Whether it’s hitting up a hip cafe, adventuring outdoors, or having a day out with the kids, there’s plenty to see and do in Melbourne’s North.
Things to do in North Melbourne
On a date
28 Culverlands St, Heidelberg West VIC 3081
Taproom open Friday 4pm-1am
Since being started by a few mates back in 2006, Kooinda Brewery has seen its fair share of couples looking for a casual date spot with tasty brews, a pool table and live music from local musos. The Milk Porter – Kooinda’s own brew with hints of coffee and chocolate – is a customer fave and available all year round. Keep your eye out for special events where the team at Kooinda pair up with local food trucks for a night of good beers and great eats.
155 Newlands Rd, Coburg North VIC 3058
Ticket prices: Car load (max. 5 people): $45 Adult: $19 Child & concession: $15 Senior citizen: $12.50
When the gates to Coburg drive-in first opened in 1965, the opening attraction was Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie. Today, you can drive up to see a variety of new and classic flicks and even have snacks delivered straight to your car. Settle in and snuggle up for a good old-fashioned date night with your sweetheart.
Forestwood Dr, Macleod VIC 3085
What better spot to have quality one-on-one time with your honey than smack-bang in the middle of the forest? Gresswell Forest in Bundoora is 70 hectares of gorgeous nature reserve trails plonked right between the suburbs of Bundoora and Macleod. Be transported to a hidden world of natural beauty and pop right back out into suburbia within minutes.
To eat and drink
765 Gilbert Rd, Reservoir VIC 3073
Take a trip back in time to the 1950s, when the shakes were extra-creamy, the fries were curly, and the jukebox was lined up with the hits day in and day out. Misty’s Diner isn’t exactly the sort of place you’d go for a light snack, but if you’re hankering for a fix from a greasy spoon, this is the place to be. If you’re game, take on the Misty’s Diner Burger Challenge (heads up: it’s intense!) for a chance to win a free t-shirt.
10 Bushmans Way, South Morang VIC 3752
Purchased by Italian migrants Mario and Maria Vigano back in the 1930s, Farm Vigano is a sprawling estate that holds true to its heritage by serving up a mouth-watering range of antipasti, pizza, small plates and meat dishes. Take in the breath-taking views of the plunging Plenty River Gorge Valley from anywhere in the restaurant while you sit back, relax and enjoy la dolce vita.
456 High St, Preston VIC 3072
If craft beers and meat are your thing, then you’d better book yourself a table at Dexter. This self-titled "non-traditional meatery" is a quirky spin on an eat-in butcher; dry-aged cheeseburgers, pig’s head buns and hot meat doughnuts are the order of the day. In other words, it’s a carnivore’s paradise.
With the kids
2365 Plenty Rd, Whittlesea VIC 3757
Ticket prices: General Admission (135cm+): $45 Junior (100-134cm): $37 Child (under 100cm): Free Seniors: $27
Funfields isn’t just any old theme park. It’s a theme park that also happens to be the home of not one, not two, but three world record-holding waterslides. There’s the Gravity Wave, which is the world’s biggest, longest and tallest ProSlide wave ride. Then there’s the Kraken Racer, which reaches speeds of over 60km/hr and is the only waterslide of its kind in Australia. And finally, there’s the Typhoon, which is the world’s longest CannonBowl waterslide. What does all this spell? An unbeatable day of extreme fun for the little ones.
Note: The park is closed during certain periods, so be sure to check their calendar before you plan your trip.
Unit 5/87 Newlands Rd, Reservoir VIC 3073
Ticket prices: Adults: FREE Children under 1: FREE Children 1 to 2 years: $9.50 on school days, $10.50 on weekends and school holidays Children 3 and over: $12.50 on school days, $13.50 on weekends and school holidays
Whether it’s for a kids’ party or just a fun day out, Crocs Playcentre offers up loads of areas for kids to jump, slide and bounce around while you sit back and enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat from Muffin Break Café located inside the centre. There’s a dedicated babies’ play section lined with soft play areas and sensory activities to encourage imaginative play, and a toddler area designed for kids aged 4 and under with slippery slides, a bouncing castle and more.
28 Mcphees Rd, Whittlesea VIC 3757
3-4 November 2018
Ticket prices: Adults: $20 Concession: $15 Children 6 to 14 years: $5 Children under 6: FREE Secondary school children: $15 Family pass (2 adults and up to 4 children 6-14 years): $45
Whittlesea Show epitomises the meaning of ‘wholesome day out’, with sheep, horses, and alpacas on display, as well as wood chopping, arts, crafts, photography and lots of fun activities for the kids. It’s only on once a year, so pop it in your calendar now.