Take the plunge in Port Melbourne
Bay Street is a popular Port Melbourne shopping area near the Port Melbourne light rail line.
Visiting for the day?
- Beach time - Port Melbourne or Sandridge Beach, tucked around the corner from Station Pier
- Park time - JL Murphy Reserve has a great new playground area (opened December 2020) and there's North Port Oval for the footy fans
- Princes Pier is a top spot for a pic
Getting around is easy as everything is within strolling distance. There is an excellent light rail tram service to and from Melbourne's central business district. Bay Street is the perfect place to meet friends for brunch, shop for everything from fresh foods to designer fashions to stylish homewares. In the evening people relax over dinner and a glass of wine at many of the water's edge eateries or renowned pubs.
Tram routes: Route 109
Bus routes: 234, 235, 236, 237 and 606
For timetables and information visit Public Transport Victoria.
For more information on Port Melbourne visit Travel Victoria's Port Melbourne page.
Geography of the area
Port Melbourne and the emerging neighbourhood of Sandridge/Wirraway are bounded on the north and west by the Yarra River, on the south by Hobson's Bay and on the east by South Melbourne.
Area: 5 km2
2016 population: 16,159
2011 population: 14,508
Average annual growth rate (2011-2016): 14 per cent
(Source: ABS National Census. 2011 and 2016)
History and characteristics
Port Melbourne's history begins in its early settler days. Multicultural pioneers made this bayside suburb their home. Housing stock generally dates from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The major exceptions are the Garden City estate, developed in the 1930s and 1940s and the 1990s Beacon Cove. Since that time many new apartment complexes have been built. These continue to redefine the urban landscape.
The Beacon Cove estate and redevelopment of industrial areas into residential is largely responsible for the neighbourhood's large growth rate. The neighbourhood of Sandridge/Wirraway will experience significant employment and residential growth over the next thirty years. This is part of the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal.
This influx of inner-city residents has created a demand for a wide array of entertainment, dining and shopping attractions to complement the traditional offerings that define Port Melbourne's colonial past.