A number of
government schools were built in the area, many of which were closed in 1987-92 as the population aged. Primary schoolsincluded:
*Bennettswood Primary School
*Burwood Heights Primary School (opened 1965)
*Burwood Primary School
*Wattle Park Primary School (opened 1914)
The Royal Victorian Institute of the Blind (now
Vision Australia) purchased 41 acres of land on Burwood Highway in 1951 for a school, which was opened in 1959. [cite web |url=http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/docs/about_us/Lighthouse%20on%20the%20Boulevard.rtf |title=A History of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind 1866-2004|author=Buckrich, Judith Raphael |publisher=Australian Scholarly Publishing |accessdate=2008-05-19]
The Burwood Skyline, opened in February 1954, was Australia's first
drive-in theatre. Operated by Hoyts, it had a 652 car capacity, later increasing to 743. The drive-in was located near the intersection of Burwood Highway and McComas Grove in a natural amphitheatresetting provided by the Gardiners Creek Valley. The screen was located on a high point on the other side of the creek from the viewing area. The first film publicly screened was " On the Riviera" starring Danny Kayeand Gene Tierney. The drive in was very popular in its early years, often causing traffic jams in the local area. A playground was provided for children, which included a motorised carousel.cite web |url=http://www.drive-insdownunder.com.au/australian/vic_burwood.htm |title=Burwood Skyline (Hoyts)|work=Drive-ins Downunder - Australian Drive-ins |accessdate=2008-05-20]
Following a decline in audience numbers over a number of years, the drive-in closed on 22 June 1983, with a screening of "
We of the Never Never" and " Local Hero."ref name ="Australian Places"/>cite web|title=Map 60|work=Melway|url=http://www.custommaps.net/images/060.jpg|accessdate=2008-05-19]
Burwood is bounded to the north by
Riversdale Road, the northern boundary of Deakin University, Gardiners Creekand Eley Road. It is bounded to the east by Middlebourough Road and to the west by Warrigal Road.The southern boundary runs near to Carlyle and Zodiac Streets then along Gardiners Creekand subsequently in approximate alignment with Ashwood Drive, Montpellier Road, Arthur Street, Huntingdale Road and Highbury Road.cite web |url=http://www.street-directory.com.au/sd_new/genmap.cgi?x=145.114&y=-37.85&sizex=800&sizey=800&level=5&star=6 |title= Australia Map Guide |publisher= www.street-directory.com.au|accessdate=2008-05-17]
The most prominent feature of the Burwood landscape is Building C (The
Alfred DeakinBuilding) of Deakin University.
Deakin University- Burwood Campus
*Emmaus College- VCE campus [cite web |url=http://www.emmaus.vic.edu.au/locations_senior.htm |title = 11-12 Campus|work=Emmaus College |accessdate=2008-05-19]
Mount Scopus College- Gandel Campus
*Presbyterian Ladies' College
*St Andrews Christian College [cite web |url=http://standrews.vic.edu.au/new/ |title=St Andrews Christian College|accessdate=2008-05-19]
*St. Benedicts School [cite web |url=http://www.benedict.melb.catholic.edu.au/ |title=St. Benedict's Primary School |accessdate=2008-05-19]
*St. Scholastica's Primary (Catholic School) [cite web |url=http://www.stschols.melb.catholic.edu.au/ |title=St Scholastica's Primary - Catholic Primary School, Victoria |accessdate=2008-05-19]
ports and recreation
Parks in the suburb include Wattle Park and
Gardiners CreekReserve, the latter which has a shared bicycle and pedestrian path. Sports facilities include Bennettswood Sports Ground and Bennettswood Bowling Club. Burwood Reserve and Burwood Bowling Club are located in nearby Glen Iris.
The route 75 tram runs from
Melbourneto Vermont South, traverses the suburb along Burwood Highway. There is no train service in the suburb, with Burwood railway station located in the adjoining suburb of Glen Iris.
There are a number of bus routes which connect the suburb to surrounding areas:
*Route 700 (Box Hill to Mordialloc) (
SmartBus) runs along Warrigal Road. [cite web |url=http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/941 |title=700 - Box Hill - Mordialloc (SMARTBUS Service)|work=metlink|accessdate=2008-05-17]
*Route 732 (Box Hill to
Upper Ferntree Gully) runs along Station Street and Burwood Highway[cite web |url=http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/948 |title=7732 - Box Hill - Upper Ferntree Gully |work=metlink |accessdate=2008-05-18]
*Route 735 (Box Hill to Burwood East) runs along Eley Road. [cite web |url=http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/951 |title=735 - Box Hill - South Blackburn (K-Mart Store) |metlink|accessdate=2008-05-17]
*Route 766 (Box Hill to Warrigal Road Burwood) runs along Warrigal Road, Burwood Highway, Evans Street and Highbury Road . [cite web |url=http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/965|title=766 - Box Hill - Warrigal Road Burwood|work=Metlink accessdate=2008-05-23]
*Route 767 (Box Hill to
Southland Shopping Centre) runs along Burwood Highway. [cite web |url=http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/966 |title=767 - Southland Shopping Centre - Box Hillwork=metlink|accessdate=2008-05-17]
Notable people from Burwood
*Flea from the
Red Hot Chili Pepperswas born and lived in the suburb until he was 5 years old.
City of Box Hill- the former local government area of which part of Burwood was a part.
City of Camberwell- the former local government area of which part of Burwood was a part.
City of Waverley- the former local government area of which part of Burwood was a part.
* [http://www.street-directory.com.au/sd_new/genmap.cgi?x=145.114&y=-37.85&sizex=800&sizey=800&level=5&star=6 Map of Burwood (street-directory.com.au)]
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