Glen Waverley is 19 km south east of Melbourne CBD. The neighbouring suburbs Wheelers Hill and Brandon Park also form the postcode 3150. Glen Waverley has become a vibrant entertainment precinct with many cafes, restaurants and a cinema complex. Apart from the dining, many asian grocery stores are also found along the Kingsway strip of shops. In the evening, especially on weekends, you will often see customers queuing for the more popular restaurants. Jells Park is another popular destination, many fun runs and charity events are held at the park. During the warmer weekends, you will see families arrive very early to reserve a prime location for their social event.
Glen Waverley is a bustling suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 19 km south-east of Melbourne’s central business district in the local government area of the City of Monash. The area was first settled in the mid nineteenth century and later developed as orchards and farming lands. The main street of Glen Waverley is Kingsway. In recent years, Kingsway has developed into a vibrant dining and entertainment area, with strong Asian influences. Also on Kingsway is Century City Walk, a cinema multiplex. There are now many hotels such as Novotel Glen Waverley, Hotel Ibis, Waverley International Hotel, Apartments of Waverley and the Quest Hotel. The suburb houses numerous churches, and is home to the Victoria Police Academy, which occupies a former Roman Catholic seminary. Known for its multicultural population, the postcode 3150 comprises of Glen Waverley, Brandon Park and Wheelers Hill. Some well-known landmarks of 3150 include the Glen Waverley railway station, Glen Waverley Secondary College, which is considered one of Victoria’s leading public schools, as well as the Glen Shopping Centre. Victoria’s oldest McDonald’s is another landmark worth noting, sitting on the crossing of Springvale and High Street Roads. In addition, this postcode boasts of ample open space and parks, such as Jells Park, providing facilities for sports and outdoor activities. Glen Waverley has over time, developed to become somewhat of a business hub in metropolitan Melbourne, with many international companies including Toshiba, Ansell, NEC, and 3M all having their Australian headquarters in the suburb.
Pictures & words by Rahul Kapur.
The 3150 postcode covers 3 suburbs in Melbourne’s south east – Brandon Park, Glen Waverley and Wheelers Hill. First settled in the mid 19th century, the soil was found to be rich and ideal for farmland and orchards. Today the area is a thriving district with light industry, housing, parks, green belts, schools and shops being connected by busy roads. Housing went through a boom in the 1950, 60s and 70s, and now 3150 is a very multicultural postcode with people speaking English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Greek in numbers while there are also many people from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, the UK, Hong Kong, South Korean, Greece, Italy, Vietnam, New Zealand and Singapore. Jells Park is magnificent recreational facility of about 127 hectares, and has over 700,000 visitors each year. It has bbq’s with free firewood, playgrounds, walking tracks, bush, birds, open spaces and a large lake which beside which the annual carols by candlelight and fireworks are held while Glen Waverley Secondary College is one of the most respected colleges in the state and is located next to the train station with a busy bus station nearby.
Pictures and words by Alan Bennett.