Carrum Downs Carrum Downs,
sometimes known as Botany Park is a suburb of Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia. Carrum Downs is central to the most popular
Melbourne suburbs for example, the Mornington Peninsula is 9km
away, Mount Eliza 15km, Berwick 21km and Beaumaris 26km.
There is a lovely beach only 8km away. Carrum Downs is situated
approximately 45 kilometres south east of the CBD (via the
Monash Freeway and South Gippsland Freeway and the Western Port
Highway). Travelling time and distance to the CBD will be
reduced upon completion of the Eastlink freeway, which opened on
the 29th June 2008.
Landmarks include Carrum Downs Tourist Park, Kingston Lodge and
the Sandhurst Golf Club.
Carrum Downs Photo Gallery
Below is a gallery of photos around the streets of Carrum Downs
including photos of the rental accommodation and also the
schools in the area.
5 Mile Radius
10 Mile Radius
Suburbs within a 5mile radius of Carrum Downs include:
Suburbs within a 10mile radius of Carrum Downs include:
15 Mile Radius
20 Mile Radius
Suburbs within a 15mile radius of Carrum Downs include:
Suburbs within a 20mile radius of Carrum Downs include:
Carrum Downs was recently voted the 4th top best performing suburb
and has been mentioned in numerous articles as one of the best
suburbs to purchase property with the East Link due to open on
the 29th June this year (2008)
Here is an article that recently appeared in the newspaper:
For years there’s been a growing divide between suburbs that have
increased in value, and others which fell back. Five years after
the real estate market’s ‘peak’, we ask which suburbs really
were ‘safe as houses’ for investors.
For the three years to 2001, Melbourne’s property market was
exploding. Government incentives were driving a development
boom, interest rates were at an all time low and the sudden
increase of real estate options - in particular new suburbs and
high rise inner city living - started an historic game of
Agents repeatedly reported cases of property selling 30% or more
above reserve, and modest homes that started the cycle valued at
around $250,000 were suddenly worth upwards of half a million
In 2001 alone, real estate values in Melbourne increased 20%,
according to research by the Real Estate Institute of Victoria.
While the commercial property markets went on to continue this
boom, the residential market slowed, and continued to slow
following the events of September 11 until 2004, when median
values began going backwards.
Figures released by the REIV since 2004 show a growing divide
between suburbs that continued to increase in value, and others
which fell back.
Five years ago, the pick of the bunch were Caulfield, Strathmore
and Malvern - which each recorded annual median price increases
of around 40%. Braybrook topped the chart with a median value
increase of 40.2%, and nine of the top ten suburbs were within a
20 kilometre ring of the CBD.
Measured on a five-year basis however, just four of the best
performing suburbs are within that ring - with suburbs more than
40 kilometres from the CBD dominating the rankings and expected
to continue growing.
1. Hoppers Crossing (116.8% increase since September 2001)
2. Toorak (112.4%)
3. Seaford (97.1%)
4. Carrum Downs (94.4%)
5. Hawthorn (91.1%)
6. Altona (71.7%)
7. Hampton Park (71%)
8. Mount Evelyn (69%)
9. Craigieburn (66.7%)
10. Mornington (66.3%)
“What is coming out here is the impact of lifestyle changes”
says Bernard Salt, demographer and Partner with advisers KPMG.
“The sea change shift actually applies within metropolitan
The western suburb of Hoppers Crossing topped the list,
recording a median value increase of 116.8% over the last five
years. Toorak came in second with an increase of 112.4%, and
Hawthorn reported growth of 91.1%. Altona rounds up the
metropolitan offerings coming in at sixth, with a median value
increase of 71.7%.
The remaining suburbs are Seaford which came in third with
growth of 97.1%, and Carrum Downs next at 94.4%. Hampton Park
came seventh with a median value increase of 71%, followed by
Mount Evelyn in the outer east recording 71%, Craigieburn at
66.7% and Mornington at 66.3%.
“We’ve actually had a revaluing of seaside property in this city
- particularly beyond the traditional heartland of Port
Melbourne through to Brighton” said Mr Salt.
