Location & Transport
Thornbury High School is located nine kilometres north-east from Melbourne’s city centre, just off Albert Street and bordering Dundas Street, in the suburb of Thornbury. This is a suburb less than half way between the city centre and the outer fringe of metropolitan Melbourne’s suburban spread. Housing in the suburbs of Fairfield and Alphington to the south of the school has become expensive in recent years, changing the demographic character of these areas. The suburbs surrounding the school are Preston, Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Fairfield, Alphington, and Northcote.
The College is in the municipality served by the City of Darebin, whose municipal offices are based at the old Preston Town Hall. Thornbury is essentially a residential suburb, settled during the middle decades of the last century. There are manufacturing and industrial areas as well, particularly to the north of the school and near to the Darebin Creek. Northland Shopping Centre is two kilometres to the north of the school, and La Trobe University a few kilometres north again. There are campuses of the Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE (NMIT) on St Georges Road, Preston and on Bell Street, Heidelberg.
The major roads around the school are well served by bus routes, both north-south and east-west. The nearest railway line is that to Eltham and Hurstbridge, and the nearest station to the school is Fairfield. There is a bus service north along Station Street (which becomes Albert Street), and goes close to the school. The nearest tram services are along High Street and St Georges Road to the west.