Strathdale is a residential suburb 3 km east of Bendigo, on the McIvor Highway. Until 1994 Strathdale was in the Shire of Strathfieldsaye, but upon municipal amalgamation it became part of Greater Bendigo city.
The centre of Strathdale is a large parkland, running southwards from the McIvor Highway and bordered by the Strathdale-White Hills Road. It was originally a water reserve with the Grassy Flat reservoirs, and in the 1970s had a derelict hall under the care of the Kennington Reserve Committee. The hall was replaced by new offices for Strathfieldsaye Shire. As urbanisation advanced, the north part of the reserve was named Strathdale Park, with several sports fields and a community hall. An allotment set into Strathdale Park encloses the Bulls Head Hotel.
Shopping and schools are outside Strathdale. The nearest are in Kennington, with a State primary school and the Strath Village shopping centre (which is often described as being in Strathdale).
Strathdale is a mature suburb, with houses dating from the 1970s until the present. The median age of residents at the 2011 census was 43 years, compared with 37 for Australia. An above average proportion of homes are fully owned by the occupants, but the range of occupations and incomes are close to average. Strathdale’s census populations have been: