Thornbury is home to a thriving alternative music culture and a diverse population, with a high level of recorded LGBTIQA+ identifying residents.

Located 7km north of Melbourne's Central Business District, Thornbury at the 2011 Census had a population of 17,434.

The heart of Thornbury is the Thornbury Village centred on the High Street shopping strip. Smaller shopping precincts are to be found on sections of St Georges Road, Wales Street and Station Street.

Thornbury is home to many cafes, bars and night spots and has a large alternative music culture. Thornbury also has a higher proportion of gay and lesbian people compared with the rest of the City.

For 111 years Thornbury was part of the former City of Northcote Local Government Area, which existed from 1883 until June 1994.

The Merri Creek Trail and Darebin Creek Trail run on the west and east boundaries of Thornbury, and are popular shared-use recreational paths used by cyclists and walkers.

What's happening in Thornbury?

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

  • High Street Streetscape Master Plan - High Street Thornbury is emerging to be the new destination of Darebin and Melbourne’s northern suburbs. This year, we will be creating a Streetscape Master Plan to help guide public realm and safety improvements for this precinct. The Master Plan will focus on the High Street shopping strip, extending from Separation Street/Arthurton Street in the south, to Miller Street/Dundas Street in the north.

Getting Around

Thornbury is a short shuffle from the nearest train, tram or bus. Or you could get out on your bike on one of the amazing bike trails along Merri Creek or Darebin Creek!

Train: Thornbury Station [South Morang line]
Tram: Route 86 & Route 11
Bus: Route 251, Route 250, Route 510, Route 552, Route 567, Walking and Cycling: St Georges Road shared path, South Morang Line Shimmy bike route, Braken Ave shared path, Victoria Road bike lanes, Darebin Creek Trail

Parking maps

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For more information

Collect a Darebin TravelSmart map from any of our Libraries or Customer Service Centres.

Places of interest

Have you visited the top places of interest in Thornbury? Get out on the greens at Northcote Golf Course, pick-up a great gift from the Made 'n Thornbury Craft Market, or ride your bike along the velodrome at the International Sports Centre.

Preston South and Thornbury Play Map

Play is so important for children’s health, wellbeing, learning and development. This map is a celebration of simple, inexpensive ideas to get all children playing, while exploring all the wonderful places and spaces Darebin has to offer!

We reached out to the children and families in playgroups, child care centres, kindergartens and Primary Schools across Darebin to ask them what THEY enjoyed when and where they play. These consultations formed the backbone to creating the Darebin Play Maps.

The Play Maps are designed to be used by children and families to stimulate ideas, give prompts and mark out the local spaces that children love to play in. While every effort has been made to make sure the play suggestions are appropriate, families need to use their own common sense and boundaries to ensure that their children are safe.

View the Preston South & Thornbury play map.

  1. Darebin International Sports Centre
  2. Thornbury Village
  3. SPAN Community House
  4. Koori Mural on St George’s Road
  5. Made 'n Thornbury Craft Market
  6. Merri Creek Trail
  7. Darebin Creek Trail
  8. Northcote Golf Course
  9. Parks and Reserves

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Your community

Connect with your community in Thornbury. Do you want to make your street more sustainable, or do you want to grow veggies with your neighbourhood?

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Thornbury history

In 1837 Robert Hoddle surveyed the area later to be known as Thornbury. The name Thornbury came around 1850 when one early settler, Job Smith, named his property after a farm near his English birthplace.

  • In 1889 the railway line was opened with a station built at Thornbury. A cable tramway followed in 1890 running the length of High St from Northcote to the Preston border.
  • It wasn't till 1904 there was a direct train line from the city to Thornbury was linked by railway to Clifton Hill, establishing a faster route to Melbourne.
  • S. G. Tomkins started his dairy at 40 Shaftesbury Parade in 1924. Like many local dairies, he lived in a building at the front of the property and established his milking sheds in the back of the property.
  • By 1914 a small cluster of shops existed on High Street and the first state school opened in 1915 to accommodate 559 children.
  • The Thornbury Picture Palace was the first local picture theatre in Darebin, screening films in a hall for years before relocating to a larger premises in 1912.
  • The Regent Theatre opened on 8th August 1925. The films selected for its Grand Opening being "Argentine Love" and "Hurricane Kid". These silent movies were supported by the Regent Grand Symphony Orchestra.

Find out more at Darebin Heritage.