Reservoir is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 12 km north of Melbourne’s Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Darebin. Reservoir is the largest suburb in Melbourne by land area.

Reservoir is an established suburb with standard brick homes, weatherboard homes, and an increasing number of new developments. The region contains popular recreation areas and facilities, including Edwardes Lake and the Reservoir Leisure Centre, and is home to the Edwardes Street and Broadway shopping strips.

Edwardes Street and Broadway contain many well established and iconic businesses, providing great old fashioned customer service and an old-world charm.  Diversity is the foundation of Reservoir.

Post World War II saw Reservoir’s population boom attracting new Italian and Greek migrants. Over the years, its diversity has grown to include new Lebanese, Macedonian, Indian and Chinese residents to establish the area as truly multi-cultured.

                                                                                                                         Edward St, Reservoir in 1920


Robert Hoddle first surveyed the land which became the suburb of Reservoir in 1837. The name Reservoir came from the three water reservoirs first built in 1863. These reservoirs continue to provide a portion of the fresh water supplying Melbourne’s inner and western suburbs.

The oldest hotel in northern Darebin, The Rose, Shamrock and Thistle (Rose Shamrock) opened its doors for the first time in 1854.

The Fitzroy and Whittlesea Railway opened in 1884 and Reservoir Station was built. In 1904 the line was eventually linked directly to the city via Clifton Hill.

Places of Interest

Have you visited the top places of interest in Reservoir and Coburg? Edwardes Lake Park is one of the local favourites to have a picnic, pick up a delicious bite to eat along Edwardes Street, or play a game of netball at the Darebin Community Sports Stadium.

  • Reservoir Leisure Centre
    More info here
  • Edwardes Street Shopping Strip
    • Broadway Shopping Strip
    • Summerhill Shopping Centre
    • Reservoir Neighbourhood House
  • Edwardes Lake Park
    More info here
  • Darebin Community Sports Stadium
    More info here
  • Reservoir Community and Learning Centre
    More info here
  • Coburg Night Market
  • Coburg Farmers MarketMore info here
  • Darebin Creek

See Maps:Darebin Guide – Interactive Online Map – HERE


In the 2011 Census, Reservoir had a population of 47,637.  By the 2016 Census, Reservoir’s population had grown to 50,474.

Getting Around

Reservoir train station is located on the South Morang (soon to Be Mernda) train line. Reservoir train station is a hub for the major bus routes with a comprehensive network within the suburb. Two trams also run through Reservoir.

Train: Reservoir Station, Regent Station and Ruthven Station [South Morang Line]

Bike parking: Parkiteer bike cage at Reservoir Station

Tram: Route 86 & Route 11

Bus: Route 552, Route 553, Route 558, Route 555

Walking and Cycling: Darebin Creek Trail, Edwardes Lake Parking walking trails, Broadway, High Street Shared path, Cheddar Road shared path