Banyule is less than 30 minutes travelling time from the CBD and it has an excellent public transport network with the Melbourne-Hurstbridge Railway Line running through it. There are nine railway stations within Banyule offering interesting and varied destinations from Ivanhoe, Eaglemont and Heidelberg in the south, which are nestled in a beautiful section of the Yarra Valley and steeped in history, to the rolling wooded hills of Montmorency in the north.
Banyule offers a range of interesting shopping experiences from the large regional shopping complex at Greensborough, to the more intimate and personalised shopping experiences at local shopping villages - Eaglemont, Ivanhoe, East Ivanhoe, Heidelberg, Macleod and Montmorency, each with their own unique individual character.
There are also a wide variety of first class dining establishments within Banyule, ranging from hotels, to the large and varied range of restaurants scattered throughout the City.
The City also has some remarkably significant heritage within its boundaries, including a number of housing estates designed by leading early 20th Century architects Walter Burley Griffin and Albert Victor Jennings, some of the most significant art deco buildings in Melbourne and the world's first Olympic athletes village. Council regularly hosts guided heritage walking tours to enable its residents and others to better understand and appreciate the area's unique heritage.
Banyule is the birth place of the internationally recognised "Heidelberg School" of Art, which was formed when a group of iconic artists, including Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Frederic McCubbin, Walter Withers, Charles Condor and others moved to a shack on Mount Eagle (now known as Eaglemont) and began painting the landscape in a uniquely Australian way during the late 1880's.
To celebrate this highly signifiicant arts heritage, the "Heidelberg School" Artists Trail has been established. The Artists Trail consists of 23 signs, within Banyule, located on or near the sites where these artist worked. Each sign includes a reproduction of an important artwork, created on or near the particular site, as well as interesting and informative backgorund information about the artwork.
The Artists Trail has also been extended to include areas other than within Banyule and thus has now become a regional trail. The Trail can add a great deal of interest to a walk or a bike ride within Banyule, in fact it is ideally set up to combine a walk or ride with a relaxing coffee or a meal, as a number of the signs are located close to some of the municipality's most pleasant cafes and restaurants.
Experiencing the Trail can also be combined with a drive, to visit signs that are further afield. A detailed map and information brochure on the Artists Trail can be obtained by contacting Council on 9490 4222, or Parks Victoria on 13 1963, or click here to visit the website.
Banyule has some magnificant parklands within its boundaries and immediately adjacent them. Parklands such as Yarra Flats Regional Park, Warringal Parklands, Banksia Park, Darebin Parklands, Chelsworth Park, Wilson Reserve, Westerfolds Park and Bundoora Park are either within Banyule or easily accessible to Banyule residents.
All of these parks are connected to Banyule's rapidly expanding network of shared bicycle/walking trails.