Home to a vibrant and diverse community rich with art, food and culture - the colourful suburb of Clayton is also well-known for world-class medical and research facilities, including Monash Medical Centre and CSIRO.
Once dominated by market gardens and farmland, Clayton was quickly urbanised in the 1960s. Today, it’s a burgeoning foodie hub, boasting affordable and authentic cuisines from around the world.
Clayton is connected to Melbourne’s CBD via the Cranbourne/Pakenham and Gippsland train lines, with bus routes providing access to the surrounding areas.
The new Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) East station at Clayton will be a transport super hub with trains travelling in 4 different directions and opening up access for regional Victorians to key destinations in Melbourne’s east and south east.
So let’s take a look at this evolving suburb and its bright future.
Live like a local – 5 great things to do in Clayton
1. Street art
2. A melting pot of cuisines
Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Indian - Clayton Road and its surrounds is a mecca for authentic and good quality food - all within a 5-minute walk from the existing Clayton train station. Check out CHAYŌ Japanese Café for exquisite cakes and matcha selected by a Japanese tea sommelier. The impressive pocket of Indian restaurants on Carinish Road includes Taste of Taj, serving up spicy samosas and fragrant curries. Visit The Grain Emporium for spanakopita, or David's Master Pot serving soups bursting with flavour. To stock the pantry, the massive Hong Kong Supermarket is a much-loved destination Asian supermarket in Melbourne's south east.
3. Djerring Trail
Clayton is the halfway point of the Djerring Trail - a 17km track connecting Caulfield to Dandenong under the elevated Cranbourne/Pakenham train line - making it a great spot to stop and refuel with a coffee or lunch. For a shorter ride or walk, simply hop off the train at Clayton and join the trail right outside the existing station, winding through leafy parks and community spaces.
- Djerring Trail | 1-minute walk from Clayton Station
4. For the history buffs
A 120-year-old heritage-listed railway shelter remains outside Clayton train station. Lovingly restored during Level Crossing Removal works in 2018, the station building features Victorian-era timberwork and is architecturally significant because of its modular design.
A short walk down Haughton Road, discover the Clayton RSL Memorial Space, featuring a cenotaph commemorating Australians who have served in conflicts, which was also restored and moved during Level Crossing Removal works.
- Heritage-listed railway shelter | 1-minute walk from Clayton station
- Clayton RSL Memorial Space | 5-minute walk from Clayton station
5. Clayton Festival
Held annually in February, the Clayton Festival is a reflection and celebration of Clayton’s vibrant and multicultural community. Attracting more than 10,000 visitors, the free family-friendly daytime event features live entertainment, roving performers, food trucks, and lots of outdoor activities including interactive games, workshops, ‘chill out zones’ and more.
A local’s perspective
The future of Clayton
The new underground SRL station at Clayton will transform how people access the growing health precinct.
A transport super hub with trains travelling in 4 different directions, the SRL station at Clayton will connect services on the Cranbourne/Pakenham and Gippsland lines - providing faster and more convenient transport to key destinations across Melbourne and regional Victoria.
With SRL East and North delivered, Clayton is set to become home to more than 55,000 people by 2056, with jobs in the area to almost triple to around 57,500.
SRL will connect suburbs and slash travel times to jobs, medical appointments and dinner dates, with trains running on SRL East by 2035
- Cheltenham locals heading to Clayton for dinner with friends will save 25 minutes on a one-way trip.
- A nurse living in Box Hill will save around an hour on a return trip to Monash Medical Centre.
Beyond the rail infrastructure, the SRL station at Clayton will deliver new open spaces and more walking and cycling tracks for locals and visitors to enjoy - as well as attract more housing, businesses and job opportunities to the area.