WestWyck is on the Brunswick West hilltop, looking south to the City Centre across Royal Park and west down on to the Moonee Ponds Creek and the Moonee Valley Racetrack. It is seven kilometres from the Melbourne Town Hall and twenty minutes from the Melbourne Airport at most times of the day. It is situated in a designated urban village and has many local facilities on its doorstep.
The WestWyck building, itself listed on the National Estate, is situated in the Moreland City Council's Hunter St Heritage Area. This designated heritage area contains a mix of single-fronted Victorian terrace homes, larger hilltop Edwardian houses, some intact Californian Bungalows and some more modern infill housing. Victoria St has mixed use including housing, small businesses and a variety of community facilities.
The Melville-Victoria urban village, identified under the Moreland Planning Scheme, includes a gymnasium, churches, a maternal and child health centre, doctors, dentists and other health practitioners, a post office and newsagent, coffee shops and a variety of local shops and businesses all within a 5 minute walk from WestWyck, including:
There are a number of parks, including Clifton and Gilpin and Brunswick all within a 10-minute walk from WestWyck that may be used for passive or active, organised or individual recreating including walking, exercising, tennis, croquet, lawn bowls, football, cricket and dog training. Children’s play equipment exists in these parks.
Slightly further afield, at the bottom of Hunter St to the west of WestWyck the Moonee Ponds Creek has an excellent children’s playground and good semi-rustic walks both towards the city or away from it. It provides excellent cycling access to Docklands.
There are a number of hardware, building and electrical supply shops along Victoria St heading east towards Sydney Rd. and a second hand timber and building supplies yard on Albert St near Pearson St. There are joinery and kitchen cabinet makers on Victoria St and on Albert St
As befits a precinct with an abundance of enthusiastic cyclists, there are plenty of cycling shops. These can be found along the Upfield Line bike path and Commuter Cycles is handy in Prentice St running between Albert St and Victoria St to the west of the Upfield Line. Hillman Cycles has a shop in Grantham St
There are a number of auto repair places and panel beaters along Victoria and Albert Streets
There is a vet that does House Calls for Pets in the area – Dr. Michael (0400-228-926)
St Thomas church near the corner of Daly St and Victoria St run an opportunity shop on
Saturday mornings. Clothing as well as furnishing may be found here. There is a wholesale knitwear shop on Victoria St. ‘Factory Outlets’ for clothing proliferate in Brunswick.
The Sydney Road business district is located 1.5 km to the east of WestWyck. The 508 bus has a stop outside WestWyck and another at Sydney Rd. The Moreland Council Brunswick office is located on Sydney Rd near Glenlyon Rd. There are banks and ATMs, along with many restaurants, haberdashery shops, a hardware shop as well as a plethora of $2 shops.
The Brunswick library is located on Dawson St, close to the Brunswick Baths, which offer a swimming pool, gymnasium and health classes.
Restaurants abound in Sydney Rd, including the fabled Lebanese family restaurant, Tiba’s at 504 Sydney Rd
This shopping area is located approximately 2 km to the west of WestWyck. It can be accessed using the 508 bus that runs along Victoria St. It contains a number of fashion and novelty ships as well as many major retail stores.
Within easy access are several kindergarten and childcare centres, four local primary schools and one secondary college (Brunswick Secondary College).
(Brunswick South West, Brunswick North, Moonee Ponds and)
The Primary Schools include:
Numerous public transport options are within easy walking distance of WestWyck. There is wonderful access to two major tram routes, two handy east-west bus routes and one train line. The Route 55 tram through Royal Park and past the Zoo must rate as one of Melbourne's most scenic. The options include: