Manningham is a leafy suburban region in the north-east of Melbourne.
Get in and around
While the Manningham area infamously has no train or tram services, it is surprisingly well-connected to the city and surrounding regions by buses. Most of the buses which serve the main roads are the silver-coloured SmartBuses, which offer real-time arrival information, extended operating hours and on-board announcements of the next stop. They generally operate every 15 minutes or better on weekdays, and every 30 minutes on weekends and at night.
The 907 SmartBus runs from Lonsdale Street in the city to Doncaster, and is the fastest way to reach Westfield Doncaster and the Park & Ride. The 905 SmartBus services Bulleen and Templestowe from the city, while the 906 SmartBus is the quickest way to reach The Pines, East Doncaster and Warrandyte. The 903 SmartBus operates as a cross-town route, connecting the area to train stations at Heidelberg and Box Hill, while also stopping at the Heide Museum and Westfield Doncaster. Other useful SmartBuses in the area include the 901 (from Melbourne Airport), the 902 and the 908.
- Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen (Train to Heidelberg Station (Hurstbridge Line), then 903 SmartBus towards Mordialloc; alight at Bridge St stop and 5min walk through park on left), ☎ +61 3 9850 1500, e-mail: email@example.com. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. A world-famous contemporary and modern art museum set amongst the Yarra River floodplains in Bulleen. Offers three separate galleries, including one in the original 1870s farmhouse. Home to works of many artists, including Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester. There is also a free-entry outdoor sculpture garden which can be visited at any time. A café and gift shop are also located on-site. Free guided tours daily at 2pm. $16 adults, $14 seniors, $12 concessions, children (<12) and sculpture park entry free.
- Shoppingtown Hotel, 19 Williamsons Rd, Doncaster (Opposite Westfield SC; Buses 902, 903 or 907), ☎ +613 9848 6811, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. The Shoppingtown is the only real hotel-style accommodation in Manningham, and it's right in the heart of Doncaster Hill. While a bit 60s, it offers comfortable 3.5-star rooms and facilities. The hotel also offers a bar and bistro, a nightclub and a cabaret room, hosting various performances and shows regularly throughout the year.
- Warrandyte Goldfields Bed & Breakfast, 1-3 Whipstick Gully Road, Warrandyte (To/from city, Bus 906: Whipstick Gully Rd stop), ☎ +61 3 9844 0666, e-mail: email@example.com. A humble 4-star bed and breakfast in a scenic rural setting, right next to the main shopping strip of Warrandyte. Includes complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi and Netflix. Double $185/night.