Cranbourne is encounted when traveling the Melbourne to South Gippsland/ Phillip Island (or vice versa) route. Cranbourne is an older and established country town that has been gobbled up by the Melbourne scrawl.

The locals do not see themselves as a suburb Melbourne, hence the Bustout synopsis. In 2006 Cranbourne had a population of 14,750 that is expected to double soon.

Prior to European settlement the Cranbourne area is thought to have been occupied by the Boonwurrung Aboriginal people. The first white settlers, the Ruffy brothers, arrived in 1836. They later opened the Cranbourne Inn that soon gave the town its name. The Motor Club Hotel is now a grand and relatively old pub. The Settlement new.

Progress in developing the land around Cranbourne was hampered by the Koo Wee Rup swampland. However William Lyall (who bought land in the swamp area) assisted in coordinating the draining of the swamp to make it usable as farmland. Some the swamp made for the Botanic Gardens. (not visited)

There is some evidence of heritage, but the developers have once again let the citizens down badly.

The Anglican and the Presbyterian Churches are ‘old’. The Catholic is modern and pretty ugly.

The Cranbourne War Memorial is in the centre of the cbd, plus the Avenue of Honour..

There is no need to make an effort of even stop in Cranbourne, unless to go to the Botanic Gardens od the races.

Heritage diary


  Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
  Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course