Preston

Multicultural Preston is a lively mix of new and long term residents buying produce at Preston Market and soaking up the arts, cafes and multicultural vibes.  Preston is 9km north from Melbourne's CBD and at the 2011 Census, had a population of 29,925. 

The suburb is bordered to the east by the Darebin Creek, a small tributary to the Yarra River and consisting largely of flat terrain, ideal initially for farming, but later for industrial and residential development.

Preston is named after a place in Sussex, England and was first surveyed for sub-division by Robert Hoddle in 1837.

Find out the latest news and developments going on in your neighbourhood from park upgrades to major planning developments. Keep informed and get involved!

  • Newman Reserve (Newman Street) - (Update 1 August 2016) Construction of the new playspace is underway, works are due for completion in the coming weeks.
  • Robinson & Capp Reserves Master Plan Implementation - (Update 1 August 2016) Construction of the new playspace is underway, works are due for completion in the coming weeks.
  • W.R. Ruthven Reserve (Donald Street) - Construction of the new playspace will commence in August 2016 and take 6-8 weeks to complete.
  • Junction Urban Master Plan - Council is pleased to announce that construction works to rejuvenate High Street Preston, between Dundas and Bell Streets will commence early September 2016.  These improvement works were one of the key projects identified during consultation with the local community for the development of the Junction Urban Master Plan (JUMP). It is a key project that will enliven, refresh and beautify the Junction Precinct. 

Have you visited the top places of interest in Preston? From the shopping hubs of Preston Market and Northland Shopping Centre, to delicious food wonders on High Street, to watching a footy match on Preston Oval.

A lady and a man talking at Preston Market
  1. Preston Market
  2. Northland Shopping Centre
  3. High Street, Preston
  4. NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe)
  5. Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre
  6. Preston City Oval
  7. Darebin Creek
  8. 3KND Radio Station
  9. Parks and Reserves

See Maps:
Darebin Guide: gis.darebin.org

Stolen Generation Marker
Outside Municipal Offices, 274 Gower Street, Preston
Initiated by Darebin's Aboriginal Advisory Committee the marker gives recognition to members of the Aboriginal community whose lives have been affected by the assimilationist policies of previous governments when Aboriginal children were taken away from their families and fostered to White Australian families.

The impact of such policies has been devastating and still felt down the generations of today.  The importance of this marker is very significant. The marker is due to be launched on Sorry Day 2015.

Preston is well connected by public transport, you can catch a train, bus or tram to get around to Preston Market or Northland Shopping Centre quite easily.

A train waiting at Preston Station
Train: Bell & Preston Station [South Morang line] Parkiteer bike cage at Preston Station
Tram: Route 86 & Route 11 
Bus: Route 552, Route 553, Route 527, Route 526, Route 903, Route 555
Walking and Cycling: St Georges Road shared path, Oakover Road shared path, Cramer/Gower Streets, Raglan Street, Darebin Creek Trail, Victoria Street bike lanes

Parking Maps:
For parking restrictions and conditions see: gis.darebin.org

Access and Mobility in Preston:
To find accessible toilets, car parking, public transport stops and routes and pedestrian crossings around the Preston Central Shopping Centre see the Preston Access and Mobility Map.

For More Information: 
Collect a Darebin TravelSmart map from any of our Libraries or Customer Service Centres. 

Connect with your local community in Preston. You could join a support group and volunteer your time, or pick up a sport and stay active, or find a job closer to home.

Preston is full of great history. Did you know that Preston was the original home of the pork industry in Australia? It was often referred to as Porktown. Oink!

City of Preston, on High St near the Junction Hotel
  • The Preston Cricket Club can trace its history directly to a 1901 meeting at the Preston Shire Hall.  At that meeting it was resolved once and for all to form a cricket club to represent the district.
  • From 1891 to 1893 an Ice Skating Rink operated on the west side of Plenty Road on or near the corner of Seymour Street. In 1894 the Preston Public Hall was built on the site.
  • Preston Railway Station - The railway from Clifton Hill to Whittlesea was built in 1889 for a grand total of £97,819. A total of 16 trains ran per day, the route meandering through Northcote, North Carlton, Royal Park, North Melbourne and eventually to Spencer Street Station.
  • The acquisition of former Housing Commission land by the Myer Emporium led to the opening of the Northland Shopping Centre in 1966.

Find out more at:
Darebin Heritage
Website: heritage.darebin-libraries.vic.gov.au