Quality Hotel Manor
669 Maroondah Highway
Mitcham, VI 3132
Phone: (61) 3 98724200
Fax: (61) 3 98724472
This popular public golf course is nearly always busy, therefore booking ahead is essential. Once you are there, you will find a relatively comfortable par 70 course that gets more difficult than you might expect over the back nine. The bunkers and dam also make the journey quite challenging. For more details, call ahead.
Morack Golf Course is one of the many hidden treasures around Melbourne's golf course landscape. Although only 30 minutes drive from the city center, you could be deep in the countryside, such is the feeling of solitude, with views of the Dandenong Ranges making for a pleasant round. The course itself is challenging without being too difficult, a hilly par 71. A 16 bay under cover driving range is also available to use, along with a practice chipping green and bunker.
Aqualink is a leisure center that comprises indoor heated pool, steam room and spa. For complete details about the on-site facilities and services, call ahead.
If there is any chance of a sport being modified to play indoors, the odds are the Box Hill Indoor Sports Center will have it catered for. The Center runs competitions in indoor cricket, netball, soccer and volleyball (both beach and conventional). Do not worry about being pitted against adversaries you cannot counter, however, because the center manager will thoroughly test you out before throwing you in against some opposition.
Pettys Reserve is a big open space, located at a distance of 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) from the center of the suburb of Templestowe. It primarily functions as space for horse riding.
Twenty minutes from the heart of the city, the Aqualink Box Hill is one of the best equipped in the eastern suburbs. It has a gym, pools, stadium with three courts and many other facilities. For more information, check website.
A neat little suburban golf course open daily from dawn until dusk, this Glen Waverley Golf Course is popular, and often very busy. Located next to the bushland area of Jells Park, the environment is peaceful. It is also an ideal course for beginners, with limited bunkers and water hazards.
If you are looking for somewhere to escape Melbourne's searing summer heat, Aquarena is the perfect venue to cool off. With a deep pool, water slide and diving board, you can completely chill-out. The slide is usually overrun with children, so if you want to use it, get ready to line up for a while.
The beautiful fairways, neatly mowed greens, amazing wildlife and the view of the city are the factors that make up the popularity of this golf course. Watch out for the special competitions held here and do visit the pro shop. Professionals are on the job through the week, so hone your golfing skills and tee off.
Adventure (mini) golf, rock climbing and ropes are the main attractions here. This makes it more an outing for school age children, although younger ones can have a go on the mini-golf with adult supervision. Call for details.
The Ashburton Pool and Recreation Center is modern leisure and sports center. Swimming pools, gym, boxing and cycling studio and much more is available here. For more details, check website.
Malvern Valley Golf Course is one of the easiest to find if you have not been to Melbourne before. Adjacent to the Monash Freeway and located in the Gardiners Creek Valley, it is only a short trip from the central business district. The course is a par 67 architect-designed layout that provides a true test of skill, with superb greens all year round. The dress code is neat casual. A bar, bistro and function center are all open to the public. Bookings are strongly recommended.