Snapshot of Nillumbik


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Known as “the Green Wedge Shire”, Nillumbik is located in Melbourne’s north-east. The Shire is approximately 25km from the Central Business District.

Nillumbik’s green wedge covers over 90 per cent of the total area of the Shire and includes many state and national parks.

Residents enjoy easy access to Melbourne, its services, job opportunities and facilities; along with access to an abundance of open space, vibrant communities and unique environmental landscapes.

Nillumbik’s boundaries are:

  • the Kinglake National Park in the north
  • the Yarra escarpment in the east
  • the Yarra River in the south, and
  • the Plenty River and Yan Yean Road in the west.

Note that the map above is an artistic representation of the Shire's boundaries. For a detailed map, please visit VICNAMES Register of Geographic Names, search for "Nillumbik" and select the LGA option.

Nillumbik by numbers

  • 431.94 square kilometres land area
  • 65,094 total population
  • 28.0% have a university qualification (Bachelor or higher)
  • 23,627 rateable properties
  • 71.1% travel to work by car (either as driver or passenger)


Suburbs, townships and villages 

Nillumbik is a collection of suburbs, townships and villages, each with its own unique identity and heritage.

Villages include Smith’s Gully, Strathewen, Christmas Hills, Kangaroo Ground and Yarrambat.

Nillumbik’s rural townships are St Andrews, Panton Hill and Hurstbridge.

Nillumbik’s suburbs include:

  • Plenty
  • Research
  • North Warrandyte
  • parts of Greensborough
  • Eltham (major activity centre)
  • Diamond Creek (major activity centre)

Nillumbik offers residents and visitors distinctive village-style shopping, access to professional services, schools, sporting facilities, public transport and places to meet and socialise.

Rural properties, agricultural land, trail networks, orchards and award-winning wineries complement the Shire’s unique and diverse landscape.


Demographic profiles

These demographic profiles were commissioned by Nillumbik Council and are available to the community as a shared resource.

Nillumbik Shire Community Profile

Analyses demographics for the shire and its suburbs, townships and villages.

This is based on results from the ABS Census of Population and Housing. The profile is updated when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures.

View the Nillumbik Shire Community Profile

Nillumbik Shire Social Atlas

Displays key demographics and their distribution across the Nillumbik on themed maps.

This is based on results from the ABS Census of Population and Housing. The atlas is updated when the ABS releases new figures.

View the Nillumbik Shire Social Atlas