Article by Shantelle Santos. This article was originally published on ibuildnew.com.au and has been republished here with permission.
Lilydale is located in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs; about 34km northeast of the Central Business District. Being a location that is accessible to both the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley, Lilydale embodies a tranquil ambience with an abundance of wineries, beautiful national parks, aesthetic cafes, and educational museums for locals and tourists alike. To learn more about this serene suburb, have a look at our short guide down below.
Image: Visit Yarra Valley
Beginning with a population of 212 people from its origins in the 19th century, to an astounding 16,531 residents as of the 2016 Census, Lilydale is a quick-growing suburb home to many diverse types of individuals. This suburb is known for it’s friendly and welcoming presence, only adding to the appeal for potential home buyers looking in the neighbourhood.
About an hour away from the CBD, the suburb is home to the conveniently named Lilydale Train Line. The line runs through other popular stations such as Croydon, Ringwood, Blackburn, Box Hill, and the City Loop. Although the most used method of transportation for working residents is by car, with 70.9% of the individuals travelling via this option. In addition, the Maroondah Highway is readily accessible and convenient, as it is adjacent to the suburb.
Shopping For The Family
Lilydale Marketplace is the main hub for locals looking for their everyday essential items as well as providing shoppers with a large range of specialty stores for some retail therapy. Lilydale Village and Chirnside Park Shopping Centre are also in close proximity, just a short 10-minute drive from one another.
Image: Lilydale Marketplace
The School Run
Conveniently, the schools in Lilydale are mainly in the centre of the suburb; with Lilydale High School, Lilydale Primary School, and Lilydale Pre School Centre Inc all quite near one another. Box Hill Institute also provides tertiary education in the community with the Lilydale Lakeside Campus, offering students with a range of different vocational and higher education programs. The Yarra Ranges Tech School (also a part of the Box Hill Institute) allows students with a passion for technology to access this high-tech innovative learning.
What’s Going On?
As mentioned before, the suburb is known as the gateway to both the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley. it is also home to the iconic Warburton rail trail – this 38km recreation trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders follows the path oh the historic railway line. Boasting stunning architectural design, features, exhibition spaces is the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum. Make a day trip and explore programmes for all ages, a resource library, a museum shop and a cafe.
For a sunny day out, visit Lilydale Lake Park that features a large lake, with sailing and fishing being one of the most popular activities. It also includes BBQ areas, picnic tables, and lawn areas to relax on.
Image: Visit Dandenong Ranges