted by the Essendon Historical Society at the museum.

6. Moonee Ponds Bar

Indulge in a glass of wine (or two!) at Saros—Saros is locally famous for its amazing selection of wines by the glass in its wine bar. The beautiful, peaceful ambiance is the perfect environment to unwind.

7. View Local Art

The Incinerator Gallery, which opened in 2011, features the work of several local artists. The building itself is also fascinating, as it used to hold the city’s trash incinerators.

8. Live Like a Local at the Sam Merrifield Library

Browse the collection of books and enjoy a quiet space where the locals love to visit.

9. Catch a Game at Aberfeldie Park

Home to the men and women’s football and cricket teams, you might be able to catch some exciting play at this vast park. Even if not, there’s ample room to explore and play a game of your own.

10. Maribyrnong Park

The Maribyrnong Park, which is located on the Maribyrnong River, has some wonderful walking trails, chances to see wildlife, and beautiful views of the water. It’s a great place to picnic, or stop by early in the morning when the animals and birds are most active.

11. See a Show at Clocktower Centre

This local theatre hosts a wide variety of performances, from local dance troupes to traveling plays and more. Visit them online or drop in to find out what’s playing.

12. Cool Off in Queens Park Swimming Pool

Is there anything better on a hot Melbourne day than a dip in a cool swimming pool? Queens Park pool is open to the public, so anyone can visit whether you’re a local or a tourist. There is a large 50-metre lap pool, as well as separate pools for learners and a play pad for little ones.

As you can see, between restaurants in Moonee Ponds, to Moonee Ponds bars, to special events and outdoor activities, there is so much to see and do here. Begin exploring Moonee Ponds today!

Image source: Melburnian, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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