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Where to stay in Broadmeadows
Broadmeadows is a semi-happening suburb of northern Melbourne. This district in the northern suburbs, just outside the Western Ring Road, is within reach of Melbourne Airport. It is a lot quieter than the city centre, but has plenty of options for accommodation and nights out, minus the bustle of Australia’s second city.
Staying here makes a good alternative to staying in the city as you are near the airport, yet connected to the centre by bus and train. The aboriginal Wurundjeri people were here before Europeans, who settled at nearby Westmeadows in the mid-1800s. One of the best places to stay is the posh Mantra Tullamarine, towards the airport.
There is a range of options for all travelers. The most popular hotel in Broadmeadows is the Airport Tourist Village Melbourne, which has been booked 5 times from our Hotels.com verified guests. Our guests also highly recommended Best Western Fawkner Suites & Serviced Apartments in Broadmeadows as it has been reserved 5 times.
There are several notable parks and nature areas in this area of Melbourne. The Best Western Airport Motel and Convention Centre is an excellent place to be based for access to Broadmeadows Valley Park and Woodlands Historic Park, as well as the airport.
- Broadmeadows Valley Park
A major park in this suburb, Broadmeadows Valley Park is known for its sporting grounds and undeveloped look. There is no heavy landscaping here, making for easy-going jogging for those looking to be near nature. Cyclists will love the bike track that runs alongside Moonee Ponds Creek, which flows right through the park. The nearby Shankland Wetlands are also worthy of some time, especially for bird lovers.
- Woodlands Historic Park
Woodlands Historic Park is situated just north of Melbourne Airport (MEL) and is one of the major attractions of the area, with its nature reserve, historic homestead and rugged trails. The cycling and horseback riding potential here is particularly good along the Woodlands Flora Trail, and there are always birds and kangaroos to spot. For walking, Gellibrand Hill is a must and comes with fantastic views of the city, the airport and mountains of the Great Dividing Range. The Woodlands Historic Homestead Complex is the place to head for history buffs, with its ancient farmhouse.
Farther west again is perhaps the main attraction in northern Melbourne, the almost artificial looking basalt columns of the Organ Pipes National Park. The solidified lava formations here are not unlike those of America’s Devil’s Tower, albeit on a smaller scale, and are very photogenic. Though not a huge site, the picnicking and walking here are good, especially along the adjoining Maribyrnong valley.
Eating and drinking and shopping nearby
Out of all of the northern suburbs, of which Broadmeadows is a part, Tullamarine has some of the best restaurants and bars. In Broadmeadows, Pascoe Vale Road and especially the Broadmeadows Shopping Centre, have many eateries. Though there is not a great deal here, the hotels have adequate eating, such as the nearby three-star Hume Villa Motor Inn. There are all sorts of bars in the area, too, many with city views—Stumps Sports Bar & Grill in nearby Tullamarine is recommended.
The airport is close by and the Broadmeadows district is easily accessed by bus, shuttle or taxi. Trains run to nearby Jacana and Broadmeadows Train Station from Melbourne city centre—both city trains and Victorian regional railway services run here. You can walk the main streets and shopping malls of the Broadmeadows district, but having a car is the best bet for exploring the nearby parks. Both Pascoe Vale Road and the Western Ring Road give fast access to the city.