Viewbank, Victoria

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Viewbank is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°43′52″S 145°06′00″E / 37.731°S 145.100°E / -37.731; 145.100Coordinates: 37°43′52″S 145°06′00″E / 37.731°S 145.100°E / -37.731; 145.100
Population6,923 (2016)[1]
 • Density1,538/km2 (3,980/sq mi)
Area4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Location14 km (9 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Banyule
State electorate(s)Ivanhoe
Federal Division(s)Jagajaga
Suburbs around Viewbank:
Macleod Yallambie Montmorency
Rosanna Viewbank Lower Plenty
Heidelberg Bulleen Templestowe Lower

Viewbank is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 14 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Banyule. At the 2016 census, Viewbank had a population of 6,923.

The Yarra River and large tracts of the Yarra Valley Parkland run along one border of the suburb. The Plenty River forms Viewbank's eastern boundary, whilst its northern boundary is defined by Lower Plenty Road (a main road linking Heidelberg and Eltham). Viewbank's public schools are Viewbank Primary School and Viewbank College (formerly Rosanna East High School, merging with Banyule High School in 1994). Viewbank's many parks include Banyule Flats (which includes one of inner Melbourne's largest intact wetlands), Viewbank Reserve, Price Park and Castleton Park.

Although mainly a residential area, there is a small commercial strip on Martins Lane adjacent to Viewbank Primary School.


Viewbank was named after a farming property (since demolished) built at the junction of the Yarra and Plenty Rivers during the 1840s. Remnants of Viewbank's farming past can be seen from the historic silos still standing on Banyule Road. The site is recognised as having historical and archaeological significance to the State of Victoria, and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Database. [2]

Mollison Lodge at 32 Old Lower Plenty Rd VIEWBANK, built in 1916, is a good example of the Federation Bungalow style, and is enhanced by its mature garden setting. Few pastoral or agricultural buildings survive from the early 20th century, with Mollison Lodge being one of the important exceptions.[2]

There were many rural allotments along the Yarra River, of which the house at 7 Walker Court appears to be an example, making it of local historical significance.The building is one of the few houses dating from the 19th century remaining in the area, and appears in an early painting.[2]

The area was primarily developed around the 1960s. Viewbank Post Office opened on 1 October 1962 and was renamed Banyule in 1969.[3]

Several new housing developments were built during the 1990s and 2000s, including the end of Martins Lane, Winston Hills and Eagle View (on Casey Crescent).


Public library facilities are provided by Yarra Plenty Regional Library. The nearest libraries are at Rosanna and Eltham.


Viewbank Primary School - Located on Nevin Parade, opened in 1966.[4][5]

Notable residents[edit]

In the 1980s, Australian Aerial Freestyle Olympic Gold Medallist Alisa Camplin, Catherine Fitzsimmons (Pearsell model and founder of Dash Models, Los Angeles), and Australian Olympic Runner Tamsyn Manou all attended Viewbank Primary School.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Viewbank (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c "VHD". Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, archived from the original on 10 May 2008, retrieved 11 April 2008
  4. ^ "Viewbank Primary School". Viewbank Primary School. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  5. ^ "School profile | My School". Retrieved 30 May 2019.

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