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.
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:
- Pakenham Central Marketplace (only four years young) with major retailers including a 7 day pharmacist.
- Major retailers including Aldi, Woolworths; Coles; Target, Masters, Bunnings; Big W and Mitre 10 MEGA, to name a few.
- Golf – with the Pakenham and District Golf Club located on Oaktree Drive.
- Pakenham Corps Community Centre run by the Salvation Army
- Vocational education provider LLINC (Living and Learning Incorporated)
- Horse racing – the Pakenham Racing Club which has been around since Cobb & Co. offered stop overs.
- Lawn bowls – Pakenham Bowls Club.
- Sports and aquatic centre - Cardinia LiFE.
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 Whereis.com:
- Yarra Valley wineries
- Melbourne CBD
- Dandenong Ranges
- Phillip Island
- 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.
Some interesting Pakenham history:
- http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/70010370 - Friday 5 October 1877 newspaper announcement of the opening of the railway from Oakleigh to the Drouin Junction station.
Pakenham demographics and facts and figures:
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