Monbulk, Victoria

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Monbulk is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°52′41″S 145°24′40″E / 37.878°S 145.411°E / -37.878; 145.411Coordinates: 37°52′41″S 145°24′40″E / 37.878°S 145.411°E / -37.878; 145.411
Population3,577 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation265 m (869 ft)
LGA(s)Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s)Monbulk
Federal Division(s)Casey
Suburbs around Monbulk:
Olinda Silvan Macclesfield
Olinda Monbulk Macclesfield
Kallista The Patch Emerald

Monbulk is a town in Melbourne Metropolitan Region located 42 km east of Melbourne's central business district near the Silvan Reservoir. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2016 Census, Monbulk had a population of 3577.


The Aboriginal name, "Monbolloc" translates as 'hiding place in the hills'. It was in the lands of the Wurundjeri people.[2]

In 1893 a village settlement, Dandenong Forest Village Settlement, of 76 farms of 10-acre (40,000 m2) was created. The Post Office opened on 19 May 1898.[3]

The area was well known for being the site of Monbulk Preserves Ltd founded by the Camm family, now owned by Cadbury, a jam factory, where Monbulk Jam was produced from locally grown fruit. The site is now owned by Garden City Plastics who produce recycled plastic plant pots.

The town today[edit]

As of 2018, Monbulk is a township with farms growing fruit, nursery plants and a substantial bulb and cut-flower industry for national and international markets. There are four schools, Monbulk Primary School (established in 1897), St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Monbulk College and Mountain District Christian School.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Monbulk (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 April 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ National Museum of Australia, A taste of Monbulk’s food history, retrieved 2 November 2017
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008