City of Whittlesea


The City of Whittlesea is located in Melbourne's northern suburbs, about 20 kilometres from the Melbourne GPO. The City of Whittlesea encompasses a total land area of about 490 square kilometres, featuring both urban and considerable rural areas. The City of Whittlesea is one of Melbourne's major growth areas, with significant future growth expected. The bulk of population in the City is in the urban areas in the south, generally comprising Bundoora, Epping, Lalor, Mill Park, South Morang and Thomastown. There are also substantial industrial and commercial areas in the south. The rural areas of the City are characterised by farming and grazing, but also include forest, sites of conservation significance and historic township communities.

The key employment sectors in the City of Whittlesea are manufacturing, construction, retail trade and health care, and to a lesser extent, education. The major industrial areas in the City of Whittlesea are located in the southern suburbs of Epping and Thomastown. The City features several major retail areas, including Bundoora Square Shopping Centre, Epping Plaza Shopping Centre, Lalor Shopping Centre, Westfield Plenty Valley (shopping centre) and Uni Hill Factory Outlets. Other significant retail centres include Dalton Shopping Centre, Greenbrook Shopping Centre, Lalor Plaza Shopping Centre, Laurimar Town Centre, Lyndarum Shopping Centre, Mill Park Plaza Shopping Centre, Mill Park Stables Shopping Centre, Rivergum Village Shopping Centre, Thomastown Shopping Centre (High Street local shops), Axis South Morang Lifestyle Centre and Homemaker City Epping. The major public health facility in the City of Whittlesea is The Northern Hospital (located in Epping), with a private hospital in Bundoora (Northpark Private Hospital). The City of Whittlesea is home to the two tertiary institutions of RMIT University (Bundoora Campus) and Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (Epping Campus), along with numerous private and public schools.

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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

  • Hume Freeway
  • Metropolitan Ring Road
  • Plenty Road
  • Epping railway line


  • Melbourne GPO 20km
  • Tullamarine Airport 30km
  • Avalon Airport 80km
  • Essendon Airport 25km
  • Port of Melbourne 40km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Epping (north-east and west)
  • Thomastown

City of Whittlesea

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