Ashburton: No matter where you find yourself in suburban Melbourne, you will never be far from the closest bowling club or golf club.  And the inner south-eastern suburb of Ashburton is certainly no exception!  The suburb and its resident bowls club are within walking distance of the Malvern Valley public golf course and there are another dozen or so public and private courses within a 15km radius.  Most of those nearby courses lie within the famous Melbourne sand belt.  Major road and rail networks connect  Ashburton and neighbouring suburbs directory to the Melbourne CBD, the scenic Dandenongs and the resort towns and wineries of the Mornington Peninsula.