Now more than ever, Melbourne’s west is an exciting place to be – and none more so than the vibrant and energetic district of Sunshine. Located just 11 kilometres west of the CBD, this area has been a breeding ground for innovation and growth since the historic H.V. McKay Sunshine Harvester Works brought industrialisation to the area in 1906.

H.V. McKay was known for establishing a strong sense of community and work-life balance to the area, and to this day Sunshine offers so much to do and see for those who call it home.

Wondering what it would be like to do business in this energetic western suburb? Here are three things that make Sunshine the place to be. 

1 / Culture

The world’s cuisine on your doorstep

Steeped in a rich cultural history, Sunshine has no shortage of things to do no matter who you are or what you’re interested in. Home to one of the largest Vietnamese communities in Melbourne, the suburb has plenty of delicious cafes and restaurants where you can try out authentic Vietnamese cuisine as well as Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Polish, African and Turkish eateries, too. Whether it’s for a client lunch or after-work dinner, the range of choice here is enough to excite even the biggest foodie.

There’s something for everyone

Sunshine’s community-focused spirit means there are many different local events held throughout the year for you to enjoy. The annual Sunshine Short Film Festival celebrates local filmmakers by exploring themes unique to the area, making it a great opportunity to immerse yourself amongst likeminded people.

Home to one of the biggest one-day festivals in the west, the Sunshine Lantern Festival is a great way to get amongst the suburb’s multicultural community, providing entertainment, rides and food for the whole family. Sunshine Street Market, which operates every Friday on the bustling Hampshire Road, is also a great place to find locally made jewellery, homewares, clothing and more.

All this in addition to the local cinema, library, 24/7 gym and large shopping centre makes Sunshine a great place to enjoy days off and maintain a positive work-life balance. 

2 / Connectivity

Be a part of the bigger picture

According to Brimbank City Council, the population of Sunshine and its surrounding areas is expected to rise dramatically in the next decade. Its close proximity to the CBD and affordable property prices have made it a go-to suburb for people who want to enjoy a vibrant suburb while enjoying easy access to the rest of Melbourne.

Serviced by Sunshine’s train station that can deliver you to the CBD within 15-minutes, it’s the perfect place for city commuters who want the luxury of a short trip to the office every day. On top of this, Sunshine train station also makes it easier than ever to travel to and from nearby regional areas, with direct lines to Sunbury, Ballarat and Geelong.

The city of the future

If you hate bumper to bumper traffic (and don’t we all), you’ll be excited to know that the West Gate Tunnel is expected to cut up to 20 minutes off travel time when driving from Sunshine to the CBD. Geared for completion in 2022, this new development will make travelling throughout the west more efficient and enjoyable.

And if walking is more your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that Sunshine was voted in the top 20 most walkable suburbs outside of the CBD, praised for its easy access to shops, supermarkets and entertainment facilities.

3 / CoWorking

If you’re a looking for a workspace to grow your business, iHarvest Coworking Sunshine is ideal for you. This newly created, modern space offers a wide range of professional amenities for members, complete with large windows overlooking the sprawling suburb and distant city skyline.

With a range of co-working areas to choose from, including comfortable ‘breakout areas’ perfect for brainstorming with your team, spacious sit-standing desks, a private telephone booth and a fully equipped meeting room, it’s the ideal hub for startups and entrepreneurs.

iHarvest’s community-centred atmosphere is reminiscent of the surrounding Sunshine spirit, where collaboration is encouraged and growth is to be expected. Offering regular training opportunities that cover topics from marketing tips to tax essentials, business strategy and more, you’ll have everything you need to take your business to the next level.

With affordable casual, part-time and full-time memberships available and a free co-working day on the last Friday of every month, iHarvest is the ultimate space to grow your business.

Wondering if a co-working space is right for you? iHarvest holds a free co-working day every last Friday of the month, so it’s easy to experience first-hand how this vibrant space can benefit your business. If you can’t wait, just contact iHarvest at +61 392 494 429 to arrange an alternate time or click here to register now for your free co-working day!

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