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Cranbourne is a popular suburb in Melbourne’s outer South-East between Dandenong and Tooradin, located approximately 50km from the Melbourne CBD. It has grown quickly in recent years with many new large land estate developments of offer like “The Hunt Club”, supported by many of Melbourne’s largest and emerging home builders including Carlisle Homes, Burbank Homes, Metricon Homes providing a great range of New House and Land Packages in Cranbourne. (Follow the link to search now)
The home buyers in Cranbourne are quite diverse including 2nd and 3rd home buyers upgrading plus Cranbourne also caters well to the first home buyer market with the median house price being, $315,000 year to date as of June 2014 making it very affordable.
The local council is The City of Casey, Cranbourne itself was originally settled in 1836, which had strong agricultural roots becoming one of Melbourne’s major market gardening areas.
The City of Casey is Victoria’s most populous municipality and also includes suburbs such as Beaconsfield, Berwick, Botanic Ridge, Blind Bight, Cannons Creek, Clyde, Clyde North, Cranbourne (East, North, South & West), Devon Meadows, Doveton, Eumemmerring, Endeavour Hills, Fountain Gate, Five Ways, Hallam, Harkaway, Hampton Park, Junction Village, Lynbrook, Lyndhurst, Lysterfield South, Narre Warren (North & South), Narre Warren, Pearcedale, Tooradin and Warneet.
Cranbourne is also positioned as a gateway to many of Victoria’s major attractions in the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port, as well as being on the main route to Phillip Island making it perfectly positioned for those that love a weekend getaway or fun day trip. Cranbourne to Seaford Beach is 20 minutes or to the beaches of Mornington is 31 minutes.
In addition to agriculture, Cranbourne also has strong history in horse racing, having held the first racing meet in 1867. The Cranbourne Turf Club is now revered as one of the finest racing and training complexes in the state of Victoria and the location also includes a Greyhound Racing track for those who enjoy a flutter on the dish lickers.
Another famous addition to Cranbourne is the 363-hectare Royal Botanic Gardens which is a major tourist attraction. It has a 15-hectare man made Australian Garden showcasing a diverse range of flora (over 100,000 plants and trees), landscapes, art and architecture. This is a popular choice for a family gathering with the good range of picnic and BBQ facilities available. The ‘untouched’ section of the Royal Botanic Gardens is home to native heathlands, wetlands and woodlands with thriving bird and animal life. having visited here myself a few times with my family its a brilliant place for a walk, ride, picnic, and includes a fantastic fountain area which the kids just absolutely love in Summer.
A diverse and excellent range of Primary and Secondary schools cater the residents of Cranbourne.
Lyndhurst Secondary College; Cranbourne Secondary College; St Peter’s College; Cranbourne East Secondary College; St Agatha’s Catholic School; Casey Grammar School; Alkira Secondary College.
Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School; Cranbourne Primary School; Cranbourne West Primary School; Cranbourne Park Primary School; Cranbourne East Primary School; Cranbourne South Primary School; Courtenay Gardens Primary School; Rangebank Primary School; St Therese’s Catholic Primary School; Cranbourne North East Primary School; Lyndhurst Primary School;
Additional educational facilities in Cranbourne are; Chisholm Institute of TAFE (Cranbourne), and the specialist school, Marnebek School (Cranbourne)
Cranbourne hosts an excellent selection of sports clubs and facilities such as Casey Fields which is a 76-hectare site in Cranbourne East and is the premier outdoor sports facility in Melbourne’s south-east. This state of the art facility caters to a range of sports including regional athletics, cricket, football, rugby, tennis, courts, netball and has the criterium cycling track. It is also a VFL training base for the Melbourne Football Club’s affiliate, the Casey Scorpions.
Centro Cranbourne located on High Street opened in 1979 and includes several major retailers, a food court and a large selection of speciality stores. The shopping precinct in Cranbourne is the Thompson Parkway Shopping Centre (including a Safeway) and Cranbourne Homemaker Centre (including a Bunnings Warehouse). A short drive is the large Westfield shopping centre located in the neighbouring suburb Narre Warren.
Cranbourne is serviced by Metro Trains to Melbourne; the Cranbourne railway line is to be extended by 2km to Cranbourne East by 2015, as stated in the Victorian Transport Plan. Cranbourne Transit services 11 local bus routes plus V/Line operates three bus services (Cowes to Dandenong; Inverloch to Dandenong; Yarram to Melbourne) and the privately run company Airport Bus Dandenong has services to Tullamarine Airport.
Health & Community Services:
Its community health services are tailored to meet the needs of one of the most rapidly growing populations in Australia. Its services include: allied health services; multidisciplinary early intervention for children; comprehensive counselling and family support services; youth health programs; women’s health services; service for aged and disabled clients. Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre comes under the auspices of Monash Health which Victoria’s largest health service.
This also includes Cardinia Casey Community Health Service, and Casey Hospital in Berwick a 229-bed hospital providing a comprehensive range of health services including an emergency department, general medical, mental health, rehabilitation, surgical and ambulatory care services.
The maternity unit which is located within the Casey Hospital is kept very busy meeting the needs of the many new families in the district.
Casey Hospital is also a provider of paediatric services for Monash Children’s and is a centre for the leading cardiac services of Monash HEART.
Cranbourne is a young growing suburb with a lot to offer, the established amenities make it a popular destination for many people who are looking for a new home in the area. Vast arrays of New Homes Designs are on display by various new home builders in estates such as Berwick Waters, Selandra Estate and Casiana Grove and Livingston Estate, to mention a few, so make a day of it and discover what Cranbourne has to offer. (Display homes open as of June 2014).