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Located on the northern shore of Port Phillip Bay, south of the Melbourne Central Business District, Victoria, Australia. See the Port Phillip Map for details.

One of the oldest areas of Melbourne, Port Phillip is known for its many dynamic urban villages, a foreshore which stretches for over 11km, cultural diversity, magnificent heritage buildings, artistic expressions and beautiful parks and gardens.

Port Phillip is well served by a number of varied and substantial retail, entertainment and leisure precincts. These include Bay Street (Port Melbourne), Clarendon Street (South Melbourne), Fitzroy and Acland Streets (St Kilda) and Carlisle Street (Balaclava).

A number of significant employment areas sit within Port Phillip, including the St Kilda Road office district and industrial, warehousing and manufacturing districts in South Melbourne and Port Melbourne.

The city had experienced a significant amount of residential development in the 1990s, particularly in areas close to the foreshore.

Port Phillip is well served by public transport with a substantial tram network, the St Kilda and Port Melbourne light rail lines and two stations on the Sandringham rail line.

Suburbs in the City of Port Phillip


Click the above image for a map of suburbs within the City of Port Phillip.



Post Code

Albert Park, Middle Park 3206
Balaclava, East St Kilda 3183
Elwood 3184
Port Melbourne, Garden City, Beacon Cove 3207
Ripponlea 3185
South Melbourne 3205
St Kilda Road 3004
St Kilda, St Kilda South, St Kilda West 3182
Windsor 3181

Note: some suburbs cross the municipal boundary.

Town Halls

Port Phillip contains three town halls.

St Kilda
99a Carlisle St
Featuring an auditorium and art gallery, this town hall is the largest and hosts and the majority of council staff.

Port Melbourne
333 Bay St

South Melbourne
222 Bank St
Includes a community hub 


Click the above image for a map of neighbourhoods within the City of Port Phillip.


Port Phillip is home to seven distinct neighbourhoods that members of the community identify with, especially in terms of where they live. The council uses the neighbourhood model to manage the delivery of council services and development of community strategies for the purposes of community consultation. . 

Neighbourhoods are different to municipal wards. The Port Phillip municipality is divided into wards for democratic purposes. One councillor is elected in each ward to represent those residents and businesses. To foster the democratic concept of representative government, there is approximately the same number of people/voters in each ward. Ward boundaries are periodically reviewed to ensure this.

Neighbourhoods, on the other hand, are local areas or suburbs for which parts of the community feel an affiliation. There is a clear desire from the Port Phillip community to maintain and enhance the diversity and special qualities of the various neighbourhoods. In recognising this, the City of Port Phillip endeavours to be responsive to the needs of neighbourhood communities, and conducts services and activities on a neighbourhood basis.

Geographical Location

Area: 20.62 km2

The City of Port Phillip is bounded by White Reserve and Todd Road to the west, the West Gate Freeway, Kings Way and Dorcas Street to the north, St Kilda Road, High Street, Punt Road, Queens Way, Dandenong Road, Orrong Road, Inkerman Street, Hotham Street, Glen Huntly Road, St Kilda Street and Head Street generally to the east and the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay to the south.

Establishment of the City of Port Phillip

The City of Port Phillip was established on 22 June 1994, following a state government review of Victorian local government boundaries.

Three former cities - St Kilda, South Melbourne and Port Melbourne - were amalgamated to form the City of Port Phillip.

Between establishment in 1994 and the first council election for the City of Port Phillip in March 1996, three state government-appointed commissioners conducted the functions of the mayor and councillors.

Neighbouring Councils

The neighbouring local councils that are nearby to the City of Port Phillip are.


For information about the other Victorian Local Councils including council boundaries, contacts, and website links see the Department of Infrastructure's Local Government site

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