Located 7km North of Melbourne’s CBD with a population of 16,716. (2006 census). Thornbury captures the ripple of purchasers from its larger neighbours – Preston and Northcote. Far enough away from the city to still provide larger blocks of land with detached family accommodation, yet close enough for an easy commute, Thornbury has a good split between home owners and renters. The suburb has a nice residential feel with generally wide tree lined streets. Penders Park and Henderson Park are just two of the green areas dotted around the location, and sale prices around Penders park highlight this added attraction. The night life in Thornbury attracts visitors, and there is a good culture of alternative music. Bender Bar attracts first time musicians, Kitty Somerset has a relaxed atmosphere with sofas, board games, and live music to entertain the locals, The Thornbury Theater is a grand unique residence with a luxury restaurant and a great line up of acts, and if you’re into hiphop, look out for the Australian Hip Hop band The Contrazt who are based in Thornbury. Other features of the area are the Merri Creek Trail and Darebin Creek Trail which attract local walkers and bike riders.
- Thornbury Primary School
- Wales Street Primary School
- Penders Grove Primary School
- Thornbury High School
- Holy Spirit School (Catholic)
- St. Mary’s Primary school (Catholic)
Thornbury train station, 86, and 112 tram service, and 8 bus services.
For major shopping trips most residents would travel to Northland Shopping Centre, however Thornbury Village is located along High Street, the Normanby Avenue/Clarendon Street intersection, and contains a range of shops from supermarkets to cafes, markets, and restaurants.
Most of the stock in Thornbury is detached housing – double fronted weatherboard Edwardian designs are common, as well as a range of post war houses. Much of the land has been subdivided – block sizes typically range from 200-500+sqm. Closer to the shopping districts and transport zones 1960s, 70s, and 80s apartment blocks are common – 2 or 3 story. Villa units – typically 6 – 8 on a block – also feature. New town houses are being constructed – usually double story side by side developments.