Glen Waverley, Victoria

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Glen Waverley
Glen Waverley-Dragan Jankovic Fazan - panoramio.jpg
Springvale Road, Glen Waverley
Glen Waverley is located in Melbourne
Glen Waverley
Glen Waverley
Coordinates37°52′48″S 145°09′50″E / 37.880°S 145.164°E / -37.880; 145.164Coordinates: 37°52′48″S 145°09′50″E / 37.880°S 145.164°E / -37.880; 145.164
Population42,642 (SAL 2021)[1]
Area16.8 km2 (6.5 sq mi)
Location19 km (12 mi) from the Melbourne CBD
LGA(s)City of Monash
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)
Suburbs around Glen Waverley:
Burwood East Vermont South Vermont South
Mount Waverley Glen Waverley Wantirna South
Notting Hill Mulgrave Wheelers Hill

Glen Waverley is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 19 km (12 mi) east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Monash local government area. Glen Waverley recorded a population of 42,642 at the 2021 census.[2]


Victoria's first McDonald's restaurant located on the corner of Springvale and High Street Road after recent 2017 rebuilding.

The area was first settled in the mid nineteenth century and later developed as orchards and farming lands. The Post Office opened on 1 July 1885 as Black Flat in the area to the south of the railway line, was renamed 'Glen Waverley' in 1921, and Glen Waverley South in 1963 on the same day Glen Waverley North office (open since 1954) was renamed Glen Waverley (from 1994 The Glen).[3] The name "Waverley" refers to the Edinburgh Waverley railway station, from a novel by Sir Walter Scott.[4]

Major development occurred in the 1950s to 1970s with rapid infilling of housing built to a generally high standard on large (typically 800m2) blocks. In particular Legend Park Estate was opened by Hooker Rex in 1971.[5] Much of that housing stock is now ageing and renewal is occurring, frequently involving subdivision of the larger blocks into townhouse development. The suburb was also the site of Victoria's first McDonald's restaurant, which opened on 12 September 1973, at the corner of High Street and Springvale Road.[5] It was opened shortly after the original in Sydney. Following the Sydney McDonald's closure, it became Australia's longest surviving McDonald's until it was demolished in 2016,[6] and subsequently replaced with a modernised version.


One of the largest suburbs in Melbourne by land area, Glen Waverley is bounded by the Dandenong Creek to the east, Waverley Road and View Mount Road to the south-east, Ferntree Gully Road to the south, Blackburn Road to the west and Highbury Road to the north. Springvale Road, a major north–south distributor, divides the suburb. The geography varies from river flats adjacent to the Dandenong Creek in the east to hilly in the region between the Dandenong Creek and the Scotchmans Creek (a small first-order tributary of the Yarra River) catchments.


Glen Waverley has also developed to become somewhat of a business hub in metropolitan Melbourne, with many international companies including Toshiba, Ansell, and NEC all having their Australian headquarters in the suburb.[7]

Nicknamed "The Centre of the Universe" (Chinese: "宇宙中心") by the local Chinese residents due to its convenient location, ample amenities, good weather, and favourable living conditions,[8] Glen Waverley had the seventh highest number of one million dollar-plus house sales in Melbourne in 2013.[9] Properties in Glen Waverley and surrounding areas continued to show price gains in 2014 and 2015, largely due to interest from Chinese property buyers.[10]

Glen Waverley is the only place in Oceania which has been included in the list of places referred to as the Center of the Universe.


Historical population

In the 2016 Census, there were 40,327 people in Glen Waverley. 30.9% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries or regions of birth were China 15.5%, India 9.4%, Malaysia 5.5%, Sri Lanka 9.3% and Hong Kong SAR 2.4%. 40.5% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 19.3%, Cantonese 8.5%, Sinhalese 7.8%, Tamil 7.8% and Hindi 2.3%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 32.3%, Catholic 24.3%, Buddhism 10.0% and Hinduism 7.8%.[11]

Politics and representation[edit]

Most of Glen Waverley's voting booths are within the federal electorate of Bruce (with the remainder in Chisholm). The suburb is traditionally oriented towards the Liberal Party, but has become extremely marginal and competitive in recent years.

This is evidenced in the 2010 federal election results, in which the combined booth results for the suburb produced a primary vote of 40.7% for the Labor Party, 46.0% for the Liberals, and 9.8% for the Greens. After preferences, the split was 49.99% for Labor and 50.01% for the Liberals (a difference of 3 votes).[12][13]

In 2019 Australian federal election, the electorate which Glen Waverley is part of, Division of Chisholm, saw both major parties being represented by Chinese-Australian female candidates, Gladys Liu and Jennifer Yang, respectively for Liberal and Labor parties. Liu defeated Yang by 1,090 votes (a margin of 1.1%), in an extremely close race. [14]


The main street of Glen Waverley is Kingsway. In recent years, Kingsway has developed into a vibrant dining and entertainment area, with strong Asian influences.[citation needed] Also on Kingsway is Century City Walk, a cinema multiplex. It houses various eateries, a Strike Bowling Bar and a Village Cinema (equipped with Gold Class facilities). There are now many hotels such as Novotel Glen Waverley, Hotel Ibis, Waverley International Hotel, Apartments of Waverley and the Quest Hotel. There is also a large branch of the Monash Public Library Service.

High-rise apartment blocks began featuring with the construction of IBIS Hotel, constructed at the southern end of Kingsway and bordering Springvale Rd.[15] In 2011, IKON Glen Waverley was constructed as a 10-storey apartment, office, retail and car parking complex between the railway station and Kingsway.[16] In 2016, the next multi-storey residence apartment block was announced for 52-54 O'Sullivan Rd, to replace the former The Walk Arcade complex. This project was finally completed in September 2019.[17] The period 2015-2019 also saw major reconstruction work of The Glen which incorporates the Sky Garden apartment complex. Sky Garden was completed in 2019 with residents moving in just prior to COVID in early 2020.[18]

The suburb also has numerous churches, and is home to the Victoria Police Academy, which occupies a former Roman Catholic seminary. Located on and adjacent to Kingsway is also the Monash Council Building and Glen Waverley Library.

The Glen (formerly known as "Centro The Glen") is a local regional shopping centre owned, (formerly managed and developed by Vicinity Centres). Although smaller than nearby shopping centres such as Westfield Knox or Chadstone, The Glen has continually grown and evolved. In 2015,[19] plans were announced for a $500M redevelopment which was completed 2019 just prior to COVID and the prolonged shutdown periods that Melbourne endured. Major retail tenants of the current shopping centre include David Jones, Target, ALDI, Coles, Woolworths, UNIQLO, H&M, JB Hi-Fi, Chemist Warehouse and Spotlight. A major feature of the redevelopment, besides the 3 Sky Garden apartment towers, is the fine dining/restaurant precinct. Today Vicinity The Glen has a reputation of being a fine dining and up-market retail experience. The relocation of the food court to the north-east corner has enabled diners to enjoy views looking out to Mt Dandenong.


Glen Waverley is the home of what is considered Victoria's best and one of Australia's best non-selective co-educational public schools, Glen Waverley Secondary College.

Primary schools[edit]

  • Camelot Rise Primary School
  • Glendal Primary School
  • Glen Waverley Primary School
  • Glen Waverley South Primary School
  • Highvale Primary School
  • Mount View Primary School

Secondary schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

  • St Christopher's Primary School
  • St Leonard's Primary School
  • Wesley College (Glen Waverley Campus)



The suburb has two Australian rules football clubs, Glen Waverley Hawks Football Club,[20] and the Glen Waverley Rovers Junior Football Club both competing in the Eastern Football League.

Soccer clubs include Glen Waverley Soccer Club (founded in 1980), and Waverley Victory Football Club (founded in 2001), they are both members of Football Federation Victoria.

Tennis clubs include Glen Waverley Tennis Club, Glenvale Tennis Club, Glenburn Tennis Club, Legend Park Tennis Club, Notting Hill Pinewood Tennis Club and Whites Lane Tennis Club.

Cricket is represented by the Glen Waverley Cougars Cricket Club and the Glen Waverley Cricket Club, who both compete in the Southern District and Churches Cricket League (SDCCL). In season 2009/2010, the Glen Waverley Cricket Club's 50th year, they won the SDCCL Menzies Shield, defeating Mount Waverley Uniting Cricket Club. The Glen Waverley Hawks Cricket Club compete in Wilson Shield of the Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association. The Richmond cricket club trading as the Monash tigers are the main cricket club in the area playing Victorian Premier cricket. have been at central reserve since 2011 and were at punt road oval since 1854.

Golfers play at the course of the Glen Waverley Golf Club at Waverley Road in the neighbouring suburb of Wheelers Hill.[21]

Glen Waverley has a major recreational and aquatic centre located on Waverley Rd, the Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC). It has a range of different swimming pools to cater for everyone's needs with two kid pools, a 40-metre wave pool, a Learn-to-swim pool, an indoor 25-metre pool, an outdoor 50-metre pool and a hydrotherapy pool.

M1 Swimming Club (formerly Waverley Amateur Swimming Club before 2002) has existed at the Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre (formerly Waverley Swimming Pool) since 1962. There is a large squad swimming program at the MARC which has been operated by Tateswim since 2001. Tateswim runs squads for competitive and non-competitive swimmers, with competitive swimmers racing under the M1 Swimming Club banner. M1 also has members training in squad programs at the Harold Holt Swim Centre (City of Stonnington) and the Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (City of Glen Eira).



Glen Waverley Metro train and bus station

The suburb gives its name to the Glen Waverley railway line, which terminates at Glen Waverley station. Services depart platform 1 and 2, with a frequency of 7–8 minutes in peak hour, and every 15 minutes in off-peak periods. Glen Waverley is classed as a Premium Station, is in Metro Zone 2.

Syndal railway station is located one station to the west of Glen Waverley railway station and also on the Glen Waverley railway line.

Glen Waverley is also a key stop in the proposed Suburban Rail Loop mega-project and the first East phase. Commuters will be able to transfer from the Glen Waverley railway station and travel south and alight at Monash University, Clayton or Cheltenham, or travel north towards Deakin University, Burwood and Box Hill. As of May 2022, the project nears the commencement of construction.[22]


A number of bus routes operated by Ventura Bus Lines and CDC Melbourne also operate in the area, with connections to Monash University, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Eastland Shopping Centre, Westfield Knox, Rowville, St. Kilda, Glen Iris, Springvale, Blackburn, Mitcham, Dandenong and Croydon. The 902 SmartBus from Chelsea to Airport West, also operates via Glen Waverley at 15-minute frequencies all day in both directions, and at up to 10-minute frequencies in peak periods.

Routes Operator Zone(s) To / From Via
623[23]} CDC Melbourne 1, 2 Glen Waverley / St. Kilda Mount Waverley / Chadstone / Carnegie
734[24] Ventura Bus Lines 1, 2 Glen Iris / Glen Waverley Ashburton / Ashwood / Wesley College
736[25] Ventura Bus Lines 2 Mitcham / Blackburn Vermont South / Glen Waverley / Forest Hill
737[26] Ventura Bus Lines 2 Croydon / Monash University Boronia / Westfield Knox / Glen Waverley
742[27] Ventura Bus Lines 1, 2 Eastland SC / Chadstone SC Vermont South / Glen Waverley / Oakleigh
753[28] Ventura Bus Lines 2 Glen Waverley / Bayswater Wheelers Hill / Knoxfield / Boronia
754[29] Ventura Bus Lines 2 Rowville / Glen Waverley Caulfield Grammar / Wheelers Hill
850[30] Ventura Bus Lines 2 Dandenong / Glen Waverley Brandon Park / Mulgrave
885[31] Ventura Bus Lines 2 Springvale / Glen Waverley Wanda Street
902[32] Kinetic Melbourne 2 Chelsea / Airport West Edithvale / Springvale / Glen Waverley / Nunawading / Doncaster / Greensborough / Broadmeadows


Springvale Road is the main north–south arterial road running through Glen Waverley, with 3 lanes in each direction. Blackburn Road runs parallel to Springvale Road to the west. High Street Road, Waverley Road and Ferntree Gully Road are the main east–west collector roads in Glen Waverley. The Monash Freeway also runs through the south-western corner of Glen Waverley, with access via Ferntree Gully and Springvale Roads.

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Glen Waverley served as the fictional suburb of Banksiawood in the 1988 ABC Television children's television series C/o The Bartons by Jocelyn Moorhouse. Some scenes were recorded in the Century City Walk mall, Village Cinema, Townsend Street and the library.[33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Glen Waverley (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Glen Waverley (Suburbs and Localities)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 July 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Phoenix Auctions, Post Office List, retrieved 9 February 2021
  4. ^ Scottish Place Names - Melbourne, Australia, retrieved 9 July 2016
  5. ^ a b History of the Waverley Area. Waverley Historical Society. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  6. ^ 1971 First Australian McDonald’s opens in Sydney Australian food history timeline
  7. ^ Waverley a whole new culture. Retrieved October 2008
  8. ^ 既方便又要宜居:墨尔本七大华人区大比拼 (in Chinese)
  9. ^ "Melbourne's prestige house market bounces back on million-dollar property deals". The Age. Melbourne. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Where next for Chinese property buyers in Australia?". Melbourne: Property Info. 9 January 2015.
  11. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Glen Waverley". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  12. ^ "AEC". Election 2010: Virtual Tally Room.
  13. ^ "AEC". Election 2010: Virtual Tally Room.
  14. ^ "AEC". Election 2019: Virtual Tally Room.
  15. ^ "Action Hotels Move to Sell Ibis Glen Waverley". Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "New addition to the Glen Waverley skyline will become the suburb's tallest building". Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  18. ^ "Sky Garden residences launched as construction progresses on The Glen". Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  19. ^ "Sky Garden residences launched as construction progresses on The Glen". Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  20. ^ Full Point Footy, Eastern Football League, archived from the original on 1 January 2009, retrieved 21 October 2008
  21. ^ Golf Select, Glen Waverley, retrieved 11 May 2009
  22. ^ "Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) East". Retrieved 15 May 2022.
  23. ^ "623 Glen Waverley - St Kilda via Mount Waverley & Chadstone & Carnegie". Public Transport Victoria.
  24. ^ "734 Glen Iris - Glen Waverley". Public Transport Victoria.
  25. ^ "736 Mitcham - Blackburn via Vermont South & Glen Waverley & Forest Hill". Public Transport Victoria.
  26. ^ "737 Croydon - Monash University via Boronia & Knox City Shopping Centre & Glen Waverley". Public Transport Victoria.
  27. ^ "742 Eastland - Chadstone via Vermont South & Glen Waverley & Oakleigh". Public Transport Victoria.
  28. ^ "753 Glen Waverley - Bayswater via Wheelers Hill & Knoxfield & Boronia". Public Transport Victoria.
  29. ^ "754 Rowville - Glen Waverley via Caulfield Grammar & Wheelers Hill". Public Transport Victoria.
  30. ^ "850 Dandenong - Glen Waverley via Mulgrave & Brandon Park". Public Transport Victoria.
  31. ^ "885 Glen Waverley - Springvale via Wanda Street". Public Transport Victoria.
  32. ^ "902 Chelsea - Airport West (SMARTBUS Service)". Public Transport Victoria.
  33. ^ Leerentveld, Erwin (9 February 2021). "C/o The Bartons production details".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)