Melton is the first of three town’s encounted on the Melbourne to Ballarat drive. In a by-gone era these were nuisance towns for the Ballarat commuters. They are all now by-passed. Melton is now a dormitory suburb of Melbourne but does still has its own identity. The area was declared a satellite city in 1974 and a green belt existed between it and the urban area of Melbourne until the late 1990s.

It is named after Melton Mowbray in the United Kingdom.

Melton was first settled by squatters establishing sheep runs in the area in the 1830s and a small settlement benefited from traffic passing through it on the way to the Ballarat gold fields during the Victorian Gold Rush

Changes to Melbourne's urban growth boundary passed by the state government in 2010 effectively relinquish its satellite city status as it is planned to become part of Melbourne's future metropolitan conurbation. There is evidence of heritage preservation.

The old United Church is a contrast to the drab new offer.

The Catholic Church is a traditional design. The Anglican is awful.

The Hotels are now all modern. The Golden Fleece recently rebuilt after a fire.

The Melton War Memorial is a mix of the very old (WW1) and the modern (Vietnam and post).

Melton claims to be the Harness Capitol of Australia so a look at the symbol determines a photograph at least.

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