Sunshine is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, lying 11 to 13 km west of the CBD. Its local government area is the City of Brimbank. At the 2011 census, Sunshine had a population of 8,838.
Sunshine is now both a low-density residential suburb and one of Melbourne's principal places of employment outside of the CBD. Many heavy and light industrial companies are situated in and around the area and it is an important centre in Melbourne's west for retail. In addition to Sunshine's street shopping strips there are two shopping centres, the Sunshine Plaza and the Sunshine Marketplace; the Sunshine Marketplace includes the Sunshine Village Cinemas.
Amenity and navigability through Sunshine was reduced in 1961 with the replacement of the Hampshire Rd railway level crossing with a grade separation of the intersection in the form of a flyover bridge. Pedestrian traffic was diverted under the railway with a pedestrian underpass, effectively splitting Sunshine into two halves geographically and continues to do so till this day with calls for the removal of the flyover bridge and transformation of the station area as part of an urban renewal project for Sunshine.
Educational institutions in Sunshine include Victoria University's campus for its business, trade and retail studies programs, Sunshine College and Harvester Technical College.
Sunshine is a highly multicultural suburb, with many residents coming from all over Europe in the first few decades of the post-WWII period. It is the main centre for Melbourne's Maltese community: indeed, Oceania's only branch of Malta's Bank of Valletta is situated on Watt St, Sunshine. From the late 1970s, many Vietnamese refugees settled in Sunshine and surrounding areas and have opened small businesses such as groceries and restaurants on Hampshire Road. More recently, immigrants moving to Sunshine have come from Sudan, Burma and India.
In 2011 Sunshine had a population of 8,838. The most common ancestries were Australian 14.0%, English 12.9%, Vietnamese 10.5%, Chinese 5.8% and Irish 5.3%.
In Sunshine, 44.7% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were Vietnam 11.2%, India 6.7%, Burma (Republic of the Union of Myanmar) 2.8%, Italy 1.9% and Philippines 1.6%.
Sunshine train station is classed as a Premium Station and is in the PTV zones 1+2 overlap.
Sunshine Station is situated right where the Ballarat and Bendigo regional railway lines meet. When the Regional Rail Link is built (scheduled for completion in 2016) trains between Geelong services will also pass through Sunshine Station: this will mean Sunshine Station will be at the junction of all three western regional railway lines.
The NSW TrainLink XPT passenger service to Sydney also passes through Sunshine Station on its way towards Seymour via the Albion–Jacana railway line.
Cyclists in Sunshine are represented by BrimBUG, the Brimbank Bicycle User Group.
Sport and leisure
The heritage-listed H.V. McKay Memorial Gardens on Anderson Road, established in 1909 by H.V. McKay as Sunshine Gardens, is one of two remaining 'industrial gardens' in Australia. However, as of April 2012, local residents are campaigning to preserve the original state of the public space.
The Kororoit Creek runs through Sunshine, along which runs the Kororoit Creek Trail.
The Sunshine Football Club, the Sunshine Kangaroos, are the local Australian Rules football team. They compete in the Western Region Football League.
The Sunshine Cricket Club is based at Dempster Park in North Sunshine.
The Sunshine Park Tennis Club is based at Parsons Reserve Sunshine.
The Sunshine George Cross Football Club, the Sunshine Georgies, are the local Victorian Premier League soccer team. Their home ground is Chaplin Reserve on Anderson Road. The Sunshine Baseball Club have their baseball field in Barclay Reserve on Talmage Street.
Golfers play at the course of the Sunshine Golf Club on Mt Derrimut Road, Derrimut. It relocated from the Fitzgerald Road course in November 2007. For those seeking some fun, the huge Fun City Entertainment Centre with Formula E Go Karts as well as the Intencity Gaming Complex at Sunshine Marketplace are popular amusement centres located in central Sunshine. There is also the Sunshine Rollerskating Centre.
The Sunshine Leisure Centre contains a swimming pool, gym and other facilities. There is also the Sunshine World Gym and the Platinum Health & Pilates centre.