Where to find jewellery and accessories in Oakleigh
From timeless pieces to statement styles, there are numerous ways that jewellery and accessories can add a finishing touch to your outfit.
Whether you’re looking for a classic ring, pretty earrings, stylish sunglasses or a practical bag, the Oakleigh shopping precinct has you sorted.
Here’s where you can find jewellery and accessories in Oakleigh:
Yianni Lambropoulos, owner of Giannis Jewellers, has more than 30 years’ experience creating handcrafted one-of-a-kind pieces. Yianni will work with you to design a completely unique piece of your own or help you choose a piece from their collection. You can also get your jewellery repaired, polished and resized onsite at Giannis Jewellers.
Alex Brothers Jewellers
Alex Brothers Jewellers specialise in 9ct, 14ct and 18ct gold. The store sells an extensive range of diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. You’ll also find a variety of christening crosses, religious medals, enamel earrings and pendants, brooches and fashion watches.
Ms Shelley is a boutique fashion store located in Eaton Mall, the heart of Oakleigh shopping precinct. You’ll find a range unique pieces to complement any outfit, including scarves, handbags, rose gold bracelets, clutches and earrings.
Popular women’s fashion label Millers has everything you need to accessorise an outfit. Find a selection of sunglasses, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and scarves. The store offers a particularly nice of shoes including flats, boots, wedges and comfy slippers.
Visit Oakleigh’s Vinnies, located across from Warrawee Park, where you can find some gorgeous pre-loved accessories and jewellery. You’ll find plenty of handbags, purses, shoes and scarves all at an affordable price. Op shops are full of hidden gems so pop in to Vinnies and see what you can find.
Where to find a good steak in Oakleigh
If a good steak is what you’re after then the Oakleigh shopping precinct has what you need.
You can find a range of high quality beef steaks at several Oakleigh restaurants, all cooked to your personal liking.
Sometimes the perfect steak is hard to find, so we’ve done the work for you and made this list of places where you can go and find a good steak in Oakleigh.
The Restaurant with No Name, located in the heart of the Oakleigh shopping precinct, offers three classic steak options cooked to order.
Go for the timeless 300 gram grain-fed eye fillet served with a red wine jus, potato mash and sautéed veggies.
No Name also offers a 450 gram grain-fed rib eye with a red wine jus served with potato gratin and nicoise salad.
If you’d prefer a beef and seafood combo, opt for the ‘Reef and Beef’ – rib eye with king prawns, scallops, potato mash, seasonal greens and a creamy red wine jus.
Choose from two quality free-range Angus beef steaks at Kentro.
The 400 gram T-bone steak is served with chips, salad and a classic red wine jus, while the 300 gram porterhouse steak comes with seasonal veggies and potato mash.
Euro Bites Greek Eatery
Head down to Euro Bites Greek Eatery to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and a simple steak done well.
Order their 500 gram rib eye steak, grilled to your preference, and served with seasoned oven roasted vegetables.
Onion Patch Bistro
You’ll find the Onion Patch Bistro inside the Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL where they have two delicious steaks on offer.
Steaks at Onion Patch Bistro are cooked to your liking, and served with scalloped potatoes and seasonal greens.
Choose from the 300 gram eye fillet or sirloin steak, and choose a sauce to top. Popular sauces include mushroom, red wine jus, anchovy and garlic butter, and pepper sauce.
Oakleigh music events to enjoy during autumn
Oakleigh has got your weekends covered this autumn with a line-up of local and international acts performing at the Caravan Music Club.
From Greek folk music to blues, rock ‘n’ roll, alternative country and bluegrass, there’s something for everyone.
Here’s a selection of events to choose from this autumn:
After forming in 1983 and gaining a cult following, the Spaniards return to play live in Oakleigh. Kick back and enjoy a trip back to the ‘80s.
Date: April 28
Time: Doors open at 8pm; Show starts at 8.30pm
Cost: Reserved seats: $38+ booking fee; General admission: $28 + booking fee; At the door: $30 (if available).
Buy tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/250601
Berlin-based, British-born Gemma Ray is in Australia touring her new album The Exodus Suite. Ray sings soulful psychedelic blues and rock ‘n roll music, and is sure to offer a delightful performance.
