You were flying into Melbourne, ready for hipster holiday full of quality coffee, laneways and Bon Iver – naturally you didn't actually land in Melbourne but rather at Tullamarine Airport, a good 30 minute drive from Melbourne's CBD. But before you race off to the alluring Melbourne laneways, stop and ask yourself, 'if it's Melbourne's main airport, why is it called Tullamarine?'
To that we say, 'Welcome to Tullamarine' – the suburb that the airport is named after. And don't think for a minute that all you can do is stare at planes (though that would make one of our friends very happy indeed) Tullamarine has every bit as much character as an inner-city laneway. Come and explore the North West of the Greater Melbourne Region!
Any suburb with character has to have some good historical anecdotes that underpin it
And Tullamarine is no exception. The Woodlands Homestead, situated in Woodlands Historic Park, is one of the most unique colonial buildings you'll ever find. This home is pre-built timber house that was brought from Australia to Britain in 1843 – naturally, being that old, the homestead is heritage-listed. The homestead also has a surprising secret past as a thoroughbred property in Australia's premier horse-racing state. Some of the champions that have resided at the property include Whittier, the 1922 and 1925 Caulfield Cup winner, Heroic, the 1926 Cox Plate victor, and Hallmark, the 1933 champion of the AJC Derby, the Victoria Derby and the 'race that stops the nation' – the Melbourne Cup.
Aside from that, the homestead has plenty of colonial artifacts to keep you entertained. The McCracken collection is an assortment of items from the McCracken family, who owned the now ruined Cumberland homestead, including an 1880 christening mug, a 1914 gold cigarette case, and a 1914 whip. You don't need to be a history buff to be awed by the history on display!
It might seem strange, given its proximity to the airport
But Tullamarine is perennially popular with couples looking to tie the knot. Home to an abundance of function centres and venues, our guess is the region has plenty of space for big celebrations as opposed to the confines of Melbourne's CBD. If you wish to keep with our historical theme (and why wouldn't you), check out Overnewton Castle.
Built in 1849 by Scotsman, William Taylor, the house is extremely well-preserved, retaining much of its original colonial architecture and ambience. The Old English-style garden, including 160 year old oak trees, is a favourite of many brides-to-be with its quaint and intimate setting exuding charm. Combined with the grand staircase, perfect for wedding photography, this venue has everything you need for your special day. Or else, try the Lakeside Banquet & Convention Centre, overlooking Taylors Lake (we love Aussies simplicity in naming places) with the perfect atmosphere including a grand staircase for a grand entrance, a large dance floor and room for up to 600 of your closest friends.
Of course, there was only one item that any local would tell you to spend your hard-earned accommodation savings
Footy tickets! The North West are only fans of one team – their beloved Bombers or Dons. One of the oldest clubs in Australia, the Bombers were a founding member of the Victorian Football Association in 1877 and the AFL (then named the VFL) in 1896, and have also won the most premierships along with Carlton (a whopping 16). Who doesn't love supporting a winning team! Fun fact – Essendon's team name derives from their old ground's location near the Essendon Aerodrome during World War II. So don (pun very much intended) your red and black attire and head down to Docklands or the MCG to join a small fraction of the 1 million-plus strong fan base. We guarantee the atmosphere is second to none.
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