This is supported by REIV figures, which show suburbs including
Chelsea and Mt Martha to have increased in value this year by
well above the metropolitan average of 4.2%. In the case of Skye
in Melbourne’s south-east, median house value increased 34% this
12 months to May 2008
Long Term Trend
Auction clearance rates
Days on Market
Below is an example of the type of property you can get for your
money in Carrum Downs:
Price: $385,000 or approx £184k
Located in Carrum Downs most sought after
area is this stunning 4 year old Metricon built home. Comprising
three bedrooms, plus a study area. The oversized master suite is
highlighted by the open ensuite and large walk in wardrobes. The
central hallway then leads into the stunning lounge area
complete with woodfire heating for those cold winter nights.
Flowing through to living zone you are engulfed in natural light
from the fully glassed exterior overlooking the landscaped yard.
A kitchen area that is built for entertaining complete with
quality stainless steel Technika appliances. The other bedrooms
are off to the side complete with their own bathroom. The home
comes compete with gas ducted heating and refrigerated air
Externally the home continues to impress. Through the glass
sliding doors the outdoor paved entertaining area is ideal for
those warm summer nights sitting outside relaxing. The
landscaped gardens come complete with full sprinkler system made
useable by the 1500 litre (approx) rain water tank. There is
also a great decked area around the other side of the home,
perfect for a spot of breakfast in the morning sun.
There are too many extras to mention, but one of the main
highlights is the rear access. On a block size of Approx. 690m2
the block is ideal for those who need off street parking,
perfect for the caravan, boat or trailer. And you can still park
the car in the oversized double garage with internal access, at
Below is an example of the type of property you can get for your
money in Carrum Downs:
Price: $450,000 or approx £215k
Here is a new metricon built masterpiece,
four large bedrooms + a study, huge master with wrap around walk
in robe and an ensuite featuring a double shower, spa and twin
vanities, formal lounge, ultra modern kitchen with all technika
stainless steel appliances, open plan family room and separate
dining area, spacious upstairs parents / kids retreat, ducted
heating, evaporative cooling, double garage with internal
Below is an example of the type of property you can get for your
money in Carrum Downs:
Price: $255,000 or approx £122k
This three bedroom townhouse is very close
to new and has been kept in immaculate condition. Bedrooms all
located upstairs with ensuite off master and a separate powder
The large open plan kitchen/meals area is fully tiled with loads
of natural sunlight. Its modern design consists of stainless
steel appliances, gas cook top, dishwasher and ample storage and
A single car remote garage, with a single car space in front of
the garage, leads directly into the property through the
Estate is located in a high growth area that is close to the
Carrum Downs shopping centre, two major freeways and a short
drive from the Seaford beach.
History of Carrum Downs
Before European settlers arrived at Port Phillip, Aborigines
resting after the stiff climb of Oliver's Hill, Frankston, and
looking north along the bay would have viewed a long ribbon of
sandy beach shaped vaguely like a boomerang. The area was called
Karrum Karrum, or as some of the early squatters interpreted it,
Garem Gam, meaning "Boomerang". The swampy marshland behind the
sand dunes was a rich hunting ground teeming with wildlife.
The Carrum Swap, also known as the C.D.S.C, measured
approximately 15km from north to south, and averaged about 5km
across from east to west. It was up to 8km wide at the northern
end. The high lands visible in the swamp were the Isles of
Wannarkladdin, now Chelsea Heights. The swampland with its dense
growth of swamp tea-tree and other vegetation was covered for
the most part by the waters from the Dandenong, Eumemmerring,
and other smaller creeks, with a total catchment area of
approximately 430 km≤, with the present townships of Langwarrin,
Cranbourne, Berwick, Belgrave, Ferntree Gully, Olinda, Lilydale,
Croydon and Ringwood forming its perimeter. Some of the waters
eventually flowed through marshy country to the Mordialloc Creek
or through to the Kananook Creek which flowed into the bay at
The Carrum Swamp together with the larger Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp made
a formidable barrier against the early explorers and land
seekers in the early days.
