Rosanna, Victoria

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Shops on Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna, Victoria, Australia.jpg
Shops on Lower Plenty Road
Rosanna is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°44′13″S 145°04′08″E / 37.737°S 145.069°E / -37.737; 145.069Coordinates: 37°44′13″S 145°04′08″E / 37.737°S 145.069°E / -37.737; 145.069
Population8,498 (2016)[1]
 • Density2,297/km2 (5,950/sq mi)
Area3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Location12 km (7 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Banyule
State electorate(s)Ivanhoe
Federal Division(s)Jagajaga
Suburbs around Rosanna:
Bundoora Macleod Yallambie
Heidelberg Heights Rosanna Viewbank
Heidelberg Heights Heidelberg Bulleen

Rosanna is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 12 km north-east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Banyule. At the 2016 Census, Rosanna had a population of 8,498.

Leafy Rosanna is on the fringe of the Yarra Valley green belt.[2]


In 1838 Warringal Village was subdivided into nine portions (ranging in size from one to two square miles), with one of the largest portions, number 5, being purchased in 1840 by settler James Watson. He named the land Rose Anna Farm, after his wife Elizabeth Anna Rose. However, in April 1843 Watson encountered financial difficulties, was charged with fraud and was successfully sued. His company became insolvent and he was subsequently forced to subdivide and sell lots of the farm. Up until the early 1890s, four-fifths of the farm remained as an intact estate. However, in 1901 the Hurstbridge railway line was extended from Heidelberg to run to Rosanna, and in 1902 was further extended through to Eltham. This led to further subdivision and sale of lots.[3][4][5]

The Rosanna Post Office opened on 12 March 1914, closed in 1917 and reopened in 1926.[6]

In The Age's Liveable Melbourne report in 2005, Rosanna was ranked as Melbourne's 150th-most-liveable of 314 suburbs.[7] The Age repeated the same survey in 2011 and found that the suburb fell in ranking to 177th, with median house prices sitting between $600,000 and $800,000.[8]


Rosanna's main arterial roads are Lower Plenty Road and Rosanna Road.

The suburb is served by the Rosanna railway station on the Hurstbridge railway line. In 2018 the station received a major upgrade to remove the level crossing.

Rosanna is served by two bus routes:

Route 513 - Eltham - Glenroy via Greensborough or Lower Plenty

Route 517 - Northland SC - St Helena via Greensborough & Viewbank

Both these bus routes stop at the Rosanna railway station.


Rosanna includes the following schools:

  • Banyule Primary School – Located on Banyule Road, opened in 1960.[3]
  • Rosanna Golf Links Primary School – Located on Interlaken Parade, opened in 1956.[3]
  • Rosanna Primary School – Located on Grandview Grove, opened in 1940.[3]
  • Viewbank College – Located on Warren Road, created from the merger of Rosanna East High School and Banyule High School in 1994.[9][10]


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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Rosanna (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2017-07-03. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Rosanna, Victoria". Travelmate. Australian Online Travel Pty Ltd. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "Rosanna, Victoria". Monash University. November 2004. Archived from the original on 23 August 2005. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  4. ^ "James Watson – Flemington Heritage, Victoria". Flemington Association. November 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Banyule Heritage Review". Banyule City Council. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2014.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  7. ^ "Suburban dreaming". The Age. 20 August 2005. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  8. ^ "The list: Melbourne suburbs' liveability ranking revealed". The Age. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Viewbank College Information". Schools in Australia. AA Education Network. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  10. ^ "Viewbank College > History of Viewbank". Viewbank College. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Rosanna Little Athletics Club". Rosanna Little Athletics Club.
  12. ^ Full Points Footy. "Northern Football League". Retrieved 15 September 2009.
  13. ^ Golf Select. "Rosanna". Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  14. ^ Lynch, Michael (2 May 2004). "Bresciano impresses for club and country". The Age. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  15. ^ Mangan, John (27 September 2009). "Ultimate nausea cure for mothers-to-be: Puccini". The Age. Retrieved 21 June 2010.

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