Gardenvale, Victoria

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Gardenvale shopping strip.jpg
Shopping strip on Gardenvale Road, Gardenvale, Victoria.
Gardenvale is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°53′56″S 145°00′25″E / 37.899°S 145.007°E / -37.899; 145.007Coordinates: 37°53′56″S 145°00′25″E / 37.899°S 145.007°E / -37.899; 145.007
Population1,006 (2016)[1]
 • Density3,400/km2 (8,700/sq mi)
Area0.3 km2 (0.1 sq mi)
Location12 km (7 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Glen Eira
State electorate(s)Caulfield
Federal Division(s)Goldstein
Suburbs around Gardenvale:
Elsternwick Caulfield South
Brighton Gardenvale Caulfield South
Brighton East Brighton East

Gardenvale is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 km (6.2 mi) south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Glen Eira. At the 2016 Census, Gardenvale had a population of 1,006.


Prior to subdivision in 1908, the area was a paddock owned by the Lemprière family, and was in use for a polo ground. The Lemprières were a prominent Caulfield family with several members serving on the Caulfield Council.[2]

The railway station, built in 1907, was named Garden Vale - the origins of the name are unknown, but it is possibly due to market gardens in the surrounding countryside.[3][4]

A Garden Vale East Post Office opened in 1914, and was renamed Garden Vale in 1922 and Gardenvale about 1940. Also a Post Office opened in 1891 as Elsternwick Receiving House, and was renamed Elsternwick West in 1908, Gardenvale in 1909, Garden Vale in 1910, Garden Vale West in 1922, Gardenvale West about 1940 and closed in 1986.[5]

The development of Garden Vale proved to be controversial, mainly because of arguments over who would pay to drain the land. Much of the area's land was too wet to be built upon without appropriate drainage being installed, and by 1911, several neighbouring estates, the Council and Victorian Railways all had a stake in the outcome. By 1913, the area had a progress association and in 1916, the council surveyor prepared plans for the four north–south streets in Gardenvale, which were already availed of a small but growing retail centre.[2]

The name was gazetted as a suburb name in 1966. A Church known as St James was in Gardenvale but was destroyed by fire in 2016. [6]


The suburb is a mostly residential area with a strip shopping centre on Gardenvale Road. The suburb is bounded by Nepean Highway to the west, Elster Avenue to the north, Kooyong Road to the east and North Road to the south, and the Elster Creek flows through the suburb before entering the Elwood Canal.[7]

The name Gardenvale is also used as a locality name with less definite boundaries. The railway station, built in the 19th century as part of the Rosstown Railway, was located a few blocks further North on the corner of Riddell Parade and Clarence Street in what is now officially part of Elsternwick. A section of Brighton North on the Western side of the Nepean Highway is also usually called Gardenvale, while postal addresses are officially Brighton or Brighton North.

It is the smallest suburb in Melbourne by area, at just 26 hectares in size.[8]

St James Primary School Gardenvale


Gardenvale is 12 km from Melbourne CBD via Nepean Highway, which enters the city as St Kilda Road. North Road connects the suburb with Monash University at Clayton, Oakleigh and Mulgrave.

The following bus routes operating around the area:

  • 219 Sunshine Park – Gardenvale via Sunshine, Footscray, Melbourne, St Kilda Road, Prahran (every day). Operated by Transdev Melbourne.
  • 220 Sunshine – Gardenvale via Footscray, Melbourne, St Kilda Road, Prahran (every day). Operated by Transdev Melbourne.
  • 605 City – Gardenvale via Armadale RS, Toorak RS (every day). Operated by CDC Melbourne. (Ceased from 25 June 2017) (Route 605 from Gardenvale to Flagstaff Station)
  • 630 ElwoodMonash University via Ormond RS, Huntingdale RS (every day). Operated by CDC Melbourne.

There is also Gardenvale railway station on the Sandringham line, which is actually located in Brighton. In December of 2009, Gardenvale station house on Platform 1 of Gardenvale railway station was destroyed by fire. It took 30-40 minutes for the fire to be extinguished. While the tracks and power lines were not affected, the fire caused $150,000 in damages to the platform.


Prior to 2000, Gardenvale was one of several small Melbourne suburbs with two postcodes - being served by both Elsternwick (3185) to its north, and Brighton East (3187) to its south.[9] However, from 2000 onwards, only 3185 was valid.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Gardenvale (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 September 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Murray, Peter; Wells, John C. (1980). From sand, swamp and heath - A history of Caulfield. City of Caulfield. pp. 29–30.
  3. ^ Murray and Wells, p.264.
  4. ^ Land Victoria. "Place Details - Gardenvale". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 21 December 2006.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Map 67 H7, Melway (edition 33, 2006) - ISBN 0-909439-14-1
  8. ^ Spangaro, Alexandra. "The tiny Melbourne suburbs that pack an almighty punch". Domain. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  9. ^ Grant Schmarr (24 November 1999). "Australian Post Codes - Suburbs beginning with G". Archived from the original on 31 August 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2006.
  10. ^ Telstra White Pages (Perth 2000-01), issued September 2000. Accessed at Battye Library, Perth.

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