The birth of Carrum - allotments on the Long Beach
The first survey of the Carrum swamp was made by T. E. Rawlinson,
and completed by 2 January 1866. The only sign of European
habitation reported by Rawlinson was a fisherman's cottage
occupied by John Watkins and his family near the present Watkins
Grove, Aspendale. The survey between the swamp and the sea
resulted in Mr Callinan, the State’s assistant surveyor,
dividing the area into 18 allotments stretching from the
Mordialloc Creek to the present Keast Park, Seaford. The land
was referred to as the "Allotments on the Long Beach", the first
sales taking place at Semmell McCaul & Co’s Auction Rooms at
Collins Street, Melbourne, on 22 December 1865. The upset price
was $6 per acre. Most of the land sold went to investors, but
some development did take place near the already established
fishing village of Mordialloc.
The land sold on the swamp side was bought by Hugh Brown who
built his home "Pine Vale" near the site of the Mordialloc High
School which was part of his property. He was 40 years a
Councillor of the Shire of Dandenong and served as President of
the Shire. He was famous for his "Carrum" potatoes which were
sent to several States. When Hugh Brown started farming there
were still wild cattle roaming the swamplands from the original
squatting days of the later 1830s to the 1850s.
The first settlement
During the Great Depression, the Brotherhood of St Laurence
built a settlement at Carrum Downs to provide food and shelter
to suffering families. After World War II, the suburb was
gradually redeveloped as a Village for aged persons.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the sub-development of
land under the Botany Park housing redevelopment attracted
families to the suburb due to its generous land allotments,
affordability and proximity to Frankston.
The suburb is a mixture of modern low scale dwellings with
generous garden frontage and low scale fencing. During the
1990s, a large catchment of land remained as public park space,
although this has subsequently been developed into housing.
Housing construction continues in the suburb.
The Carrum Downs Regional Shopping Centre, situated in the
centre of Carrum Downs, one of three retail hubs in the suburb.
Carrum Downs is serviced by two shopping precincts, with a third
nearing completion. The Carrum Downs Regional Shopping Centre is
located on Hall Road in the centre of the suburb and is home to
2 banks, 2 supermarkets, a Post Office, chemist, newsagency plus
40 other shops including a dvd rental store, fast food outlets,
restaurants and real estate agents. The Local Village @ Carrum
Downs is located on the Dandenong-Frankston Road and comprises
of approximately 12 shops including a cafe, bakery, newsagency,
salon and pharmacy. Directly opposite the precinct is another
small retail / business park. The third shopping precinct was
just completed in July 2008, is located on McCormicks Road in
the South of the suburb and will include a supermarket and
around 20 other shops. You can see photos of the shopping areas
in the Carrum Downs Photo Gallery at the bottom of the page.
Schools in Carrum Downs
There are four preschools in Carrum Downs at Botany Park,
Bowerbird, Rowellyn and William Road.
Primary school education is provided at Carrum Downs Primary,
Rowellyn Park Primary, Skye, St Joachim's primary (a catholic
faith school) and Flinders Christian College (a
non-denominational Christian school).
Seconday education is provided at Carrum Downs Secondary College
and at Flinders Christian College (a non-denominational
Tertiary level training can be undertaken at the Monash
University Peninsula campus, Institute of TAFE in nearby
Frankston. You can see photos of the schools in the Carrum Downs
Photo Gallery at the top of the page.
Carrum Downs is serviced by three medical centres, two dental
clinics, two pharmacies and a physiotherapy clinic. Hospital
facilities are provided at nearby Frankston, about 10 minutes
Rail: The closest rail link is Kananook Station on the Frankston
line, which is approximately 5.5km from the centre of Carrum
Bus: Carrum downs is serviced by four bus routes which are
operated by Metlink. The services run to Dandenong, Frankston,
Hampton and a route which runs between Syke and Frankston which
travels via Kananook, providing a link to the rail network.
