Surrey Hills is a classic leafy eastern suburb, situated eleven kilometres from the city. Developed in 1882 the Surrey Hills Post Office opened on 1 October 1884. Housing estates were laid out and lovely period homes built in either brick or weatherboard, with most designs being influenced by the Victorian, Federation and Edwardian era. The streets were planted mainly with avenues of Pin Oak and Plane trees, which are now mature and offer a pleasant shady vista. The suburb has 3 local primary schools; Surrey Hills Primary, Chatham Primary School and Our Lady's of Perpetual Succour. Surrey Hills' Central Business District is relatively small, consisting of a 300-metre strip of shops along Union Road and a choice of cafes. The neighbourhood centre features Surrey Hills railway station and Chatham railway station, a safe bicycle path for the city commute, and tram routes. The major parks and gardens in Surrey Hills are Surrey Gardens and South Surrey Park. Canterbury Sports Ground is located in the north-west of the suburb and has 3 sporting clubs. It is the home ground of the Australian Rules Football club, Canterbury 'Cobras', who currently compete in the Eastern Football League, the Canterbury Cricket Club, which plays on a turf wicket and Canterbury Tennis Club, which has its own clubhouse and 4 en-tou-cas courts.
Leafy Surrey Hills
Surrey Hills is a classic leafy eastern suburb, situated eleven kilometres from the city.