The Eastern suburbs of Melbourne extend over a large area south of the Yarra River and west of the Dandenong Ranges. Historically, the east was the first place that Melbourne's suburbs encroached into the surrounding farmland and countryside. Today, they are considered higher socio-economically than the north and west, and are home to a number of old homes and historic buildings.
Go up to the top of Mt. Dandenong to get a fantastic view looking back to the city and the bay.
Although the eastern suburbs of Melbourne are much safer than the north or west, you should still show basic common sense with belongings and travel. Some major centres such as Box Hill and Ringwood have rare issues with crime.