Vermont South is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia, 20 km east from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its
Local Government Area is the City of Whitehorse. At the 2011 Census,
Vermont South had a population of 11,416.
The eastern boundary of
Vermont South is the Dandenong Creek, which flows from the Dandenong
Ranges, through to Port Phillip. The suburb was mostly developed in the
late 1970s and early 1980s, after developers bought the apple orchards
in the area.
Prior to the first European
settlers, the landscape was thickly timbered bushland, occupied by the
Wurundjeri, Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation, who spoke
variations of the Woiwurrung language group. They were hunters and
gatherers, camping near the creeks and gullies of the area now known as
Bellbird Dell. The creek flowed from immediately north of the Dell,
through it and on to join the Dandenong Creek.
settlers, who were woodcutters and charcoal burners, came in the 1850s
before land sales. Selectors followed and they marked out, leased and
improved allotments, which would enable them to gain freehold titles
from the Crown. Temporary wattle and daub huts were erected and later
substantial timber cottages.
Apart from some general farming,
orchards dominated the landscape until the 1950s and 60s, when the
demand for new housing areas led to the subdivision of orchards.
Nunawading Council (now Whitehorse Council) began the acquisition of
property in 1966, with the purchase of a large block (7.26 hectares)
from local orchardist Cecil Rhodes to form Bellbird Dell.
Vermont South Post Office opened on 22 October 1974 as the suburb developed.
1972, after heavy rains and the increased run-off from the subdivisions
caused flooding of Morack Road and the Burwood Highway, Bellbird Dell
Creek was barrelled and the natural watercourse disappeared, with the
site and its adjoining land reserve as public open space.
Vermont South was the location of the Australian Gun Club in the 1960s and 1970's.
Government of Victoria extended tram route 75 from its former terminus
at Burwood East to the Vermont South Shopping Centre in 2005. In
addition to the tram, a Transit Bus Link has been added, which travels
down Burwood Highway to Knox City Shopping Centre.
bus, named the "Knox Transit Link" runs up to 21 hours per day, in
conjunction with the route 75 tram timetable, making a "seamless
connection" to and from the tram.
On weekdays it runs from 4:30
am–1:20 am the next morning, running at every 10 minutes in the daytime
off-peak period and from every 5–7 minutes in the morning and afternoon
peak periods, while after 7:30 pm on weeknights, service intervals are
set at every 20 minutes. On Saturdays, the Knox Transit Link bus service
runs from approximately 4:30 am–1:20 am the next morning, at 12 minute
intervals in the daytime, and every 15–20 minutes beyond the 12 minute
interval periods. On Sundays, a 12 minute daytime frequency is offered
with a 30 minute service in the early morning and at night, with the
last service to run from Vermont South at approximately 12:45 am.
An upgrade in November 2007 saw the introduction of an hourly Sunday service and buses running until 9 pm 7 days a week.
Parks and reserves
parks in Vermont South include Billabong Park, Charlesworth Park,
Terrara Park, Tyrol Park and the Dandenong Valley Metropolitan Park
(west of Dandenong Creek).
Bellbird Dell is a natural park,
located in the north of the suburb. It is a 1.4 km linear park with an
area of 17.5 hectares, named after the bellbirds that can be heard in
the park. The majority of the park is thick bush, however, there are
walking trails, wetlands and ornamental lakes. Open grassed areas are
provided with picnic tables. For walkers 'The Dell' offers short or long
strolls but dogs must be on a leash, as the main pathways are shared
with cyclists. Birds and frogs can be seen and heard here and, in
spring, there are wildflowers. Victoria's floral emblem, the Pink Heath
(Epacris impressa), can be seen growing wild within the remnant areas.
Reserve in Vermont South has a playground for children, as well as
accessible swings. A pocket guide to Walking and Wheeling in Whitehorse
has been produced highlighting some of the parks and walking trails in
- Emmaus College - Years 7-10 Campus
- Vermont South Special School
- Weeden Heights Primary School - Established in 1980
- Livingstone Primary School
- Holy Saviour Primary School
- Barriburn Pre-School, Birralee Pre-School Association, Terrara Pre-School Association,
- Vermont South Children's Services Centre
This information has been sourced from Wikipedia