Date: April 29
Time: Doors open at 8pm; Show starts at 8.30pm
Cost: Reserved seats: $35+ booking fee; General admission: $25 + booking fee; At the door: $30 (if available).
Buy tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/255621
Travelling Companions is a hybrid act made up of Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes, the Weeping Willows and special guest Freya Josephine Hollick. Save the date and enjoy some award-winning alt-country and folk music.
Date: May 6
Time: Doors open at 8pm; Show starts at 8.30pm
Cost: Reserved seats: $25 + booking fee; General admission: $18 + booking fee; At the door: $20 (if available).
Buy tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/270850
The Davidson Brothers
Hamish and Lachie’s newest bluegrass album ‘All You Need is Music’ was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and the boys are bringing it back to Australia.
Date: May 12
Time: Doors open at: 8pm; Show starts at 8.30pm
Cost: Reserved seats: $28 + booking fee; General admission: $22 + booking fee; At the door: $25 (if available).
Buy tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/272400
Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Come and see this legendary tribute band celebrate the 30th anniversary of Fleetwood Mac’s 14th studio album Tango in the Night. Band members include Brooke Russell, Nicholas Gramm, Lisa Crawley, Hayley Couper, Russell Clark (The Ugly Kings), Dan Parsons, J.M.S. Harrison, Piper Packshaw (Sugar Teeth), Howlite and Gordon Holland.
Date: May 20
Time: Doors open at 8pm; Show starts at 8.30pm
Cost: Reserved seats: $35 + booking fee; General admission: $25 + booking fee; At the door: $28 (if available).
Buy tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/273223
Oakleigh rubbish dumpers to face fines under new council trial
Oakleigh residents can look forward to a tidier town as Monash Council implements a dumped rubbish trial that encourages those responsible to clean up their mess.
Over the next six months, the council will tape dumped rubbish and follow up with all residents in the immediate area, asking for information about who may be accountable for dumping the rubbish.
Council will give the person who dumped the rubbish five days to remove it, or receive a $500 fine.
Monash Mayor Rebecca Paterson said council expects that most people who have dumped rubbish will choose to remove it within in five days than risk a fine.
Cr Paterson said a number of other Victorian councils had adopted this “best practice” approach to educate residents about the impact of dumped rubbish and its cost to the community.
Monash Council currently spends $100,000 a year to remove dumped rubbish within 24 hours of it being reported. But under this new trial, Cr Paterson said it had the potential to significantly cut costs to council.
“If just 50% of the dumped rubbish in Monash is removed by the person who dumped it within the five days, it’s estimated we could save about $30,000 per year in disposal and pick up costs,” she said.
“We’re tired of picking up rubbish dumped by people who should know better. The community is paying for this and we think they would rather the money be spent on improving our facilities like playgrounds and sports pavilions rather than cleaning up other people’s mess.”
Hard rubbish will be collected, as usual, during allocated days in August and September.
The trial began on April 3 and will run for six months throughout the Monash municipality.
Monash Council is interested in community feedback on the issue, which can be submitted by email email@example.com or by calling (03) 9518 3774.
Guide to the Oakleigh Historical Walk
Oakleigh has had a long and colourful history in the years since white settlement, and you can explore the past on the Oakleigh Historical Walk.
On the walk around Oakleigh, you’ll discover that the city we now know as Oakleigh was once called the Parish of Mulgrave until, in 1871, it was declared the Shire of Oakleigh.
The city grew in size after the Oakleigh to Melbourne rail line was opened eight years later and became a town of job prosperity.
The walk will take you to Oakleigh Memorial Park, the stone commemorating the settlement of Oakleigh, the Egyptian Church established in 1928 and much, much more.
Discover local history on the Oakleigh walk
The trail begins and ends at Oakleigh station. Head north along Station St, cross Atherton Rd and move down Drummond St. Locals named Drummond St Oakleigh’s ‘Avenue of Honour’ in memory of the brave service men and women of World War I.
Cross the road at the Egyptian Church, walk past the RSL and through to Oakleigh Memorial Park. What is the oldest grave stone you can find?
Turn right onto Warrigal Rd and continue past Warrawee Park. You’ll spot Oakleigh Primary School, established in 1885, on the corner of Warrigal Rd and Logie Street. Be sure to take a close look at the World War I memorial gates on the Warrigal Rd entrance of the school.
