Cardinia Shire is a rapidly developing municipality located on the south east fringe of Melbourne with an area of approximately 1,280 square kilometres.
Cardinia Shire contains the urban growth areas of Beaconsfield, Officer and Pakenham.
The growth corridor follows the Princes Highway and Princes Freeway running east-west through the centre of the Shire between the hills in the northern part of the municipality and the alluvial plains to the south. The northern hills area includes the townships of Upper Beaconsfield, Cockatoo, Emerald and Gembrook. The southern plains area includes the towns of Bunyip, Garfield, Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang, Nar Nar Goon and Tynong.