Essendon - Essendon North is an established residential area with commercial areas along Keilor Road and Mount Alexander Road and around the Essendon railway station. It is located only 10km from Melbourne’s CBD and has a population of under 20,000 people.
Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, although growth was minimal until the late 1800s. Significant development occurred during the early 1900s and the interwar period, with expansion continuing in the post-war years.
Major features of the area include Kangan Batman TAFE (Essendon Campus), Windy Hill (home of the Essendon Football Club), Buckley Park, Montgomery Park, Woodlands Park, Cross Keys Reserve and numerous schools.
Both the Maribyrnong River Trail and the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail provides enjoyable scenery for cyclists and pedestrians along each route, and are popular with locals and visitors alike during the summer months. The Tullamarine Freeway provides easy access to other areas in Melbourne, and several train stations on the Craigieburn line as well as the 59 tram provide the convenience of public transport.