West Melbourne, Victoria


West Melbourne, Victoria
West Melbourne
MelbourneVictoria
West melbourne aerial.jpg
Aerial view of eastern commercial and residential section of West Melbourne looking south toward Melbourne CBD and Docklands. North Melbourne railway station and railyards are right
West Melbourne is located in Melbourne
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West Melbourne
Population: 3,037 (2006) [1]
Postcode: 3003
Area: 6.4 km² (2.5 sq mi)
Location: 3 km (2 mi) from Melbourne
LGA: City of Melbourne
State District: Melbourne
Federal Division: Melbourne
Suburbs around West Melbourne:
Footscray Kensington North Melbourne
Yarraville West Melbourne Melbourne CBD
Newport Port Melbourne Docklands

West Melbourne is an inner city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3 km north-west from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Melbourne. At the 2006 Census, West Melbourne had a population of 3037.

West Melbourne is bounded by Victoria Street and the Footscray Rail line in the North, Footscray Road and the Moonee Ponds Creek and the Yarra River in the south. Peel Street and the Flagstaff Gardens help form the Eastern Boundary, with the Western Boundary defined by the Maribyrnong River and Coode Island, a locality of West Melbourne which is home to Victoria's largest toxic chemical storage facility.

Being largely an industrial area, a significant portion of West Melbourne is occupied by the Port of Melbourne, the Dynon railway yards and the Melbourne Markets. These include the Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable and Fish Markets as well as the National Flower Centre. It also contains a small pocket of residential and commercial properties, consisting of a mixture of Victorian single and double storey terrace houses and converted warehouses at the north-west corner of the Melbourne CBD. It is also home to the Queen Victoria Market located on corner of Victoria and Peel Streets.

Contents

History

West Melbourne Post Office opened on 1 March 1937 and was replaced by the Queen Vic Market Newsagency office in 1990 which closed in 1996.[2]

Transport

North Melbourne railway station

The North Melbourne railway station is actually situated in West Melbourne, opposite the Railway Hotel on Ireland Street.

A number of tram routes run along the periphery of the suburb, along Victoria Street, Peel/William Street and LaTrobe Street.

Culture

Churches

St James Old Cathedral
  • West Melbourne Baptist
  • St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic
  • St James Old Cathedral (Melbourne's oldest cathedral, built in 1842)
  • St Mary's Anglican

Hotels

  • Carron Tavern, Spencer Street
  • McMahons Hotel (Moomba Hotel, formerly North West Hotel), Spencer Street
  • Railway Hotel, Ireland Street
  • Royal Mail Hotel (formerly Maitz), Spencer Street
  • Royal Standard Hotel, William Street
  • Hotel Spencer, Spencer Street
  • Three Crowns Hotel, Victoria Street

Restaurants

One of the West Melbourne's restaurants
  • Citrus Mint
  • Kathmandu Cottage
  • Warung Agus
  • Le Taj
  • Wild East
  • Amiconi
  • Fraus
  • Tandoori Dhaba

Entertainment venues

  • Festival Hall
  • Witches in Britches
  • The Looney Bin

Parks and gardens

  • Flagstaff Gardens
  • The Triangle Park (bounded by King St, Chetwynd St, Eades Place)
  • The Pocket Park (bounded by William, Howard and Rosslyn Sts)
Coode Island viewed from the west

Localities

North of the railway lines

The area bounded by Railway Parade and Spencer St has undergone significant change since 2000. While the region has always been mixed industry and residential, the industrial flavour of the area has diminished rapidly, as West Melbourne's population increases. In Dryburgh, Laurens, Ireland, Stanley and Adderley Streets, the majority of the warehouses have been converted to townhouse developments. The development nearby of the Docklands has had a significant impact on the perceived prestige of the area, and it is rapidly losing its status as one of the most affordable precincts with such proximity to the CBD.

Shopping

West Melbourne lays claim to the southern side of Victoria Street, meaning that a small range of restaurants and shops lie within its boundaries. Otherwise it has no shopping area of its own. However the Direct Factory Outlet development on Spencer St in the CBD, and Errol St North Melbourne sit just outside the boundary of West Melbourne.

Coode Island

Coode Island is a locality in West Melbourne's industrial zone. It is unusual in that although it is a locality of West Melbourne, with the creation of Melbourne Docklands and Bolte Bridge the area has become completely disonnected from the main area of the suburb.

It is the site of Victoria's major petrochemical storage facility. The area is named after engineer John Coode and retains the "Island" name despite no longer being an island.

References

External links

Coordinates: 37°48′40″S 144°56′02″E / 37.811°S 144.934°E / -37.811; 144.934


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