Whittlesea is 40 kilometres (25 mi) north-east from Melbourne, and is nearly an outer suburb of Melbourne, but it will soon be. The Melbourne sprawl is less than 10k away. Whittlesea is an interesting town than does a few things really well and that heritage factors are important.
The Post Office opened on 1 September 1853 as Plenty and was renamed Whittlesea in 1864. A school opened in a single stone building in 1878 and is to this day home to Whittlesea Primary School. Why Whittlesea is not explained. Whittlesea is a relatively young town.
On the day of 7 February and subsequent days thereafter, Whittlesea acted as a focal point of for firefighting and relief efforts during the Black Saturday bushfires. In a firefighting context Whittlesea fire station and its members play an important role in managing firefighting operations around the Mount Disappointment and Kinglake areas. The township also acted as a focal point for relief efforts, attracting support from the larger Victorian and Australian communities
The Anglican Church has great presence on the side of the hill. The Catholic Church is clearly a shed in waiting. The Presbyterian Church is also very old. The Unitedis also an old traditional building.
There is no real reason to visit Whittlsea; the town is not on a major route so will not be encounted, but if in the area the place is worth a look.