Kin Street, Village Centre
A well-connected community

At Kinley you’ll live close to what matters. The vision for Kinley’s village centre is a thriving hub of activity, where people come to shop or eat – and stay to enjoy the lively local atmosphere. This planned neighbourhood precinct is expected to be within walking distance of every Kinley home.

Kinley’s location makes life easy from day one. The area’s established services and infrastructure mean everything will be within easy reach from the moment you move in.

Reimagined heritage
Carefully restored for contemporary life

Two late-1800s farm buildings on the Kinley site, once a dairy and a bacon-curing house, will eventually be incorporated into Kinley’s masterplan. These authentic, heritage-listed brick buildings will be restored and transformed into community-focused facilities – Kinley’s Heritage Quarter. This neighbourhood precinct could, in the future, host farmers’ markets, a paddock-to-plate-style eatery and family-friendly events.

Heritage-listed silos, kilns and other structures, all part of Kinley’s former life as a quarry, will also be preserved – adding further interest and character.

Village Centre
Live your kind of local

Kinley will be a walkable community, which means its proposed village centre will be within walking distance of every home. Future Kinley residents will be able to leave the car at home and stroll to the shops to pick up those daily essentials. Plus neighbours could, in the future, take a wander down to a favourite local cafe for a friendly coffee and catch-up.

Parks + play
Live life to the fullest

Plans for Kinley include serene green spaces, safe and welcoming walking and bike paths, a jogging track and sporting facilities – so getting out and about is as easy as stepping out your front door. An adventure playground is also planned.

Events and activities
Kinley Grounds

One of Kinley’s first public spaces is its spacious, grass-covered oval, Kinley Grounds. This sports field will be available for local use: for community events; school sports days; team competitions and training; markets and fairs; and more.

Keep an eye out for coming events – there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy.

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Commuting made easy

Whether by train, bus, car or bike, Kinley is positioned for a well-connected life. The community is close to two train stations – Lilydale and Mooroolbark – and multiple bus services, including Night Buses. Plus, the future could be even brighter with a train station proposed for Kinley, subject to government approval.

From Kinley by car

Driving to and from Kinley is straightforward: the community’s internal roads connect with a major eastern arterial road, the Maroondah Highway. Plus, EastLink is a short drive from Kinley. EastLink connects motorists with the Eastern, Monash, Frankston and Peninsula Link freeways.

Local train stations
  • Lilydale 1.2km
  • Mooroolbark 2.2km
Kinley history
Maturing for 140 years

Kinley’s distinctive character comes, in part, from its past. The land Kinley will stand upon was once a quarry: the Cave Hill Limestone Quarry. The quarry opened in the 1890s and was still in operation as recently as 2015. Some of the quarry’s early buildings and equipment remain and these will become part of the new Kinley community.

David Mitchell

David Mitchell (1829-1916) was a builder, contractor and businessman who migrated to Melbourne from Scotland in the 1850s. As well as owning the Cave Hill Limestone Quarry, Mitchell helped build many of Melbourne’s early buildings, including the Royal Exhibition Building, Scots Church and St Patrick’s Cathedral.


Quarry engineers introduced some inventive processes for mining and processing limestone, shifting from horse-drawn to steam power before the advent of electricity. The site attracted many curious visitors, intrigued by the quarry’s creative engineering.


Dame Nellie Melba (1861– 1931), daughter of David Mitchell, was one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era and the early 20th century. She toured London, Paris and New York extensively, performing in operas and concerts, and inspiring the creation of four dishes, all named for her.

Arthur Streeton

Famous Australian painter Arthur Streeton also had a Kinley connection. A member of the Heidelberg school of Australian impressionism, Streeton painted in the open air, capturing what he saw in the moment. Attracted by the Cave Hill Quarry’s dramatic limestone cliffs, as well as its reputation for ingenuity, Streeton visited and painted the quarry in action.