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Upper Ferntree Gully

About the profile areas

The 2015 Estimated Resident Population for Upper Ferntree Gully is 2,555, with a population density of 10.58 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Upper Ferntree Gully is bounded by Dandenong Ranges National Park in the north, Burwood Highway, Royal Street, Old Belgrave Road, Wynette Avenue, Forest View Lane and Victoria Ridge in the east, Grandview Crescent, Gilmour Lane, Ferndale Road, New Road and Glenfern Road in the south, and Chalmers Grove, Arcadia Road, Burwood Highway and Quarry Road in the west.

Name origin

Upper Ferntree Gully is named for the fern tree gully along Ferntree Gully Creek in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1870s, with land used mainly for farming. The area became a popular excursion destination, this popularity increasing with the opening of the railway from Ringwood to Upper Ferntree Gully in 1889. After World War I, Ferntree Gully became a retreat area for Melbournians, with many boarding houses built for tourists. Expansion continued during the post-war years. The population has increased slightly since the mid 1990s, largely a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Upper Ferntree Gully is an established residential area, with some rural land in the south.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Angliss Hospital, Gilmour Park, Kings Park, Sherbrooke Little Athletics Track, Ferntree Plaza Shopping Centre, Talaskia Reserve and two schools.

Included areas

Part of the suburb of Upper Ferntree Gully is located in Yarra Ranges Shire.