South Melbourne and Montague

Just south of the Yarra River, South Melbourne is one of the oldest areas in Melbourne to be settled by Europeans.

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)

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.


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.

The area always busy and bustling, it draws people from neighbouring suburbs to the unique South Melbourne Market, to work at the myriad small businesses that have made this area home, or simply to enjoy the relaxed shopping and café culture. Coventry and Market Streets both lead to the South Melbourne Market, a traditional icon of Melbourne and the place to go for fresh produce, deli specialities, homewares and fashions at bargain prices.

The neighbourhoods are well served by the main South Melbourne shopping area in Clarendon Street, several tramlines and the St Kilda light rail line.

Clarendon Street is the main artery of South Melbourne with everything from banks, supermarkets, florists, fashion retailers, and somewhere to stop and eat, drink and watch the world go by on every corner.

Off Clarendon Street run numerous side streets all with their own unique and boutique retail offerings, and casual eating spots at cafés and restaurants.

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

Getting there

Tram routes: 1, 12 and 96

Bus routes: 253

For timetables and information visit Public Transport Victoria.

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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