Transforming a disused quarry into a premium residential estate

Valley Lake

Key facts

Project area: 48 hectares
Development timeframe: 2006 - 2017
Residences: 572 homes

During the 1970s the Niddrie Quarry in Melbourne’s north western suburbs ceased operating and remained vacant for several decades. The site was subject to a number of controversial proposals including filling the quarry with low level contaminated materials or turning it into a rubbish tip.

In 2000, Places Victoria purchased the site with visions of transforming the disused quarry into a premium residential estate that captured the site’s unique location. 

Building a community

Places Victoria has rejuvenated the site through the development of a master plan that embraces the site’s unique location and sets a benchmark for upmarket residential development. Valley Lake today is an award-winning residential development featuring contemporary architecture and design integrated with the site’s distinctive features. 

Key features include:

  • Lakeside living featuring Niddrie Lake, the boardwalk and amphitheatre
  • Easy access to the CBD and nearby shopping strips
  • Recreation trails for walking, running and cycling, including a cliff-top walkway taking in city views
  • Extensive frontage to Steele Creek
  • Generous open space, with 30 per cent of the estate dedicated to open space
  • Peregrine Park, including a basketball court and playground
  • Retained quarry walls, protecting the site’s character and creating a unique landscape
  • Contemporary architecture and streetscapes to protect the estate's unique character 
  • Good connections to Melbourne's freeway system and close to trams, buses and Melbourne's bike path network

Innovation and awards

Valley Lake is a demonstration of Places Victoria’s ability to tackle difficult sites.

In 2011, Valley Lake won the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Victorian urban renewal award in recognition of the barriers overcome to bring new life to the site.

Purchase land at Valley Lake

Further information and plot listings can be found at the Valley Lake website.

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