Capel Sound, Victoria

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Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West)
Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West) is located in Melbourne
Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West)
Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West)
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates38°22′37″S 144°52′19″E / 38.377°S 144.872°E / -38.377; 144.872Coordinates: 38°22′37″S 144°52′19″E / 38.377°S 144.872°E / -38.377; 144.872
Population4,930 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,072/km2 (2,780/sq mi)
Area4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
LGA(s)Shire of Mornington Peninsula
State electorate(s)Nepean
Federal Division(s)Flinders
Suburbs around Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West):
Port Phillip
Tootgarook Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West) Rosebud

Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West) is a suburb of Melbourne located on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. At the 2016 Census, Capel Sound, then Rosebud West, had a population of 4,930.[1]

A distinguishing landmark feature of Capel Sound is the Tootgarook Swamp, the largest example left of a shallow freshwater marsh in the Port Phillip bay region. The swamp is also described by Melbourne water as a ground water dependent ecosystem. The 381 hectare swamp is found on the lower section of the Mornington Peninsula, called the Nepean Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. A large portion of the Tootgarook Swamp is zoned as residential and industrial, with roughly half of the actual swamp inside the green wedge and half within the urban growth boundary.[2]

Rosebud West Post Office opened on 12 January 1938 and closed around 1996.[3]

On 15 September 2016 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council officially changed the name from Rosebud West to Capel Sound.[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Rosebud West (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
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  3. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 14 March 2021
  4. ^ Harding, Allison (13 September 2016). "It's official: Rosebud West loses 'stigma' name and becomes Capel Sound". Mornington Peninsula Leader. Retrieved 3 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)