Sandringham, Victoria

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Brighton Beach Esplanade looking towards Sandringham
Sandringham is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°57′09″S 145°00′44″E / 37.9525°S 145.012311°E / -37.9525; 145.012311Coordinates: 37°57′09″S 145°00′44″E / 37.9525°S 145.012311°E / -37.9525; 145.012311
Population10,241 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,930/km2 (7,580/sq mi)
Area3.5 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Location16 km (10 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Bayside
State electorate(s)Sandringham
Federal Division(s)Goldstein
Suburbs around Sandringham:
Port Phillip Bay Hampton Highett
Port Phillip Bay Sandringham Cheltenham
Port Phillip Bay Black Rock Beaumaris

Sandringham is an affluent beachside suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located 16 km (10 mi) southeast of Melbourne's central business district.[2] Its local government area is the City of Bayside and its federal division is the Division of Goldstein. At the 2016 Census, Sandringham had a population of 10,241.[1]


Sandringham formed part of the early estates in the parish of Moorabbin purchased by Josiah Holloway in 1852. Named Gipsy Village, lots were sold between 1852 and 1854 notwithstanding little settlement taking place at the time.[3] Bluff Town Post Office opened on 1 April 1868, closed in 1871, reopened in 1873 and was renamed Sandringham in 1887.[4]


Sandringham is one of Melbourne's bayside suburbs, located beside Port Phillip at the end of the Sandringham railway line. Sandringham is a popular location for beachgoers, sightseers, walkers, picnickers, photographers, cyclists and shoppers. It has a quaint village atmosphere with a number of cafes, coffee shops and restaurants (Greek, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese), take-away food outlets, gourmet food outlets, clothing stores, boutique homewares, hairdressers, professional offices, multi-story apartments, real estate agents, bakeries, a modern bookshop, a news agency, Coles supermarket, a health food store, a chemist, an award-winning library,[5] a historical society, a large modern police station, a medical centre, a Life Saving club, a hardware store, a wine store, a bank, a large modern hotel (The Sandy) with a balcony overlooking the bay, a bike track and a coastal walking track.

To and from the Melbourne CBD, it takes 27 minutes to reach Sandringham by train. Buses travel between the Sandringham railway station and St Kilda, Westfield Southland, Chadstone shopping centre and other places.

The Sandringham Yacht Club is host to a number of Sydney to Hobart yacht race winners.

The main streets are home to some elegant old buildings, including the railway station. In the 2011 census the most common ancestries in Sandringham were English 29.3%, Australian 25.8%, Irish 9.7%, Scottish 9.3% and German 3.1%.[6]

Sandringham is home to C Company of the Australian Army Reserve unit, 5th/6th Battalion, Royal Victoria Regiment. Sandringham was home to one of the last Video rental stores which closed down in 2019. [1]


Sandringham Primary School, that opened in 1855, is one of the oldest schools in Victoria. Sandringham Primary partially burned down on in the early morning of 1 February 2020.[7]

Sandringham College - a State secondary college - has two campuses in east Sandringham,[8] one on Bluff Road (Years 7–9) and one on Holloway Road (Years 10–12).[9]

Private schools in the area include Firbank Girls' Grammar School junior school (known as Sandringham House) and Sacred Heart Parish School. Another school in the area is Sandringham East Primary, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2011. The Melbourne International School of Japanese, a part-time Japanese education programme, once held its classes at Sandringham East Primary.[10]


The Sandringham Football Club, known as the Zebras, of the Victorian Football League, has had a number of players go on to play in the AFL, including Trevor Barker, Ian Cooper, radio personality Rex Hunt, Andrew Krakouer, Paul Dimattina, Matthew Warnock, Ted Richards and Tom Langdon. Its games record holder is Nick Sautner (202 games, 621 goals).[11] The club's home ground is the Trevor Barker oval on Beach Road (opposite the end of Bridge Road).

Based at the RG Chisholm Reserve, Duncan Street, the East Sandringham Boys Cricket Club features in suburban competitions throughout the cricket season.[12] The club has developed cricketers particularly at a junior level, notably Shane Warne[13] who has on occasion returned to play for his junior club.[14] The R G Chisholm Reserve (known locally as the Duncan Street Oval) is also home to the East Sandringham Junior Football Club, which produced future Brownlow Medallists Chris Judd and Jobe Watson.[15]

The city also hosts the Sandringham Soccer Club, which features both a men's and a women's team.[16]

The city also hosts the Sandringham Amateur Athletic Club which was founded at a meeting held on 8 April 1930. The first recorded event was an 880 yards handicap at the Beach Oval (now Sandringham Football Ground).

Notable residents[edit]


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  2. ^ "Postcode 3191 - Sandringham, Victoria (near Melbourne)". Postcodes Australia. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Josiah Holloway". Kingston Local History. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Post Office List". Phoenix Auctions History. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Australia's Favourite Library | Australian Library and Information Association". Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  6. ^ "2011 Census QuickStats: Sandringham (Vic.)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  7. ^ McMillan, Ashleigh; Papworth, Tate (1 February 2020). "Six arrested over Sandringham school fire". The Age. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Senior Campus". Sandringham College. 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Beaumaris Campus - closed". Sandringham College. 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  10. ^ "大洋州の補習授業校一覧(平成25年4月15日現在". MEXT. 30 March 2014. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  11. ^ Sandringham Football Club#Notable former players
  12. ^ "Club history". East Sandringham Boys Cricket Club. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Tribute to Shane Warne: Part 1". Sports Card World. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Shane Warne returns to play senior cricket for his former suburban club, East Sandringham". ABC News. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Where It All Began - Chris Judd and Jobe Watson". YouTube.
  16. ^ "Sandringham Women's Soccer Club sink their teeth into Grill'd competition". Herald Sun. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Australia's Prime Ministers". National Archives of Australia.
  18. ^ "McIntosh, Elizabeth". Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  19. ^ Actor Lisa McCune sells home in Melbourne’s Sandringham for $5.25m at auction Domain 7 November 2020

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