Prior to European
settlement the Cranbourne area is thought to have been occupied by the
Boonwurrung Aboriginal people. The first white settlers, the Ruffy
brothers, arrived in 1836. They later opened the Cranbourne Inn.
The area was greatly opened up by settlers from the 1860s. Cranbourne Post Office had opened on 1 August 1857.
in developing the land around Cranbourne was hampered by the Koo Wee
Rup swampland. However William Lyall (who bought land in the swamp area)
assisted in coordinating the draining of the swamp to make it usable as
Cranbourne was, from 1860 until 1994, the
administrative centre of the Shire of Cranbourne, (known for most of
1994 as the City of Cranbourne). The council building is still in
existence, and is now used as a health care centre known as 'The
Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre'. Prior to 1978, Council met at the
Old Shire Offices, on the corner of Sladen Street and South Gippsland
At the 2006 census Cranbourne had a population of 14,750.
The Water Saving exhibition garden in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne
the south of Cranbourne is the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne, and
the Cranbourne Racecourse & Recreation Reserve. Cranbourne also
contains the Cranbourne Golf Club, the Amstel Golf Club, the Ranfurlie
Golf Club and an indoor swimming pool.
- The Casey Complex
was opened in December 1994 by the former City of Cranbourne. It is
located off Berwick Cranbourne Road, and features a wide variety of
community facilities, including The Shed (an indoor skating facility),
the Cranbourne Indoor Sports Centre (basketball, netball, and indoor
soccer), the Cranbourne Branch of the Casey-Cardinia Library
- The Factory – Rehearsal Centre for the Arts
(Cranbourne, Caseyville (traffic school) and Bowland (a ten-pin bowling
complex) 24 lanes.
- The new Cranbourne Multicultural Community
Centre opened in 2007. It is located along Berwick-Cranbourne Road is
the new Casey Fields Complex.
Schools in the Cranbourne area include
- St. Peter's College,
- St. Agatha's Catholic School,
- St. Therese's Catholic Primary School,
- Cranbourne Secondary College,
- Lyndhurst Secondary College] (Formally known as Cranbourne Meadows Technical School),
- Casey Grammar School (Formally known as Cranbourne Christian College),
- Cranbourne Primary School,
- Cranbourne North East Primary School (to open in 2010),
- Cranbourne East Primary School,
- Cranbourne East Secondary College,
- Lyndhurst Primary School,
- Alkira Secondary College (Formally known as Casey Central Secondary College),
- Marnebek School,
- Cranbourne South Primary School,
- Cranbourne Park Primary School,
- Cranbourne West Primary School,
- Rangebank Primary School,
- Courtenay Gardens Primary School,
- Cranbourne Specialist School.
Institute of TAFE also has a campus in Cranbourne, to the city's east.
To cater for the growth in Cranbourne several primary schools have been
Cranbourne has two major
shopping precincts. In the north on the corner of Thompson Road and the
South Gippsland Highway is the Thompson Parkway Shopping Centre
(anchored by Safeway) and Cranbourne Homemaker Centre complex with
Harvey Norman, JB Hi Fi, Good Guys, Officeworks, La Porchetta, Hungry
Jacks, Betta Electrical and more major stores. This complex has largely
developed around the Bunnings Warehouse. In the centre of town is High
Street and Centro Cranbourne, anchored by a 21 aisle Coles Supermarket
Coles and a 8 aisle Woolworths supermarkets. Woolworths supermarkets and
Kmart Australia Kmart , Homeart, Harris Scarfe, Manchester and More,
Best & Less, Reject Shop, Priceline and Dick Smith Electronics
department stores. The centre previously included a 5-cinema complex.
Smaller shopping centres include the Sandhurst Shopping Centre anchored
by a 11 aisle Coles Supermarket in Cranbourne West, and the planned Hunt
Club Shopping Centre development. Other supermarkets include an Aldi
Supermarket in Bakewell St and Ritchies Supermarket in the High Street
Cranbourne is home to several
churches. These include the Cranbourne Salvation Army, Cranbourne
Baptist Church, the Anglican Regional Church Cranbourne, Cranbourne
Regional Uniting Church,Freedom Christian Church(Assemblies of God),
Cranbourne Presbyterian Church, St Agathas Catholic Church, Life
Community Church, Turning Point Family Church and the Cranbourne Ward of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Cranbourne North has
Hope Christian Centre.
