|• Density||2,009/km2 (5,204/sq mi)|
|Area||10.1 km2 (3.9 sq mi)|
|Location||19 km (12 mi) from Melbourne|
Cheltenham is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located 19 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Kingston to the eastern side of the area's metropolitan railway line and Charman Road north, while the City of Bayside presides over the suburb's western region towards extensive golf links, parks and Port Phillip Bay. At the 2011 Census, Cheltenham had a population of 20,292.
Cheltenham includes one of the early estates in the parish of Moorabbin developed by Josiah Holloway from 1852. Named Two Acre Village lots were sold between 1853 and 1854 and the township was renamed Cheltenham. Sufficient population had settled for Cheltenham Post Office to open on 1 August 1857, although the major growth of the township was in the 1880s.
Cheltenham Park dates back to 1872, and is used for cricket and other recreational activities.
Much of the residential development was built in the 1940s and continued into the 1980s. Cheltenham also has a large industrial area on the eastern edge and a smaller area at the far western edge. The western area is noted for Melbourne's only lift test shaft.
The Kingston centre is a large aged care and rehabilitation facility which opened on Warrigal Road, Cheltenham, in 1911 as the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum. It was known as the Cheltenham Home and Hospital for the Aged from 1965 through to 1970, before it was renamed to the Kingston Centre.The Heatherton Sanatorium with its entrance on Kingston Road (Heatherton, Victoria) is a now defunct sanatorium located behind the Kingston Centre and it operated for nearly 85 years, before it was closed in 1998. 
- Cheltenham Secondary College, (1959)
- Cheltenham Primary School, (1855)
- Cheltenham East Primary School, (1956)
- Le Page Primary School, (1994) 
- Kingston Heath Primary School, (1976)
- Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Primary School, (1951)
Le Page Primary School was formed as a result of the merger of former primary schools Cheltenham Heights Primary School and Cheltenham North Primary School in 1994.
The Cheltenham Community and Education Centre is located at 8 Chesterville Road, Cheltenham. They offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, courses, childcare facilities and workshops.
Cheltenham is home to sporting facilities and clubs. Sports played in the area include golf, cricket, Australian Rules football, lawn bowls, baseball and swimming. There are a number of golf courses in Cheltenham; Cheltenham Golf Club on Victor Avenue which has nine holes however can be played as an eighteen hole course from different tee boxes, Sandringham Municipal Golf Links on Cheltenham Road, and the Victoria Golf Club on Park Road 
Cheltenham Football and Cricket Clubs are based in Weatherall Road. The Cricket Club was established in 1872, originally in the Frankston-Glenhuntly Cricket Association, and migrating to the Federal District Cricket Association where the junior sides still play. The four senior sides now play in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association.
Cheltenham is home to the super super regional shopping centre Westfield Southland, located in the northern part of Cheltenham. The centre was opened in 1968 and it featured a couple of stores. Since its opening, the shopping centre has been continually expanded over the years resulting in a multi-level retail bridge across Nepean Highway to a newer site. Southland now features up to 416 stores including 3 department stores, 3 discount department stores, 3 supermarkets, 3 electrical retailers and a 16 screen Village Cinemas Multiplex.
Many new retail outlets have popped up in Cheltenham in recent years, most notably Direct Factory Outlets Moorabbin, which is located adjacent to Moorabbin Airport. DFO was originally built in 1992 as Fairways Market, and it is a large shopping centre that contains up to 135 stores, mainly fashion outlets.
Cheltenham Shopping centre is located in the intestines of Cheltenham, on Charman Road. It is a large shopping strip that has a mixture of retail, residential buildings and offices.
Places of worship
There are a number of religious organisations and places of worship in Cheltenham, including Anglican, Church of Christ, Uniting, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and Pentecostal/Charismatic Christian churches.
The Cheltenham Pioneers Cemetery is located in Charman Road, next to the railway station, and was established in October 1864. The cemetery has many of Cheltenham's most distinguished inhabitants. There are also many memorials to some of Cheltenham's youngest inhabitants, such as the many unnamed babies from the nearby Children's Home (the site is now occupied by Westfield Southland Shopping centre) who died as a result of disease early in the last century.
Most burials now take place at the Cheltenham Memorial Park, located on Reserve Road, which was established in 1933.