Road: Carrum Downs provides easy access to two major arterial
roads. To the East of Carrum Downs, the Western Port Highway
provides connectivity to Melbourne City in the North (via the
South Gippsland Freeway and the Monash Freeway), in a southerly
direction, the Western Port Highway leads to the Port of
Hastings. To the West of Carrum Downs is the Nepean Highway,
which runs south from Melbourne city to Portsea on the
Mornington Peninsula, along the eastern shores of Port Phillip
Bay. In addition to these two links, in mid 2008, the Eastlink
Freeway is due to open. The Eastlink will run from Rutherford
Road in Carrum Downs (with travel further south provided by the
Frankston Freeway) to Donvale in Melbourne's north east.
Eastlink will connect with the Monash Freeway and should reduce
travelling time and distance to the City of Melbourne.
Development of the EastLink has led to strong commercial and
industrial growth in Carrum Downs alongside the route of the
The Lyrebird Community Centre is located in Carrum Downs. The
Carrum Downs Community Centre was established in 1988 and was
located in the GK Tucker Village as part of the Brotherhood of
St Laurence. The centre consisted of two small cottages: one for
child minding activities and the other housing the Centre
Manager. In 1994, the Centre amalgamated to become the Lyrebird
Community Centre and moved to its current location in Lyrebird
Drive. During 2003, the Centre was renovated into a large modern
Carrum Downs offers Library Services via the Carrum Downs
A local branch of the Salvation Army operates within Carrum
The 1st Carrum Downs Scout Group are based at the Recreation
Reserve and run Cub Scouts, Joey Scouts, Scouts and Venturers.
Parks and Reserves
The Rotary Park at Carrum Downs
Carrum Downs has access to three public parks:
Banyan Reserve, which includes a sports oval and a children's
Rotary Park, which includes barbecue facilities and a children's
Sandfield Reserve, which includes a children's playground.
In addition, there are several other wooded reserve areas which
the public are allowed to walk through, and many of the housing
developments feature public grassed areas and children's play
facilities. You can see photos in the Carrum Downs Photo Gallery
at the top of the page.
Sport & Fitness
Tennis courts at the Recreation Reserve
AFL: The Skye Bombers play their home games at the Recreation
Reserve on Wedge Road.
Angling: The Sands Angling Club have their headquarters at the
Auskick: (A modified version of AFL for 5 - 12 year olds) The
Rowellyn Park/Carrum Downs Auskick team plays its games at
Baseball: The Carrum Downs Baseball Club has junior and senior
teams and plays its games at the Botany Park Reserve on Quarrion
Clay Target: The Frankston Clay Target Shooting Club is located
on Rossiter Road in Carrum Downs, as is the Victorian Field &
Cricket: The Carrum Downs cricket club is based at the
Recreation Reserve on Wedge Road.
Driving: A variety of driving traing courses (including
defensive driving and motorcycle training) are held at DECA
training on Thompson Road.
Gymnasium: There are two fitness centres in Carrum Downs,
located on Frankston-Dandenong Rd and a ladies only fitness
centre located on Hall Rd.
Paintball: Paintball Carrum Downs is located on Highview Road
and features a 50 acre paintball field.
Soccer: Carrum United Soccer Club is currently located outside
the area. The Junior team plays at neighbouring Skye at the
Recreation Reserve. The Senior team plays at the Italo
Australian Club on Frankston-Dandenong Road, Dandenong.
Tennis: Facilities are available at the Carrum Downs Tennis Club
at the Recreation Reserve on Wedge Road. There are four acrylic
hard courts which replaced the two synthetic grass courts and
two asphalt courts in 2006.
Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple
The Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple at Carrum Downs
The Shri Shiva Vishnu Hindu Temple is located in this suburb.
This temple is the largest Hindu temple in Victoria. Worship at
the temple is centred around Shiva and Vishnu, the presiding
deities of two dominant streams in the Hindu ritualistic
tradition. The temple attempts to bring the two streams together
and provide a synthesis. Many Hindus residing in Melbourne
worship there and is most popularly known for holding the annual
Hindu festivals of Holi and Diwali.
In March 2002, a famous, if unsubstantiated, UFO sighting
occurred as a driver was passing through Carrum Downs.
Carrum Downs used to be home to a Paintball field, until the
practice was banned in the state of Victoria. The ban was lifted
in 2007 and the field has since re-opened.