The city of opportunity, the City of Greater Dandenong has a very rich and diverse history. This is evident in numerous historical sites that showcases the changing face of the city.
This is also evident in the invaluable contributions by the indigenous Australians. The Aboriginal Peoples of the Kulin Nations (specifically the Wurundjeri people) are the traditional custodians of the lands, that today, encompasses the City of Greater Dandenong.
In addition, this also include the contributions made by people who came from all over the world to make Dandenong their home. The city is now known, among its many traits, as being committed to protecting promoting, managing, and celebrating its rich history and heritage.
Bringing the Country to Town.
The City of Greater Dandenong was once a rural community has transformed into a bustling urbanised community. Even so, the community still enjoy holding agricultural exhibits for our diverse community and our visitors to enjoy and experience vestiges of our agricultural past right at their doorstep.
The Dandenong community is at the heart of everything that we do, and is proud and committed to giving back to the people who live, work and play in our city. Dandenong believe in providing an environment where you get to experience an old world charm where you can live, work, play and thrive.
Fruit growers, restaurateurs, artisans, café and pub owners, and holiday retreats all contribute to making going there a brilliant place to visit and live.
The city aims to continue developing as a people where we can make a positive difference in our community. Families can live affordably, enjoying an atmosphere where the old and new come together, making it a fun experience for everyone.
The City of Greater Dandenong is Melbourne’s second-largest retail and commercial centre. It includes large shopping complexes at Dandenong and Keysborough, as well as the highly popular and historic Dandenong Market.
The city is also known for being inclusive and admired for its cosmopolitan lifestyle; one where arts activities of many genres and different cultures are celebrated equally.
The City of Greater Dandenong is located on Bunurong Country, that is only 35 kilometres for the Melbourne CBD on the Monash Freeway. The city is a dynamic and thriving area and Melbourne’s second-largest municipality.
It is made up of 10 suburbs and encompasses a total area of 129 square kilometres in Melbourne’s south-east. The Dandenong railway station is approximately just 50 minutes from Melbourne by train.
It is conveniently located adjacent to the CBD and is an interchange station for the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines as well as regional trains on the Gippsland railway line.
Dandenong North is situated approximately 30 kilometres from the city, while Dandenong South is primarily an industrialised suburb bordering Hallam and the City of Casey region.
Greater Dandenong is Australia’s most culturally diverse municipality. Spearheaded by the City Council, it recognises, and celebrates people from all cultures and nations, making the City of Greater Dandenong a great place to live, work and invest.
The main pillar that supports cultural diversity and what in turn enables it to be used as a backbone for collaboration in urban revitalisation is the widespread validation of multiculturalism in the community, both by businesses and the government.
Another reason to come to Dandenong
Taking the mantle of preserving its rural past, the Dandenong Agricultural and Pastoral Society is bringing the country to town. After two years of not being able to openly welcome the public to our annual Dandy Show, we are coming back with a bang for our 150th Show on the 12th & 13th of November 2022.
Founded in 1871, the annual event is an important outlet for the community to make business contacts and showcase their stock. It’s true that we have come a long way since our early days and faced a lot of adversities. But we remain true to our roots.
You can have a fun and full family day at the Dandy Show, where city meets country. You can expect to see farm animals, dogs, arts & crafts, amusement rides, shows bags, live music, food, and fireworks. Make sure to visit the animal nursery and enjoy the free entertainment. We have something for everyone!