07 July 2020   

1 min read
With location comes lifestyle and Stockland Mernda Retirement Village will keep you living a fulfilling life right into retirement. Only a hop, skip and a jump away, you have so much to enjoy with family, friends and your local community.

From parklands, golf, shopping and dining – you are living amongst everything you need right here at Mernda Retirement Village VIC. Here are a few of our local favourites for you to enjoy – all part of your City of Whittlesea!

Mernda off-leash Dog Park
Location: Cnr Plenty Road & Mernda Village Drive Mernda
Feeling like some fresh air? Pop on your walking shoes, grab your little sidekick and some snacks (for both of you, of course) and stroll just 2 minutes down the road to your local dog park. With a large fenced area, plenty of gum trees, picnic spaces and a waterway there’s certainly a lot to do! Enjoy throwing a ball around with your pup while he enjoys roaming around leash-free, or, relax with a book under a big gum tree knowing that your pup can’t run off on his own little adventure around Mernda. Take a fellow village friend and set up an afternoon picnic or BBQ. You can even cool off from all that running around or cooking with a dip in the waterway when the weather is nice and warm. So close to home, we’re sure you’ll end up frequenting this park and who knows who you’ll bump in to down there?! It’s amazing the people you meet and friends you make while bonding over a shared love of pups!

The Bridge Inn Hotel
Location: 1425 Plenty Road Mernda
Phone: 03 9037 1800
Serving locals and visitors of Mernda since the 1890’s is your new favourite, The Bridge Inn Hotel, only 2.7kms up the road. Consider this venue your new go-to in the centre of your community, somewhere to catch up with family, friends or make new friends! Grab a village mate and head to the winning Sport’s Bar with theatrette-style viewing so you can catch every angle of the game. Give an old friend a call and catch up over a delicious meal and drink. Or, round up the village crew and make it a regular thing! Good chat and good atmosphere aren’t the only things on the menu. Enjoy a menu filled with succulent steaks, fresh seafood and of course, all your pub favourites. So, when are we doing this?


Growling Frog Golf Course
Location: 25 Lincare Drive Bundoora
Phone: 03 9716 3477
When the locals hear the name Growling Frog Golf Course, they think serene, stunning, tranquil as words to describe the course designed by Australian golf legend Graham Marsh. 7.8km away from our village is this spectacular 18-hole golf course set across 280 acres of parklands and wetlands featuring ancient River Red Gums, wildlife and stunning views of the Great Dividing Range. So enjoy an early morning tee-off with some fellow villagers, or join the club and make some new friends in the community. If you don’t want a full membership, there’s also season passes to enjoy getting out and about in the warmer weather. Before you call it a day, why not kick back and relax, enjoy some good banter and some good food at the restaurant, cafe or Spike Bar. The best sunsets are surrounded by friends and parklands.

Two Beans and a Farm at Carome Homestead
Location: 10 Hathfelde Blvd Mernda
Phone: 03 9717 0978
Fancy a day amongst countryside charm and history dating back to the 1860’s? Two Beans and a Farm at Carome Homestead is a short 5km drive from our village! This gorgeous bluestone farmhouse restaurant is set amongst acres of land, established gardens and wonderful views. It is also just a short path away from the Plenty River Gorge and home to many wildlife species such as kangaroos, rabbits and ducks. So pop on your favourite dress or slacks, get a group together for a special occasion and enjoy a tapas style menu that is inspired by rustic Australian favourites as well as classical European, South American and Mediterranean cuisines. What a lovely day out in a beautiful, relaxing setting with even better company and food!


Mernda Junction Shopping Centre
Location: Cnr Plenty & Bridge Inn Road Mernda
Phone: 03 9036 2855
Need to grab some groceries? Or perhaps it’s some retail therapy you’re after? Mernda Junction is the go-to for our residents, 1km down the road from our village. This shopping centre offers our residents contemporary retail stores, fresh groceries, health services, entertainment and dining all under the one roof. Namely this centre is home to major retailers including Coles, Liquorland and Chemist Warehouse so you’ll never find yourself short of fresh milk and bread, a good bottle of wine or a script that needs filling. Start your day out with a coffee or lunch catchup, a spot of shopping or even treat yourself to some fresh nails. Shopping centres offer us so much more that the daily shop, and lucky for us it’s close enough to enjoy on the regular.