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Mernda is one of the fastest growing suburbs in Victoria, and is located just over 30 kilometers towards the north-east from Melbourne. An excellent collaboration of leading land developers and new home builders are producing quality house and land packages. Prices are subject to change, but in February 2015 the following examples, will whet the appetites of new home buyers: a 3 bedroom home on an approx 310m2 lot size for around $323,000 and a 4 bedroom on approx 400m2 for around $355,000. Mernda and its spectacular scenery have proven to be very popular with the new home buyer. To view a great range of house and land packages in Mernda click on this link.
The name Mernda was derived from an Aboriginal word Wurundjeri , word meaning earth. Prior to 1913 this area was commonly known as Morang and Yan Yean. Rich in heritage Mernda has a magical mystique and a magnetic appeal for new home buyers in Melbourne’s north-east. The original township consisted of a school, a Methodist church, a store and a railway station. In the early 1900s there were many dairy farms in Mernda that supplied milk to Melbourne.
The City of Whittlesea is the governing council for Mernda – one of Melbourne’s five major metropolitan growth areas. The (Mernda/Doreen ) area has grown from a population of 1316 in 2001 to 3430 in 2006, and is anticipated to grow to around 45,000 people at full development.
A number of important services are in close proximity to Mernda which are the Northern hospital (approx 15mins) South Morang train station (approx 13mins) and Melbourne Airport (approx 30mins). The Mernda rail station has been earmarked by local government for completion in 2020 – 2021.
Secondary: Gilson College
Primary: Mernda Primary School; St Joseph’s Catholic Parish Primary School
NB. Mernda is only a 10-minute drive from RMIT University Bundoora campus and La Trobe University.
RECREATION / LEISURE
Mernda oozes lifestyle and sheer relaxation, which is accentuated by its beautiful parks and native red gum reserves, an excellent selection of public wetland and parks.
The Kinglake Ranges is easily accessible from Mernda and offer breathtaking views of Melbourne with picnic areas and great walking tracks where you can discover an abundance of fauna and flora.
Riverdale Park this park has an area of almost 1 hectare, with playground, shelter, basketball half-court, bocce, barbecue and picnic facilities etc.
Simon Creek Wetland, its facilities include a wetland conservation reserve, walking trails, lake, car parking, amphitheatre and boardwalks, over 11 hectares.
Rippon Lea Park facilities include playground, basketball half-court, shelter, barbecue and picnic amenities.
Mernda Recreation Reserve with football and cricket ovals, netball court, pavilion and change rooms, playground, public toilet and car parking.
Mernda is also steeped in tradition with sites such as Carome Homestead, which was built in the 1800s and has been restored to its former glory. The homestead was initially one of the state’s earliest water-powered flour mills, known as the Carome Mill. The building now also features the Two Beans and a Farm Cafe.
Mernda Bakery is believed to have been designed and constructed by Charles and Stephenson Turner in 1892. The bakery is a complete 19th century country bakery with bakehouse oven, stabling, shop and house. Customers drool over the variety of breads cooked in the original wood-fired oven and the specialty cakes.
NB: Mernda Villages has more than 70 hectares of open space including wetlands, parks and quarry hills, and more than 10 kilometres of shared pedestrian and cycle tracks.
Mernda Football Club (‘Demons’) has a 100-year plus history in the Whittlesea District Football League and Northern Football League. The club was originally formed as the South Yan Yean Football Club and carried the colours maroon and amber. Its first game was played on May 9, 1891 against Whittlesea, and South Yan Yean went on to win the premiership in that year.
The netball club – Section 3 premiers in 2012 – is also aligned with the football club.
Mernda Village Shopping Centre has a Woolworths supermarket, and around 10 specialty stores including pharmacy, bakeries and cafes. Within a 10 min drive is the Plenty Valley Shopping Centre and Epping Plaza.
HEALTH & COMMUNITY SERVICES
Child care and maternal health services are available at the village’s state-of-the-art Community Activity Centre.
Mernda Villages has both a medical and dental centre.