Coburg is one of Melbourne’s older suburbs and as such it has a rich history. Known for its cultural diversity, there’s a number of attractions that make it a great place to visit (before making the choice to invest).
OK, so you probably wouldn’t expect a prison to be at the top of the things to do list, but the history of Coburg is very much tied to the prison. Originally the suburb was the prison and it wasn’t until later development provided residential living that the suburb’s name was changed. Take a walk around Coburg and you can still see the wonderful bluestone lanes that were built alongside the ‘bluestone college’
Decommissioned in 1997, Pentridge now offers visitors the opportunity to take part in a ghost tour. Operating on Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings the tour takes around 2 hours and explores the prison’s colourful past, including stories of Ned Kelly, Chopper Reed and Ronald Ryan, the last person to be executed in Australia.
The Boot Factory
If you haven’t the time or inclination for a ghost tour of Pentridge, how about heading inside (what was) the grounds and getting a tasty meal? The Boot Factory menu offers a variety of tasty dishes, including vegan, vegetarian & gluten free options. The bluestone walls offer a unique ambiance and you can even see the old sentry lookouts from where you dine.
Coburg Farmer’s Market
A great way to spend Saturday morning, either before, after or during the coffee, this market offers the chance to meet the farmers and growers face to face. The market stalls are full of high quality produce, including local wines, cheese, chocolates, olives and nuts. Set in the grounds of a school, the kids can even use the play equipment while you browse or maybe they can get their face painted. As the market is weekly, locals take advantage to stock up on the fresh produce.
Coburg Lake Reserve
This is the type of park that attracts visitors from everywhere. The lake is the key feature but there are also BBQs, picnic tables and a playground to keep all members of the family busy. There is plenty of tree cover for shade and lush green lawns for spreading the picnic blanket. Only drawback is the popularity of the place means you might have to get there early to grab a choice spot.