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Cardinia

The Shire of Cardinia has a population of approximately 74,170 (Census 2011, ABS) and is located on Melbourne's southeastern fringe, at the interface of metropolitan Melbourne and the rural areas beyond.

It is home to 30 small rural towns and several rapidly growing urban areas. This region experienced significant population growth between 1996 and 2001 as a result of a number of new subdivisions in Pakenham, Officer and Beaconsfield.

Find out more at the Cardinia Shire Council website

Main suburbs

Beaconsfield

Bunyip

Cockatoo

Emerald
Gembrook

Officer

Pakenham
Map of metropolitan Melbourne indicating the location of Cardinia

About Cardinia

A man and woman riding mountain bikes on a bush track

Industries

Key industries in the area
Manufacturing
Construction
Retail trade

Travel times

Cardinia’s suburbs are 50-80km east of Melbourne’s city centre.

Transport Time
Car
45-70 mins
Train or bus
60-90 mins


Housing costs

Median cost
Purchase Rental per week
House $611,905
(Jun 2015)
$320 (June 2015)
Unit
 $268,000
(Dec 2014)
$270 (June 2015)

Source: House and unit prices - Home Price Guide Rental prices - Department of Health & Human Services Rental Report

To find a local real estate agent, visit the REIV agent directory


Cultural groups

Migrants from Languages spoken
England (5.2%) Italian (0.7%)
New Zealand (1.7%) Sinhalese (0.3%)
Netherlands (0.9%) German (0.3%)
Scotland (0.8%) Dutch (0.3%)
India (0.6%)
Spanish (0.3%)
Source: Census 2011, ABS

Services

Schools Health care
17 primary schools
There is one hospital in the Cardinia area.
Three secondary schools

No universities or TAFE campuses

Find a school at the Department of Education and Early Childhood development website or find out more about education and childcare in Victoria. Visit the Victorian Better Health Channel's health services directory for more health care information and services.