Enjoy Looking and Feeling Amazing in Melbourne Hume City VIC
The City of Hume is a local government area partially within the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It includes the outer north-western suburbs and a number of rural localities between 13 and 40 kilometres from the Melbourne city centre. The City was formed on 15 December 1994 after the amalgamation of most of the City of Broadmeadows, the Shire of Bulla and parts of the City of Keilor and City of Whittlesea. The City is unique in Australia in that it was the first local government to introduce a Bill of Rights for its denizens in 2004, following the establishment of a Social Justice Charter in 2001. This Bill of Rights predates the State Government’s Charter of Rights and Responsibilities by three years, and is more sweeping in that it explicitly includes economic, social, and cultural rights.
Within Organ Pipes National Park, the valley walls of Jacksons Creek expose Pleistocene volcanic rocks of the New Volcanic Group. These 2.5 to 2.8 million year-old basalt lavas, commonly known as “trap rock,” fractured during cooling into vertically standing, hexagonal basalt columns. These columns are locally known as the “organ pipes” for which this park is named. Over the last one to two million years, the slow cutting by Jackson Creek of its valley down into the basaltic plains and through the underlying trap rock exposed these geological structures. The bottom of the valley of Jackson Creek also exposes a prehistoric buried creek valley, which is cut into 400 million year-old (Silurian) mudstones and sandstones. The bottom of this buried valley contains ancient creek gravel. Both the ancient river valley and the Silurian sedimentary rock lies buried beneath the basaltic volcanic rocks of the New Volcanic Group. Marine fossils that are found in the Silurian sedimentary rocks demonstrate that they accumulated beneath a prehistoric ocean.
Epping is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 km north of Melbourne’s Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Whittlesea. Epping is bounded by Mill Park and Lalor to the south, Somerton to the west, South Morang to the east and Wollert to the north. Epping has a mainly flat terrain though, towards the north, lie several large hills, which provide an excellent view of Melbourne. McDonalds Road and High Street are the main thoroughfares. The majority of commercial activity is located on High Street and Cooper Street, where Pacific Epping is located.
The original Epping township is on higher ground west of the Darebin Creek (the Catholic Church being the only one not to have moved from lower flood-risk land). Several older buildings are constructed in bluestone, plentiful in the surrounding volcanic plains. Major suburban development took place from the 1970s onwards and the northern fringes of the area are currently in the process of being developed for housing. One of Melbourne’s many shopping centres, Pacific Epping, is located 500m away from the Epping railway station. The Northern Hospital adjoins it. Dalton Village is a small shopping centre which is located on Dalton Road in Epping. There are many parks and reserves located throughout the suburb.
Whittlesea is a town in Victoria, Australia, 40 kilometres (25 mi) north-east from Melbourne’s central business district. Its local government area is the City of Whittlesea. The Post Office opened on 1 September 1853 as Plenty and was renamed Whittlesea in 1864. The town may have been named after Whittlesey, in England. A school opened in a single stone building in 1878 and is to this day the home to Whittlesea Primary School. The railway to Whittlesea was opened on 23 December 1889 as an extension to what is now the South Morang line, and closed in December 1959. When the original railway was in operation Whittlesea had a large logging trade, taking the timber from Kinglake, Whittlesea region toward greater Melbourne for milling. There were later two saw mills in operation. At its timber producing peak Whittlesea had several pubs to help house the temporary timber workers.
Although located only a few kilometres from the outer fringes of metropolitan Melbourne, Whittlesea lies outside the Urban Growth Boundaries of the Melbourne 2030 metropolitan development plan. It is therefore expected to maintain its status as a separate town until 2030 and beyond. City of Whittlesea planning policy for Whittlesea township envisages minimal growth over the next decade so that the township will retain its rural character. The town has a local volunteer (CFA) fire brigade as well as a limited hours Police station. On 22 January 2009 Health Minister Daniel Andrews opened an ambulance station in Whittlesea. This station operates between the hours of 10 am and 10 pm daily. This was a 2006 state election promise made by the Bracks Labor Government. Local attractions include the Funfields Fun toboggan Park, Torourrong Reservoir, Yan Yean Reservoir, Bear’s Castle and the old Courthouse (now a tourist information center).
Craigieburn is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 26 km north of Melbourne’s central business district. Its local government area is the City of Hume. The suburb of Craigieburn ranges from halfway down Bridgewater Road to Mount Ridley. Most of Craigieburn is more than 200 metres above sea level, with Mount Ridley being the northernmost hill in northwestern metropolitan Melbourne, giving it clear views of Melbourne’s central business district 29.7 km away.
Australian rules football is popular in Craigieburn. A local team, the Craigieburn Football Club plays in the Essendon District Football League and is based at D.S. Aitken Reserve. AFL club Richmond Football Club as its second training base facility at Highgate Reserve on Grand Boulevard. The Tigers held a community camp in 2009 in the suburb. Richmond’s VFL affiliate the Coburg Tigers played three home games there in 2010. A soccer club, Craigieburn City FC, have their home ground at Vic Foster reserve with teams from juniors to reserves. The senior team currently compete in the FFV State league 5 North division. A rugby league club, the Craigieburn Phoenix (formed in 2008) are based at Hothlyn Drive Reserve and play in the Victorian Rugby League competition.
