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Kindred Bandroom bar for Dan Sultan concert. Kindred Studios. Footscray. Yarraville.

Kindred Bandroom: Where Music, Community, and Collaboration Flourish

Nestled in Footscray, Kindred Studios stands as a distinctive presence amidst Melbourne’s music landscape. This is no ordinary music venue; it is a vibrant epicenter where diverse musical genres converge, passionate music enthusiasts gather, and a profound sense of community and collaboration thrives. The Kindred Bandroom stage showcases a wonderfully eclectic array of genres with …

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Delicious Dishes at Salama Tea House in Sunshine

Eat Drink Westside invites you on an epicurean adventure

This article (edited), appeared in the Autumn edition of Westside Living.  Eat Drink Westside is a unique collaboration between the city’s western region councils and the annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, shining a light on the local community’s enviable gastronomic heritage and many diverse culinary gems.  This year’s jam packed program features wineries, enticing …

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Simon Perry’s sculpture, On Tap, at Caroline Springs Lake

Public Art On Tap

On Tap The Melton City Council arts team has been busy working with professional conservators to polish, repair, repaint and clean some of the most significant artworks in its public art collection. One of the most stunning transformations has been for a very prominent artwork, Simon Perry’s On Tap at Caroline Springs Lake, which was …

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The Ascot Lot

the largest drinking hall and beer garden in melbourne’s west We know that Melbourne’s west has an abundance of great food spots. We also know that abandoned industry spaces only mean a world of potential for new ventures this side of town. Located in a vacant parking lot and former car yard on busy Mt …

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Red tree sculpture in Melton Botanic Gardens

Melton Botanic Garden

An enriching community space The dream began back in 2003. A group of like minds discussed the idea of developing a quality enriching open space in some vacant grassland of Melbourne’s west. The Friends of Melton Botanic Garden Inc. (FMBG) was born. It took dedication from 30 or so local volunteer members, as well as …

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Altona Homestead Ghost Tour

On a dark and dreary winter night a group gathers at Logan Reserve outside the softly lit Altona Homestead. Excited chatter begins to soften as a solemn man stands at the entrance. He greets the group. Jason is our guide and takes us on foot by lantern light. He escorts us through the park, onto …

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Old airplanes in large museum

B-24 Liberator Memorial Australia

An Aviation Museum in Werribee Discover Australia’s WW2 Military Aviation Introducing another hidden gem of Melbourne’s west, the B-24 Liberator Memorial Australia. A Museum located in Werribee just off the Princes Freeway offering great insight into the country’s military aviation. Enter an aircraft hangar filled with interactive displays, running engines, gun turrets, military uniforms and …

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Artists working on prints at Sunshine Print Artspace

Sunshine Print Artspace

Melbourne’s West Print Makers Hub  The Sunshine Print Artspace (SPA) is a Not for Profit creative workshop and custom printmaking studio run by passionate volunteers. It’s an artist hub founded by Phillip Doggett-Willians and Adrian Spurr where printmakers gather to foster and nurture their creative flow. Phillip and Adrian have sourced and restored printing presses …

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Seaplane on Melbourne harbour

Melbourne Seaplanes

Melbourne from above It’s one thing to know your city at ground level – to stare up at the Eureka Tower or to follow the light towers from Flinders Street Station to the MCG. It’s another thing entirely to see the city from above – and not from thousands of metres, as you would in …

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