The suburb of Glen Waverley is generally bounded by Dandenong Creek to the east, Ferntree Gully Road to the south, Blackburn Road to the west and Highbury Road to the north. Springvale Road, a major north-south distributor, divides the suburb. The geography varies from river flats adjacent to the Dandenong Creek in the east to hilly in the region between the Dandenong Creek and Scotchmans Creek catchments.
The area was first settled in the mid nineteenth century and later developed as orchards and farming lands. The Post Office opened on 1 July 1885 as Black Flat in the area to the south of the railway line, was renamed Glen Waverley in 1921, and Glen Waverley South in 1963 on the same day Glen Waverley North office (open since 1954) was renamed Glen Waverley (from 1994 The Glen).
Major development occurred in the 1950s to 1970s with rapid infilling of housing built to a generally high standard on large (typically 800m2) blocks. Much of that housing stock is now ageing and renewal is occurring, frequently involving subdivision of the larger blocks into townhouse development. On 12th of September 1973, the first McDonald's restaurant was opened in Victoria. It is one of the oldest in Australia still in existence.
The main street of Glen Waverley is Kingsway. In recent years, Kingsway has developed into a vibrant dining and entertainment area, with strong Asian influences. Kingsway also is taken up by Century City Walk, a cinema multiplex. It houses various eateries, a Strike Bowling Bar and a Village Cinema (equipped with Gold Class facilities).
There are now many hotels such as Novotel Glen Waverley, Hotel Ibis, Waverley International Hotel, and the Quest Hotel. There is also a large branch of the Monash Public Library Service. Construction of a 10-storey apartment, office, retail and carparking complex between the railway station and Kingsway will begin in mid-2011. The suburb also has numerous churches, and is home to the Victoria Police Academy, which occupies a former Roman Catholic seminary.
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