Travel just 40 minutes north of Melbourne’s busy city centre and discover a region full of renowned vineyards, iconic native wildlife and a rapidly growing foodie scene. Plan out your winery tour over a morning coffee and watch the jumbo jets coming into land at nearby Tullamarine Airport. There’s more to Sunbury than wine. Take your pick of the expanding line-up of local cafes and eateries on O’Shanassy Street, Sunbury’s popular ‘eat street’. Dine alfresco on leafy sidewalks and sample the finest local produce paired with local varietals. Local favourites include the Spotted Owl and the Roquette Bar & Grill. With a reputation that stretches across Australia and abroad, the Sunbury wine region produces a range of exceptional vintages. Stay a while to tour the best of these celebrated producers, meeting the winemakers and visiting cellar doors for tastings. Be sure to sample the famous shiraz and chardonnay at historic Goonawarra (1863) and the award-winning Craiglee Vineyard (1864). Visit the historical Rupertswood Mansion and join the international discussion over the actual birthplace of The Ashes, international cricket’s coveted trophy. The history of the Ashes records that when Australia won against England at The Oval in London 1882, The London Times announced the death of English cricket.
Tradition has it that after a social game with the touring English team at Rupertswood, the bails were burnt and the ashes presented to the English captain. Upon his death his widow presented them to the Marylebone Cricket Club and today the urn remains in the MCC museum at Lord’s. Sunbury is also home to the state’s oldest homestead, Emu Bottom, which was built in 1836 and now offers tailored tastes of Australia’s pioneering history, including bush music and various bush tucker eating experiences. Uncover more of Sunbury’s rich and varied past on a historical tour taking in the old Sunbury Courthouse, the bluestone homestead at Craiglee Vineyard, and what’s left of Aitken’s Gap Gaol.
Sunbury has plenty to offer families on holiday. See kookaburras, galahs, waterbirds and echidnas at Jackson Creek and Albert Road Nature Reserve, or hit town for fun activities at the Galaxy Land adventure playground, Paintball Sunbury, or the Goonawarra Public Golf Course. Horseracing fans will jump at the opportunity to see retired Melbourne Cup racehorses at the Living Legends’ stables.
Greenvale is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 km north of Melbourne’s central business district. Its local government area is the City of Hume. Greenvale is located between Yuroke and Attwood, on Mickleham Road. Although positioned only twenty minutes from the CBD and ten minutes from Melbourne Airport, Greenvale has been up until recently known as a semi-rural area, characterised by larger farm holdings to the north of the town centre (past Somerton Road). Three of these farms (the one bordering Aitken College is known as “Hacienda”) are now set for development into a new housing estate, taking advantage of excellent city views to the south and a view of the Greenvale Reservoir to the east. This will continue the trend for Greenvale in undergoing further residential development, with several new estates appearing in the suburb itself and in nearby areas such as Attwood and Bulla. Greenvale is home to Living Legends – The International Home of Rest for Champion Horses, located at Woodlands Homestead in Woodlands Historic Park.
Greenvale Football Club, an Australian Rules football team, is one of the Essendon District Football League’s most successful teams, having won the A Grade premiership twice. Their coach Steve MacPherson is, of 2009, the longest serving coach of any side in the EDFL. Greenvale also has a Soccer club, Greenvale United SC. They currently have teams for Girl’s Juniors, Boy’s Juniors, Mixed MiniRoos and Men’s Seniors. The Seniors took out the 2014 Men’s State League 5 North division Title. Greenvale is well-serviced by Public Transport, allowing all residents and visitors to get from A to B without having to drive or use a taxi service.
Meadow Heights is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 18 km north of Melbourne’s Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Hume. Prior to Meadows Heights the area was officially known as Coolaroo. Meadow Heights underwent a property boom in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as demand for new houses rose, forcing prospective buyers into the outer suburban area. Meadow Heights Post Office opened on 6 March 1995. In recent years, developers have focused their efforts on suburbs to the north, with very few new housing projects being completed since 2000.
Meadow Heights offers several places of interest, with the nearest cinema complex located to the south, in Broadmeadows. There are several youth centres for social activities and there is a soccer team in the area. There are around four milk bars; on Bicentennial Crescent and Magnolia Boulevard in the north, Taggerty Crescent in the centre, and one on El Dorado Crescent to the south. The main shopping centre is Centro Meadow Heights, which is located on Paringa Boulevard. It features a SUPA IGA Supermarket and over 25 specialty shops. There is also a mosque in Meadow Heights, near the shopping centre. A community centre and a skate bowl are located in the Buchan Street Reserve.
Gladstone Park is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 15 km north-west from Melbourne’s central business district. Its local government area is the City of Hume. Gladstone Park is bounded by the Tullamarine Freeway and Mickleham Road to the west, Broadmeadows Road to the north, the Jacana Valley to the east and the Western Ring Road to the south. The Broadmeadows district was originally inhabited by the Wurundjeri nation of Indigenous Australians. European settlement of the area now known as Gladstone Park began in the 1840s, with the land used for agriculture.
The Gladstone Park Community Centre is located on South Circular Road, and hosts a number of community bodies, such as the basketball club and mothers’ groups. It is located adjacent to the Meadow Park Eagles soccer clubrooms. Gladstone Park Shopping Centre is a minor shopping centre. Its major stores include a Woolworths Supermarket and IGA Supermarket. It contains the suburb’s post office as well as branches of ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank and Westpac and numerous major real estate offices. As well as the major stores, there are a number of minor stores and a food court.
Elmhurst Park is named after Elmhurst Road, where it is located. The park contains two playgrounds, a bike track, a small skate park and picnic facilities with barbecues. The Gladstone Park Tennis Club is located next to the park. The Broadmeadows station, on the Craigieburn Line is the closest station to Gladstone Park. The closest tram line is Tram route 59 in Airport West. Numerous bus routes link the suburb to the Broadmeadows station and Airport West, with stops at the shopping centre, and each of the schools.