Cardinia Shire – Tourist Destination
You can see it just below – clearly the response was a resounding “No”. Keep in mind there is some bias in this poll – it was posted from my Facebook page, and while shared around a little, reflects the views of my audience.
Let’s have a look at it, starting in the north and heading southwards. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll go by council ward – Ranges, Central and Port. This isn’t going to be comprehensive, and you may disagree with things I’ve included, but it might be eye-opening. Please feel free to add anything I’ve missed in the comments.
Ranges Ward is in the north, and is mid-sized in terms of geographic area. It covers (roughly) the crescent top of the Shire from Beaconsfield and Officer through Emerald, Gembrook and Cockatoo and across to the east a large part of Bunyip State Park. In no particular order:
Central Ward is the smallest geographically speaking, and the highest population density, because it covers pretty much Pakenham (even Pakenham Upper is in Ranges Ward). This one’s a bit touchy for some people.
- Shopping – despite the lack of K-Mart, there’s still a variety of shops, small and large, to visit, from places like Lazy Frog Gifts to Robert Gordon Pottery. There are too many good cafes to mention all of them, although I would if I could.
- Parks and Playgrounds – there has been a significant investment in to parks and reserves throughout the Shire, but Pakenham in particular has had some really good resourcing towards this. Deep Creek Reserve opens on October 26th, and that’s a real gem.
- And, coming soon, a world-class motor sport complex.
Port Ward is the largest by area, and covers everything else, from Officer South down to Lang Lang and across to Modella and Longwarry (where we share roads with Baw Baw)
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