Things to do in Caulfield

Labassa in Caulfield

2 Manor Gr, Caulfield, Glen Eira, Victoria 3161 Australia

Labassa is an outstanding Victorian era mansion with opulent architectural features. Originally called ‘Sylliott Hill’, it was renamed ‘Ontario’ in the 1880s reflecting its new owner Alexander William Robertson’s Canadian heritage.  He had the mansion redeveloped in the French Second Empire style by commissioning the German born architect, John A. B. Koch, to remodel the house into a thirty-five roomed mansion. The interior features gilt embossed wallpapers, ornate stained glass and a rare trompe l’oeil ceiling.

Renamed Labassa in 1904 it was home to Melbourne’s elite until 1920 when it was divided into flats. The residents included Hollywood’s first Australian silent film star and other colourful bohemians. Labassa is the most lavish of the few surviving nineteenth century mansions and the magnificently restored interiors of the main rooms again impress all its visitors.

Google Reviews for Labassa in Caulfield


AAAAA+++++ only if you have a great historical custodian the doing tour

Amazing, the tour guide provided a ton of historical information, as to what room was originally used for, and how it had changed, and how it had been restored to its authentic looks. We were told about the history of the original owners, and how the building had been repurposed and then changed over time in a bad way, and how the historical society was trying to change it back to its original looks, a long work in progress, The huge ballroom has been redecorated and looks like it did 100 years ago, complete with the flock wallpaper of the time, and is booked out for weddings, movie shoots tv shows etc.

so nowhere to park, unless you roll up an hour before your booked in tour starts. You cant just turn up and look around, you, need to book ages ahead online. I live down the road, and I had problems trying to park, even though I’ve parking permit

this was before someone ate bat soup in Wuhun and covid-19 closed everything down globally.

Shihoko P

Beautiful historical mansion

This was my first visit to Labassa on a National Trust membership. The exterior is stunning to look at on arrival to the property. I was able to get on an external tour, which was informative and worthwhile. (Who would have guessed its naming comes from Fiji?) Unfortunately, the guided tours inside weren’t operating and the tower was closed for the day (this was around the time the coronavirus situation was unfolding). The interior is stunning (with ongoing volunteer restorations), and gives you a glimpse of how opulent and lavish the mansion was in its time. Lovely to sit in the small garden for an afternoon tea of cake and ceylon. Highly recommended for those interested in historical buildings.


La “de da” Bassa

Labassa is secreted away at the end of Manor Grove and dominates the landscape as you walk up the street. It’s imposing facade is striking with pink marble offsetting the grey construction.

Colourful tessellated tiles take you through to the entrance and you are immediately whisked away to another time. For the most part the property is in fair to good condition, although there is a long way to go for it to be restored to it’s former glory.

The property went through a number of ownership changes, and then was converted into 10 flats, which is still evident and forms part of the history of the mansion. We were lucky enough to also tour the tower, which could be a challenge for those with mobility issues. The rooms are quite grand and you can imagine the wealth that was required to build such a residence.


Amazing Restoration

I last came here about 40 years ago, when it was sub-divided into flats. I could see what it once was and wondered whether it would be allowed to fall further into decay. It is hard to believe the work that went into detailed (and perhaps excessive) design. I walked around the outside, given that it is only open once a month, but am booking in for the next opening.

Munkee P


I could not wait to see this stunning Mansion.

I was absolutely in awe from the moment I entered the Mansion to when I left.

The Staff are very lovely & informative & the history of the place was so interesting to listen to.

Bonus for us this particular day, we had some lovely people also visit however they were dressed in period attire of which I loved so much as it made you feel you were actually living in those years, back in time.

Wow what an adventure.


Monash University Museum of Art in Caulfield

Building F, Monash University, Caulfield campus, 900 Princes Hwy Service Rd, Caulfield East VIC 3145

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners and Elders—past, present and emerging—of the lands on which Monash University operates. We acknowledge Aboriginal connection to material and creative practice on these lands for more than 60,000 years.

