Lilydale, Victoria

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Lilydale Maroondah Highway.jpg
Main Street (Maroondah Highway), Lilydale
Lilydale is located in Melbourne
Coordinates 37°45′29″S 145°21′00″E / 37.758°S 145.350°E / -37.758; 145.350Coordinates: 37°45′29″S 145°21′00″E / 37.758°S 145.350°E / -37.758; 145.350
Population 15,649 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,040/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3140
Area 15 km2 (5.8 sq mi)
Location 39 km (24 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Casey
Suburbs around Lilydale:
Chirnside Park Coldstream Gruyere
Chirnside Park Lilydale Wandin North
Mooroolbark Montrose Mount Evelyn

Lilydale is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 35 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district situated in the Yarra Valley. At the 2011 census, Lilydale had a population of 15,649.[1] It began as a town within the Shire of Lillydale and is also notable as the burial site of Dame Nellie Melba (Lilydale Cemetery).

It is both a residential area of metropolitan Melbourne and an industrial area on the city's rural-urban fringe.


It is believed to have been named after either an 1852 song "Lilly Dale" by H. S. Thompson or the wife of an original settler named Lilly de Castella.[2][dubious ]


The 1888 Mechanics Institute
Lilydale Shire of Yarra Ranges

Lillydale township was surveyed in 1860.[3]

The Post Office opened on 1 September 1860 as Brushy Creek, and was renamed Lillydale in 1861 and Lilydale around 1872.[4]

The Lilydale Hotel opened in 1862. The railway came to town with the opening of the station in 1882.

The first town hall was built in 1888 along with the Mechanics Institute Free Library building.

Lilydale has an active CFA (Country Fire Authority) volunteer fire brigade, first established in 1905. There was an unregistered brigade dating back to the 1880s prior to this. The brigade also has a satellite station in Chirnside Park. [1]

Commercial area[edit]


Lilydale has franchises of McDonalds and KFC. Lilydale also has shopping centres named 'The Olive Tree', 'Lilydale Marketplace' and 'The Yarra Valley Shopping Centre' as well as shops on both sides of Main Street.


Lilydale station is the terminus for the Lilydale railway line offering half hourly metropolitan rail services.

Railway Crossing

A bus station and taxi rank operates from the railway station servicing many of Melbourne's far eastern suburbs.

Lilydale has segregated bicycle facilities including the start of the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail which follows the course of the Lilydale-Warburton railway line which was built in 1901 but closed in 1964.

Coldstream Airport is located approximately 5 km north east in Coldstream which has a sealed, all-weather strip[5] to service the area with recreation, charter and fire bombing flying facilities for the local community. Coldstream Airport is home to Yarra Valley Flight Training, Coldstream Flyers Club and ACMA - Australian Centre for Mission Aviation.

Lilydale Airport is located in Yering 5 km north of Lilydale. It is for use by local pilots.


St Patricks Catholic School

There was also a campus of Swinburne University of Technology, which offered TAFE and university courses, since announcing closure other institutes have come forward wanting to run the facilities. Lilydale has four main secondary schools: Lilydale High School, Mount Lilydale Mercy College, Lilydale Heights College, and Lilydale Adventist Academy. Many primary schools are located in the suburb as well.

Other institutions based in Lilydale include the Australia offices for Institute in Basic Life Principles and Advanced Training Institute.

Parks and reserves[edit]

Maroondah Highway bridge crossing Olinda Creek

Olinda Creek runs through Lilydale having its source in the nearby Dandenong Ranges and is a tributary of the Yarra River.

Lilydale is well known for Lillydale Lake, a recreational area where children play and learn about the wetlands environment. Surrounding the lake are modern housing estates, such as Lakeview Estate.

Cultural references[edit]


A popular ground covering product from the long established quarry on the edge of the town, used in pathways, driveways, backyards and composed of crushed limestone of varying grades, is commercially and popularly known as "Lilydale Toppings".[6][7]

The town is mentioned briefly in the Augie March song The Cold Acre.


The suburb has an Australian Rules football team, The Lilydale Falcons, competing in the Eastern Football League.[8]

It also has a cricket team, competing in the Ringwood District Cricket Association.


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