Pakenham Business Directory
Guide to Pakenham
Pakenham is a western suburb of greater Melbourne located approximately 55 km from the city's CBD. Due to its location, Pakenham enjoys all the tranquillity of the countryside without losing the convenience of the city. The suburban town has expanded rapidly over the last few years, which has led to significant development in its infrastructure. Now featuring a modern shopping centre, sporting facilities and places of cultural interest, Pakenham is fast becoming one of Melbourne's most desirable outer suburbs.
Visiting Pakenham has never been easier. Transport from Melbourne to Pakenham is a breeze and is facilitated by Princes Highway, which connects the city's CBD directly to the centre of the suburb. Pakenham is also connected to Melbourne via the local metropolitan public transport system, which starts from Melbourne CBD and ends in Pakenham. In town, there's a small selection of budget accommodation options as well as a caravan park. Brand name shopping, cafes, restaurants and recreation facilities are also all within arm's reach.
Sights, Activities and Attractions
Pakenham Golf Club - Conveniently located along Princes Highway Pakenham Golf Course features an 18-hole course, clubhouse, pro shop and more. Visitors are welcome to come and play either 9 or the full 18 holes. Golf cart and club hire is also available. Due to the course's popularity, advanced booking is essential for public holidays and weekends.
Pakenham Central Marketplace - The neighbourhood's main shopping centre. Recently opened, the large complex is anchored by Woolworths, Big W and Dick Smith Electronics. These retail establishments are flanked by numerous other specialty shops, cafes and eateries. The marketplace is conveniently located a few blocks from Pakenham's rail station and is the central hub of the town.
Pakenham Football Club - Pakenham is home to an Australian rules football team known as the Pakenham Lions. The team hosts matches from Pakenham Major Recreation Reserve. As part of the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League, the Lions play against 9 other teams in 16 matches throughout the season.
Pakenham Community Market - Hosted by the Pakenham Football Club and is held on the third Sunday of each month from 8:00 am - 11:00 am. The family-friendly market attracts locals and residents from neighbouring suburbs who come in search of hidden treasures, plants and other items. Coffee, snacks and food are also available during the market's trading hours.
Pakenham Hotel - A Pakenham mainstay since the 1920s, the historic Pakenham Hotel has since been converted into a trendy bistro, bar and events venue. It sits right on Main Street and is one of the few period buildings remaining from the early 1900s. Serving up popular dishes from around the world, it offers great food with historic ambiance and also plays host to a range of musical acts throughout the year.
Bunyip State Park - Named after a creature from local Aboriginal mythology, Bunyip State Park is located just north of Pakenham and is an easy drive from town. Formerly used for logging, the region was transformed into a state park in 1992 and has been popular with locals ever since. The dense forests are full of native flora and fauna, including the swamp wallaby. There are plenty of marked trails for hiking, cycling and horse riding.