Glen Waverley, Victoria

Glen Waverley, Victoria
Glen Waverley
Glen Waverley is located in Melbourne
Glen Waverley
Population: 38,219 (2006)[1]
Postcode: 3150
Area: 16.8 km² (6.5 sq mi)
Location: 19 km (12 mi) from Melbourne
LGA: City of Monash
State District: Mount Waverley, Forest Hill, Scoresby, Clayton
Federal Division: Chisholm, Bruce
Suburbs around Glen Waverley:
Burwood East Vermont South Vermont South
Mount Waverley Glen Waverley Wantirna South
Notting Hill Mulgrave Wheelers Hill

Glen Waverley is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 19 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Monash. At the 2006 Census, Glen Waverley had a population of 38,219, or 2275 per square kilometre.



The suburb of Glen Waverley is generally bounded by Dandenong Creek to the east, Ferntree Gully Road to the south, Blackburn Road to the west and Highbury Road to the north. Springvale Road, a major north-south distributor, divides the suburb. The geography varies from river flats adjacent to the Dandenong Creek in the east to hilly in the region between the Dandenong Creek and Scotchmans Creek catchments.


The area was first settled in the mid nineteenth century and later developed as orchards and farming lands. The Post Office opened on 1 July 1885 as Black Flat in the area to the south of the railway line, was renamed Glen Waverley in 1921, and Glen Waverley South in 1963 on the same day Glen Waverley North office (open since 1954) was renamed Glen Waverley (from 1994 The Glen).[2]

Major development occurred in the 1950s to 1970s with rapid infilling of housing built to a generally high standard on large (typically 800m2) blocks. Much of that housing stock is now ageing and renewal is occurring, frequently involving subdivision of the larger blocks into townhouse development. On 12th of September 1973, the first McDonald's restaurant was opened in Victoria. It is one of the oldest in Australia still in existence.[3]


The main street of Glen Waverley is Kingsway. In recent years, Kingsway has developed into a vibrant dining and entertainment area, with strong Asian influences.[citation needed] Kingsway also is taken up by Century City Walk, a cinema multiplex. It houses various eateries, a Strike Bowling Bar and a Village Cinema (equipped with Gold Class facilities). There are now many hotels such as Novotel Glen Waverley, Hotel Ibis, Waverley International Hotel, and the Quest Hotel. There is also a large branch of the Monash Public Library Service. Construction of a 10-storey apartment, office, retail and carparking complex between the railway station and Kingsway will begin in mid-2011.[4] The suburb also has numerous churches, and is home to the Victoria Police Academy, which occupies a former Roman Catholic seminary.


Glen Waverley has also developed to become somewhat of a business hub in metropolitan Melbourne, with many international companies including BMW, Nestle, Toshiba, Ansell, Adidas, NEC, and 3M all having their Australian headquarters in the suburb.[5]


The majority of Glen Waverley residents identify as being Australian born. At the time of the 2006 Census, over 2000 people responded with China as being their country of birth. Mandarin and Cantonese are the most spoken language at home, following Engish. Most residents of the suburb are employed as professionals, clerical and administrative workers, or managers. According to a 2011 article [1] by The Age Newspaper, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus were the most popular car choice for people in Glen Waverley.

Politics and Representation

Most of Glen Waverley's voting booths sit within the federal electorate of Bruce (with the remainder in Chisholm). The suburb is traditionally oriented towards the Liberal Party, but has become extremely marginal and competitive in recent years. This is evidenced in the 2010 federal election results, in which the combined booth results for the suburb produced a primary vote of 40.7% for the Labor Party, 46.0% for the Liberals, and 9.8% for the Greens. After preferences, the split was 49.99% for Labor and 50.01% for the Liberals (a difference of only 3 votes!).[6][7]


Centro The Glen (formerly known as "The Glen") is a local regional shopping centre owned, managed and developed by Centro Properties Group. Although smaller than nearby shopping centres such as Knox or Chadstone, the Glen houses a substantial collection of shops, including supermarkets, a food court named Diners Life and a number of smaller clothing stores. Centro The Glen currently has over 207 specialty retail shops and 11 anchor retailers, thus making Centro The Glen one of the most significant shopping centres in the vicinity. Centro The Glen was the first shopping centre in suburban Victoria to contain a David Jones retail outlet.



