Cardinia Shire


Cardinia Shire is located on Melbourne's south-east fringe. The Shire encompasses a total land area of 1,280 square kilometres. Cardinia Shire is a rapidly developing residential area, with large areas of land still allocated for urban development, and surrounding rural areas. The central areas of the Shire are the most urban, containing the major population centre, Pakenham. The population is also spread among many small rural townships and rural-residential areas. Rural land is used largely for agriculture and horticulture, particularly dairy and beef farming and vegetable production, with some viticulture.

Key employment sectors in Cardinia Shire include retail trade, construction, education, manufacturing, health care and agriculture, forestry and fishing. Cardinia Shire features many retail centres, including Arena Shopping Centre, Beaconsfield Plaza, Heritage Springs Shopping Centre, Lakeside Square Shopping Centre, Lakeside Village, Pakenham Central Marketplace and Pakenham Place Shopping Centre, with bulky goods at South East Mega Homemaker Centre. Educational facilities include numerous private and public schools. The main industrial areas are located in the suburb of Pakenham. The key health care facilities in Cardinia Shire are Cardinia Casey Community Health Service and Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service. The primary agricultural industries are fruit and vegetable production (including potato and asparagus growing), dairy farming and beef cattle, with some orcharding, market gardening and egg production.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Princes Freeway
  • Bass Highway
  • Princes Highway
  • South Gippsland Highway
  • Pakenham railway line
  • Warragul railway line


  • Melbourne GPO 55km
  • Tullamarine Airport 90km
  • Avalon Airport 110km
  • Essendon Airport 80km
  • Port of Melbourne 65km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Pakenham - south of Princes Fwy (including South East Business Park and Victorian Livestock Exchange)
  • Pakenham - south of railway line (around Bald Hill Rd)
  • Pakenham - west of Toomuc Valley Rd (around Mary St)

Cardinia Shire

economic profile