A sensational multicultural food scene, a major educational destination, easy access to the freeway and endless public transport options – Box Hill is home to all of this and those who call it home, can call themselves lucky. In line with Prospect, this area of Melbourne reflects a seamless marriage of Eastern and Western culture, seen throughout the scope of lifestyle.
This once quaint suburb has evolved and is constantly on the move. Thriving, cosmopolitan yet homely, Box Hill is becoming increasingly popular as more people seek the pleasures and advantages of modern, suburban living.
Green retreats are at the heart of the suburb
Enjoy everything Box Hill is renowned for, just by stepping outside. A short walk from Prospect is Box Hill Gardens, the recreational epicentre of the suburb. Playgrounds, a duck pond, cricket pitch, basketball courts, and barbecue facilities make it a hub for harmonious celebrations of both Eastern and Western communities.
1–4. Box Hill Gardens
5. Surrey Park & Aqualink
6. Red Cup Cafe
7–8. The Penny Drop
9. Second Wife
Buzzing with a wealth of dining destinations
The cafe scene in Box Hill is as thriving as any inner city area of Melbourne, with a scope of exceptionally chic coffee shops and vibrant eateries. Live music emanates from the cosy Red Cup, where menu selections boast everything from slow cooked baked beans to house baked goodies for lovers of all things sweet. The Penny Drop is an essential coffee destination, housing some of the best blends in Melbourne, as well as an exotic pan-Asian menu and bright, open interiors.
Box Hill hosts almost every cuisine imaginable in restaurant form. However, it is Asian food that rules this suburb – an impressive collection of restaurants rivalling that of the CBD’s or Chinatown’s is found here. Authentic dishes pay the ultimate tribute to the countries from which they emerged.
An endless array of unrivalled Asian cuisine
Box Hill Central is one of the privileged locations to host Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart – the Malaysian founded cult dessert brand. For something a little more substantial, head to restaurants Miss Korea, Dainty Sichuan, Kitchen Republic or Wonton House; a few local favourites.
10. Kitchen Republik
11-12. Wonton House
13. Miss Korea
Over 300 retail outlets are found in Box Hill alone. A fair share of them you’ll find in Box Hill Central – the shopping heart of the suburb – where Asian-style retailers are found amongst Australian-brand favourites. Head to the food hall for the freshest of fruit and vegetables, meats, fish and deli goods. Close to the hall are Asian specialty grocers Hu Hui Supermarket and Yang Yang’s Asian Groceries.
Shopping for everyday, and for special occasions
14. Box Hill Central
15. Rapture Florist
16. Westfield Doncaster
17. Wattle Park Green Grocer
Westfield Doncaster is just four kilometres from Prospect – a stunningly designed centre with all types of stores to match, budget to high-end. Westfield makes for enjoyable days that are a little more exciting on the shopping front.
18. Box Hill Town Hall
19. Box Hill Hospital
20. Box Hill Library
21. Tram No. 109
Box Hill is an area with its residents’ best interests at heart. Schools, health services and a dynamic public transport network of trains, trams and buses form a incredibly connected community – with everything it requires at its doorstep.
Rich with services, and glowing with a strong community spirit
A realm with schools for every stage of life
Box Hill Institute
Box Hill Institute is a leading Victorian vocational and higher education provider renowned for its creative approach to education in Australia. Offering apprenticeships and degrees, short courses and diplomas, the institute services over 64,000 students.
Deakin University is in the top 1.1% of world universities according to the QS World University Rankings. The university offers a personalised experience, enhanced by innovative digital engagement, creating opportunities for over 53,000 students to live and work in an evolving world.
22. Box Hill Institute
23. Deakin University
24. Box Hill Secondary College
25. Our Lady of Sion College.
Primary and high schools
You should be able to educate your child the way you want – and in Box Hill you can. Co-educational, single sex, public, private and Catholic schools are present in Box Hill to provide educational opportunities to suit all children. Box Hill High School, Presbyterian Ladies’ College and Our Lady of Sion were all within Victoria’s top 100 schools in 2016 – all providing well rounded education experiences which cater to a range of cultural customs.