Reservoir, Victoria

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Reservoir VIC 2017.jpg
Aerial view of Reservoir in August 2017
Reservoir is located in Melbourne
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates37°42′47″S 145°00′43″E / 37.713°S 145.012°E / -37.713; 145.012Coordinates: 37°42′47″S 145°00′43″E / 37.713°S 145.012°E / -37.713; 145.012
Population51,096 (2021 census)[1]
 • Density2,675/km2 (6,929/sq mi)
Elevation97 m (318 ft)
Area19.1 km2 (7.4 sq mi)
Location11 km (7 mi) N of Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Darebin
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Cooper
Suburbs around Reservoir:
Thomastown Bundoora
Fawkner Reservoir Kingsbury
Coburg North Preston Heidelberg West

Reservoir (/ˈrɛzəvɔː/) is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 11 km (6.8 mi) north of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Darebin local government area. Reservoir recorded a population of 51,096 at the 2021 census.[1]

Reservoir is an established suburb with standard brick homes, weatherboard homes and an increasing number of new developments. The region contains popular recreation areas and facilities, including Edwardes Lake and the Reservoir Leisure Centre, and is home to the Edwardes Street and Broadway shopping strips.


The land which became the suburb of Reservoir was first surveyed by Robert Hoddle in 1837, and was formed from parts of both the Jika Jika Parish and Keelbundoora Parish.[2]

The Rose Shamrock Hotel, formerly known as The Rose Shamrock & Thistle Hotel, opened on Plenty Road in 1854.[3] Reservoir Post Office opened around 1921.[4] Reservoir became a suburb at this time, with the name coming from the three water reservoirs first built in 1863.[5]

The reservoirs were collectively known as Preston Reservoir, which continue to form part of the fresh water supplied to Melbourne's inner and western suburbs.[6] The Maroondah Aqueduct was built in 1886–1891, to supply water to the Preston Reservoir from a diversion weir on the Watts River, which was dammed in 1927 to form Maroondah Reservoir.[7]

In 1914, Thomas Dyer Edwardes donated an area of 34 acres of land to the people of the City of Preston; the land was developed into Edwardes Lake Park.[8] Between 1919 and 1939, swimming was officially permitted in the lake, with the presence of the Preston Lifesaving Club, and regular demonstrations of swimming and lifesaving techniques were given.[9]


Reservoir is close to the Northland Shopping Centre, Preston Market, the High Street food quarter, Sydney Road shops and restaurants and one of three remaining drive-in cinemas in Melbourne, the Village in Coburg. The area is experiencing unprecedented growth, with plenty of new developments.

In Reservoir, there is a mosque that was built by the Albanian Australian community.[10][11]


The most common ancestries in Reservoir were, according to the 2016 census, Italian 17.1%, Australian 14.8%, English 13.9%, Greek 6.3% and Irish 5.1%. 55.9% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were Italy 8.2%, India 4.4%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 3.2%, Greece 3.0% and Vietnam 1.8%.



Twelve bus routes service Reservoir:


The Merri Creek Trail and Darebin Creek Trail are shared-use recreational paths used by cyclists and walkers that pass through Reservoir.


Reservoir has easy access to the Northern/Western Ring Rd, Hume Highway/Freeway, Tullamarine and Calder Freeways and Eastern Freeway.


The area is serviced by four railway stations on the Mernda line: Reservoir, Regent, Keon Park and Ruthven.

The Victorian Government has announced that it will build an underground suburban rail loop, which will include a station at Reservoir.[24]


Two tram routes service the area: Melbourne tram route 11 icon.svg (West Preston to Victoria Harbour Docklands), terminating at the southern end of Reservoir on Gilbert Road, and Melbourne tram route 86 icon.svg (Bundoora RMIT to Waterfront City Docklands), passing through Reservoir along Plenty Road.


Future Mountain Brewing and Blending is located on Plenty Road, Reservoir.[25]



See also[edit]

  • City of Preston – Reservoir was previously within this former local government area.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Reservoir (Vic.) (Suburbs and Localities)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Darebin Heritage - Reservoir, Darebin Libraries, retrieved 7 April 2014
  3. ^ "Darebin Heritage". Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  5. ^ "Reservoir", Victorian Places, Victorian Places, retrieved 9 August 2022
  6. ^ Preston Reservoir landscape master plan, Melbourne Water, retrieved 7 April 2014
  7. ^ "Preston Reservoir landscape master plan". Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Edwardes Lake Park". Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Swimming at Edwardes Lake". Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  10. ^ Ahmeti, Sharon (2017). Albanian Muslims in Secular, Multicultural Australia (PhD). University of Aberdeen. p. 45. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  11. ^ "National Community Crime Prevention Programme (NCCPP) Funded Projects" (PDF). Australian Government: Department of Home Affairs. p. 65. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  12. ^ "301 Reservoir Station - La Trobe University (Bundoora Campus)". Public Transport Victoria.
  13. ^ "382 Whittlesea - Northland SC via South Morang Station". Public Transport Victoria.
  14. ^ "526 Coburg - Reservoir via Elizabeth Street". Public Transport Victoria.
  15. ^ "552 North East Reservoir - Northcote Plaza via High Street". Public Transport Victoria.
  16. ^ "553 Preston - West Preston via Reservoir". Public Transport Victoria.
  17. ^ "555 Epping - Northland via Lalor & Thomastown & Reservoir". Public Transport Victoria.
  18. ^ "556 Epping Plaza SC - Northland SC via Keon Park". Public Transport Victoria.
  19. ^ "558 Reservoir via North West Reservoir". Public Transport Victoria.
  20. ^ "561 Macleod - Pascoe Vale via La Trobe University". Public Transport Victoria.
  21. ^ "566 Lalor - Northland via Plenty Road & Childs Road & Grimshaw Street". Public Transport Victoria.
  22. ^ "567 Northcote - Regent via Northland". Public Transport Victoria.
  23. ^ "902 Chelsea - Airport West (SMARTBUS Service)". Public Transport Victoria.
  24. ^ "Melbourne's $50b rail loop the 'biggest public transport project in history'". 27 August 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  25. ^ Future Mountain Brewing and Blending
  26. ^ "Northern Football League". Retrieved 15 April 2009.