Secondary Schools

Primary Schools

  • Glen Waverley Primary School
  • Glen Waverley South Primary School
  • Glendal Primary School
  • Mount View Primary School
  • Highvale Primary School
  • Camelot Rise Primary School

Private Schools

  • Wesley College (Glen Waverley Campus)
  • St Leonard's Primary School
  • St Christopher's Primary School


The suburb has an Australian rules football team The Glen Waverley Hawks, competing in the Eastern Football League[8] and the Glen Waverley Rovers Junior Football Club.

The Waverley Soccer Club and the Glen Waverley Junior Soccer Club were founded in 1980 and are members of Football Federation Victoria. The seniors currently compete in the Mens Provisional League Div 3.

Tennis clubs include Glenvale Tennis Club, Glenburn Tennis Club, Legend Park Tennis Club, Notting Hill Pinewood Tennis Club and Whites Lane Tennis Club.

Cricket is represented by the Glen Waverley Cougars Cricket Club] and the Glen Waverley Cricket Club, who both compete in the Southern District and Churches Cricket League (SDCCL). In season 2009/2010, the Glen Waverley Cricket Club's 50th year, they won the SDCCL Menzies Shield, defeating Mount Waverley Uniting Cricket Club.

Golfers play at the course of the Glen Waverley Golf Club at Waverley Road in the neighbouring suburb of Wheelers Hill.[9]

Glen Waverley has a major recreational and aquatic centre located on Waverley Rd, the Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre. It has a range of different swimming pools to cater for everyone's needs with two kid pools, a 40 metre wave pool, a Learn-to-swim pool, an indoor 25 metre pool, an outdoor 50 metre pool and a hydrotherapy pool.



The suburb gives its name to the Glen Waverley railway line, which terminates at Glen Waverley station. Services depart platform 1 and 2, with a frequency of 7-8 minutes in peak hour, and every 15 minutes in off-peak periods. Glen Waverley is classed as a Premium Station, is in Metcard and Myki Zone 2. Syndal railway station is located one station to the west of Glen Waverley railway station and also on the Glen Waverley railway line.


A number of bus routes operated by Ventura Bus Lines, Grenda's Bus Services and Driver Bus Lines also operate in the area, with connections to Monash University, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Eastland Shopping Centre, Knox City Shopping Centre, Rowville, St. Kilda, Glen Iris, Springvale, Blackburn, Mitcham, Dandenong and Croydon. The 902 SmartBus from Chelsea to Airport West, also operates via Glen Waverley at 15 minute frequencies all day in both directions, and at up to 10 minute frequencies in peak periods.

Routes Operator Zone(s) To / From Via
623 Driver Bus Lines 1, 2 Glen Waverley / St. Kilda Mount Waverley / Chadstone / Carnegie
734 Ventura Bus Lines 1, 2 Glen Iris / Glen Waverley Ashburton / Ashwood / Wesley College
736 Ventura Bus Lines 2 Mitcham / Blackburn Vermont South / Glen Waverley / Forest Hill
737 Ventura Bus Lines 2 Croydon / Monash University Boronia / Knox City SC / Glen Waverley
742 Ventura Bus Lines 1, 2 Eastland SC / Chadstone SC Vermont South / Glen Waverley / Oakleigh
753 Ventura Bus Lines 2 Glen Waverley / Bayswater Wheelers Hill / Knoxfield / Boronia
754 Ventura Bus Lines 2 Rowville / Glen Waverley Caulfield Grammar / Wheelers Hill
850 Grendas Bus Service 2 Dandenong / Glen Waverley Brandon Park / Mulgrave
885 Grendas Bus Service 2 Springvale / Glen Waverley Wanda Street
902 Grendas Bus Service 2 Chelsea / Airport West Edithvale / Glen Waverley / Nunawading / Doncaster / Greensborough / Broadmeadows


Springvale Road is the main north-south arterial road running through Glen Waverley, with 3 lanes in each direction. Blackburn Road runs parallel to Springvale Road to the west. High Street, Waverley Road and Ferntree Gully Road are the main east-west collector roads in Glen Waverley. The Monash Freeway also runs through the south-western corner of Glen Waverley, with access via Ferntree Gully and Springvale Roads.

See also

  • Glen Waverley railway station


Coordinates: 37°52′52″S 145°09′58″E / 37.881°S 145.166°E / -37.881; 145.166

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