Sports facilities and clubs
Fields is a $30 million 70 hectare multi-sports complex in the City of
Casey at Cranbourne East a southeastern suburb of Melbourne.
complex is home to Australian rules football, cricket, netball, tennis,
cycling and golf. Rugby football and soccer fields are also planned as
part of future development.Australian Football/Cricket
There are 8 Australian football/cricket ovals available at J&P Camm
Reserve (2 ovals), the Donnelly Recreation Reserve (2 ovals), the Clyde
Recreation Reserve (1 oval), the Lawson Poole Reserve (1 oval), the
Junction Village Reserve (1 oval) and the Glover Recreation Reserve (1
oval). Seven of the eight ovals each have a synthetic centre cricket
wicket, whilst the E.G. Allen Oval at the Cranbourne Racecourse and
Recreation Reserve has a turf centre wicket. The Cranbourne Cricket Club
was established in 1881 with the Cranbourne Football Club established
in 1889. There are 2 rugby fields at the Lawson Poole Reserve (1 field)
and the Clyde Recreation Reserve (1 field). Sports reserves There are
currently 3 football fields available on the Cranbourne Racecourse &
Recreation Reserve. The town has an Australian Rules football team
competing in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League.Soccer/Football
- Casey Comets Football Club is a soccer team which plays on O'Tooles
Road at Comets Stadium. In 2009 the club has senior teams in the FFV
Victorian State League 2 South East & the FFV Victorian Women's
Premier League.Basketball and Netball
- There are 6
basketball courts available at the Terry Vickerman Centre at the Casey
Indoor Leisure Complex (shared netball). There is a netball court the
Glover Recreation Reserve (1 outdoor court).Tennis -
are 32 tennis courts available at Cranbourne Tennis Club, Cranbourne
Racecourse & Recreation Reserve (6 porous)and Casey Fields(10 poly
clay and 2 plexipave); the Clyde Tennis Club, Clyde Recreation Reserve
(6 plexipave); the Devon Meadows Tennis Club, Glover Recreation Reserve
(6 poly clay); and the Cranbourne South Tennis Club, Morning Mist
Recreation Reserve (2 artificial grass; 2 plexipave). There are an
additional 8 courts (sand-filled artificial grass) available inside the
Terry Vickerman Centre at the Casey Indoor Leisure Complex.Golf
- There are three golf courses privately owned and managed:
Horse Riding and Racing
- Amstel Golf Club (public course).
- Ranfurlie Golf Club (members course).
- Cranbourne Golf Club (public course).
- Club-based horse riding is available at the Morning Mist Recreation
Reserve. There are other privately owned and managed facilities, such as
the Briars Equestrian Centre in Clyde. Both Cranbourne greyhound and
harness racing clubs are on Grant Street.
Cranbourne has a horse
racing club, the Cranbourne Turf Club, which schedules around 22 race
meetings a year including the Cranbourne Cup meeting in October.
Harness Racing Club conducts regular meetings at its racetrack in the
town, and the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club holds regular
- Two lawn bowls club facilities are
available at the Cranbourne Bowls Club (Cranbourne Racecourse &
Recreation Reserve) and the Cranbourne RSL Bowls Club.Shooting
- Shooting facilities are available at the Cranbourne Dandenong Pistol
Club (Cranbourne Racecourse & Recreation Reserve). The Cranbourne
RSL Gun Club (Thompsons Road, Cranbourne North) was demolished in late
2006, the Victorian Deer Association now meet at Akoonah Park in
- There are skating and BMX facilities available at the following locations:
- Merinda Park (outdoor skate park).
- The Shed (indoor skate park)
The MRA Cranbourne GP Run is held each year on the Saturday of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
terminus of the Cranbourne railway line is at Cranbourne railway
station. The Cranbourne line is part of the South Gippsland Railway,
which is currently disused between Cranbourne and the start of the
private South Gippsland Tourist Railway in Nyora. The Cranbourne Line is
to be extended by 2 km to Cranbourne East by 2015, as stated in the
Victorian Transport Plan.
The restoration and reopening of the
disused line was proposed by the Victorian Government in 2001, at which
time the government described the line as being in a state of
significant disrepair. By 2008, a report had concluded that the rail
service to Leongatha would not be restored due to the high cost in
returning services. Instead, extra money will be spent on improving road
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