Green and artsy, Eltham is renowned for its art community, family-friendly atmosphere and lush natural spaces. Only 19 km northeast of Melbourne, it’s a doorway to a densely-treed region dubbed ‘the green wedge’ or ‘Melbourne’s lungs’.
The main street and shopping area meld city sophistication with country charm and feature several meeting spots for live entertainment and kid-friendly activities. The annual Jazz Festival is a staple in the diary of music lovers who come from near and far to enjoy the event.
Enjoy fresh coffee, professionally roasted on-site at Craftworks Roastery, browse the boutique shops and gallery spaces, sip some of the region’s finest wines at nearby cellars doors and grab a bit at any one of several dining establishments.
Make a stop at the artist colony of Montsalvat, established in the 1940s and it continues to this day to be a popular destination for visitors with its studio and gallery space for local and international artists-in-residence.
The area is home to an abundance of local native flora and fauna including several endangered species such as the Charming and the Rosella Spider Orchids, the Powerful Owl and Masked Owl, and the Eltham Copper butterfly. The township places environmental and sustainable practices in high regard and is the home of the early mudbrick house construction industry that has flourished today.
Eltham offers a wide range of recreational pursuits and children adore the popular Diamond Valley Miniature Railway in Eltham Lower Park and it is a gateway town to the wonderful wineries and accommodation that defines the Yarra Valley.
Eltham is also home to a historic wooden railway trestle bridge, built in 1902, that is the only wooden trestle bridge still in use in Melbourne's electric railway network.