Step into South Melbourne

Nestled between the south bank of the Yarra River and glorious Port Phillip Bay, the bustling hub of South Melbourne is renowned as one of the gastronomic centres of our great city.

With its iconic South Melbourne Market showcasing fresh produce and multi-cultural deli specialities (it’s also a great place to pick up bargain homewares, fashion and just about everything else you can imagine), the surrounding streets of this dynamic business and residential area play host to some of the most diverse and eclectic retail strips in our state.

While the main artery of Clarendon Street with its banks, banks, supermarkets, florists and fashion retailers is a great place to shop and do business, locals and visitors alike know to explore its many side streets to pick up something special and unique.

Offering unique and boutique retail stores where you can find the eclectic and elegant, the chic and the kitsch, the upmarket and the affordable, these vibrant streets are also a great place to stroll, then stop and people watch over a cold beer in a historic pub, a world-class coffee in a casual café or a fine wine in one of the many restaurants on offer.

In fact, food is everywhere you look in South Melbourne. So, if you want to eat, drink, shop and be merry, see you in the south end. Bon appetite!

Visiting for the day?

Don't miss:

  • South Melbourne Market
  • A stroll along Clarendon Street and surrounding streets for more shopping
  • Take your pick of cafes, bars and restaurants for a food and drink stop
  • See a streetside view of the historic Portable Iron Houses
  • Stop by South Melbourne Beach for a swim

Getting there

Several tramlines and the St Kilda light rail line run through South Melbourne.

Tram routes: 1, 12 and 96

Bus routes: 253

For timetables and information visit Public Transport Victoria.

Geography of the area

The established neighbourhood of South Melbourne between the south bank of the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay, originated at the elevated area first known as Emerald Hill, two kilometres south of Melbourne. Recently the geography was adjusted to include Fishermans Bend. Now Montague is recognised as an emerging neighbourhood to the north of South Melbourne.

Area: 3 km2
2016 population: 8,654
2011 population: 7,337
Average annual growth rate (2011-2016): 16.5%

(Source: ABS National Census. 2011 and 2016)

History and characteristics

South Melbourne is one of the oldest suburbs within the municipality often described as the heart of the City of Port Phillip. The housing stock dates primarily from the Victorian era with a significant stock of high rise public housing from the 1960s and 1970s. Montague also contains a substantial office, industrial and warehouse component.

Other notable physical features include the South Melbourne Town Hall and the South Melbourne Soccer Ground.

If you would like further information based on the 2016 Census, please refer to the South Melbourne profile id or for Port Phillip wide data, refer to the City of Port Phillip profile id.

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