The name Tootgarook was retained by J. Purves as the name of their pre-emptive right, and was taken from the Tootgarook swamp, the town is named from J. Purves pastoral run established adjacent to the west of the swamp. A Tootgarook Post Office opened in 1858 and was renamed Rye in 1870. A later Tootgarook Post Office opened on 3 April 1956 when some development took place in the suburb, and closed in 1987 Tootgarook means “Land of the Croaking Frog”.
In the same suburb, but extending to neighbouring suburbs, is the Tootgarook Wetland. This wetland is about 300 hectares in size and supports many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.
2018 MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE – $605,000 approx. (Corelogic)
- The size of Tootgarook is approximately 3.5 square kilometres.
- It has 4 parks covering nearly 4.6% of total area.
- The population of Tootgarook in 2011 was 2,695 people.
- By 2016 the population was 2,871 showing a population growth of 6.5% in the area during that time.
- The predominant age group in Tootgarook is 60-69 years.
- Households in Tootgarook are primarily childless couples.
- In general, people in Tootgarook work in a trades occupation.
- In 2011, 68.1% of the homes in Tootgarook were owner-occupied compared with 67.4% in 2016.
- Currently the median sales price of houses in the area is $605,000.