The City of Melton is located 35km west of Melbourne’s CBD and encapsulates several of its neighbouring suburbs which are governed by the City of Melton council. Since the 1990s, Melton has undergone significant suburban growth due to greenfield land developments. While Melton contains the largest number of residents, the overall population for this area exceeds 164,000.
Located on the eastern edge of the Victorian Volcanic Plains, Melton’s landscape is characterised by vast, fertile plains containing volcanic deposits with a geological age of 65,000 years. Both Mount Cottrell and Mount Kororit dominate Melton’s view, with Mount Cottrell’s summit providing an excellent vantage point for the Western Plains of Melbourne.
- 35km from Melbourne’s CBD
- Population – 68,765 (2018)
- With a nod to British influence, the suburb is named after Melton Mowbray, in the United Kingdom
- Home to the West’s first American gridiron club, the Melton Wolves, originally a standalone women’s gridiron team.
Residential and Demographics
The City of Melton is an established greenfields area consisting of seven suburban locales with Melton as their administrative centre. Melton South and Brookfield are to the south, Kurunjang and Toolern Vale to the north, and Melton West on the western edge of the city. In 2017 a new subdivision called Harkness was established in the north-west.
The median price for a house in this area is $385,000 with an annual growth rate of 6.34% (as of Dec 2019), and the median price for units is $311,500 with an annual capital growth rate of 4.42%. Be aware that while median prices have not reflected significant capital growth in the last 12 months compared to neighbouring suburbs, these figures do fluctuate. At the moment Melton is a buyer’s market. The latest figures indicate that property vendors are offering investors an average price cut of -8.19% below asking price.
On average, property owners can expect their monthly housing repayments to cost $1,200 with a median household income at $878/week. The average household size is 2.4 occupants per dwelling and the average age of residents is 38 years.
As local Melton conveyancers, Fisher Conveyancing can assist with all your buying, selling or transfer of land needs.
There are a vast number of educational facilities to consider in Melton and its surrounding suburbs. With 12 primary schools and 6 secondary schools, residents can rest assured that their children’s educational needs will be served well in either the private or public system, both equally represented in this area.
Determining which school best meets the needs of your child will require some time. Considerations such as specialised programming, class size, extra-curricular activities and travel time will be a few of many factors that will influence your preferences. Contact schools for information evenings and facility tours to help you decide.
When it comes to fun and recreation, there’s no shortage of options in this area. The residents of Melton place a huge emphasis on organised sport. From basketball to hockey and even American gridiron, Melton strongly represents at all levels, including state championships.
For armchair sports enthusiasts, there’s plenty of horseracing. Melton is home to Tabcorp Park and Harness Racing Victoria. Read the guide, frock up, place a bet and enjoy a dining experience at any number of the racing events. It’s the perfect venue to socialise!
Families can enjoy the Melton Waves Leisure Centre for year-round recreation. Swim laps, enjoy hydrotherapy or smash the waves with the kids in this centrally located community facility.
Melton also has a lively arts and culture scene. The Melton Civic Centre and Tabcorp Park both host live performances throughout the year. The Djerriwarrh Festival in November is the city’s signature event, with a street parade, market stalls and the Lions Club carnival to entertain both the young and the young at heart.
What makes Melton a truly wonderful place to live is its commitment to community. Friends of the Melton Botanic Gardens, Bushwalking Inc., Pony Club, Bridge Club, Dog Obedience Club… there are dozens of community groups who love to get residents connected!
Shopping. Cafes. Cuisine.
High Street is the main hub of activity for Melton residents. A range of big box retail and food stores such as Aldi, Foodworks and IGA are located here as well as a wide selection of fast food and takeaway restaurants.
For one-stop retail shopping, residents frequent the conveniently located Melton Station square or Woodgrove Shopping Centre in Melton West. Since its expansion in 2013, Woodgrove is the area’s largest shopping venue, featuring Coles and Woolworths, can’t-do-without home supply stores Kmart and Big W and over 160 specialty retail stores and boutiques for all your retail therapy needs!
In addition, Opalia Shopping Centre in Melton South is due to open in late 2020. The beautifully appointed, fresh space offers residents diverse amenities, accessible services and a range of quality eateries, restaurants and bars to satisfy every craving. Thankfully, the new complex also offers a fitness and gym facility so you can enjoy the food experiences without the guilt!
There are two major freeway interchanges at the centre of Melton’s urban area. The Western Freeway connects Melton to Melbourne’s west but bypasses the city centre on High street, a wide carriageway with service lanes. Melton Highway (C754), on the eastern fringe, links Melton to Melbourne’s northern suburbs and branches off at Kurranjang (C705) to join Gisborne.
For public transport options, Sita Buslines services Melton and surrounding suburbs from 5.30am-9pm weekdays, and from 8am-9pm on weekends. The bus routes connect to Melton railway station (located in Melton South) as well as Melbourne’s outer suburbs including Caroline Springs and Sunshine. Coaches run from a terminal at the railway station and operate school bus services with connections to Rockbank, Toolern Vale, Bacchus Marsh and Sunbury.
Rail service to Southern Cross Station is operated by V/Line or VLocity Ballarat Services. Commuters travelling to Melbourne can expect a 27-48 minute journey during peak times. Check the timetables for trains operating to and from Melton.
All in All…
Melton is a low-profile, family-friendly city that offers residents a stress-free lifestyle. Melbourne’s CBD, tourist attractions to the west and camping destinations unfolding further north are all at Melton’s fingertips. Apart from the affordable housing opportunities, this city’s heartbeat is its huge community presence. Whether the commute to work is local or further afield, residents always appreciate coming home to Melton.