What to do and see in Malvern, Australia: The Best Places and Tips

November 2, 2017 Mikaela Didonna

Malvern is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Stonnington local government area. Malvern recorded a population of 10,066 at the 2016 Census.
Restaurants in Malvern

1. Hedgeley Dene Gardens

Carlyle way, Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria 3145, Australia
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Hedgeley Dene Gardens

Reviewed By Karen Y - Melbourne, Australia

This is an amazingly beautiful garden to visit in the midst of a built up residential suburb. We had a very relaxing walk here. Lake with Bridges and ducks swimming in it. Series of mysterious paths around the lake made this place appear bigger than it really is.

2. Gardiners Creek Trail

Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria 3145, Australia
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5 based on 9 reviews

Gardiners Creek Trail

Reviewed By JohnG3121 - Greater Melbourne, Australia

one of the best trails in Melbourne. even if you don't ride they're plenty of great parks along the trail that you can access by car or public transport.
Highlights: Markham reserve, Glen Iris wetlands, local history park, gardiner reserve.. plus many more. The trail joins up with the yarra trail in Burnley and in the other direction links up with Blackburn lake.
TIP: if walking or exploring be aware that it's very common to have cyclists fly past. So keep eye out

3. Phoenix Park

Rob Roy Road and Ivanhoe Grove, Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria, Australia
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Phoenix Park

Reviewed By JohnG3121 - Greater Melbourne, Australia

Extremely popular park that has a quirky design. Looks like wooden Castles from a distance. Can get busy at times. But there is plenty of room for everyone. I enjoyed the 2 Cafes that are right next to park. Also has a library adjacent

4. The Sun & The Moon Sculpture - Paul Juraszek

Cnr Glenferrie Road & High Street, Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria, Australia
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

The Sun & The Moon Sculpture - Paul Juraszek

Reviewed By Alys-Schatzi - Melbourne, Australia

Here's a piece of dramatic public art in a middle-brow suburb. It dates from 1989 and is in dark bronze. There are two figures, each almost 3m high, with a lioness beside one of them. The figures reference classical Egyptian and Greek motifs and entities: hunting, horns, weapons, astrology, the hybrid animal-human, the Minotaur, Apollo, Diana. You could see it as a post-modern pastiche. It also has a whiff of the post-colonial and faux 'primitive' to it. The old 19th-century Town Hall building opposite is in the Classical Revival style, and so you might also see the sculptural group as a nod to that earlier nod to the Classical era.
Tram 6 from the city will take you to the major intersection where the sculpture stands. Tram 16 along Glenferrie Road gets you there too.

5. Central park

Central Park Road, Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria, Australia +61 3 8290 1333
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Central park

Reviewed By JohnG3121 - Greater Melbourne, Australia

It's little wonder that Victoria used to have the garden state stamped on car number plates. There are so many great Gardens in Melbourne that it's hard to visit them all. This park is a treat. It's an Edwardian style garden that features a great running track and sporting oval. I particularly love the large Fountain located near the greenhouse.
TIP: best car parking is on Central Park Rd or Kingston St. A tram runs past park on Wattletree Rd (tram route 5)

6. Malvern Urban Forest

Dandenong Road, Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria 3145, Australia
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Malvern Urban Forest

Reviewed By Anne T - Melbourne, Australia

I frequently walk my dog through the urban forest and it is a serene and lovely place to visit. I often see young mums and their children exploring. Make sure your dog is on a lead! Well done to staff who care for our slice of paradise! X

8 Claremont Ave, Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria 3144, Australia +61 3 9509 8999
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Manyung Gallery Malvern

Established in 2009, Manyung Gallery Malvern, formerly Glenferrie Road Contemporary Art, provides easy access for inner Melbourne based clients to view great Australian contemporary art in Malvern. taps into a great heritage of gallery expertise through sister gallery Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza. More than 40 years as a commercial gallery means we know where to source the widest range and very best of Australian contemporary art. Recently relocated to Claremont Avenue we now offer visitors access to a small sculpture courtyard to view a wider array of works.

Reviewed By TeenyReeny25 - Melbourne, Australia

Had a wonderful experience here, staff are genuinely helpful and honest. Lots of variety too. The courtyard outside is gorgeous with some lovely outdoor pieces.

8. Northbrook House

1257 High St | Behind Malvern Library, Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria 3144, Australia
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Northbrook House

Reviewed By Alys-Schatzi - Melbourne, Australia

If you find yourself near Malvern Town Hall and the Malvern Public Library, take the time to look at historic Northbrook House behind the library. Northbrook is an Italianate villa built in 1888-89. We're lucky this grand old house has survived and is in public ownership, considering how many historic properties have not been maintained. You can walk all around the house's exterior at any time and entry is possible during the hours the Stonnington History Centre inside is open to the public (currently 10am-4.30pm Monday to Friday, later on Wednesdays, and 10am-1pm Saturdays). To the right of the front doors you'll see a big old mulberry tree. At the side and rear there is a small formal garden (low box hedges, standard roses) and a sculptural bust of former prime minister John Gorton. There is also a covered walk, with big thick Doric columns. When I visited on a Saturday afternoon the area was very peaceful; it would be a nice place to sit down for a while. The garden and covered walk would also be a good spot for taking posed photographs after a function; check with the Stonnington Council for permission.

9. Percy Treyvaud Reserve

32 Chadstone Rd, Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria 3145, Australia
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Percy Treyvaud Reserve

Reviewed By JohnG3121 - Greater Melbourne, Australia

relaxing spot off the hwy and bear chaddy shopping centre. nice playground with a nearby futuristic toilet. across the carpark is a lovely spot to sit and relax. also features a dog off leash area.
TIP: playground on quentin rd

10. Sir Robert Menzies Reserve

Toorak Road, Henderson Ave. | Parking on Elizabeth Street, Malvern, Stonnington, Victoria 3144, Australia
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Sir Robert Menzies Reserve

Reviewed By Alys-Schatzi - Melbourne, Australia

For years I'd driven past this park and had the impression that it was an attractive bit of open space but long and narrow. Wrong. When I visited the park with a friend who was investigating finding accommodation in one of the boundary streets I discovered it is much larger and more user-friendly than I'd realised. There is a children's playground with swings, climbing and a slide, wisely set well back from busy Toorak Rd. There is a sports ground: cricket in summer, football in winter. Off-leash dog-walking is allowed. There are public toilets. And there are boundary trees, open lawns, and a few bench seats. The reserve is pretty much level, being situated on relatively high ground before the land falls away down to Gardiners Creek. All in all, a valuable community facility serving the surrounding residential streets.
Sir Robert Menzies was a significant Australian politician whose electorate took in Malvern East, Kew etc. He lived in Haverbrack Ave, Malvern.
The reserve is under the control of the City of Stonnington local government.

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