Bend of Islands, Victoria

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Bend of Islands
Bend of Islands is located in Melbourne
Bend of Islands
Bend of Islands
Coordinates 37°42′14″S 145°16′01″E / 37.704°S 145.267°E / -37.704; 145.267Coordinates: 37°42′14″S 145°16′01″E / 37.704°S 145.267°E / -37.704; 145.267
Population 279 (2011 census)[1]
Established 2000
Postcode(s) 3097
Location 30 km (19 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) Shire of Nillumbik
State electorate(s) Eildon
Federal Division(s) McEwen
Suburbs around Bend of Islands:
Christmas Hills Christmas Hills Yarra Glen
Kangaroo Ground Bend of Islands Yering
Wonga Park Chirnside Park Coldstream

Bend of Islands is a rural locality in Victoria, Australia, 30 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2011 Census, Bend of Islands had a population of 279.

The locality is located on the north bank of the Yarra River near the town of Yarra Glen. It was gazetted in 2000 after a petition from local residents, having previously been part of Christmas Hills and Kangaroo Ground. The name is descriptive - it is located on a bend of the Yarra River near its confluence with Watsons Creek.

The Bend of Islands incorporates the area of the former Environmental Living Zone, now known as Special Use Zone (SUZ) - Environmental Living in the Nillumbik Planning Scheme.

The Bend of Island Community members, or 'benders', are a thriving and connected community with monthly coffee mornings at the local fire station, weekly BICA events such as bird or flora walks, and a large artistic community involved in the Nillumbik Artists Open Studios program.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bend of Islands (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 

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