Monbulk is township and farming area 40 km east of Melbourne and 8 km south-east of Mount Dandenong. Its name derives from the Parish of Monbulk which in turn derived from the Monbulk pastoral run on the Lysterfield area, some 10 km south-west of the present Monbulk.

The name derived from an Aboriginal expression, monbolloc, thought to describe a hiding place or sanctuary in the hills. There is also a Monbulk Creek which runs through Lysterfield.

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