Parkville is a large neighbourhood in the north west of the municipality known for its leafy streets, heritage houses, vast parklands, and significant public institutions, including the University of Melbourne’s main bustling campus and residential colleges.

Parkville is home to an active community with two resident associations, local bulletin boards, and multiple social media member groups connecting residents, businesses, families, workers, students and visitors.

37 per cent of residents in Parkville were born overseas and 29 per cent speak a language other than English with the three most common being Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish.

Many residents are also students attending University of Melbourne and RMIT and residing in student accommodation.

Parkville forms part of the ‘City North’ innovation precinct and is home to major hospitals, research and institutional facilities including the Royal Melbourne, Royal Women’s and Royal Children's hospitals, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Parkville plays a critical role in Australia’s innovation capability and is a powerhouse of research and development, specialising in bio-tech and neuroscience.

Parkville also forms part of Melbourne’s ‘International Education Gateway’, with the City North area accommodating over 40,000 international students in 2019.

Parkville was the site of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Village, now transformed into an integrated, socially inclusive community with a mix of private and social housing and aged care facilities, called ‘Parkville Gardens’.

In the north of Parkville are Orygen Youth Health, the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre and a light industrial and manufacturing area that forms part of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.

Royal Park, the municipality’s largest open space, is in Parkville, comprising a mix of recreational facilities, including one of Melbourne’s major tourist attractions, Melbourne Zoo.

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Quick facts

Data is sourced from 2021 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing, ABS Estimated Resident Population 2022, and 2021 Census of Land and Employment (CLUE).

To access more data on Parkville, visit: Parkville community profile on profile .id.

To learn more about the ABS Census of Population and Housing, including definitions, visit: Guide to Census data.

Council services, facilities and spaces

Parkville families can attend Carlton Learning Precinct or North Melbourne Community Centre for maternal and child health, new parent groups, community immunisation sessions, breast feeding support, playgroups and parent education sessions.

Enhanced maternal and child health, family support and counselling and individual parenting support is also offered to families in the privacy of their own home.

We manage and maintain many public spaces across Parkville including:

  • Auckland Lane Reserve
  • Barring Walk
  • Carrangall Place Park
  • Clunies Ross Reserve
  • Galada Avenue Reserve
  • Garrard Street Park
  • Ievers Reserve
  • Lennon Street Reserve
  • Manchester Lane Common Reserve
  • Park Street Reserve
  • Parkville Gardens
  • Royal Park
  • The Avenue Reserve
  • Trin Warren Tam-Boore.

At Royal Park, City of Melbourne provides sports fields including:

  • Ryder Oval
  • Brens Oval
  • Ross Straw Field
  • Ransford Oval
  • McAlister Oval
  • Western Oval
  • Flemington Road Oval
  • Walker Ovals
  • HG Smith Oval
  • Poplar Oval

The parks cater to 33 community sports organisations as well as school use.

A nine-hole golf course is located within Royal Park and is home to four local clubs as well as public use.

Two tennis facilities are located in Royal Park, one leased to North Park Tennis Club, the other to Royal Park Tennis Club. The Avenue is also home to Parkville Tennis Club.