ABOUT THE AREA
Parks & Recreation
Eltham in the Shire of Nillumbik is less than 30 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD and the perfect location to appreciate the visual landscape, arts and historical sites such as the artist colony at Montsalvat. Discover the creative and sculptures of Nillumbik which come alive in the grounds of the Eltham Library and the many parklands on offer in the area or visit historical sites such as the Trestle Bridge in Eltham. Enjoy a leisurely Sunday at the Eltham Lower Park and ride on the miniature trains that operate through the Diamond Valley Railway.
* Eltham Library Panther Place Eltham Tel: (03) 9433 3111 http://yprl.vic.gov.au/about/hours-and-locations/eltham/profile
* Diamond Valley Railway Eltham Lower Park 570 Main Road Eltham Tel: (03) 9439 1493 http://www.dvr.com.au/
* Alistair Knox Park Main Road & Panther Place Eltham http://www.melbourneplaygrounds.com.au/melbourneplaygrounds-info.php?id=19407
* Eltham Leisure Centre 40 Brougham St Eltham Tel: (03) 9439 2266 http://www.eltham.ymca.org.au/
WATERMARC 1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough Tel: (03) 9432 0399 http://www.watermarcbanyule.com.au/
River & Parklands
Discover the many parklands along the picturesque Yarra River. Canoe along the river or explore the walking and cycling trails in Warrandyte and Westerfolds Park in Templestowe. Enjoy the bike paths, walking tracks and BBQ facilities at Eltham Lower Park that link Wingrove park and Lenister Farm Wetlands with viewing platform & information signage. Cafes & Vineyards Visit some of the fine food restaurants and cafes in the Shire of Nillumbik, Banyule & Whitlessea or escape to some of the B&B's for the weekend. Enjoy the ambiance while dining or sampling a glass of prized local wine in the acclaimed Yarra Valley and Kinglake Ranges.
*Tancks Corner 461 Ironbark Road, Yarrambat
*Volumes, 70 Commercial Place Eltham,Tel: (03) 9431 5000 http://www.volumes.com.au/
*Burger Lounge 902 Main Rd Eltham Tel: (03) 9431 4500 http://www.theburgerlounge.com.au/
*Mercers Restaurant 732 Main Road Eltham Tel: (03) 9431 1015 http://www.mercersrestaurant.com.au/
*Panton Hill Vineyards & Winery, 145 Manuka Road Panton Hill, Tel: (03) 9719 7342 http://www.pantonhillwinery.com.au/
*Samson Hill Estate 360 Eltham-Yarra Glen Rd Kangaroo Ground (03) 9712 0715 http://www.samsonhill.com.au/
Montsalvat In the Shire of Nillumbik is the historical artist colony Montsalvat which architecturally is reminiscent of a simple french provincial village that consists of a series unique and distinctive buildings set in over 12 acres of parkland. The Great Hall which has a polished slate floor, open fire place and stained glass windows can be hired for special functions. Visit Montsalvat on weekdays and weekends and enjoy the ambiance of the artist colony.