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Mitcham is an outer suburb of Melbourne, 20 kilometres east of the Melbourne CBD. It takes around 30-minutes by rental car to reach the heart of Melbourne from Mitcham, driving through the eastern suburbs such as Box Hill, Camberwell, Heidelberg and Nunawading. Mitcham has everything you need for your travels across Melbourne and Victoria, with restaurants, shopping and plenty of parks to relax in. The main shopping area of Mitcham is centred around the intersection of Whitehorse Road and Mitcham Road; here, you will find a supermarket, restaurants and independent shops.
Mitcham is just 30 minutes from the city border and from national parks such as the Dandenong Ranges National Park, offering the choice of both Melbourne, suburban Melbourne and the natural surroundings of the city.
Before leaving Mitcham, take in some of the local suburban attractions, including a number of parks, the most impressive being the Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve. Situated on the southern bank of the Mullum Mullum Creek, the space is a mixture of original indigenous bushland and reconstructed bushland, cultivated from a previously industrial site. Here you can see over 85 species of bird and other native animals. The creek and reserve play an important role in animal migration. Enjoy the park on one of the walking paths, and stay for a picnic in a designated picnic area.
Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum is located on the eastern border of Mitcham, just below Yarran Dheran. The historic complex, built-in 1884, offers 2.25 hectares of bushland, a cottage garden and historical buildings. See historical documents, photographs and artefacts that detail the history of early development in the area. With antique costumes, jewellery and more, it offers an interesting insight into outer Melbourne's past.
Melbourne itself is packed with interesting travel destinations and tourist attractions, from Melbourne Zoo (Australia's oldest zoo) to the aquarium, Eureka Skydeck, the MCG, Federation Square, Museums, Galleries, Heritage Sites and everything in between. But when travelling, often one thing is at the front of mind, budget. Taking in some free experiences can save you money to spend on other things, like Melbourne's food scene and world-class coffee.
Start with the National Gallery of Victoria, just 30-minutes from Mitcham, on St Kilda Road. With over 70,000 artworks from local, national and international artists, and a constant revolving door of travelling exhibitions, no two visits to this premier gallery in Melbourne are ever the same. The NGV offers everything you want from a gallery experience and then adds something unexpected.
While you're taking in the main sites of Melbourne with Flinders Street Station and St Paul's Cathedral, opposite Federation Square, pop in and visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). See interesting film screenings and exhibitions on TV, movies, and video game culture.
After taking in the best sites from Mitcham and Melbourne, see the tall trees and lush forests of Dandenong Ranges National Park. The park is just a 30-minute drive east of Mitcham. Walk the famous 1,000 steps, stroll through quaint towns and spot iconic native animals living in the brush, such as wombats and wallabies. It's remarkable how you can feel in a completely different world while being only minutes from Melbourne.
See the world's tallest flowering tree, the Mountain Ash, as you tackle the 1,000 steps, known as the Kokoda Memorial Trail, and learn some Second World War history through the park's signage. Waterfalls, giant trees, huge ferns, and strange animals. It's hard to resist a rainforest when it's right on the city's doorstep.