Located 7km north of Melbourne's Central Business District, Thornbury at the 2011 Census had a population of 17,434.
The heart of Thornbury is the Thornbury Village centred on the High Street shopping strip. Smaller shopping precincts are to be found on sections of St Georges Road, Wales Street and Station Street.
Thornbury is home to many cafes, bars and night spots and has a large alternative music culture. Thornbury also has a higher proportion of gay and lesbian people compared with the rest of the City.
For 111 years Thornbury was part of the former City of Northcote Local Government Area, which existed from 1883 until June 1994.
The Merri Creek Trail and Darebin Creek Trail run on the west and east boundaries of Thornbury, and are popular shared-use recreational paths used by cyclists and walkers.