Ashburton, Victoria

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Ashburton High Street.jpg
High Street, Ashburton
Ashburton is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°52′1″S 145°4′59″E / 37.86694°S 145.08306°E / -37.86694; 145.08306Coordinates: 37°52′1″S 145°4′59″E / 37.86694°S 145.08306°E / -37.86694; 145.08306
Population7,952 (SAL 2021)[1]
Area2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Location12 km (7 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Boroondara
State electorate(s)Ashwood
Federal division(s)Higgins
Suburbs around Ashburton:
Glen Iris Glen Iris Burwood
Malvern Ashburton Ashwood
Malvern East Malvern East Chadstone

Ashburton is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 12 km (7.5 mi) southeast of Melbourne's Central Business District,[2] located within the City of Boroondara local government area. Ashburton recorded a population of 7,952 at the 2021 census.[3]

Ashburton is known for the Ashburton Village shopping strip, the Ashburton Community Centre and the Ashburton Library on High Street. Nearby Warner Avenue hosts the Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre and the Ashburton Seniors Centre. It is in close proximity to the Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Monash University (Caulfield and Clayton campuses), Deakin University (Burwood campus) and Swinburne University (Hawthorn campus).

In 2021, Ashburton residents were found to have the longest lifespan of any residents in Victoria.[4]


Ashburton is located on Wurundjeri land.

The Outer Circle Railway, originally from Oakleigh to Melbourne via Fairfield, was abbreviated to spur lines from Camberwell within a few years, northwards to Deepdene and southwards to Norwood Station by 1891. Norwood was changed to Ashburton, at the suggestion of a former local councillor, E. Dillon who had lived in Ashburton Terrace, Cork, Ireland. The area took its name from the station.

An unrealised objective of the railway line was to stimulate residential development, but at the time the locality was best known for the Ashburton Forest, overlooking Gardiners Creek, as a site for picnics. The 'Ashy Dasher', a dedicated steam train, brought day-trippers to the Forest.

In the 1920s Ashburton had a few shops, orchards and market gardens, supporting sufficient population for a primary school to be opened in 1928 (549 pupils, 2014). There was a public hall in High Street Road near Johnston Street where Catholic and Presbyterian church services were held in the late 1920s. By the end of the decade, sub-divisions on the north side of High Street began to urbanise the area. Ashburton Primary School on Fakenham Road opened in 1928.

In 1948 the railway line was extended by one station to Alamein Station to accommodation the residents of the housing built by the Victorian Government's Housing Commission. In honour of returned servicemen and women who occupied much of the new estate, the streets of the new area were named after World War II sites in the Pacific and Western Desert campaigns, and war-time aircraft and flying boats. Street names include Victory Boulevard, Benghazi Avenue, Tobruk Road, Ambon Street, Huon Court, Lancaster Street, and Liberator Street. The Solway school opened in 1950 with the name Darling East. It was renamed Solway in 1956 after the Postmaster-General's Department opened in Solway post office near Solway Street.

Solway postmark (SE11 postal district sorting code is missing)

The rail line was electrified in 1924, and the Ashburton Post Office opened on 15 December 1927. Another office was opened at Solway (in the south-west of the suburb) and operated from 1954 until 1978.[5]


Ashburton has two stations, Ashburton and Alamein, both located on the Alamein railway line. The 734 bus service runs down High Street.


Ashburton is served by five early learning centres: Craig Centre Kindergarten, Highgate Early Childhood Centre, Clever Kids Child Care & Kindergarten, Niño Early Learning Adventures - Ashburton and Papilio Early Learning Ashburton.

There are three primary schools: St Michael's Parish School, a Catholic co-ed primary school located on High Street; Solway Primary School; and Ashburton Primary School. Solway and Ashburton are government primary schools located on Winton Road and Fakenham Road respectively.

Ashwood Secondary College, a government high school, accepts Ashburton residents.

Religious services[edit]

The suburb contains several religious institutions:


Ashburton hosts the following recreational interests:

The Gardiners Creek Trail passes through the southern end of Ashburton. It connects to the Ashburton end of the Outer Circle Line, a bicycle and walking track that continues to Kew.

Ashburton has several community playgrounds:

  • Alamein Avenue Playground
  • Ashburton Park Playground (including an off-leash area for dogs)
  • Ashburton Community Centre Playground
  • Markham Avenue Reserve Playground
  • Saxby Road Playground
  • Warner Reserve Playground
  • Watson Park Playground
  • Winton Road Playground

The hall at Ashburton Park hosts the 1st Ashburton Scout Group.

Retirement villages[edit]

Aged care and assisted living services in Ashburton include Grand Cedar, Iris Manor, Rosewood Gardens and Samarinda. Samarinda operate the Ashy Op Shop near Ashburton Station.

Drinking establishments[edit]

Ashburton was part of the Boroondara dry area. There was no dedicated establishment serving alcohol. In 2021 the dry zone rules were repealed and in 2022 the Ashburton shopping strip received its first bar, Two Doors Brewing, a nano craft brewery and wine bar opening centrally near the Y street junction.

Electoral representation[edit]

Ashburton is part of the Federal electorate of Higgins and borders on Kooyong and Monash. The state electorate is Ashwood District.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Ashburton (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Postcode for Ashburton, Victoria (near Melbourne) - Postcodes Australia".
  3. ^ "2021 Census QuickStats Ashburton". Australian Bureau if Statistics. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Life span suburbs compared across Victoria with Brighton and Ashburton at top | 7NEWS". 25 February 2021.
  5. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 3 February 2021
  6. ^ "Solway Basketball Club".
  7. ^ "Ashy Basketball Club – Ashy Basketball Club Association Inc".
  8. ^ "Ashy RedbacksAshy Redbacks". Ashy Redbacks.
  9. ^ "Home Page". Archived from the original on 14 August 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 October 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Home".
  12. ^ "Vance Joy's Quiet Confidence". 10 September 2014.

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