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Place Snapshot: Beveridge

Beveridge was named after Andrew Beveridge, who established a hotel on the Sydney Road in the early 1840s. The 2011 population for the rural north was 3,317, with a population density of 0.10 persons per hectare.

The City of Whittlesea’s rural north includes the suburbs of:

  • Donnybrook
  • Eden Park
  • Humevale
  • Woodstock
  • the northern part of Wollert
  • the non-urban part of Whittlesea Township
  • the City of Whittlesea parts of Beveridge and Kinglake West
  • most of the City of Whittlesea part of Yan Yean

Local history

Beveridge was named after Andrew Beveridge, who established a hotel on the Sydney Road in the early 1840s. The area was originally known as Mercer Vale, after a nearby pastoral run, but the popularity of the hotel rendered the original name redundant.

Beveridge is split between 2 municipalities, with the township and western rural area in the Shire of Mitchell and the eastern rural area in the City of Whittlesea. The explorers Hume and Hovell first viewed Port Phillip Bay from the Beveridge area in 1824. In the 1840s a number of large pastoral runs were established in the area.

Subdivision in the 1850s encouraged further settlement, including the establishment of the village of Merriang, about 5 kilometres east of Beveridge at the headwaters of the Merri Creek (1850-1920).

Merriang is thought to be Aboriginal for a stone chopper and the area east of Beveridge became known by this name. Changing agricultural activities in the late 19th century, including an expansion in grazing and a reduction in cropping, contributed to population decline.

By 1923, with the village of Merriang all but gone, the area’s postal address was changed to Beveridge, and the name fell into disuse.

Land use

The rural north comprises the rural balance of the City of Whittlesea, including some rural-residential areas.

The non-urban areas are characterised by forest, cattle grazing, farming and poultry, horse and dog breeding.


Population density and growth

The 2011 population for the rural north was 3,317, with a population density of 0.10 persons per hectare.

The 2016 population forecast for the rural north is 3,248, and is forecast to grow to 3,808 by 2036.

The number of dwellings in the rural north is forecast to grow from 1,123 in 2011 to 1,276 in 2026, with the average household size falling from 2.96 to 2.92 by 2026.


The rural north had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than the City of Whittlesea in 2011.

There were 26 people over the age of 85 living in the rural north in 2011, with largest age group being 50 to 54 year olds.


In the rural north, 15 per cent of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

In 2011, 11 per cent of people in the rural north came from countries where English was not their first language.

The 3 largest ancestries in the rural north in 2011 were Australian, English and Italian.


1,718 people living in the rural north in 2011 were employed, of which 60 per cent worked full-time and 36 per cent part-time.

More rural north residents worked in construction than any other industry in 2011. There were more technicians and trades workers in the rural north in 2011 than any other occupation.

In the rural north 17 per cent of the population reported doing some form of voluntary work in 2011, which is higher than the City of Whittlesea average of 9.7 per cent.

Families and households

In the rural north, 45 per cent of households were made up of couples with children in 2011.

In the rural north, 83 per cent of households were purchasing or fully owned their home, 11.2 per cent were renting privately, and 0 per cent were in social housing in 2011.

Car ownership

Analysis of car ownership in 2011, indicates 81 per cent of households in the rural north had access to 2 or more motor vehicles, compared to 61 per cent in the City of Whittlesea.

Beveridge Intermodal Freight Terminal

The Beveridge Interstate Freight Terminal is a long-term freight, logistics and related industry concept. Planning for this facility is in the very early stages. The site is located alongside the Hume Freeway.

Further investigations will determine the exact area required for the core terminal requirements, with the remainder of the precinct designated for industrial and freight related uses.

Major surrounding features

  • Yan Yean Reservoir Park
    Managed by Melbourne Water. The Reservoir supplies the northern and central suburbs of Melbourne.
  • Toorourrong Reservoir Park (Whittlesea)
    Managed by Parks Victoria. Completely destroyed during the 2009 bushfires, the Victorian Government spent $5.1 million rebuilding the park which re-opened to the public in late 2015 and is also home to the Whittlesea Bushfire Memorial.
  • Kinglake National Park
    Has 23,210 hectares of tall forests, fern gullies and rolling hills, an extensive network of walking tracks and other facilities, as well as vantage points offering scenic views. It protects almost 600 native plant
    species, over 40 native mammal and 90 native bird species.
  • Growling Frog Golf Course (Yan Yean)
    The course has first class facilities including a restaurant and café, dedicated driving range, putting green, chipping green, practice bunker and more. The creation of a dedicated recycled water supply has ensured there will be plenty of water to keep the course maintained at the highest standard throughout the year.
  • Whittlesea Golf Club
    Situated in the Humevale Valley, houses a challenging 18-hole layout for golfers of all standards.
  • T H Hurrey Recreation Reserve (Yan Yean)
    Facilities at this 4-hectare park include 4 tennis courts (asphalt), a pavilion and changerooms,
    barbecues, picnic facilities, and a public toilet.
  • Tuttle Recreation Reserve (Wollert)
    Facilities at this 2.16 hectare park include 2 public access tennis courts (synthetic grass), a pavilion and clubrooms, picnic facilities, barbecues and public toilets.