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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Toorak is 13,938, with a population density of 32.60 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Toorak is bounded by the Yarra River and Citylink in the north, generally by Glenferrie Road in the east, Malvern Road in the south and Williams Road and Williams Road North in the west.

Name origin

Toorak is named after an original house in the area.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates primarily from the 1850s, when land was subdivided and many elegant residences and mansions were built. Growth continued in the late 1800s and early 1900s, aided by the opening of a tram line and railway line. Substantial growth took place from the 1910s to 1930s when many large estates were subdivided and flats were built. Expansion continued during the post-war years. The population increased slightly during the 1990s, and then was relatively stable between 2001 and 2011, a result of few new dwellings being added to the area and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Toorak is an established residential and commercial area.

Major features

Major features of the area include the retail areas along Toorak Road and Malvern Road, Tok-H Shopping Centre, St Catherine's Girls School, St Kevin's College & Junior School, Glamorgan Geelong Grammar Prep School, Toorak Primary School, Loreto Convent, Loreto Mandeville Hall, Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club, Brookville Gardens and Winifred Crescent Reserve.