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Box Hill & Surrounding

Melbourne, Victoria's second-most populous city, is located 10 kilometres east of the city centre. It was previously a separate village and was amalgamated into the City of Whitehorse in 1994. The population was 11,395 according to the 2016 Census.

Box Hill, which was established on higher ground than nearby suburbs and lacked the web of tramlines that encouraged home construction beyond the railway line's reach, was incorporated into Whitehorse City in December 1994. Whitehorse City was formed by combining Box Hill City with Nunawading City on December 15, 1994, establishing new limits from the Nunawading Parish.


Box Hill has also seen a building boom in recent years, with several high-rise developments now under construction. The well-known landmarks include the Australian Taxation Office's Box Hill Tower, Whitehorse Towers, and the 36-story Sky One, which is known as Melbourne's tallest
building outside of the CBD at 122 meters tall.

A number of additional skyscrapers are now under construction, including New Chinatown, a $450million twin-tower complex that will serve as a current "sibling" to the historic Chinatown in the CBD, with 10,000 square meters of mixed-use shops on three levels and a 4000-square-metre “Hawker Hall, where visitors will find street-style food stalls, a 1500-square-metre childcare centre, a Chinese language school and bookshop, Chinese herbalists, and a handful of Chinese and Western medicine clinics.



People - 11,395
Male: 49.20%
Female: 50.80%
Median Age: 31

Families - 2,637

Average Children Per Family

For Families with Children: 1.6

For All Families: 0.5

All Private Dwellings - 5,273

Average People Per Household: 2.4

Median Weekly Household Income: $1,054

Median Monthly Mortage Repayments: $1,800

Median Weekly Rent: $350

Average Motor Vehicles Per Dwelling: 1.2

Box Hill is notable for its significant Asian population. In 2016, 36.0% of residents were born in Asia, the second highest in Melbourne (after Footscray), while 47.4% of residents were born overseas (the third highest).

This is attributable to substantial waves of Asian immigration during the 1980s and 1990s when Box Hill was an established destination for new migrants due to its proximity to public transport and affordable housing. The most common ancestries in Box Hill were English 24.9%, Australian 20.8%, Chinese 18.7%, Indian 10.5%, and Irish 5.1%.

In 2016, the median weekly personal income for people aged 15 years and over in Box Hill (State Suburbs) was$819, compared with $662 in Greater Melbourne. The most common occupations in Box Hill included Professionals 29.6%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 12.2%, Technicians and Trades Workers 12.0%, Managers 11.5%, and Community and Personal Service Workers 11.4%.


Image by Bernard Hermant

The suburb of Box Hill is in the eastern outskirts of Melbourne, 10 kilometres from the city centre. Elgar Road, Canterbury Road, Whitehorse Road, and Middleborough Road form its boundaries to the west, east, south, and north, respectively.


The Box Hill train station is on the Belgrave/Lilydale line, with express services taking around 30 minutes to the city. The 75 (which runs along Elgar Road) and the 109 (which runs along Whitehorse Road) are among several tram routes that serve Box Hill.

There are several bus routes that run through or near Box Hill, including the 200 (which runs along Whitehorse Road), the 733 (which runs along Elgar Road), and the 742 (which runs down Canterbury Avenue).


Box Hill has become well-known among family home purchasers in recent years because it is filled with reputable schools and education institutions, such as Box Hill Senior Secondary College, the Box Hill Institute, Deakin University, Box Hill TAFE, and a variety of primary and secondary schools.

Shopaholics will appreciate all the shopping possibilities in Box Hill. Shops can be found on Station Street and Whitehorse Road, as well as at the suburb's two shopping centers. In late 2007, the two mall kiosks joined forces to create "Centro," which is now known as South (formerly Centro Box Hill) and North (formerly Centro Whitehorse).

Box Hill is home to a number of leisure services, including Neighborhood Houses and several Scout Groups, such as 11th Box Hill, Mont Albert North (formerly 10th/13th Box Hill), 6th Box Hill, and 1st Mont Albert Scouts. The Box Hill Community Centre which is located 1 km south of the central area of Box Hill also provides several services to the local community.

There are several multilingual medical clinic solutions in Box Hill. There are two large hospitals in this community, including Box Hill Hospital, which serves Box Hill and its neighboring regions, and Epworth Eastern, a private hospital that opened in 2005 next to Box Hill Hospital.

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