Forest Hill, Victoria

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Forest Hill
Forest Hill Chase 3 Level View.JPG
The three levels of Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre
Forest Hill is located in Melbourne
Forest Hill
Forest Hill
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates37°50′31″S 145°10′19″E / 37.842°S 145.172°E / -37.842; 145.172Coordinates: 37°50′31″S 145°10′19″E / 37.842°S 145.172°E / -37.842; 145.172
Population10,626 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,590/km2 (6,710/sq mi)
Area4.1 km2 (1.6 sq mi)
Location18 km (11 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Whitehorse
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Forest Hill:
Blackburn Nunawading Mitcham
Blackburn South Forest Hill Vermont
Burwood East Burwood East Vermont South

Forest Hill is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 18 km east of Melbourne's Central Business District.[2] Its local government area is the City of Whitehorse. At the 2016 Census, Forest Hill had a population of 10,626.[1] Forest Hill was recently ranked 93rd on Melbourne's most liveable suburb list, which was higher than other nearby popular suburbs such as Bentleigh, Mount Waverley and Glen Waverley.[3]

The suburb is primarily made up of low to medium density residential housing.


Forest Hill Post Office opened on 1 March 1874 in the then rural area. It closed in 1895, reopened in 1902 and closed in 1976. The Forest Hills Centre office opened in 1965 shortly after the centre opened and was renamed Forest Hill in 1985.[4]

Until 1994, Forest Hill was a part of the City of Nunawading local government area, but in December 1994 became part of the City of Whitehorse following the amalgamation of the former cities of Box Hill, Victoria and Nunawading.


In the 2016 census the population of Forest Hill was 10,626, approximately 52.5% female and 47.5% male.

The median/average age of the people in Forest Hill is 40 years of age. 56.6% of people living in the suburb of Forest Hill were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 9.8%, India 3.4%, Malaysia 2.8%, Vietnam 2.4% and England 2.2%.

In Forest Hill 57.4% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 11.0%, Cantonese 6.8%, Greek 2.9%, Vietnamese 1.7% and Italian 1.7%. 47.6% of Forest Hill households spoke a language other than English.

The religious makeup of Forest Hill is No Religion, so described 33.1%, Catholic 20.2%, Not stated 7.6%, Anglican 7.5% and Buddhism 6.2%. Christianity was the largest religious group reported overall (50.8%) (this figure excludes not stated responses).

The median individual income is $582 per week and the median household income is $1344 per week.

The median rent in Forest Hill is $360 per week and the median mortgage repayment is $1950 per month.


Fremantle Media's Melbourne production facilities are located on Hawthorn Road Forest Hill,[5] where the soap opera Neighbours is produced.[6]


Forest Hill has one school located within the suburb, Parkmore Primary School. Other public and private schools are located nearby in adjoining suburbs and within short walking distance: Burwood Heights Primary School, Forest Hill Secondary College, Emmaus Catholic College and St. Timothy's Catholic Primary School.


Local sport includes many regular events and team sports. The suburb has an Australian Rules football team, the Forest Hill Zebras, competing in the Eastern Football League.[7]

Nunawading Aqualink is located within the suburb, (Husband Road) containing an indoor, olympic-size swimming pool and children's pool. It also has a football Club The Forest Hill Zebras (Australian Rules Div. 4 Eastern Football League) at the Forest Hill Reserve (Husband Road), and a cricket club the Forest Hill Zebras (various divisions) at Mahoneys Reserve (Mahoneys Road) which also includes various soccer clubs, a clinic, a table tennis club, multiple badminton clubs and the 2nd Tally Ho scouts.


The Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre includes a number of major retailers, such as Coles, Target, Harris Scarfe, JB Hi-Fi, Rebel Sport, TK Maxx, [Aldi Supermarket] Woolworths, Hoyts Cinemas and a number of restaurants. There is also a Zone Bowling centre (formerly AMF) and Timezone.


  1. ^ a b "2016 Census QuickStats Forest Hill". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
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  3. ^ "Melbourne's most liveable suburbs ranked". Australian Real estate news. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  4. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 8 April 2021
  5. ^ "Global Television Homepage". Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  6. ^ History of ATV10 Melbourne
  7. ^ Full Point Footy, Eastern Football League, archived from the original on 1 January 2009, retrieved 21 October 2008