Melton Business Directory
A Guide to Melton
Melton, Victoria, is a former satellite city of Melbourne that has, over the years, turned into something of a bedroom community, providing an easy commute for those working in the city but preferring to live outside the city centre. Melton is situation 35 km west of Melbourne's CBD, and is connected to the city centre by rail. Melton has come a long way since its humble origins. Sheep ranchers originally settled the township, with a substantial boom coming from miners passing through to Ballarat during the Victorian Gold Rush.
Interestingly enough, Melton has two volcanoes nearby. Mount Cottrell and Mount Kororoit historically provided strong lava flows to the region, and there is no mistaking the characteristic shape of the cones. The remnants of craters still cap these hills, though at less than 100 metres in height they are not so visually intimidating. Of course, there is no imminent danger of a volcanic eruption. The last flows from these cones were more than one million years ago.
Tabcorp Park - Tabcorp Park has brought premium Victorian harness racing back into focus with regular Friday night races. Race patrons have multiple dining options on race nights, ranging from quick bites in the sports bar to more elegant options for sit-down dinners. Live music fans will find myriad acts performing at Tabcorp, and foodies should sign up now for the upcoming Beer, Wine, & Food Festival.
Melton Motorsports Complex - Attention, petrolheads! Head over to Melton's MacPherson Park to get your fill of modified tractor pulling and V8 jet boat racing. The modified tractors often carry more than 1,000 horsepower to pull heavy loads down the 100-meter track, with ear-shattering noise providing the exciting backdrop. Moving over to the jet boat course demonstrates the skills of the two-man teams (driver and navigator) manoeuvring the compact course in less than one minute. The competition is fierce, and the fun is unlimited.
Djerriwarrh Festival - The Djerriwarrh Festival is an annual carnival-style celebration in Melton. Events include a parade, a skate competition, and the typical musical acts. The kids' area includes an animal farm, face painting, and hands-on crafts area. What sets Djerriwarrh apart and gives a distinct Australian flavour is the Dingo Discovery Centre, allowing patrons to hold and pet young dingos.
Local Wineries - Don't miss the local vintners' offerings in the Melton area. Once you get started, you may just have to reschedule the rest of your holiday to fit them all in! While roving farther afield yields a long list of great wineries and cellar doors, there are several immediately in Melton. Check out Galli Estate, Houdini Wines, Parwan Estate, and Witchmount Estates to sample the local grape. These estates have moved beyond the basic Shiraz and are offering a wide variety to customers.
Local Links - Golfers on holiday won't be disappointed by their time in Melton. Eynesbury Golf boasts four courses with lengths up to 6,577 metres, and the Melton Valley Golf Club's single course comes in at 5,705 and 71 par. If the time for a full round isn't in the cards, consider a stopover at Melton Driving Range. The covered bays are open 7 days per week, making scheduling easy.
The Willows Historical Park & Homestead - The oldest homestead in Melton was established in 1850 and was purchased by the local council in the early 1970s and restored to preserve an important piece of local history. In the mid-70s, two other historic dwellings (Mac's Cottage and Dunvegan Cottage, which previously served as the local constabulary) were relocated to the Homestead property to complete the Park.