Proximity is Pakenham

Proximity is Pakenham


Cobb & Co. recognised the township of Pakenham as a desirable and convenient stopping point way back in 1874. Just three years later, on Friday 5 October 1877, the railway from Oakleigh to the Drouin Junction station was officially opened. The theme continues today with both V/Line and Metro Trains running public transport to Pakenham. There are very good reasons that residents call Pakenham and its Cardinia Shire surrounds, home.

Location, location

Pakenham is located on the main railway line between Melbourne and Gippsland. Well networked to the rest of Victoria, it offers easy access to freeways and public transport.

Melbourne’s CBD is around an hour’s car journey by highway or freeway. Its ‘town and country’ positioning means residents can choose from the spoils and conveniences of suburban and urban lifestyles, or the laidback village ambience and local produce offered by Pakenham’s country cousins – the scenic hilltop communities of Emerald, Gembrook and Cockatoo; or asparagus famed Koo Wee Rup and its alluvial plains.

For those with a yearning for water, boating or fishing, Western Port’s Tooradin is half an hour’s drive away, and the coastal towns of the Mornington Peninsula just a little further.  Nearby also is the majestic Royal Botanical Gardens and spectacular Australian Garden in Cranbourne.

What’s more is that the centrality of Pakenham’s location means an easy drive or train trip for family and friends keen for a visit to loved ones.

Located for living

Testament to the convenience of its location and proximity to employment, education, health and medical services and major retailers, the median age at the date of our last Census (2011) is 34. People are growing families around the Cardinia Shire because it is located for easy living. Growing families are often accompanied by grandparents positioned close by. In 2011, more than 1 in 5 Cardinia residents were over 55.

Cardinia Shire offers residents the following services and amenities for over 55s:

One hour to major Victorian destinations

For those that enjoy a Sunday meander, a day trip or a tourist destination to entertain visitors, the following destinations are just under, or a tad over one hour’s drive away from Pakenham, according to

  • Yarra Valley wineries
  • Melbourne CBD
  • Healesville
  • Dandenong Ranges
  • Phillip Island
  • Inverloch
  • Tullamarine Airport.

If you’re not familiar with the area, plan a visit soon.

While you’re exploring the area, take a drive past our retirement villages – Cardinia Waters Village and Main St Village. You’ll soon understand why our residents have chosen to enjoy the lifestyle that living in Cardinia Shire, and our resort style village, offers.

Interesting links

Some interesting Pakenham history:

Pakenham demographics and facts and figures:


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If you are interested in exploring the possibility of a move to a modern retirement village around Melbourne. Booking a tour at one of the RCA Villages around Melbourne can be a great place to start. Visit the website of the village in the region you would like to visit for contact details.

South East Melbourne

Mornington Peninsula

Western Melbourne 

Ask about RCA Villages no deposit reservation process on new villas.

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