Capel Sound, Victoria

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Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West)
Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West) is located in Melbourne
Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West)
Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West)
Location in metropolitan Melbourne
Coordinates 38°22′37″S 144°52′19″E / 38.377°S 144.872°E / -38.377; 144.872Coordinates: 38°22′37″S 144°52′19″E / 38.377°S 144.872°E / -38.377; 144.872
Population 4,579 (2011)[1]
 • Density 995/km2 (2,578/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3940
Area 4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
LGA(s) Shire of Mornington Peninsula
State electorate(s) Nepean
Federal Division(s) Flinders
Suburbs around Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West):
Port Phillip
Tootgarook Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West) Rosebud

Capel Sound (formerly Rosebud West) is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula.

A distinguishing landmark feature of Capel Sound is the Tootgarook Swamp, the largest example left of a shallow freshwater marsh in the Port Phillip bay region. The swamp is also described by Melbourne water as a ground water dependent ecosystem. The 381 hectare swamp is found on the lower section of the Mornington Peninsula, called the Nepean Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. A large portion of the Tootgarook Swamp is inappropriately zoned as residential and industrial, with roughly half of the actual swamp inside the green wedge and half within the urban growth boundary.[2]

Rosebud West Post Office opened on 12 January 1938 and closed around 1996.[3]

On 15 September 2016 Mornington Peninsula Shire Council officially changed the name from Rosebud West to Capel Sound.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Rosebud West (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
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  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  4. ^ Harding, Allison (13 September 2016). "It's official: Rosebud West loses 'stigma' name and becomes Capel Sound". Mornington Peninsula Leader. Retrieved 3 January 2017.