McKinnon, Victoria

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McKinnon Road shops, Victoria.jpg
Shops on McKinnon Road
McKinnon is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°54′36″S 145°02′20″E / 37.91°S 145.039°E / -37.91; 145.039Coordinates: 37°54′36″S 145°02′20″E / 37.91°S 145.039°E / -37.91; 145.039
Population6,878 (SAL 2021)[1]
Area1.5 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Location15 km (9 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Glen Eira
State electorate(s)Bentleigh
Federal division(s)
Suburbs around McKinnon:
Caulfield South Ormond Murrumbeena
Brighton East McKinnon Bentleigh East
Brighton East Bentleigh Bentleigh East

McKinnon is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 12 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Glen Eira local government area. McKinnon recorded a population of 6,878 at the 2021 census.[2]

McKinnon is bounded by Murray Road, Lewis Street and Blackshaw Street to the north, Tucker Road to the east, Abergeldie Avenue, Lindsay Street, Field Street, Nicholson Street, Fitzroy Street and Elster Creek to the south and Thomas Street to the west. It contains parks such as Wattle Grove Park, Allnutt Park and Joyce Park. Until 1941 the territory of the suburb was a part of Bentleigh, while the part of current McKinnon Road to the East from Jasper Road was named Manchester Road.[3]


McKinnon expanded in the early 1900s due to the McKinnon railway station. McKinnon Road features McKinnon's main shopping strip and many back alleys run along the rear on either side. During the 1990s there was a gradual decline in the variety of shops on McKinnon's main shopping strip. This was highlighted by the loss of a butcher, green grocer, independent supermarket, nursery, bank, library and doctor's surgery. However, in recent years the shopping strip has begun to reinvent itself with the emergence of a small but noticeable cafe culture.

The Post Office opened on 9 March 1915 as Manchester Road, and was renamed Bentleigh North in 1949 and McKinnon in 1964.[4][5]

McKinnon is also home to a World War II memorial located at 119 McKinnon Rd. The memorial gives the names of soldiers from the area who were killed in the war.

McKinnon Secondary College is the suburbs Secondary school.

Public transport[edit]

The suburb is serviced by the McKinnon railway station on the Frankston line The station is located within both Zones 1 and 2 and is complemented by Melbourne route 626 bus service.


Most of the houses in the McKinnon area are 1930s California bungalows. This has undergone a great change since the early 2000s featuring many new apartments.


The suburb has an Australian Rules football team, St Pauls East Bentleigh Football Club, competing in the Southern Football League.[6]

See also[edit]

  • City of Moorabbin – McKinnon was previously within this former local government area.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "McKinnon (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "McKinnon (Suburbs and Localities)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 July 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Morgan's directory, years 1941 (Bentleigh) and 1942 (Bentleigh, Ormond, Glenhuntly & McKinnon), State Library of Victoria online resources, retrieved 13 March 2021 {{citation}}: |last= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  5. ^ Postmarks of Closed, or Changed Name Australian Post Offices, Postage Stamp Chat Board & Stamp Forum, retrieved 13 March 2021
  6. ^ Full Point Footy, Southern Football League, archived from the original on 1 January 2009, retrieved 21 October 2008