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City of Bayside

About the area

Location and boundaries

The City of Bayside is located in Melbourne's middle southern suburbs, between 8 and 20 kilometres south of the Melbourne CBD. The City of Bayside is bounded by the Cities of Port Phillip and Glen Eira in the north, the City of Kingston in the east, and the Port Phillip Bay foreshore in the south and west. The City's boundaries are Head Street, St Kilda Street and Glen Huntly Road in the north, and the Nepean Highway, North Road, Thomas Street, the Frankston railway line and Charman Road in the east.

Included areas

The City of Bayside encompasses the suburbs of Beaumaris, Black Rock, Brighton, Brighton East, Cheltenham (part), Hampton, Hampton East, Highett (part) and Sandringham.

Land use

The City of Bayside is predominantly a residential area, with some small commercial and industrial areas. The City encompasses a total land area of about 37 square kilometres.


The City of Bayside is served by the Nepean Highway and the Sandringham and Frankston railway lines.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1841 when Henry Dendy purchased his 'special survey' area from the government. The special survey area covered modern day Brighton, Brighton East, Bentleigh and McKinnon. The Brighton area was subdivided and sold in the 1850s, with growth from the 1860s, spurred by the opening of railway lines. Development of areas further south along the coastline followed in the late 1800s, aided by improved access. Substantial growth took place during the interwar and post-war periods, with areas furthest from the railway line such as Brighton East and Beaumaris characterised by post-war housing development. The population of the City increased gradually from the early 1990s, rising from about 80,000 in 1991 to about 90,000 in 2011.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the City of Bayside were the Boon wurrung Aboriginal people.

Regional labour force

The City of Bayside labour force region is defined by an area in which a significant percentage of workers travelled into the City of Bayside to work at the 2011 Census. Details of this calculation and a list of areas included can be found in the data notes.