Kallista, Victoria


Kallista, Victoria

Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Kallista
city = Melbourne
state = vic


caption =
lga = Shire of Yarra Ranges
postcode = 3791
pop = 1032 (2006)Census 2006 AUS | id = SSC21361 | name = Kallista (State Suburb) | accessdate = 2007-10-01 | quick = on]
area = 2.2
est =
propval = $351,500 [ [http://www.domain.com.au/public/suburbprofile.aspx?suburb=Kallista&postcode=3791 Kallista] , accessed 21 February 2008]
stategov = Monbulk
fedgov = Casey, La Trobe
dist1 = 44
location1= Melbourne
dist2 = 6
location2= Belgrave
near-nw = Sherbrooke
near-n = Olinda
near-ne = Monbulk
near-w = "Dandenong Ranges"
near-e = The Patch
near-sw = Belgrave
near-s = Selby
near-se = Menzies Creek

Kallista is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

History

The Post Office opened around 1902 and was known as Sassafras South until 1925.Citation | last = Premier Postal History | title = Post Office List | url = https://www.premierpostal.com/cgi-bin/wsProd.sh/Viewpocdwrapper.p?SortBy=VIC&country= | accessdate = 2008-04-11 ]

The Town today

Kallista Village is particularly known for its proximity to Sherbrooke Forest. Walks around Sherbrooke Forest range from easy to somewhat steep. Sherbrooke is well know for its Superb Lyrebird population, which has increased recently with efforts to reduce the feral cat and fox population. Although early in the morning is traditionally known as the best time to see and hear lyrebirds, they can be seen and heard throughout the day. The males' calls are particularly prominent in June.

Grants Picnic Ground, on Monbulk Road near Kallista Village, is very popular with tourists, as large numbers of Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos, Crimson Rosellas, Galahs and Australian King Parrots gather to be fed bird seed by on-lookers. They will usually fly down and sit on hands, arms and (sometimes) heads.

The Dandenong Ranges, which reach a high point of 633 metres above sea-level, consist of volcanic lava. They experience high rainfall as prevailing westerly winds rise when they hit the range and then cool to produce rain. The combination of rainfall and rich volcanic soils renders the soil fertile and the ranges are cloaked in vast tracts of forests and fern gullies, as well as some distinguished and renowned gardens. Potatoes, flowers, bulbs and berry fruits are produced for commercial purposes in the area.

Notable people

Don Chipp, the founder of the Australian Democrats, lived in Kallista for many years during the 1980s.

Another resident was Tom Roberts, painter who lived here between 1856 and 1931. He was famous for his painting 'Shearing the Rams' which he painted in 1890.

References

External links

* [http://www.smh.com.au/news/Victoria/Kallista/2005/02/17/1108500206567.html Kallista] (SMH Travel)


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