Google Reviews for Monash University Museum of Art in Caulfield
Zhihua Duan

MUMA is an important part of Monash Art Design & Architecture. It is a research-based art museum that cooperated internationally, and it is also one of the leading art museum in Melbourne. They have a very professional and academic in-house curatorial team supported by MADA and Monash art foundation.

Anna Mazza

Exhibit space like a diamond in the rough. Great group of following hippie academics.

Thao Ly

Good place for art



Constantly changing exhibitions to view local contemporary art. Not always like everything seen but enjoy the opportunity to view NEW works by numerous often unknown artists.

Good space.

A quick visit is always worthwhile.

Mara J

Lovely place. Free, great for students


Glen Eira City Council Gallery in Caulfield

Corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield VIC 3162

Glen Eira Town Hall was built in 1885 and was originally known as Caulfield Shire Hall. The original design of Shire surveyor Sydney Smith was much more elaborate, and cost issues only allowed council to implement part of it.

There is no known image of the first building, but it had no clock tower and was single-storey plain brick with a modest sized hall. It also housed a post office and courthouse accessible from Hawthorn Road. It got its second storey (without the tower top) and a portico in 1891.

In 1931, a re-modelling of then-named Caulfield Town Hall added a larger main hall, new upper and lower foyer, neo-Grecian portico, clock tower and bronze Honour Roll. The main hall was originally a vast space, with a grand stage surrounded by a proscenium arch and a balcony at the rear of the hall. The redeveloped building was officially reopened on 25 February and dedicated on 31 March. The redevelopment involved many local unemployed tradesmen and was a major part of Council’s employment relief scheme during the Great Depression.

A new mezzanine floor was added to the main hall in 1987, creating two separate spaces. A new staircase was also installed in the middle of the lower portico foyer to better connect the two levels. The ground floor became an art gallery and the first floor area remained a community hall. The Glen Eira Town Hall Auditorium, as the main hall is now known, has retained its original colonnades, ceilings and lead lighting, providing a link to its architectural heritage.

The award-winning Caulfield Municipal Offices extension opened in 1991, and Caulfield Library moved from Maple Street to its present site in 1993.

Google Reviews for Glen Eira City Council Gallery in Caulfield

Peter Yavari

Caulfield city hall has a nice art gallery. It’s free and mostly from amateur / young artists. They have special events every now and then. There is also a library in the back of the building with plenty of carpark spaces at either end. Probably not a type of place were you plan to go and visit solely for the sake of it but if you are in the neighborhood and have some free time on hand is worth paying a visit.

Bob Larkin

This gallery within the City hall consistantly holds good exhibitions. We have been to a number here and have enjoyed them all

Eric Yung

A lot of people come here to see the councilmen debate about our suburban problems, it is truly a spectacle to see all the empty hallways and courtrooms. A war memorial is always presented with poppies, an easy source for SEEDY people to come and HARVEST. I do believe there is a big OPIUM like scent lingering throught the many walls, and I CANNOT stop coming here.

Anna Le Merle

They have regular art exhibitions as well as other exhibutions or things of interest.  They are usually free and are a great way to spend a few hours on the weekend (with family or without).  Lovely town hall with a lot of history behind it.

Peter Crawley

Conveniently located on the corner of Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads in the GE town hall, which you can not miss from a kilometer away with its beautiful white clock tower. Plenty of off road parking is available and small but pleasant well tended gardens are a delight to wander through on your way to the one of the entrances.

The gallery is best entered through the grand main entrance on the ground floor, ten steps and you are in this tranquil welcoming art gallery. Greeted with a friendly hello and a smile from one of the charming ladies tending the reception desk one is handed a catalogue and a brief but informative preview of what exhibition is currently being presented.

The joy is that this gallery not only has a small resident exhibition but every few weeks a new artist, art group or renown artist is featured as the main presentation for one’s delight and enjoyment.

I highly recommend the Glen Eira gallery for a family or couples visit in a lovely environment for a couple of hours.


Arda Turkish Restaurant in Caulfield

619 Glen Huntly Rd, Caulfield VIC 3162

The perfect place to enjoy the life & delicious food with your friends

Our family has been in the restaurant business for a very long time. Nowadays we can proudly boast our reputation for a well known Turkish restaurant in our area. We are famous for the fabulous authentic cuisine and dedicated staff. Choose any dish from the menu which can help you to experience the real taste of Turkey.

