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Published June 14th 2018
Deer Park has a creek, parks, shopping, and a popular pub
Deer Park is 17 kilometres west of Melbourne, just past Sunshine, and before Caroline Springs. It is a multicultural suburb that is growing swiftly, and offers a range of family-friendly activities, a retail precinct, some scenic parklands, and a popular bistro and pub.
Shops, Cafes and Restaurants
Brimbank Shopping Centre is on the corner of Neale and Station Roads in Deer Park, and offers a variety of stores. There are a range of fashion outlets including CT Lane, and Exhale. For gift shopping, check out Cargo Culture on Level 1, or Fan-C-Gifts.
For a great place to eat at Brimbank Centre try Satchi Patisserie. They serve breakfast, coffee, lunch, sandwiches and delicious pastries. They are open from 9am daily (10am on Saturdays), and open till at least 5pm (9pm on Thursdays and Fridays). Click here for a review.
The Jolly Miller Cafe is another good lunch option at the Shopping Centre, with a large range of pre-made sandwiches, cake, and coffee, in a comfortable setting. They open at 8am and are open to at least 5pm (7pm on Saturdays).
Parks, Playgrounds and Trails
According to the The Brimbank City Council, the Isabella Williams Memorial Reserve playground (151 Neale Road) in Deer Park features a "large eye-catching 'volcano' with tall climbing walls, nets and three long slides, including a yellow-covered twisted slide, emerging out of the volcano." - now that sounds like plenty of fun for the kids. This article has some more great photos of the reserve.
An impressive local park. Credits: Brimbank City Council website.
Deer Park Hotel Deer Park Hotel is at 760 Ballarat Road. They have a relaxed bar, a beer garden, and great value dining options. The menu has pub classics including roast of the day, lasagna, and sticky date pudding. Opening hours are generally from 11am to late, with lunch from noon to 2.30pm, and dinner from 5.30pm to 9pm.
How to get to and from Deer Park
Deer Park is half an hour from the Melbourne CBD. If you want to take public transport, there is a train station in the south of the suburb at Deer Park, and Melbourne bus routes 215, 216, 400, and 420 service the area.