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Kallista VIC


Postcode: 3791

Kallista is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 36 km south-east from Melbourne’s central business district. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2006 Census, Kallista had a population of 1032.

Kallista (then known as South Sassafras), The Patch and Sherbrooke were opened up to settlement in 1893-4. The Post Office opened around 1902 and was known as Sassafras South until 1925.

A telephone exchange was installed in 1923. By the 1920s, the early settlements were being replaced by weekenders and holiday homes as the original 10 acre farm blocks were subdivided. The Great Depression saw an influx of people buying the weekend cottages from Melburnians who could not afford to keep them up. The new owners were hoping to support their families from the blocks of land.

Kallista Village is particularly known for its proximity to Sherbrooke Forest. Walks around Sherbrooke Forest range from easy to somewhat steep. Sherbrooke is well known for its Superb Lyrebird population, which has increased recently with efforts to reduce the feral cat and fox population. Although early in the morning is the best time to see and hear lyrebirds, they can be seen and heard throughout the day. The males’ calls are particularly prominent in June.