|Area:||8.3 km (3.2 sq mi)|
|Location:||23 km (14 mi) from Melbourne|
|Local Government Area:||City of Knox|
Wantirna is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 km east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Knox. At the 2006 Census, Wantirna had a population of 13,978.
Features include the Knox Private Hospital and Knox City Shopping Centre. On Sundays there is a "Trash and Treasure" market. There is also a SCOPE mental health facility and a Hungarian Community Centre along with many churches scattered throughout.
Its name is derived from the local aboriginal population's meaning for, "a gurgling stream".
It was first settled in 1840 when Mrs. Madeline Scott established her "Bushy Park" cattle run on the banks of the Dandenong Creek. During the 1870?s other pioneers opened up the area to settlement.The Finger and Fankhauser families were prime movers in the erection of the Methodist Churh opened opposite the school on Mountain Hwy in May 1914 & a Parish Hall was built on Burwood Hwy in 1924.In 1912 the need for a school to serve the local area soon became apparent in this small but fast growing Apple Orchard Area, so early pioneering family "The Finger Family" donated 2 acres of their land on the southern side of Mountain Hwy & a Timber Schoolhouse was opened in that year, Wantirna Post Office opened on 1 November 1913, closed in 1977, then reopened in 1983.The Wantirna Reseve was provided by the council 1925 ana a tennis court was built there shortly afterwards.
In December 1939, after the outbreak of WW2, West Prussia Road was changed to Wantirna Road.
Key locations in Wantirna, especially Knox City Shopping Centre, are occasionally used to shoot soap opera Neighbours. Koomba Park is a large Native Bushland Park ran by Parks Victoria spanning the area between The Dandenong Creek and The Eastlink Tollway, it was opened in 1982.
It shares the postcode of 3152 with Wantirna South.