Bannockburn, Victoria

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Bannockburn former railway station.jpg
Former railway station
Bannockburn is located in Golden Plains Shire
Coordinates38°03′0″S 144°10′0″E / 38.05000°S 144.16667°E / -38.05000; 144.16667Coordinates: 38°03′0″S 144°10′0″E / 38.05000°S 144.16667°E / -38.05000; 144.16667
Population5,283 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Golden Plains Shire
State electorate(s)Polwarth
Federal Division(s)Corangamite
Localities around Bannockburn:
Lethbridge Russells Bridge Sutherlands Creek
Teesdale Bannockburn Gheringhap
Inverleigh Murgheboluc Stonehaven

Bannockburn is a rural township near Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 88 km southwest of Melbourne. It is located in Golden Plains Shire. In the 2016 census, Bannockburn had a population of 5,283.


The township, originally named Leigh Road, was founded in the early 1850s. It is presumed to have been named after the 14th century battle site in Scotland, and grew as a coaching stop during the 1850s and 1860s, when the main route to the Ballarat goldfields was via the port of Geelong. The railway came to the town with the opening of the Geelong-Ballarat line in 1862.[2] The local railway station was originally called Leigh Road but the name was changed to Bannockburn in 1904.[3] Today, only grain and freight trains use the line.

The township grew around the station and a Post Office, called Leigh Road Railway Station, opened on 18 May 1863. It was renamed Leigh Road in 1873, Wabdallah in 1875, and finally Bannockburn in 1892.[4]

Bannockburn township contains notable examples of Victorian colonial architecture, such as the former Somerset Hotel (1854), now a private home, and the Bannockburn Railway Station (1863). The former Bannockburn Lock Up in Victor Street (1860) was relocated from Lethbridge to its present site in 1869. In the 1940s, the lock up's adjoining police station residence became a farmhouse at a Hills Road property in Batesford. Both the railway station and former lock up are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[5][6][7][8]

Bannockburn today[edit]

At the 2016 census, the population of Bannockburn was 5,283. Ten years prior, the population was 2486 residents. It is forecast to grow to 9,911 by 2036[9] With a growth rate of 1.3% per annum, Golden Plains Shire is the top ten fastest growing regional Local Government Area (LGA) in Victoria by percentage.[10]

The nearby Bannockburn Vineyards is a 25-hectare vineyard on the Midland Highway, established in 1974 by Stuart Hooper. Grapes grown include cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, malbec, merlot, pinot noir, riesling, sauvignon blanc and shiraz.[11]

The Golden Plains Farmers Market occurs at Bannockburn on the first Saturday of every month. The market sells produce made by local business, wineries, jam makers, plants, baked produce, and meats and vegetables included. The market also feature local musicians such as 'The Johnson trio'.[12]

Bannockburn is also home to a branch of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, which replaced the once to twice a week visit by the Mobile Library Service.[13]

The central area is populated by a number of small businesses serving the majority of the locals needs including: Home hardware, Woolworths supermarket, Petrol stations, Bendigo Bank, Doctor's surgeries, Pathology, Dentist, Hairdressers, Take Away shops, Pizza shops, Gym, Mechanics, Newsagent, The Railway Hotel, Chemist and Optometrist. The following emergency services are also located in the town: Police, CFA, SES and Ambulance.

An extensive concrete bike trail is available for those that wish to use it located throughout the town. Near its starting point is a Lions Club founded park, with play equipment. There is also a skate park located near the football ground.

Local landmarks include a bridge, some old and distinctive Gum trees, and a local wind power generator. Bannockburn is unofficially divided by the railway line, with locals using it as a landmark to guide others to certain locations.

The Bannockburn Lagoon is used for fishing, and picnic activities. It is not recommended for swimming.

Council offices, and a Family Services Centre, are located on Pope Street.[14][15]


Australian Rules[edit]

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Geelong & District Football League known as the Tigers.

Lawn Bowls[edit]

Bannockburn and District Bowls Club is located in the town.


The town has a cricket club called the Bannockburn Bulls.


Golfers play at the Bannockburn Golf Club on Teesdale Road.[16]


Bannockburn has a soccer team called Golden Plains Soccer Club, formed in 2012. They compete in the Victorian State League Division 5, which is the seventh level of soccer in Victoria and the eighth in Australia.

Other Sports[edit]

There are weeknight netball and basketball competitions available at the local indoor centre.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bannockburn (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 August 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Rail Geelong - Geelong Line Guide". Retrieved 23 April 2008.
  3. ^ Waugh, Andrew. "Bannockburn" (PDF). Victorian Station Histories. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  5. ^ "Bannockburn Railway Station (H1560)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Victorian Heritage Database Report - Former Bannockburn Lock Up - National Register 2003". Victorian Heritage Database Report. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Hills Road Batesford Development Plan". David Lock Associates. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Golden Plains Planning Scheme" (PDF). State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Bannockburn Vineyards". Bannockburn Vineyards. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Golden Plains Farmers Market". Golden Plains Shire. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Bannockburn Library". Geelong Regional Libraries. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Customer Service". Golden Plains Shire. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  15. ^ "Bannockburn Family Services Centre". Golden Plains Shire. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  16. ^ Golf Select, Bannockburn, retrieved 11 May 2009

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