Manningham is located 12 km from Melbourne at the gateway to the Yarra Valley, bringing a unique combination of both cosmopolitan city and country lifestyles together over a total land area of 114 square kilometres. It includes the suburbs of Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale, Nunawading (part), Park Orchards, Ringwood North (part), Templestowe, Templestowe Lower, Warrandyte, Warrandyte South and Wonga Park.
Manningham has an estimated population of 115,847 and is made up of a diverse community, with 34% of its residents born overseas from places including China, Italy and Greece, which brings a wealth of languages, music, food and cultural traditions to the area.
Manningham includes a vibrant centre – Doncaster Hill and a host of smaller village neighbourhoods and activity centres along with a mix of country towns and natural environments – from bushlands with significant native flora and fauna, to the meandering Yarra River, orchards, vineyards and farms.
There are more than 30 local shopping centres in the City of Manningham as well as nine larger neighbourhood centres and the two major centres of Stockland The Pines and the new enlarged and updated Westfield Doncaster formally known as Doncaster Shoppingtown.
Manningham is a great place to live – with an exciting blend of both city and country, from pristine bushlands, parks and waterways, to thriving activity centres, restaurants, and cafes in both major shopping precincts and smaller neighbourhood villages.
Aside from Council activities, the city itself boasts a range of services and facilities – from commercial centres, shopping, entertainment and dining precincts, to schools, education and lifelong learning programs, medical and healthcare providers, and a range of recreational opportunities - to cater for all ages and needs.
Manningham comprises a range of housing stock, from modern inner city town house developments, to suburban brick housing with larger blocks and countryside rural allotments and farms.
Manningham has one of the largest networks of open space in metropolitan Melbourne covering approximately 17% of the municipality. More than 300 parks are located in Manningham, including regional recreation parks, sporting reserves, natural areas and neighbourhood parks. Manningham has an extensive network of bicycle paths, including 45 kilometres of off-road bike paths.(source: www.manningham.vic.gov.au)
Leisure and Recreation
Manningham's calendar of events is filled with festivals and events that acknowledge the diversity of our community. The Manningham Gallery is a major focus for the visual arts, live music and exhibitions of community interest including paintings, textiles, photographs and sculpture.
With one of the highest percentages of open space of any municipality in the metropolitan area, Manningham's natural environment and abundance of open space are its key assets, with over 300 parks plus walking tracks, bike trails, horse riding tracks and canoeing opportunities along the Yarra, for those who like to explore nature.
Council’s high quality pools, gyms and recreation facilities provide residents with the option to train, play sports, and stay fit.
Get a Taste of Manningham
Manningham’s activity centres provide a range of shopping and dining experiences – from major shopping centres (Westfield and The Pines) to smaller village strip shopping, Al Fresco style cafes to fine restaurants, a host of multicultural cuisines, organic fresh produce and markets.
Enjoy what Manningham has to offer – there’s something for everyone.
Arts and Festivals
Manningham offers an abundance of art and craft activities including markets, galleries, museums, historical sites and festivals. The Manningham Gallery is a major focus for the visual arts, live music and exhibitions of community interest including paintings, textiles, photographs and sculpture. The Museum of Modern Art at Heide is one of the most significant in Australia. Tucked into the wonderful natural setting of Heide Park, the Museum offers a rare combination of art and nature. Manningham's calendar of events bursts with celebrations and festivals.
The Manningham Multicultural Festival usually held on a Saturday in November at Ruffey Lake Park, George Street, Doncaster, Mel Ref. 33 F10. This is a free community event celebrating the cultural diversity of Manningham.
The annual Templestowe Village Festival provides fun for the whole family. This event is held annually in April each year.
The Mullum Mullum Festival is usually held over a weekend in September. The festival incorporates nature walks and talks covering indigenous cultural heritage & biodiversity. A $2 donation per session is appreciated.