Rockbank, Victoria

Rockbank is a township and rural locality near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 29 km west of Melbourne’s Central Business District, located within the City of Melton local government area. Rockbank recorded a population of 1,536 at the 2016 Census.

Rockbank Post Office opened on 1 January 1862.[2]

The area lies east of the township of Melton and west of the suburb of Caroline Springs. The land contains many large volcanic rocks making it poor for cultivating crops. The rocks have been used to build walls between paddocks – characteristic of the area west of Melbourne. Mount Cottrell is the highest land point in the vicinity.

The railway station is on the Melton line. Rockbank is also served by the Public Transport Victoria route 456 which runs along the Western Freeway, linking Melton and Sunshine. [3]

The rich, red volcanic soil in the area has helped build the reputation of local wineries. Rockbank is also the host to Victoria’s Annual Olive Festival. The earlier agricultural activities date back to the pastoral exploits of William Cross Yuille on the plains.[4]

The town has an Australian rules football team, competing in the Riddell District Football League and a netball team. Rockbank also has a k-6 school named Rockbank Primary School.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Rockbank (State Suburb)”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. “Post Office List”. Retrieved 11 April 2008
  3. ^ “456 Sunshine Station – Melton”. Public Transport Victoria.
  4. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). “Yuille, William Crosse” . The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co – via Wikisource.
  5. ^ “Rockbank Primary School – Rockbank Primary School”. Retrieved 19 May 2019.