Keep walking and cross Princes Highway at the lights. Turn right and head about 100 metres to Drummond St, the part of Oakleigh that was first surveyed in 1853. Observe the original city centre between the Princes Highway and Scotchman’s Creek, before its move south to make way for the train line that caused a ‘railway fever’ and land boom in Oakleigh.
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Continue past Allen St and take a right down Cole Crescent, and follow Scotchman’s Creek Trail. Before reaching Atkinson St, you’ll spot a commemorative stone that marks the first settlement in Oakleigh in the 1850s. It’s also the site of Oakleigh’s first licenced premises known as Atkinson’s South Yarra Pound Inn.
Keep an eye out for 96 Atkinson Street, the home of Oakleigh’s very first mayor, Cr F W Binns. From the mayor’s doorstep, you should be able to see the hilltop believed to have been the corroboree ground of the indigenous Bunerong Tribe, before white colonisation.
Walk along Atkinson St and take in the vibrant atmosphere of Oakleigh’s shopping precinct. You’ll find European style cafes and delis, fresh food stores and an assortment of speciality retailers. Why not grab a coffee or a bite to eat before finishing up the walk at Oakleigh Station?
Oakleigh Historical Walk at a glance
Distance: 3.5 kilometres
Time: 1.5 – 2 hours, estimated at 15 minutes per kilometre
Difficulty: Easy. Suitable for any age or fitness level. The walk is on sealed or established paths.
Disability access: Medium. There are some uneven and unmade surfaces, steep hills and several road crossings that may cause some difficulty.
Public transport: Trains and buses run to Oakleigh Station.
Music festival brings life to Warrawee Park
Prepare your dancing shoes because a music extravaganza is coming to Oakleigh.
Live at Warrawee – Soul Explosion will take place on March 18 and incorporate live music acts and a selection of food trucks.
The event will offer a packed program featuring local music stars including The Bamboos, The Meltdown, Hyjinx, and headline act Vika and Linda.
Led by Tracey Miller, a Mass Community Choir will take to the stage, supported by the Peter Vadiveloo drummers and Oakleigh Brass, in a night that promises great musical diversity.
Blues, soul, gospel, jazz, funk and country, are just some of the music genres that can be enjoyed the festival.
In addition to offering a music experience, the event will also offer a visual experience, as Warrawee Park will light up with parkland and animal light installations.
Saxophonist for The Meltdown, Lachlan McLean, said the event was important for the community of Oakleigh.
“It’s an important service to bring bands and other cultural events to the outer suburbs, and create a community celebration with some of Melbourne’s finest musicians and bands,” he said.
“Having most of our performances in the CBD, it’s a great opportunity for us to reach a new audience.”
The fun starts at 4pm and promises to be a feast for the ears, eyes and tastebuds.
Live at Warrawee – Soul Explosion
Date: Saturday, March 18
Time: 4pm – 9pm
Where: Warrawee Park, corner Drummond St and Atherton Rd, Oakleigh.
$20 million upgrade a boost for Oakleigh Recreation Centre
Federal, state and local governments have come together to fund the much-needed upgrade of the Oakleigh Recreation Centre.
With total costs of the project reaching near $20 million, Monash Council welcomes the support.
Waverley Gymnastics Centre has also pledged $1 million to the development and will be relocating to Oakleigh to make use of the expanded gymnastics facility that offers 50 per cent more floor space.
In addition to the new gymnastics facility, Oakleigh’s 40-year-old basketball courts will be upgraded and another court will be built.
Monash Mayor Rebecca Paterson was pleased the Australian Government followed through on their election promise.
“We are delighted that all three levels of government – federal, state and local – will be working together to deliver a fantastic recreational facility for our community,” Cr Paterson.
Monash Council itself will provide the bulk of the funding with an investment of $12 – $14 million dedicated to the project. Federal and state government funding will amount to $5.1 million combined.
Oakleigh Ward councillor Josh Fergeus said the upgrade was a “perfect outcome” for Monash, and Oakleigh in particular.
“The Oakleigh Recreation Centre will be re-developed a couple of years early, providing a much-needed upgrade to the existing indoor sports facilities,” he said.
“Thanks to excellent work by Council Officers, the combination of these two projects will save ratepayers $2.5 million compared to the cost of undertaking these projects separately.”