Both cemeteries contain the remains of many notable Australians:
The suburb has been serviced by Cheltenham railway station since December 1881, which is located on the Frankston line, alongside Charman Road. In 2017, an additional railway station is scheduled to open in Cheltenham's north; Southland railway station is currently under construction adjacent to the busy shopping centre of the same name. Bus routes also service the suburb, mainly focusing on the large Westfield Southland Shopping centre complex, Warrigal Road (Highway) to the far east, Park Road to the north and Centre Dandenong Road around the suburb's geographic centre.
The Cheltenham branch of the City of Kingston Library is located 12 Stanley Avenue, Cheltenham.
Cheltenham is one of 82 higher order Major Activity Centres identified by the Melbourne 2030 growth planning policy. Although the growth planning policy was scrapped by the Victorian coalition government in April 2011, some elements of the policy still remain, including activity centres. Development of Cheltenham's Major Activity Centre, which is within 400m of Cheltenham railway station, is to be completed by 2030.
Southland is one of 28 Principal Activity Centre's located adjacent to the Highett Activity Centre and the Cheltenham Activity Centre. The activity centre's main focal point is Westfield Southland shopping complex.
|Developments within the Cheltenham and Southland activity centres|
|232-240 Charman Road||A 5–storey apartment complex, to comprise 51 dwellings and retail tenancies and a shop.||Proposed|
|Cheltenham Central refurbishment||Refurbishment of the three–level car park between Station Road, Cheltenham Plaza and Railway Road. Car park is to host a three-level apartment complex above the car park.|
|Cheltenham Plaza Road refurbishment||Refurbishment; new pedestrian safety; new toilet facilities; additional car spaces.|
|Cheltenham railway station redevelopment||A new station forecourt, with a terraced plaza (to address the heritage listed buildings at the station) and a new taxi rank. A pedestrian underpass (similar to that of Mentone station) is to link both platforms, as well as link Cheltenham Park and the activity centre. A four-storey car park will be located on Park Road.|
|The Point||A 6–8-storey commercial building planned as a "unique gateway" to the Activity Centre located on the Charman Road-Nepean Highway intersection.|
|Office tower at Southland||An office tower to be built on the west-side of Westfield Southland.|
|Fueltown/Red Rooster||Residential buildings to replace Fueltown and former Red Rooster store. This will provide an 'improved' gateway into the Southland/Cheltenham CBD.|
|Ilixir||A 10–storey apartment complex on Railway Road. The entire complex will comprise 115 apartments and retail space. Construction on the A$60 million apartment project commenced in January 2016, with a completion date expected in Spring 2017.||Under Construction|
|The Village Cheltenham||The Village Cheltenham is an 8–storey apartment complex under construction adjacent to the Kingston Municipal Offices. Once built, the entire complex will comprise 190 apartments, offices, and a café.|
|Southland railway station||Southland station is a long-proposed railway station on the Frankston railway line. The State Government approved the station in 2014. Construction on the railway station commenced in August 2016.|
|157 Park Road||A 4–storey apartment complex located on 157 Park Road. The development was completed in 2013.||Completed|
|The Charman||The Charman is a 4–storey apartment complex that is located on Charman Road, adjacent to Nepean Highway. It was completed in 2014.|
|The Fore||The Fore is a 4–storey apartment complex that is located on Charman Road adjacent to Cheltenham Railway Station. It contains 43 apartments, and was completed in 2012.|
|Quest Cheltenham||The Quest Cheltenham apartment complex opened on 24 January 2011, with approximately 50 rooms, in 7–storeys (with two basement floors).|
In terms of State and Federal Government, Cheltenham is situated in the Electoral district of Clarinda, Mordialloc and Sandringham for state parliament and the Electoral district of Goldstein and Hotham in the federal system.
Cheltenham twin towns
- Cheltenham, England
- Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, United States
- Cheltenham, Ontario, Canada
- Cheltenham, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
- Cheltenham, New South Wales, Australia
- Cheltenham, Auckland, New Zealand
- Cheltenham Football Club
- Cheltenham railway station
- Cheltenham Secondary College
- City of Bayside - current LGA
- City of Kingston - current LGA
- City of Moorabbin - former LGA
- City of Sandringham - former LGA
- DFO Moorabbin
- Kingston Heath Soccer Complex
- Pennydale, Victoria - former suburb part of Cheltenham
- Southland railway station
- Westfield Southland
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