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Suburb Profile: Thornbury

February 8, 2022
Thornbury Suburb Profile

Thornbury, roughly seven kilometers north of the city, is the meat in the sandwich between the hip bars and cafes of Northcote and the more old-school, family vibe of Preston by being a gentle mix of both. Thornbury offers the best of both worlds to its residents which might be why it’s one of the most loved suburbs in Melbourne.

Be that as it may, Thornbury is more than just a foodie haven. Get to know more about Thornbury with this community guide:

High Schools

Thornbury High is a diverse and vibrant learning environment. They offer a progressive and innovative curriculum that is built on the timeless values of care and respect that are the foundation of our community.

Previously known as Distance Education Centre Victoria, the teaching model of Virtual School Victoria allows all students to connect, collaborate, interact, learn and create.

Primary Schools

An accredited IB school, Wales Street Primary School has thrived as a central part not only of Thornbury but also of its neighbouring suburbs.

Holy Spirit School is a Catholic Primary School that strives to promote Catholic values to all its students.

St. Mary’s Primary School is a Catholic school that is open to all students from all communities. It advocates for the diversity of each person and strive up to equip every student to be life-long learners.

Recognising that all learners are individuals, Thornbury Primary School aims to provide a rich, diverse and sustainable learning environment to all its students.

Pender’s Grove Primary believes that learning is best achieved in a supportive community.


Offering only dishes made with all-organic ingredients, Pizza Farro believes in making a conscious choice to elevate one’s dining experience.

With the most honest attempt to showcase and produce pizza, Ill Pizzaiolo only wants to serve the best artisan pizza to its customers.

Git combines great food and drinks done perfectly with a no-nonsense approach.

Offering only quality traditional Thai flavours and colours, Som Tam is a No-MSG, gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Thornbury.


The Thornbury Picture House is run by people passionate about films. They bring local, independent cinema to Thornbury.

As an award-winning publisher, Premiere is a specialised bookstore that endeavors to distribute books of all kinds to Melbourne, Australia.

This small music shop offers a large selection of records ranging from vinyl to CDs. They also sell and repair turntables and Hi-Fi.


After the park was saved from development, the community was inspired by the spirit of all the users and is committed to making the space an enjoyable location for all.

Penders Park is made for children to enjoy. It has both covered and open areas, toilets and free BBQ area for everyone to use.


A newly-opened cafe Prior wows the customer with its take on modern Australian cuisine with a twist.

Rat is a neighbourhood specialty coffee shop that aims to offer something anyone can eat.

With an inviting space for both indoor and outdoor dining experiences, Little Henri is the perfect place if you are looking for either an intimate or group dining experience.

Jery Joy was created with both individuals and families in mind. It is a space for both parents and children to enjoy.

They pride themselves on having a diverse range of menu options that can cater to any occasion, whilst also satisfying customers with great quality service and excellent food.

Originally a butcher and pet shop, owners of Short Round have successfully transformed the location to a local’s favorite restaurant.


The Islamic Museum of Australia is a not-for-profit foundation established to be the first of its kind in Australia.

The Thornbury Theatre was an established picture theatre in the 1920’s and in 1965 was transformed to offer very distinct function rooms which now caters for unique weddings, special occasions, corporate events and live Music.

Beauty / Leisure

The establishment offers an extensive range of fitness classes, from the more traditional aerobics and body conditioning classes to virtual online sessions as well as yoga, aquafit, and group cycling

This sports centre is the home of the State Lawn Bowls Centre, State Cycling Centre and State Soccer Centre. It hosted the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls Competition

Crossfit Soul Rebel is a facility and community centre that aims to help you succeed in your fitness journey.

Live Music / Bars

3 Ravens bar houses a collection of beers both in cans and bottles. Bring a beer enthusiast here and watch them go loco over the wide range of beers to choose from.

Nothing matches in this bar aside from you and the fun that you are craving.

Trumpy is a converted warehouse in Thornbury packed with a whole lot of personality with its dimly lit space and exposed brick walls. The space is cosy and inviting for serious foodies and drinkers.

The pizzas are basically Neapolitan, but with a lot of creative options for toppings.


This off-leash area is a windy, huge, green haven for your furry family members.

They help save animals’ lives and enable them to live happier, better quality, and longer lives.

The proximity of Thornbury to Northcote and its neighbouring suburbs makes it more desirable for both real estate buyers and sellers. So whether you are someone who’s looking to buy a property in Thornbury or someone who is planning to sell their property, we would be happy to discuss your requirements. Let Collings Real Estate make your real estate journey smooth and easy. Let’s start with an appointment by filling out our contact form or calling us at +61 3 9486 2000.

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