Let’s explore Cheltenham

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Cheltenham has made a name for itself as one of the largest shopping and employment hubs in Melbourne’s south east.

A stone’s throw from popular Bayside beaches, Cheltenham is a go-to destination for retail and dining – with vibrant shopping strips at both Cheltenham and Highett, and Southland Shopping Centre. The suburb is also a suburban jobs hub, with significant industrial areas including the Bayside Business District.

Cheltenham is connected to Melbourne’s CBD via the Frankston train line, with bus routes providing access to the surrounding areas.

The new underground Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) station at Cheltenham will become the southern gateway to the SRL network – connecting more people to this bustling centre and providing Frankston Line passengers a fast and easy connection to Monash, Deakin and La Trobe universities.

So let’s take a look at this evolving suburb and its bright future.

Eat, drink and be merry

Cheltenham is home to restaurants and cuisines to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. You may recognise The Buckingham as the location of Kath and Kim's 'Wedding of the Century’, but dinner at their French restaurant Deux Soeurs will be a memorable experience in its own right. Treat yourself to a coffee and scrumptious baked goods from The Flour House where they mill their own grain to make artisan bread and pastries. Catch up with friends over a craft beer and smoked meats at Bad Shepherd Brewing Co. or visit The Garden of Good and Evil for their signature paella.

Retail therapy

Spend the day enjoying Westfield Southland’s extensive mix of fashion, beauty, home and wellbeing - a one-stop destination with more than 360 stores to choose from including Myer, David Jones, Kmart, Target and Big W. Wander the vibrantly coloured shelves of Kaisercraft for craft supplies and homewares. It’s also the perfect destination to catch a movie and a bite to eat, with Village Cinemas and a number of restaurants to enjoy with friends and family.

See and do

With tranquil parks and exciting activities, Cheltenham has something for everyone – from the young to the young-at-heart. The Museum of Play and Art (MoPA) on Bay Road is one of the biggest children’s museums in the Southern Hemisphere and features immersive exhibits and interactive art to encourage curiosity and creativity. For outdoorsy types, Cheltenham Park Reserve and Playground and Sir William Fry Reserve offer plenty of walking trails, picnic areas and leafy views.

A local’s perspective

The future of Cheltenham

Already a popular spot to live and work, Cheltenham is set to boom when SRL East (Cheltenham to Box Hill) opens by 2035.

The new underground SRL station at Cheltenham will provide faster and more convenient public transport to destinations across Melbourne.

  • A Cheltenham student travelling to the Box Hill Institute will save up to 80 minutes on their daily public transport commute.
  • A Burwood local will save up to an hour on a public transport trip to Southland.

Eight thousand passengers are expected to use the new SRL station at Cheltenham every day, with around 2700 people changing to and from the Frankston Line.

The new station will attract more quality and diverse housing, new businesses and local services, with local jobs expected to double to around 36,500 by 2056 when SRL East and North are operating.

Visit the Cheltenham Precinct page

Suburban Rail Loop