Towns in Australia

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Gembrook VIC


Postcode: 3783

Gembrook is a small picturesque town located roughly 54 km from Melbourne’s CBD. Gembrook was settled in 1873 for farming and timber; the surrounding countryside was suitable for both dairy and orchards. Timber provided income while farms were established. The name Gembrook came from the small gems that were found in small creeks and watercourses in the surrounding area.

Gembrook is a popular destination for the residents of Melbourne as it is less than 1 hour’s drive from the city centre.

Today Gembrook is seen as a suburb of Melbourne as it is within the Melbourne metropolitan area. Gembrook no longer relies on the income generated from farming and lumber but rather from tourism and other professional services. The current population of Gembrook is a little over 1,200. A market which focuses on sustainable living is held once a month at the railway station. It is currently located within the Shire of Cardinia, and is within the state electoral area of Gembrook, and the federal electorate area of LaTrobe.