• Go West - Where The Skies Are Blue

    Food & Wine |
  • Few can resist Jason Jones' latest culinary venture.

    Jason Jones knows a great opportunity when he sees one - and saw it at Mirvac's Woodlea display village in Rockbank, Victoria.

    A serial restaurateur – Jones also founded Melbourne restaurants Entrecote and Second Home, as well as South Yarra’s Stables of Como along with his business partners Ramez Abdulnour and Raju Ghimire – he has just opened Go West at Mirvac’s Woodlea development in Melbourne’s west.

    In something of a first, Mirvac approached Jones to open in Woodlea’s display village. Opening before residents had moved in gave him the opportunity to establish his reputation in the area before the first sod had even been turned.

    Jones relished the opportunity to get his hands on an incredible greenfield site, saying, “Being involved from the very start of the build has enabled us to make sure the offering at Go West is in line with the growth of the project. However, I must admit, when we first visited the site two years ago, even I had to stretch my imagination.”

    While this is a first for Mirvac, it’s likely to be repeated in new, upcoming developments since the venture has been so successful.

    Go West takes its lead from stylish Scandinavian design ethos.

    Think rosewood and light woods, handmade light fittings, snowy marble, leather banquettes and denim cushions.

    The café – described as an ‘eatery and tuckshop’ – is situated within Woodlea’s incredible adventure playground, featuring two flying foxes and a twisting slide. Inside, the eatery is spacious, with plenty of room for parents to manoeuvre prams – and kids!

    Creating something unique in the area, Jones states, “We soon realised that the visitors and residents of Woodlea were happy to sit over a coffee or leisurely lunch, so we created a full à la carte menu.” 


    Full of good healthy fare, there’s something for everyone.

    Kids won’t be able to go past the old fashioned sweets that line the counter, including Belgian chocolate crackles (no less), honey joys and musk sticks.

    Importantly, the coffee is sublime and has quickly become the go-to spot for coffee-catch ups and quick takeaways. Kids are also well catered for with a range of old fashioned milkshakes and health conscious patrons will enjoy the delicious smoothies that fly out of the kitchen. 

    Site specific

    Every home located at Woodlea sits within easy reach of parklands, with 30 per cent of the area open space.

    Bus and train routes are close by and the nearby Rockbank train station is currently being upgraded.

    An important part of the development is a well-thought-out village centre, where Go West is located. Over time, the centre will be filled with a range of great shops you would expect to find in a suburban high street, catering for all the families that are readying to move into the area.

    Jones continued, “I believe that Melbourne is so much more than its vibrant city life. The overall concept and level of detail that has gone into Woodlea make it a true community-driven suburb.” The centre also boasts plenty of neighbourhood facilities. It will have health services, a public library and a gym. These features will help cement the community lifestyle, which is supported by regular events such as night markets. These occasions bring residents together, to form a group of likeminded people who share similar dreams and aspirations. It’s an incredible environment in which to live.

    Artist's Impression.

    Go West is a great draw card for the local area and it’s just one of the many incredible features that make up this exciting new development. Woodlea covers every base; it’s a wonderful haven for foodies, sports aficionados and those who want to live in an up-and-coming development. It’s the blueprint for modern city fringe developments.