Oakleigh Recreation Centre already welcomes more than 320,000 guests per year, a number set to rise when Waverley Gymnastics makes Oakleigh home.
Cr Fergeus said the relocation of Waverley Gymnastics to the new Oakleigh centre would give Olympians of the future the opportunity to train at a facility of international standard.
“Since the upgraded facility will be of such a high standard it is highly likely that state and national competitions will also be held regularly at the site,” he said.
“I anticipate that the increased patronage of the Oakleigh Recreation Centre will bring a great deal of economic benefit to Oakleigh and introduce many new families to our wonderful suburb and local traders.”
Construction works will begin later this year and the upgraded sports facility is expected to open in late 2018.
A guide to primary and secondary schools in Oakleigh
Parents are spoilt for choice when it comes to schools in Oakleigh.
From schools dedicated to the personal development of students, to charity work, community involvement, and leadership programs, there’s no shortage of quality schools open for enrolment in Oakleigh.
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is committed to teaching each student practical skills through a modern curriculum that can be applied in everyday life. By adopting Catholic scripture, this school is dedicated to helping children learn and grow in a way that will encourage them to be productive members of the community.
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School: 2 Mora Ave, Oakleigh
Oakleigh Primary School and Kindergarten
Oakleigh Primary School and Kindergarten follows an all-inclusive approach when teaching children. With an emphasis on Positive Education, the school encourages children to develop their personal wellbeing and self-esteem while attaining academic excellence. As a rich, multicultural community, the school shares the common values of respect, responsibility, cooperation, friendliness, honesty and trustworthiness.
Oakleigh Primary School and Kindergarten: 20 Warrigal Rd, Oakleigh
Amsleigh Park Primary School
Amsleigh Park Primary School offers a range of specialist classes to give children the opportunity to explore different subjects. While the school puts an emphasis on literacy and numeracy classes, it also offers visual arts, performing arts and German language. The school runs a program throughout all classes called ‘Tribe-Learning Community’ to teach students how to manage their emotions and develop positive friendships with others.
Amsleigh Park Primary School: 17 State St, Oakleigh East
Oakleigh Grammar Junior School
Oakleigh Grammar Junior School is focused on leadership and teamwork. The schools runs a program called ‘The Leader in Me’, which helps students develop healthy habits based on Dr Stephen R Covey’s work ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. School camps are offered from Year 3, which develops skills in teamwork and independence.
Oakleigh Grammar Junior School: 77-81 Willesden Rd, Oakleigh
Sacred Heart Girls College
Sacred Heart Girls College values justice, compassion and service. Shown in their support of various charity organisations including St. Vincent De Pauls, Ozanam Community Centre, Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions and many more, the college is dedicated to justice and peace globally. The school encourages students to do the best they can, understanding that each individual has different strengths.
Sacred Heart Girls College: 113 Warrigal Rd, Hughesdale
Oakleigh Grammar puts effort into helping their students transition from childhood to young-adulthood with their ‘Middle Years Programme’. The program runs from Year 6 to Year 10 and encourages students to think outside the box and to link their studies to real world instances. Oakleigh Grammar also runs a program called ‘9Ways’, which gives Year 9 students the opportunity to work in the community and gain new experiences.
Oakleigh Grammar: 77-81 Willesden Rd, Oakleigh
South Oakleigh College
This co-educational state secondary college is committed to embracing diversity and personalising learning. South Oakleigh College believes in building self-confidence and and self-esteem in students to support learning practices. The school offers a comprehensive range of co-curricular activities which includes instrumental music and the performing arts. It also has a strong sports’ program which is designed to encourages students of all abilities to participate.
South Oakleigh College: Bakers Rd, South Oakleigh
Construction begins on $7.5m Oakleigh carpark
Oakleigh will get more space for parking, with the extension of the new Atkinson St carpark currently under construction.
As part of the $7.5 million project, two new levels will be added to the existing single-level carpark which houses 79 parking spaces.
With Oakleigh’s parking at 100 per cent capacity during peak times, the extra 195 spaces will bring relief to the bustling shopping precinct.
In response to a recent community survey, residents nominated “parking availability” as the number one area they wanted Monash Council to improve over the next year.
