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The Shire of Nillumbik has a population of approximately 60,340 (Census 2011, ABS). Over 80 per cent of the community were born in Australia.

The Shire covers an area of 431.94 square kilometres. There are close-knit communities who live across a range of typical urban settings to remote and tranquil bush properties. The area is often referred to as the 'green wedge'.

Find out more at the Nillumbik Shire Council website

Main suburbs





Christmas Hills

A map of metropolitan Melbourne showing the Nillumbik area

About Nillumbik

A man and women on mountain bikes on a bush track


Key industries
Health care
Retail trade

Travel times

Nillumbik's suburbs are 30-50km north east of Melbourne's city centre.

Transport Time
35-55 mins
Train or bus
50-100 mins

Housing costs

Median cost
Purchase Rental per week
House $680,000
(July 2015)
$350 (June 2015)
(July 2015)
$310 (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 (4.6%) Italian (2.0%)
Italy (1.2%) Greek (1.0%)
New Zealand (1.0%) Macedonian (0.5%)
Germany (0.6%) German (0.5%)
Scotland (0.6%)
Mandarin (0.4%)
Source: Census 2011, ABS 


Schools Health care
22 primary schools
There are no hospitals in the Nillumbik area.
Two 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.