- Kallista, Victoria
Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Kallista
city = Melbourne
state = vic
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
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
dist2 = 6
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.
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.
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.
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.
* [http://www.smh.com.au/news/Victoria/Kallista/2005/02/17/1108500206567.html Kallista] (SMH Travel)
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