Suburb Profile


Pakenham was named after Sir Edward Pakenham, a British General who fought in the Peninsular War. The original Pakenham Post Office opened on 1 February 1859. The railway station was opened on 8 October 1877 and was a part of the east link connecting Melbourne to Pakenham and other eastern towns.


Pakenham is on the main railway line between Melbourne and Gippsland, and its railway station marks the end of the suburban electrified service.  Pakenham Station is the termination point of all services operated by Metro Trains Melbourne heading out of the city, but V/Line trains to and from Gippsland also serve Pakenham. A second railway station has been constructed in Pakenham, adjacent to the Lakeside estate. The Pakenham bypass allows road traffic between Melbourne and Gippsland to bypass Pakenham, both shortening travel times and alleviating traffic congestion within Pakenham. The main north-south roads through Pakenham take one north to Healesville and south to Koo Wee Rup.


Pakenham’s public facilities include a sports and aquatic centre and Council Offices (soon to be re-locating to Officer). The aquatic centre includes a 25m indoor pool, with a gym, group fitness, crèche, eight multipurpose sports courts and food facilities all incorporated in the one building. The centre, named Cardinia Life, is owned by the Cardinia Shire and managed by YMCA Victoria. Pakenham also  has an outdoor pool open during the warmer weather. This was originally  opened in 1957, and was reopened on 17 November 2007 after undergoing a $1.1 million redevelopment. The outdoor pool centre, also managed by  YMCA Victoria, consists of a 50m pool, toddlers’ pool with splash features, updated change rooms, kiosk, and water treatment plant. Pakenham also has two tennis club facilities at two locations within Pakenham.


Public schools include Pakenham Consolidated Primary School, Pakenham Hills Primary School, Pakenham Springs Primary School, Pakenham Lakeside Primary School and Pakenham Secondary College. Pakenham has one Catholic school, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary. Private schools include  Beaconhills College (Valley Campus), Chairo Christian School (Pakenham Campus) and Lakeside Lutheran College. Pakenham also has a community centre which is run by the Salvation Army and a vocational education provider LLINC (Living and Learning Incorporated).


Pakenham has many large national retail chains including Aldi, Safeway, three Coles, Target, Bunnings and Mitre 10 MEGA. Pakenham Market Place which is situated near the Pakenham Library includes Woolworths supermarket, Big W store and numerous other retailers and cafes within the complex. The development has 1,150 car parking spaces at ground level and underground.


Sporting activities in Pakenham include horse racing, lawn bowls, golf, baseball, cricket, little athletics, tennis, netball, floorball, basketball and football. The Pakenham Racing Club which schedules around eleven race meetings a year including the Pakenham Cup meeting  in March. The Pakenham Picnic Racing Club also holds a meeting at the  racecourse on New Years Day. Pakenham’s Australian Rules football team competes in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League. Hawthorn premiership ruckrover Peter Russo was raised in Pakenham as was current Collingwood speedster Tyson Goldsack. Recently the tennis club in Pakenham has had a major make over and now has six brand new courts, this is all part of the local councils “whip into shape” plan that consists of the remodeling and updating of the local sports and recreation locations. Golfers play at the Pakenham and District Golf Club on Oaktree Drive.