Bayswater Suburb Profile Suburb Profile

Bayswater Highlights

  • 27kms east of Melbourne’s CBD
  • A suburb with a mix of residential and industrial zones
  • Plenty of open green space with vistas to the Dandenong Ranges
  • Extensive transport network
  • A central shopping precinct for day-to-day necessities

Settlement began in Bayswater around 1860 but it was then known as Scoresby North; it wasn’t until 1894 that Bayswater took its current name. The suburb began to flourish over time, with residential growth and the addition of many amenities. It was, however, post WW2 that saw the main advancement of industry in Bayswater, with Dunlop Rubber and British Nylon Spinners establishing factories in the 1950’s. This lead to the inclusion of a number of smaller factories, and steadily, it became the tightly held blue-chip industrial precinct that it is today.


Bayswater boasts diverse housing options to suit a wide range of buyers, and also those looking for a feature rich suburb to invest within. The landscape is varied, with increasing levels of contemporary low-rise apartment buildings populating major thoroughfares. In the backstreets, there are a mixture of villa units, newer townhouses and traditional family homes, many of which are enjoying the benefit of modern renovations and extensions.


Those calling Bayswater home enjoy easy access to a number of schools which are well spread throughout the suburb. There are three state-run primary schools, as well as Our Lady of Lourdes that services those with a preference for Catholic education. Bayswater Secondary College offers a comprehensive education for older pupils, however, for those seeking a private or denominational secondary school experience, there are options including Yarra Valley Grammar, Luther College, Aquinas College and Mater Christi College in nearby suburbs.

Parks and Recreation 

Ask any local child where they want to go for the day and they’ll excitedly tell you ‘The Train Park’, or as it is officially known, Marie Wallace Bayswater Reserve. Here you’ll find a converted steam engine that is the central focus of the extensive playground space, and surrounding this, two ovals which cater seasonally to both successful football and cricket clubs; there are also courts for the likes of netball and tennis. The Dandenong Creek Trail that spans an impressive 44km in length, and is a favourite with cyclists, walkers and jogging enthusiasts, also runs through Bayswater, adding to the greenery of the environment.

Public Transport

Bayswater is well serviced by a comprehensive transport network, making it ideal for those travelling away from the area for work, and also for the large number of people who are employed within the many industries and businesses that call the suburb home. There are numerous bus lines, serving the area well, and a new below ground railway station that opened to the general public in December 2016; this was after substantial work to remove the level crossings on either side of the old station.

Shopping and Dining
All your essential shopping needs are catered for, with each of the major supermarkets represented in the suburbs shopping precinct, which includes Mountain High Plaza which opened in 2009. There’s also a selection of established restaurants and popular cafes, which are perfect for a quick bite to eat or a more leisurely meal. This includes The Hatter & the Hare, a whimsical Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired 160-seat food emporium which attracts a large patronage from locals and visitors to the area on a daily basis.

Solid investment in the area sees Bayswater continue to thrive. Combine this with its proximity to destinations like the Dandenong Ranges, the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula and you’ll see what a fabulous place it could be to call home.

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