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2018-10-21 Community & Lifestyle

Ten things you might not know about Point Cook

To help you get better acquainted with this rapidly growing suburb, we’ve compiled our own list of great places to check out and some not-so-obvious facts and figures on Point Cook.

1. Point Cook Coastal Park

Not many suburbs can lay claim to a coastal oasis covering 863 hectares! The park extends from the RAAF Williams Point Cook Base northeast along the coast to the Laverton creek which comprises its northern boundary. The parklands have a variety of facilities for visitors including shelters, barbecue areas, walking trails as well as an information centre. Activities undertaken in the park include picnicking, bushwalking, bird watching, swimming as well as learning about the heritage and conservation values of the area.

2. Hey big spenders! The online shopping capital of Australia

In 2016 Australians spent more than $20 billion online. Online spending is growing five times faster than traditional retail spending – and guess which suburb spends the most online? According to Australia Post’s Online Shopping report it’s Point Cook.

3. The home of the RAAF

Point Cook is the home of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which is the second-oldest independent air force in the world (after Britain’s). Although the RAAF was officially formed in 1921, there was a Central Flying School at Point Cook as far back as 1913. It became the Australian Flying Corps and, as a militia unit, fought in World War I. The RAAF Williams Point Cook base is still in operation and is co-located with the RAAF Museum, which is open to visitors. Visit their Facebook page.

Point Cook is the home of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

4. A taste of Malaysia

If the thought of popular Malaysian street fare like Nasi Goreng, Curry Laksa, Chicken Rice and Satay makes your mouth water, then you need to visit Nyonya House. This popular restaurant-cafe located at Sanctuary Lakes Shopping Centre has been feeding the masses since 2012 and if you’re not into spicy food, come for the Nyonya Pancakes and Waffles. Visit their Facebook page.

5. A golf-lover’s playground

If you love your golf, you’ll know that for a course to be rated one of the top 100 in Australia it has to be truly outstanding. And Sanctuary Lakes, situated just a few moments’ drive from Upper Point Cook, is ranked in the top 100 by every major guide in Australia. In fact, this year, the Golf Course Guide rated the 6,435-metre course in the top 50 public access courses in the country. Visitors (non-members) are welcome most days throughout the year - green fees depend on the day you want to play. Address: 70 Greg Norman Drive, Sanctuary Lakes

6. The Face of Point Cook food

Point Cook Dining is a Facebook page that has been set up with a pretty straightforward purpose: To post “reviews and pictures of local restaurants and takeaways in Point Cook. By locals for locals.” And it’s wildly successful. More than 6000 people follow the page and you can see from the comments it’s a community of like-minded people offering helpful opinions and good-natured advice. Visit their Facebook page.

7. Fine wine on your doorstep

You don’t need to travel far to get to the nearest winery – and it happens to be one of Victoria’s very best. Although technically located in Werribee, Shadowfax Wines is less than a ten-minute drive from Upper Point Cook, and its shiraz, chardonnay and pinot noir have been lauded by wine critics for more than a decade. The cellar door and restaurant are open just about every afternoon of the year. Visit their Facebook page.

Although located in Werribee, Shadowfax Wines is less than a 10min drive from Upper Point Cook.

8. Local info a click away

If you’re finding these little summaries handy, then you’ll love My Wyndham. It’s a local services portal provided by the Wyndham council and it’s entirely online. It’s easy to use: you put in your address, say how far you want the search to stretch (perhaps one kilometre, 5 kilometres or even the entire council area) and once you hit “search” you get a map showing all sorts of services and amenities in the area – everything from public Wi-Fi spots to playgrounds. There’s also a handy, constantly updated list of garbage collection nights, as well as a directory of your local councillors. Visit their Facebook page.

9. The histor-E of Point Cook

Point Cook is today considered an up-and-coming suburb, but it’s not a new district of Melbourne by any means. It was named in 1836 (just a year after Europeans settled in Melbourne) but was called Point Cooke. Over time, the “e” on the end dropped off and only 165-odd years later did it return – sort of. The point itself – i.e. the little outcrop of land that juts into Port Phillip Bay (take a look on Google Maps) – had its name restored, but the rest of the suburb didn’t. That’s why the Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary is spelled differently to almost every other venue, street name and location in the area.

10. Upper Point Cook - a runaway success

Since launching in August 2014, it’s fair to say that Upper Point Cook has been a hit for homebuyers and we couldn’t be prouder watching the community grow and prosper. We’ve now sold around 1700 lots and around 500 homes are either currently occupied or under construction. Our 1000th purchaser Roel Bermudez, an experienced IT worker and long-time Point Cook resident, was sold after finding out there would be fibre network available to his home.

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