Top 10 Things To See And Do In Moonee Ponds, Melbourne

Lake at Queens Park at Moonee Ponds | © Bidgee/WikiCommons
Lake at Queens Park at Moonee Ponds | © Bidgee/WikiCommons
Photo of Magda Makowski
9 February 2017

Located only four miles from Melbourne’s central business district, the suburb of Moonee Ponds has expanded into its own mini metropolis, with a style and a vibe all of its own. Here, we profile 10 things to see and do here.

Go For A Wander Through Queens Park

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Queens Park has long been a cherished space in the Moonee Valley district. Its former swampy center offered a resting spot for miners during the gold rush. Renovated as a public garden in 1897, the original swamp has since been transformed into a large lake containing several small islands, a pergola, a fountain and an abundance of birdlife.

Explore Maribyrnong Park

Situated at the end of Holmes Road, Maribyrnong Park is a large recreational reserve that borders the picturesque Maribyrnong River. The esteemed Boathouse restaurant is found here in the gardens and gum trees closest to the Maribyrnong River bridge. Small jetties line the river, offering access for fishing and canoeing, or just a closer view of the river activities.

Maribyrnong Park, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia

Moonee Valley Racecourse

Melbourne’s second-biggest racecourse, the Moonee Valley Racecourse, holds thoroughbred horse races and harness racing. Established in 1883 by William Samuel Cox, the Moonee Valley Racecourse has been home to the annual Cox Plate races since 1922, named in honor of the racetrack’s founder. It garners worldwide attention and has been visited by many racehorses, including the legendary Phar Lap.

Moonee Valley Racecourse, Gate 1 McPherson St, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia

Discover Local History At The Courthouse Museum

Managed by the Essendon Historical Society, the Courthouse Museum houses a collection of memorabilia portraying Moonee Ponds and the surrounding area’s local history. Built in 1890, the building operated as a courthouse until 1974. The Essendon Historical Society regularly organizes events, such as second-hand book sales, fundraisers and heritage talks at the museum. Guided tours are normally held in the warmer months.

Courthouse Museum, 768 Mount Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia

Splash Around At Queens Park Swimming Pool

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Situated on the eastern side of Queens Park, the Queens Park Swimming Pool facility provides much relief on hot days. Surrounded by the local flora and fauna of the gardens, the center features a large heated outdoor swimming pool, a junior pool, and a shaded toddler’s pool with a slide in the shape of a frog.

Get Active At The Fanny Street Reserve/Moonee Ponds Creek

A hidden gem for bike enthusiasts, the Fanny Street Reserve contains a BMX Dirt Track and access to the Moonee Ponds Bike Trail. It is the perfect spot to start or end your cycling journey. Overlooking Moonee Ponds Creek, the Fanny Street Reserve includes a small car park, playground and barbecue facility.

Fanny Street, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia

Visit The Incinerator Gallery

Established in 2011, the Incinerator Gallery presents the best of local artists. Originally containing large furnaces used for the city’s waste disposal, the gallery remains a tribute to the constructive architecture of its main feature, the incinerator designed by Walter Burley Griffin. Curator talks and local history tours are regularly held due to their popularity.

Incinerator Gallery, 180 Holmes Rd, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia