Grovedale, Victoria

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Looking south towards Grovedale from Highton
Grovedale is located in City of Greater Geelong
Coordinates38°12′0″S 144°21′0″E / 38.20000°S 144.35000°E / -38.20000; 144.35000Coordinates: 38°12′0″S 144°21′0″E / 38.20000°S 144.35000°E / -38.20000; 144.35000
Population14,308 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Greater Geelong
State electorate(s)South Barwon
Federal division(s)Corangamite
Suburbs around Grovedale:
Highton Belmont Marshall
Waurn Ponds Grovedale Marshall
Mount Duneed Armstrong Creek Charlemont

Grovedale is a mainly residential southern suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. At the 2016 census, Grovedale had a population of 14,308.[1]



The locality was originally named Germantown because several families of German Lutheran origin had settled there in 1849, with the German community expanding in the following decades. German Cottage, a house from this period located on the Surf Coast Highway (Torquay Road), is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[2]

Following the outbreak of the First World War, and particularly after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by a German submarine in May 1915, there was agitation to change the name of the area. A well-attended meeting at Germantown on 31 May 1915 agreed to recommend to the South Barwon Shire Council that the name should be changed to Marlborough or Cornwall.[3] Other names suggested were Devon, Dennys and Grovedale. On 2 July the Council chose the name Cornwall.[4] However the Commonwealth Postmaster-General's Department and the Victorian Lands Department rejected the choice, because it duplicated an existing name elsewhere in Australia.[5] Consequently, the council decided to recommend Bridges or Grovedale as replacement names, with the preference being for Grovedale,[6] which was the name of a property in the district bought by Alexander Pennell in 1847.[7] The Post Office was renamed Grovedale on 1 March 1916.[8]


A Post Office had originally opened on 21 January 1860.[8] There were also two hotels, two flour mills, two tanneries and four wool-washing businesses.

The hilly country and volcanic soil were ideal for orchards and vineyards, and the area became Victoria's largest wine-producing region, particularly thanks to the efforts of German migrants. In the early 1870s the region's vines became infested with the phylloxera aphid and were pulled out.[9]

Postwar housing boom[edit]

View north over Grovedale and the Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre from Rossack Drive in 2007

Residential expansion commenced in Grovedale in the early 1960s, the first housing estates branching off the Surfcoast Highway. Later expansion throughout the 1970s to the 1990s moved to the west along Church Street, Pioneer Road, and Heyers Road.

A Grovedale East Post Office opened in 1996 near the Surf Coast Highway.[8]

Grovedale was formerly the southern suburban boundary for Geelong prior to the development of the Armstrong Creek Growth Area.[10] The suburb previously included land south of the Warrnambool railway line; however, on 23 February 2012, the state government made significant changes to the suburban boundaries in the area, creating two new suburbs (Armstrong Creek and Charlemont) on the east side of the Surf Coast Highway, and extending the boundaries of Mount Duneed to the railway on the west side of the highway. The southern boundary of the suburb now ends at the railway line.[11]


Grovedale is located on the Surfcoast Highway that links the suburb the centre of Geelong, as well as to the coastal town of Torquay. Pioneer Road runs east west through Grovedale, the road not being completed eastward across the Waurn Ponds Creek until the late 1980s.[12]

Public transport to the area is provided by buses operated by Benders Buslines and McHarrys Buslines, on routes to the Geelong city centre travelling via Deakin University, Belmont, Highton and Waurn Ponds.

The 2003–04 Victorian State Budget saw funding made available for an extension of rail services on the line between Melbourne and Geelong southwards to Grovedale. A decision was instead made to proceed with a new station at nearby Marshall, with the new Marshall station opened in 2005.[13][14] A subsequent decision to extend the line further was made in the 2010s, with the new Waurn Ponds station opening on October 12, 2014.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Grovedale (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "German Cottage (H0714)". Victorian Heritage Register. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 23 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Change Germantown?". Geelong Advertiser. 1 June 1915. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  4. ^ "South Barwon Council Rechristens Germantown". Geelong Advertiser. 3 July 1915. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Can't Have Two Cornwalls". Geelong Advertiser. 24 August 1915. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Germantown To Be Grovedale". Geelong Advertiser. 4 October 1915. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  7. ^ City of Greater Geelong: Grovedale
  8. ^ a b c Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 27 January 2021
  9. ^ Adelaide Observer 8 February 1873 page 10
  10. ^ City of Greater Geelong: Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Plan
  11. ^ "General Gazette Number G8" (PDF). Victoria Government Gazette. Government of Victoria. 23 February 2012. p. 36. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  12. ^ Gregory's 1982-83 Melbourne Street Directory
  13. ^ Department of Infrastructure: Marshall Railway Station Archived 2009-06-04 at the Library of Congress Web Archives
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Waurn Ponds Station". Public Transport Victoria. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.