High Street, Ashburton
|Population||7,586 (2011 census)|
|• Density||2,620/km2 (6,780/sq mi)|
|Area||2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)|
|Location||12 km (7 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Boroondara|
Ashburton is an affluent suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 12 km (7.5 mi) southeast of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Boroondara. At the 2011 census, Ashburton had a population of 7,586.
Ashburton is renowned for its expansive parklands, bike trails, large leafy green blocks, range of excellent primary schools, proximity to private schools, access to recreational facilities, public transport and the vibrant High Street shopping strip.
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.
The suburb contains student housing (operated by the Ashburton Baptist Church) due to its proximity to the Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Monash University (Caulfield and Clayton campuses), Deakin University (Burwood campus) and Swinburne University (Hawthorn campus). The Ashburton Baptist, Catholic and Anglican Churches also run the Ashburton Asylum Seeker Support Group.
Ashburton is served by three primary schools: St Michael's Parish School is a Catholic co-ed primary school located on High Street. Solway Primary School and Ashburton Primary School are government primary schools located on Winton Road and Fakenham Road respectively.
Ashburton hosts the following recreational interests:
- Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre (YMCA)
- Solway Basketball Club - Fields teams for boys and girls from under 8s to under 23s. Competitions are held at the Waverley Basketball Stadium and acts as a feeder club for representative basketball club Waverley Falcons.
- Auskick at Watson Park
- Ashburton United Soccer Club
- Ashburton Women's Soccer Club
- Ashburton United Junior Football Club (The Ashy Redbacks)
- Ashburton Young Cricketers (AYC) Cricket Club
- Ashburton Willows Cricket Club
- Ashburton Bowls Club
- City of Camberwell - the former local government area of which Ashburton was a part
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ashburton (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 22 May 2013
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-27.