Doreen, Victoria

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Doreen is located in Melbourne
Coordinates 37°36′18″S 145°08′46″E / 37.605°S 145.146°E / -37.605; 145.146Coordinates: 37°36′18″S 145°08′46″E / 37.605°S 145.146°E / -37.605; 145.146
Population 21,298 (2016)[1]
Established 1844
Postcode(s) 3754
Elevation 159 m (522 ft)
State electorate(s) Yan Yean
Federal Division(s) McEwen
Suburbs around Doreen:
Yan Yean Arthurs Creek
Mernda Doreen Nutfield
South Morang Yarrambat Hurstbridge

Doreen is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 26 km north-east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government areas are the City of Whittlesea and the Shire of Nillumbik. Doreen recorded a population of 21,298 at the 2016 Census.

Patrick Reid settled the area in 1844, calling it "Hazel Glen". The Post Office opened on 8 December 1870 as Hazelglen and was renamed Doreen in 1895.[2]

The area has a community hall and a Country Fire Authority fire station.


The area contains private schools (Plenty Valley Christian College), primary schools (St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School, Doreen Primary School, Laurimar Primary School and Hazel Glen College).

Suburban development[edit]

Doreen is unusual in that the eastern portion in the Shire of Nillumbik remains rural, being contiguous with the rural localities of Yarrambat and Nutfield. The western portion in the City of Whittlesea is contiguous with the suburbs of Mernda and South Morang and suburban development has proceeded. Yan Yean Road separates the two portions.

Residential development is of two kinds — rural residential estates and nurseries to the south, and a new residential estate, Laurimar, in the north with its emphasis on "semi-rural" living, being developed by Delfin, a subsidiary of Lend Lease Corporation.

Doreen is very green and quite hilly and is surrounded by the foothills of the Yarra Ranges to the east and north and the forested banks of the Plenty River to the west. As part of it being on the urban fringe it has a wide variety of animal life including bird life. To the north is Yan Yean Reservoir, which is the oldest reservoir in Melbourne.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Doreen (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 

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