Ivanhoe District is located eight kilometres north-east of Melbourne and is approximately 32 square kilometres in total and has a rich and vibrant history.
The electorate itself is bordered by the Yarra and Plenty Rivers to the south east and Darebin Creek to the west.
It contains the suburbs of Bellfield, Eaglemont, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Heights, Heidelberg West, Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Rosanna and Viewbank, parts of Macleod and Yallambie.
Ivanhoe has a unique character. It is lush green due to the extensive number of parks in the district. It is home to Sparks reserve, which is a hidden treasure along the Darebin Creek Trial, and home to the important Yarra and Banyule Flats. Due to the constant water supply from the Yarra River the reserves are home to a significant number of birds and wildlife which can be viewed and enjoyed from the numerous walking tracks. Kangaroos, wombats, echidnas and wallabies also feature in the Bushland for all to enjoy.
Upper Heidelberg Road is Ivanhoe’s centre, with the Town Hall, a classic ‘art-deco’ building, now known as The Centre Ivanhoe, at its heart.
Further to the north is Heidelberg. Heidelberg due to its rural scenery, offered to early Victorians a place to go for excursions. Artists were also among the many who were attracted to the area. As a result, the “Heidelberg School of Art” was established that saw the likes of Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, and Fredrick McCubbin attend. These great works are today displayed at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Ian Potter Centre and internationally.
In 1956 Heidelberg became home to athletes competing in the 1956 Olympic Games. The ‘Olympic Village’ was designed as a series of individual dwellings which later served as housing accommodation. Each dwelling was constructed in a garden setting and the village included shops, restaurants a recreation hall as well as temporary buildings housing dining rooms, saunas and a bank. During the Games, the Village was home to almost 5000 athletes and officials from 57 nations. Today the street signage indicates where athletes from varying countries stayed.
Situated between Ivanhoe East and Heidelberg is Eaglemont a heritage laden suburb designed by Walter Burley Griffin.
Further to the north is Yallambi home to the Simpson Barracks that was set up during the Second World War which still features significantly in the area.
The District also features the Austin Hospital, Mercy for Women, The Olivia Newton-John Wellness & Research Centre and the Repatriation Medical Centre.
The diverse nature of the Ivanhoe District offers a wonderful place to live and enjoy good food, fantastic sights and of course the ability to immerse oneself in a significant part of Victoria’s heritage.