South-East Melbourne is a diverse, widespread region enriched by world-class tourist destinations and major residential, retail, commercial and agricultural growth.
It represents a combined population of 1.5 million and includes Greater Dandenong, Casey, Cardinia, Mornington Peninsula, Frankston and Kingston councils as well as the Gippsland region. An area comparable the City of Adelaide, it is one of the fastest growing populations in the country. The region is home to 160 nationalities who speak more than 40 languages.
The south-east is also Australia’s largest manufacturing zone and has the potential to become an internationally renowned centre of manufacturing excellence. The manufacturing sector currently employs 92,539 people and contributes $66.1b to Gross Regional Product in the region. It produces over half of Victoria’s manufactured product, in close proximity to Melbourne.
Operating since 1866 and with approximately 100,000 weekly visitors, the bustling Dandenong Market is Melbourne’s second oldest and largest market, bringing together the region’s 150-plus nationalities under one roof. (Source: Dandenong Market)
Also known as The Dandenongs, the natural beauty spans valleys and hills covered in thick temperate rainforest that attracts millions of visitors from interstate and overseas. (Source: Travel Victoria)
Puffing Billy is Australia’s favourite steam train and is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. This century old steam train is still running on its original 25km mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook. (Source: Visit Dandenong Ranges)
Occupying the vast eastern corner of Victoria, visitors to Gippsland can take their pick from distinct regional pockets and break up their journey with visits to quaint seaside villages, alpine towns and farming communities. (Source: Visit Victoria)
One of Australia’s most popular wine regions, the Mornington Peninsula is reminiscent of the Mediterranean with its vineyards and olive groves, its historic country house retreats, restaurants, intimate hotels and lengthy coastlines. (Source: Mornington Peninsula Council)
There is endless family fun to be had on Phillip Island where you can see penguins and koalas in their natural habitat, teach the kids to swim on a quiet bay beach, and soak up all the action at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix and V8. (Source: Visit Victoria)