Google Reviews for Arda Turkish Restaurant in Caulfield

Linh Nguyen

We ordered some starters and 2 mixed grilled sets. The bread and dip were delicious, bread was crusty and the capsicum dip was packed with flavoured. Grilled tomato & chilli were good but we underestimated how spicy the chilli would be. It numbed half my face and I can actually handle spicy food. We still loved it though. The mixed grilled plate was beautiful, all the meats were perfectly cooked and each has its own distinctive flavour. The meal was delightful and we can’t wait to be back and try more dishes from their menu.

Rishabh Sharma

Really good food. Friendly and professional staff. We weren’t given menu or water after we were seated but I’m assuming that it was understaffed at the time (lunch time – Saturday). Anyway, all that is made up for by the fact that this little fine dining place serves awesome food that looks amazing too. Will definitely go again.

Kitty Meow

We had such wonderful delicious food here, the meat was delicious 😋, my favourite dip would have to be the eggplant 🍆, the salads were tasty, we ordered a few the mix Gill for 1 and Shared it between four people we also ordered a few platters a dip’s falafel’s cheese and the spinach and cheese pizza all the food came out just as we finished one another dish would come. It was just perfect shared it between four people we also ordered a few platters of dips falafel‘s, cheese and the spinach and cheese ,. perfect👌 Thank you 😊 we will be back gain soon

Alen Talic

Amazing restaurant. High quality meals and no shortcuts taken in ingredients & servings. Have been to turkey several times and food here is on par if not better.  Had lunch with the family today and will definitely be back. Really amazing hospitality from the owner – he came out and treated us with Turkish coffees & sweets on the house and kept the kids occupied with toys & coloring books. Thanks again Serge & Staff.


A home style family run restaurant… big hit with the  locals in and around caulfield. The food is of high quality and the taste has been consistent… I love the doner, the bread and dips, the lamb chops and this time, I had the sujuk… juicy and succulent with a nice spice kick served with rice and salad. Wash this down with an effes turkish beer and youre in Ankara heaven..😁..say hi to serge and his dad when youre there… great service, ambience and food. They also have a function room upstairs to host parties and banquets.


Matsuzaka Japanese Restaurant in Caulfield

809 Glen Huntly Rd, Caulfield VIC 3162

Established in 1992, located in Caulfield South, we have established a great reputation for serving the best quality food in this area.

We have ground floor seating for 80 patrons including 20 Teppanyaki seats, as well as a traditional Japanese style tatami room for up to 25 party people.

Customers of Matsuzaka Japanese Restaurant will always enjoy good food, fantastic service, and great prices at our restaurant.

Google Reviews for Matsuzaka Japanese Restaurant in Caulfield

Alon Hirsch

Food was very tasty and reasonably priced. Service was good and the food came out in reasonable time. Menu had sufficient variety for all tastes.

Igor O

We just had a teppanyaki dinner in this restaurant. We really enjoyed it. The chef was very entertaining and efficient. The food was very tasty and well cooked. It’s a child friendly place and the kids enjoyed themselves a lot.  We highly recommend this place. 

Ian Isaacs

The staff,atmosphere,food and service was all fantastic.I will return again many times.Thank you for the way you looked after us.

Alon Hirsch

Food was very tasty and reasonably priced. Service was good and the food came out in reasonable time. Menu had sufficient variety for all tastes.

Lachy Hughes

What a wonderful experience. Thus little gem was a fluke of a find to say the least. My girlfriend and I were looking for a Japanese restaurant that offered BYOB and boy did we find one. 

Such an extensive menu. Delicate sushi and gyoza for entré followed by a mouth watering bento box. The menu doesn’t stop there, miso, yakitori, rice, noodle and plenty more. 

Wonderfully polite staff, clean restaurant and BYOB… Need i say more? Just one thing to note, BYOB only includes wine. 

Grab a bottle, grab some friends and enjoy a wonderful Japanese banquet. You can also find them in the entertainment book. 

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