- Sassafras, Victoria
Infobox Australian Place | type = suburb
name = Sassafras
city = Melbourne
state = vic
caption = Sassafras township
lga = Shire of Yarra Ranges
postcode = 3787
pop = 968 (2006)Census 2006 AUS | id = SSC21589 | name = Sassafras (State Suburb) | accessdate = 2007-10-01 | quick = on]
area = 3.3
propval = $355,000 [ [http://www.domain.com.au/public/suburbprofile.aspx?suburb=Sassafras&postcode=3787 Sassafras] , accessed 27 November 2006]
stategov = Monbulk
fedgov = La Trobe
dist1 = 42
dist2 = 6
near-nw = The Basin
near-n = "Dandenong Ranges"
near-ne = Olinda
near-w = Ferny Creek
near-e = Olinda
near-sw = Ferny Creek
near-s = "Dandenong Ranges"
near-se = Sherbrooke
Sassafras is a suburb of
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges.
The area was named Sassafras Gully, after the trees which grew in the area. The land was opened to small scale farming in
1893and a small township developed. The Post Office opened on 1 June 1901 and has always been known as Sassafras Gully. 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 ] In the early 1900s tourism began to increase and the township consequently grew. Today Sassafras is a popular tourist destination with several boutique stores including numerous Devonshire tea outlets, antique shops, and nurseries. Sassafras is home to an hills alternative school called Sherbrooke Community School.
The area has had a history of
bushfires, and areas near the town are known to have been burned out since the 1850s [ [http://www.olindacfa.info/fire_history.htm Wildfire History in the Dandenong Ranges] , Olinda Rural Volunteer Fire Brigade (accessed 18 January 2008)] .
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