About Eltham Town

Eltham is the destination for shopping in Nillumbik. With over 180 traders across the precinct, there is something for everyone in this leafy community.

Locals Love Eltham

Located 20 kilometres northeast of the Melbourne CBD, Eltham offers the ideal combination of urban convenience and a relaxed suburban lifestyle. Eltham is one of the few ‘green wedge’ areas that has retained its natural beauty, while nearby suburbs have experienced significant developments like road and freeway expansions. Locals love the tree-lined leafy streets and character of Eltham, and the sense of community that remains strong.

The History of Shopping in Eltham

The origins of Eltham can be traced back to 1848 when space for a village was reserved at the junction of the Diamond Creek and Yarra River. By 1851, the first Crown allotments were being subdivided and sold, along with a private subdivision developed by J.M. Holloway, known as Little Eltham. At this time, the town’s centre was located around the intersection of Pitt Street and Main Road.

There are records of numerous early settlers and original ships, including Henry Dendy, who operated a flour mill in the area. The Eltham Post Office was opened on the 1st of February in 1854, while the Eltham Hotel has been operating since 1867. The railway line arrived in 1902, which drew businesses further north along Main Road, expanding the shopping precinct to the current town centre.

The original Eltham War Memorial, an obelisk of granite, was unveiled on the 3rd of August in 1919, located in what was the centre of the township. In the 1960s, the memorial was relocated to the front of the Eltham RSL. Again in 20210, it was moved in front of the Eltham War Memorial Building Complex, where it stands now. This central and significant memorial recognises those who served and died in World War 2 and is the centrepiece for modern memorial services, most notably, the annual Eltham ANZAC Day service.

Shopping in Eltham – Shop Small, Support Local

Fresh Food and Dining

With everything from casual brunch cafes and family-friendly dinner spots to unique and fine dining experiences, there’s a hospitality venue for every occasion in Eltham. If you’re shopping for fresh food, you’ll be spoilt for choice; Eltham is home to all the major grocery retailers as well as local food stockists and producers that offer high-quality goods.


Eltham is home to a range of professional service providers, including accountants, automotive specialists, real estate agencies, dry cleaners, and more! If you’re looking for professional services close to home, you can trust the traders of Eltham.


From fashion and footwear to gifts and homewares, there are a variety of retail stores across Eltham. These boutique shops not only offer a unique range of products, but they also provide the personalised and friendly service that locals love!

Medical, Health, and Fitness

Families in Eltham can trust the local medical, health, and fitness providers to keep them healthy and active! With medical services, gyms, allied health professionals, and more, you can access the finest healthcare and medical services right here in Eltham Town.

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