Monash Mayor Geoff Lake said Oakleigh was a thriving dining and retail precinct and the food and atmosphere of the area drew in people from all over Melbourne.
“The car park extension will improve parking in and around the Oakleigh Activity Centre,” Cr Lake said.
In addition to the two new levels, the carpark will include an electronic counting system at its entrance indicting how many spaces are still available, solar powered internal lighting, and student-made art work on the inside of the structure to help stop vandalism.
During construction, the Atkinson St car park will be closed. Oakleigh residents and visitors may find available spaces in the Hanover St carpark where 15 extra spots have been opened.
The building of the carpark may cause minor disruptions but, once completed, the carpark will allow more visitors to come and spend time in Oakleigh without the stress of trying to find a parking spot.
Construction began on August 23, and the carpark is expected to be complete by late June 2017.
Oakleigh health provider puts hearing to the test
Hearing health is something we may not think very much about but it’s important.
In honour of Hearing Awareness Week, Link Health and Community centre will offer free hearing screenings at its Oakleigh clinic throughout September.
Hearing Awareness Week takes place in the final week of August each year to provide valuable information and awareness about hearing.
Sue Potter, Audiologist at Oakleigh’s Link Health and Community centre, said offering these services may help people take the first step in getting their hearing tested.
“Many people don’t realise that one in six Australians is hearing impaired, deaf or has an ear disorder, which can make daily communication extremely difficult and may prevent people from reaching their potential,” she said.
Hearing is a vital element in children’s development. Even slight hearing loss can affect a child’s speaking ability and understanding of language.
Adults can also suffer from hearing loss, but more often they’re affected in negative social, psychological and cognitive ways.
It’s important to keep an eye out for early warning signs of hearing loss, like difficulty understanding conversation, struggling to hear in noisy environments, thinking people are mumbling when they speak, and turning the TV’s volume up louder than others.
There are multiple kinds of hearing loss too.
Conductive hearing loss is caused when fluid builds up and blocks sound vibrations from entering your inner ear. This can also be caused by eardrum perforation, or a disorder that affects the hearing bones.
Sensorineural hearing loss is caused either by damaged hair cells inside the cochlea, damage done to the auditory nerve through aging or as a consequence of injury such as noise exposure.
It’s also possible to have a mixture of both kinds of hearing loss.
During September you can book your free hearing screening for a Wednesday or a Thursday by phoning 1300 552 509.
If booking your test online, be sure to use the code ‘LINK HEAR’ to get your free hearing test.
Celebrate National Op Shop Week in Oakleigh
National Op Shop Week is back again and ops shops in Oakleigh are participating to encourage us all to go bargain hunting.
Running from 21 – 27 of August, National Op Shop Week will endorse the good work done by Australian op shops throughout the year and urge Australians to continue supporting their community by shopping at their local op shops.
Founder of National Op Shop Week Jon Dee said charity op shops played a key role in delivering community services across Australia.
“Indeed, many Australians rely on the support and assistance provided by our charity op shops,” he said.
This year’s ambassador Costa Georgiadis, of ABC’S Gardening Australia, will help celebrate by letting TV stylist Alex van Os style him in outfits directly sourced from op shops.
What’s ‘Fashion with a Conscience’?
The theme of this year’s National Op Shop Week is ‘Fashion with a Conscience’, an idea all Australians should be considering when buying clothing.
‘Fashion with a Conscience’ is about encouraging shoppers to reuse, recycle and reinvent fashion with preloved items found at op shops.
Shopping in this way helps as it provides valuable funds for charitable organisations, and also decreases the 15,000 tonnes of clothing sent to landfills each year in Australia.
How does it help the community?
Donating to or buying from op shops, like Vinnies in the Oakleigh shopping precinct, is one way to ensure the struggling folks and families in your community are getting support.
Whether it is through low-income, education or health support; advocating for Indigenous justice; or helping refugees and immigrants settle in to life in Australia, op shops are dedicated to helping the community grow.
Where can I celebrate National Op Shop Week in Oakleigh?
Check out the Salvos Store on Atherton Rd in Oakleigh. You’ll find a plethora of wonderful pre-loved things to take home.
Find a bargain at Ragmans Recycled in Chester St, Oakleigh. The store has a collection of second-hand clothes, shoes and books for you to browse.