Listen to the gum leaves rustling in the wind
As any of the locals will tell you, living in Melbourne’s well-established eastern suburbs offers the best of both worlds—it’s leafy, relaxed and peaceful, yet everything you need is within easy reach, and the city centre is just 20 minutes away. At The Orchards, you’re surrounded by major parks and reserves, including Currawong Bush Park, the Mullum Mullum Creek Trail and the sprawling Westerfold Park. You could do a different walk every day for a month! There are great options for shopping, services and entertainment, too. The Pines is just a short stroll away, and Westfield Doncaster is around 10 minutes by car or bus (the bus stops right outside the village). You can be soaking up some art and history at Heide within 15 minutes, and it’s also reassuring to know that excellent medical centres and hospitals are nearby.