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About the profile areas

The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Cranbourne is 21,688, with a population density of 14.29 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Cranbourne is bounded by Thompsons Road in the north, Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, Cameron Street and the South Gippsland Highway in the east, Ballarto Road and a line running continuous of Ballarto Road in the south and Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Monahans Road and the railway line in the west.

Name origin

Cranbourne is thought to be named after Viscount Cranbourne, a British Parliamentarian.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1830s. Growth was minimal until the 1860s when the township was established, with land used mainly for farming and grazing. Some expansion took place in the late 1880s, spurred by the construction of the railway line and dairy farming. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years, with rapid growth during the 1970s and 1980s. The population declined slightly during the 1990s, and then increased between 2001 and 2011, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Cranbourne is an established residential and parkland area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Cranbourne Racecourse, Cranbourne Recreation Reserve, Centro Cranbourne Shopping Centre, Cranbourne Homemaker Centre, Amstel Golf Club, Donnelly Recreation Reserve, J & P Cam Reserve, Lawson Poole Reserve, Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre, Cranbourne Athletics Track, Cranbourne Training Complex, Carlisle Park and numerous schools.

Included areas

The southern-most part of the suburb of Cranbourne is located in the Botanic Ridge - Junction Village small area.