City of Whitehorse

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City of Whitehorse
Map of Melbourne showing City of Whitehorse
Population176,196 (2018)[1] (34th)
 • Density2,753/km2 (7,130/sq mi)
EstablishedDecember 1994
Area64 km2 (24.7 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Bill Bennett
Council seatNunawading
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
WebsiteCity of Whitehorse
LGAs around City of Whitehorse:
Manningham Manningham Maroondah
Boroondara City of Whitehorse Maroondah
Boroondara Monash Knox

The City of Whitehorse is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It has an area of 64 km2 (25 sq mi) and in June 2018, Whitehorse had a population of 176,196.[1]

Whitehorse was formed in December 1994 by the amalgamation of the former cities of Box Hill and Nunawading. The name Whitehorse came from the White Horse Inn, a tavern originally located in the area in the late 19th Century. This name was applied to the major thoroughfare, Whitehorse Road, which runs through the municipality today.

In the original proposals for council amalgamations in Melbourne, Whitehorse was a suggested name for an area comprising the City of Box Hill, with the addition of residents east of Union Road (part of the old City of Camberwell). The affected residents were unhappy, believing an alignment with Box Hill would lower the value of their properties. A second proposal featured the current boundaries of Whitehorse. The City of Nunawading proposed the name "City of Koornung", claiming it was more appropriate, as both cities shared the Koonung Creek, but they failed to note they had spelled Koonung incorrectly in their proposal. Another suggestion was "City of Deakin", as the region of Whitehorse contains both the Federal electorate of Deakin, and the Melbourne campus of Deakin University, in Burwood.


Major thoroughfares[edit]

Aerial panorama of Box Hill, taken from Surrey Park. Taken April 2018
  • Blackburn Road (State Route 13)
  • Boronia Road (State Route 36)
  • Burwood Highway (State Route 26)
  • Canterbury Road (State Route 32)
  • Elgar Road
  • Eastern Freeway (M3)
  • Highbury Road
  • Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road) (State Route 34)
  • Middleborough Road (State Route 23)
  • Mitcham Road (State Route 36)
  • Riversdale Road (State Route 20)
  • Springvale Road (State Route 40)
  • Station Street (State Route 47)
  • Surrey Road (State Route 13)
  • Warrigal Road (State Route 15)


Box Hill has variously supported an eponymous brass band since 1889.

Sister city[edit]

On 12 May 1971, the City of Box Hill established a sister city relationship with Matsudo, in Chiba, Japan. In December 1994, when Box Hill amalgamated with Nunawading, the City of Whitehorse re-affirmed its relationship with Matsudo.


All Libraries in the City of Whitehorse are operated by the Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation , which also has 4 branches in the City of Manningham

  • Blackburn Library - Located at Cnr Blackburn and Central Roads, Blackburn.
  • Box Hill Library - Located at 1040 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill.
  • Nunawading Library - Located at 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading.
  • Vermont South Library - Located at Pavey Place, Vermont South.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.

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Coordinates: 37°50′S 145°09′E / 37.833°S 145.150°E / -37.833; 145.150