The Eltham Gateway is a unique urban area with a strong sense of character that is a distinctive entrance to the Eltham Major Activity Centre (MAC). It is a precinct with cultural and landscape significance to the local community.
Several factors contribute to this significance:
- In the 1800s it contained the original Eltham Town centre and now contains a range of historic buildings which date from this period and influence the architecture of the area
- The Eltham Gateway is typified by a high level of indigenous vegetation. The modest scale of built form is often substantially screened from public view by this vegetation
- The topography of the area allows significant vegetated views from Main Road towards the Diamond Valley.
- The modest scale of development along Main Road provides a transition from the urbanity of the suburbs to the semi-rural character of Eltham.