History and Heritage

“Many who came to Manningham … believed they had found a place to live that embodied the best of both worlds - a country environment close to the city.

For countless millennia the Yarra River gouged its way through hills to emerge from the Warrandyte Gorge onto the wide alluvial flats of a broad valley in the land of the Wurundjeri. In 1836 the first Europeans settled in the area. Many more followed, attracted by the Valley's fertile soils and, in the 1850s, Victoria's first official goldfield. The Wurundjeri gave way to colonists; and a wilderness to stock runs, ploughed fields, fruit growing, villages and now leafy suburban subdivisions and Parkland.

Doncaster is one of Manningham's gateway suburbs on the municipality's southern boundary, "a cluster of suburban housing crowned by Shoppingtown (Westfield), a landmark development perched high on a hill" (known today as Doncaster Hill). "From this vantage point the surprising vista to Melbourne is a counterpane of tree tops billowing in waves of green down to the valley of the Yarra River. Tiled roofs hide cosily beneath".

'Manningham from Country to City' 2001, Barbara Pertzel and Fiona Walters


Manningham today boasts a diverse range of world-class community and sporting facilities, medical centres, shopping precincts, schools and childcare centres.

Manningham is ranked as being one of the healthiest and safest municipalities in Victoria. Manningham is well known for its attractive streetscapes, its parklands and waterways, its network of recreation trails and unique mix of urban and non-urban areas.

Doncaster Hill has evolved significantly since the inception of the Doncaster Hill Strategy in 2002 and is now a thriving, cosmopolitan activity centre with more than 1500 apartments already constructed and permits issued for an additional 1270.   

Westfield Doncaster is a major drawcard for residents and visitors to Manningham and Doncaster Hill. This major regional shopping centre includes Myer, David Jones, Village Cinemas, speciality shops, restaurants and supermarkets.

Westfield opened in 1969 (known orignally as Doncaster Shoppingtown). A $650 million redevelopment of the centre was unveiled in October 2010. The upgrade included new restaurants and cafes, a significant increase in  retail space, a multi-screen Village cinema complex and improved parking and transport access.