Heatherton, Victoria

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Heatherton is located in Melbourne
Coordinates 37°57′00″S 145°05′06″E / 37.95°S 145.085°E / -37.95; 145.085Coordinates: 37°57′00″S 145°05′06″E / 37.95°S 145.085°E / -37.95; 145.085
Population 2,768 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 395/km2 (1,020/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3202
Area 7 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Location 20 km (12 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Kingston
State electorate(s) Clarinda
Federal Division(s) Hotham
Suburbs around Heatherton:
Moorabbin Oakleigh South Clarinda
Cheltenham Heatherton
Cheltenham Moorabbin Airport Dingley Village

Heatherton is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 km south-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Kingston. At the 2011 Census, Heatherton had a population of 2,768.

The suburb has a low population for a metropolitan suburb. It is predominantly open space: market garden, golf courses (the Kingston Heath Golf Club and the Capital Golf Club) and a large park Karkarook Park).


As part of the Melbourne Sandbelt, the area has been subject to significant sand mining in the past, though many extraction sites have now passed to other uses.[2] Heatherton Post Office opened on 6 May 1885, but closed in 1973.[3]


The Kingston Centre, a major regional Aged Care and Rehabilitation facility, is located on Warrigal Road. The site was originally the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum (where construction began in 1909).[4] A 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge tramway was constructed from the railway at Cheltenham to the building site.[5] A large proportion of the grounds of the Kingston Centre were sold in the 1990s to the developer Mirvac, who built the 500 homes of the Heath estate between 2000 and 2006.


Year Total Male Female Households
2001 1,357
2006[6] 2,253 1,265 1,258 799
2011 2,768 1,416 1,352 953


The suburb has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Southern Football League.[7] The Heatherton Football Club ("The Tunners") was formed in 1913[8] and currently play at the Heatherton Recreation Reserve on Ross Street.

Golfers play at the course of the Kingston Heath Golf Club on Kingston Road[9] or at the Capital Golf Club on Ross Street.[10]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Heatherton (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 June 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Sand Mining, City of Kingston Historical Website. Retrieved 7 August 2007
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  4. ^ The Melbourne Benevolent Asylum Comes to Cheltenham, City of Kingston Historical Website. Retrieved 7 August 2007
  5. ^ The Cheltenham and Heatherton Tramway Fairlam, W.P. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin April 1968 pp86-90
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 7 August 2007
  7. ^ Full Point Footy, Southern Football League, retrieved 21 October 2008 
  8. ^ Heatherton Football Club History. Retrieved 16 February 2009
  9. ^ Golf Select, Kingston Heath, retrieved 11 May 2009 
  10. ^ Golf Select, Capital, retrieved 11 May 2009