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Wantirna is a suburb of Melbourne which is located 24 kilometres east of the CBD. The suburb’s local government area is in the City of Knox. The suburb’s name is derived from a local Aboriginal word translated to mean ‘the bubbling stream’.

The region’s history dates back to 1840 when the first settler, Madeline Scott, constructed a cattle run on the banks of the nearby Dandenong Creek. In the years that followed, many more settlers set base in the region, allowing for the area to grow rapidly.

Wantirna Market Melbourne VIC, Hotel & Motel Accommodation & Map

For visitors in the area, there is no better place to start a tour of Wantirna than by heading out to the Dandenong Creek Trail and Lookout Tower. This delightful bushland area is a great spot for nature-lovers and the trail is perfect for walking and jogging. Soak in the natural beauty of the suburb and enjoy the fresh air.

Norton Park is a dog-friendly off lead public park where locals go to have great outdoor fun. With such ample space for the kids to run around, the park ranks as one of the best family destinations in Wantirna. Jells Park is also worth exploring as it has spacious playgrounds, picnic facilities, ample parking as well as a pond area.

For those heading to Wantirna on the weekend, go and check out the Wantirna Trash & Treasure Market which is held
at 251 Mountain Highway every Sunday between 8am -2pm (weather permitting). Here you will find all kinds of new and second hand or recycled goods available for purchase. There are also food stands here as well as plenty of off street parking.

If you are looking to do your supermarket shopping, or just get something nice for yourself, then head to Westfield Knox Shopping Centre which is located just on the fringe of Wantirna in the suburb of Wantirna South. Westfield Knox offers over 100 specialty stores including major department stores such as Myer, Coles, Best N Less and Harris Scarfe. There are also plenty of other stores and services including electronics, homewares, medical clinic, pharmacy, a bakery, a butcher, a post office and a Cinema.

So if you are looking for accommodation in or around Wantirna, click the link to find the range of options available.

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