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Toorak Suburb Information

by Wendy Chamberlain on March 16, 2015

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Toorak is another suburb of Melbourne close to the Central Business District. Situated just five kilometers south-east of the CBD, the area belongs to the City of Stonnington and has a population of 12,871 as of 2011.

The suburb of Toorak is well known for being the most elite community of Melbourne and one of the most expensive suburbs of Australia. In terms of property values, it has the highest average in the Melbourne area and is considered the highest earning suburb.

The name Toorak was derived from Toorak House, the name of James Jackson’s resident. Jackson was a merchant in the area in 1849. Six years later, the Toorak House became the residence of Captain Sir Charles Hotham who was the first Governor of Victoria. His successors also occupied the house until the Government House was completed in 1876.

Toorak Road, Toorak


Nearly 30 percent of people in the suburb work in the finance, property and business sector. Some 31 percent of adults aged 15 and older hold a Bachelor’s degree.

Toorak also holds the record of having the highest percentage of children enrolled in non-government schools in the entire Melbourne.


Apartments, notably the walk-up flats, dominate the residential property sector in Toorak. Overall, there’s a mix of high, medium and loaw density housing in the area. This is attributed to the subdivision of larger lots back in the 1880s, 1920s and 1960s.

Singe-family detached homes are also in place. They are either the traditional mansions or the larger homes owned by Melbourne’s elite with swimming pools, tennis courts and high walls.

Mansion in Toorak

The main residential streets of the suburb are St. George’s Road, Lansell Road, Hopetoun Road, Albay Road and Clendon Road.

Religious Structures

As Toorak residents differ in their religious beliefs, there are also different churches in the area where they can attend service.

The St. John’s Anglican Church was built in 1862 with a Gothic Revival architectural design. Designed by William Wardell, the church features a large tower with a peal of bells and a sandstone broach spire. This church is very popular for weddings in Australia.

The Catholics attend mass at the St. Peter’s Church. Built in 1876, this religious building is of Romanesque style.

Other places of workship include the Toorak Uniting Church with a Gothic style constructed in 1876 and the Swedish Church.


Although the automobile is the most popular transportation in the suburb, the various public transportation is in place and services the northeastern section of Toorak.

The only railway station in the area is Heyington. It is on the Glen Waverley line and crosses the Yarra via the Heyington Railway Bridge towards the northern section of Toorak. Nearby railway stations are available.

Trams also service Toorak Road. The Melbourne tram route 8 runs services the eastern boundary while tram route 72 services the southern boundary along Malvern Road.

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