Exploring Melbourne’s Suburbs – City of Brimbank

Located within the metropolitan area of Melbourne, the city of Brimbank is a local government region comprising the western suburbs of the city. Stretching across an area of 123 square kilometers, the suburb has a population in excess of 180,000. If you are looking to explore this beautiful suburb in its entirety, don’t forget to choose bus charter in Melbourne for a comfortable ride.

About The City Of Brimbank

For over 40,000 years prior to European settlement, the Wurundjeri people were the initial settlers of the land in the Port Philip Bay region, encompassing the present City of Brimbank. This area was well positioned in the region occupied by Marin-Balluk and Kurung-Jan-Balluk clans of the Wurundjeri people, forming the part of major Kulin Nation. Other notable groups in the area included Marpeang-Bulluk and Yalukit-William clans.

At the time when amalgamations of local councils were done by the Kennett Liberal government, Brimbank was founded in 1994, December 15th, by merging the former cities of Sunshine and Keilor. The city was named after Brimbank Park, which itself got a name from farmers driving livestock at the brim of Maribyrnong River’s Bank

The City of Brimbank is currently divided into different wards, including Grasslands Ward, Harvester Ward, Horseshoe Bend Ward and Taylor’s Ward. Some notable suburbs include Kings Park, Cairnlea, Deer Park, Albanvale, Brooklyn, Derrimut, Keilor Park, St Albans East, Taylors Lakes, Tullamarine, Sunshine North, Sydenham and Hillside. Some of the top attractions in the city include Organ Pipes National Park, Keilor Park Recreation Reserve, Horshoe Bend Farm, PenDragon Heritage, and a lot more as enlisted below.

Overnewton Castle

The Overnewton Castle is an English-style architecture spanning across an area of 4 acres, with a fully restored grand dining space overlooking the sprawling gardens, with an ideal setting for a garden ceremony. This iconic structure was constructed between 1849 and 1859 by William Taylor as an elegant family home in Scottish Baronial style. Even in those days, it used to be a spot of entertainment.

For over 3 decades now, it has been operating as a family owned reception centre, with plenty to look out for. The Dining Room is purely a bliss offering a fantastic setting for an auspicious event. The vintage carved oak panels shipped out from Scotland in the 19th century makes the chapel create a ceremonial atmosphere.

Brimbank Park

The present Brimbank Park was actually opened as a part of the Maribyrnong Valley Park in 1976, combined with the adjacent Greenvale Reservoir Park and Horseshoe Bend Children’s Farm. The river has spaced out a valley some 50 metres beneath the Keilor Plain, with gentle terraces on the southern side and a steep bank on the northern side, creating a massive amphitheatre.  

Within the park, there are several sheltered picnic areas, playgrounds, picnic tables and gas barbecue facilities. In case you aren’t packing some stuff for your hunger pangs, the Leaping Lizard Café is there to serve you. There’s also an extensive network of walking and cycling tracks, along with self-guided trails. If you are in for some adventure, the Maribyrnong river Trail will take you through a tree-lined path to Footscray. Some of the birds you can spot at this location include galahs, parrots, flame robins, yellow-tailed thornbills and blue wrens. You may also see some swamp wallabies, a blue-tongued lizard, or Brush-tailed possums.

Kororoit Creek Trail

Following the Kororoit Creek in the inner western outskirts of the city, the trail is a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists. The upper section of the trail starts in the Caroline Springs, continuing through to Albanvale. Once you reach the Deer Park, the navigation is straightforward with sealed concrete path on either side of the creek. The trail runs uninterruptedly from Moore Park and onto Brooklyn, passing close to both Sunshine and Albion stations.

Move on to the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail going through the Altona Coastal Park at the site of Williamstown Racecourse. At the south and north end of the park, the trail splits off the lead to a single path, heading westerly towards Millers Road.

The Hunt Club Community Arts Centre

The Hunt Club Community Arts Centre is a premium arts venue in the city of Brimbank, offering a wide range of opportunities for people to take part in community and arts events.  Housed inside the iconic Deer Park Hunt Club building, the Gallery 2 and Foyer Gallery offers easy hanging systems and track lighting. The gallery spaces are made available to emerging and experienced artists to showcase the best of their works in public. In addition to a couple of gallery spaces, the centre offers reasonable hires for community groups to conduct arts events and projects, and also arts and culture classes for all interests.

As a guest, you are presented with a diverse range of community exhibitions throughout the year, held at the Keilor Art Space, Deer Park Art Space, Sunshine Gallery and Sunshine Art Space. Express your creativity and interest, or appreciate the ones who have done it.

Keilor Golf

This beautifully maintained golf course in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne caters for golfers of all abilities. With hard fast greens and lush fairways, the setting is seductive, to say the least. The 20-bay driving range is ideal to have some practice, and it gets better when a golf expert like Scott Wearne is there to guide you. The proshop is equipped with clubs, tees, shoes, balls and almost everything you need to start playing golf. Full sets are available on hire, while electric carts are also there to help you move around.

Once you are done with the rounds, you can relax with a glass of wine or bite some sandwiches. There are a variety of cookies and slices for you and your companion. You can come along with your group of friends, since it’s hardly a 20-min drive from downtown Melbourne, and enjoy a day full of refreshment with some golfing and chatting. Book Melbourne bus charter for a comfortable group ride to this venue, and you are all set!