About the Sunbury Community

Sunbury is a developing residential area in the North-West region of Melbourne. Sunbury is located within the Hume Local Government Area, with substantial surrounding rural areas and some industrial and commercial land use.

The traditional custodians of the Sunbury area are the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. The area was a place of age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. Sunbury has several important Aboriginal archaeological sites, including five earth rings, which are believed to have been used for ceremonial gatherings. 

The first European settlement of Sunbury was in 1836 by George Evans and William Jackson. William Jackson and his brother, Samuel, named the township Sunbury after Sunbury-on-Thames, in Surrey, England in 1857.


  • The population of Sunbury is expected to double in the next 25 years from approximately 36 000 in 2011 to around 73 000 in 2036.


  • 39% of households in Sunbury are couples with children, 12.4% are single parents with children.
  • An estimated 500 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people live in Sunbury.
  • 15.1% of Sunbury residents were born overseas: United Kingdom (5.3%), New Zealand (1.5%) and India (0.8%) represent the highest percentage.
  • In Sunbury, 7% of people speak a language other than English at home with Italian (1.2%), Maltese (0.5%) and Greek (0.4%) representing the highest percentage.
  • 3.1% of people living in Sunbury who were born overseas have low English proficiency and speak English “not well” or “not at all”.


  • 46 041 children aged 0–17 years live in Hume: 8722 live in Sunbury.
  • Approximately 70% of children aged 4–12 years in Hume do not eat the recommended 5 serves of vegetables each day.
  • 33% of Hume children do not meet the physical activity recommendations of at least one hour everyday.

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