Situated in the suburbs of Melbourne, Toorak is southeast of the area’s central business district and has a population of nearly 13,000 people. Toorak is one of the richest, most elite suburbs in Australia and the name is often used to make wealth in Australian popular culture.
Just off of the Yarra River, Toorak is named after the Toorak House. The home was built by James Jackson in 1849 and served as the residence of Captain Sir Charles Hotham, Victoria’s first governor. Today, very few of the 19th century mansions still stand in Toorak, partially due to the high value and demand of the area’s land. Two houses that do still stand are the Illawarra House and Coonac. The former is a part of the National Trust while the latter is the most expensive home in all of Melbourne.
The subway consists of Toorak Village, a small strip of sophisticated, high-end shops and cafes on Toorak Road. Surrounding the village area are several churches and private schools, as well as one state-funded public school.
Toorak is home to several famous sports stars, journalists and actors. Perhaps the most famous resident is Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe rose to fame as Harry Potter in the series by the same name and lives in Toorak today.
The suburb is comprised mostly of residents that have obtained Bachelors degrees and work in the finance or business sector. Very few of the suburb’s residents are children or babies and almost none of the children that do live in the Toorak attend public schools.