The South-eastern suburbs of Melbourne include an area around part of the east coast of Port Phillip Bay.
Melbourne expanded massively after the Second World War, particularly to the south-east, swallowing up previously-distinct cities like Oakleigh and Dandenong. Some of these suburbs are very working-class and industrial, particularly on the outskirts of the city, and others were more industrial in the past but the factories have closed down (leaving the buildings still standing). Yet other parts of the south-east suburbs are quite expensive and wealthy, particularly bayside suburbs like Brighton, and the ones closer to the city like Caulfield. There are also a number of suburbs that are identified strongly with a particular ethnic group – for example, Oakleigh with the Greek community, Springvale with the Vietnamese, and Dandenong (more recently) with the Afghan. The south-east suburbs are also home to a sizeable student population, as Monash University (the largest, by number of students, in Australia) has four campuses in the area.
Fortunately due to the diversity of the south eastern suburbs it has created a vast array of restaurants that cater for the many nationalities. Each suburb usually sways to a particular country or region and often has multiple restaurants that offer excellent cheap eats.
The easiest way to access the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne is with a car. However, trains also service the area with the Pakenham/Cranbourne line running through the centre and the Frankston line heading towards the Mornington Peninsula. For the inner bay suburbs you need to take the Sandringham line.
When driving, the Princes Hwy will take you all the way from the inner city to the furthest most point of Melbourne's metropolitan area past Pakenham. The Princes Hwy is a good way to see the changing suburbs as you drive further east, but due to it having a lot of traffic lights it is not the fastest way to access all the suburbs of the south east. The Monash Freeway which begins as Citylink from the Burnley Tunnel in the CBD is the fastest way to visit the south eastern suburbs, although it is a toll road from the tunnel all the way until the Toorak Road exit which is located in Hawthorn East. From Toorak Rd it becomes the Monash Freeway and there are no tolls. The Monash Freeway also links with East Link, another toll road, that will take you to the Mornington Peninsula.
Buses also run to the South East from the city, please check here for more information.
Although there is not that much to see in the South East of Melbourne there is plenty to eat which will be covered in the eat section.
Other than eating amazing food from around the world many tourists and locals like to visit Chadstone Shopping Centre , the southern hemisphere's largest mall.
Fortunately for South-Eastern Melburnians and visitors to our suburbs there is a plethora of choice of suburban eats.
Caulfield, Balaclava, Elsternwick and surrounds have the largest Jewish population in Victoria. This means there are great Kosher delis, restaurants of many nationalities including, Polish, Israeli, German, Serbian, Russian, Hungarian and many more. Further to this there is the largest concentration of Jewish bakeries serving up some of Melbourne's best bagels.
As you move further east you arrive at Carnegie, which is centered around Koornang Road. This road is dominated by Asian eateries and includes multiple dumpling shops, with Aunties Dumpling being the most famous, it also has excellent Thai food in the Paradai Thai restaurants that line both sides of the streets. Other notable eateries include Ramen & Dumpling House (although it says ramen this place is more of a szechuan Chinese restaurant) try the mushrooms and chicken dish, spicy and delicious. Huff Bagelry is a popular lunch spot that serves up some tasty bagel combinations.
Although all of Melbourne is an extremely safe city, some of the south-eastern suburbs have a local reputation of having a much higher crime rate than other areas of the city. You should be careful of your belongings, and avoid travel during the night. There should be no issues during the day. The larger suburbs of Frankston and Dandenong seem to be the most notorious. Also areas such as Noble Park, Yarraman are also not the best parts of town to be in at night.