Tootgarook, Victoria

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Tootgarook is located in Melbourne
Coordinates 38°22′26″S 144°50′56″E / 38.374°S 144.849°E / -38.374; 144.849Coordinates: 38°22′26″S 144°50′56″E / 38.374°S 144.849°E / -38.374; 144.849
Population 2,696 (2011)[1]
 • Density 749/km2 (1,940/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3941
Area 3.6 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
LGA(s) Shire of Mornington Peninsula
State electorate(s) Nepean
Federal Division(s) Flinders
Suburbs around Tootgarook:
Port Phillip
Rye Tootgarook Rosebud West
Cape Schanck Boneo

Tootgarook is located approximately 81 km from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula.


The name Tootgarook was retained by J. Purves as the name of their pre-emptive right, and was taken from the Tootgarook swamp,[2] the town is named from J. Purves pastoral run established adjacent to the west of the swamp. A Tootgarook Post Office opened in 1858 and was renamed Rye in 1870. A later Tootgarook Post Office opened on 3 April 1956 when some development took place in the suburb, and closed in 1987[3] Tootgarook means "Land of the Croaking Frog".[citation needed]


In the same suburb, but extending to neighbouring suburbs, is the Tootgarook Wetland. This wetland is about 300 hectares in size and supports many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. Most of the wetland is in private ownership and some is vulnerable to development.

The local school in the area is Tootgarook Primary School, which currently has 203 students.

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