Overview of Southbank

Southbank is a high density residential and commercial neighbourhood situated on the southern side of the Yarra River Birrarung and bounded by St Kilda Road and the West Gate Freeway and is home to a range of entertainment, arts and tourism destinations.

Southbank has experienced rapid growth since the 1990s, transforming from an industrial area into a dense, high-rise neighbourhood. The Boyd Community Hub, library and park, is Southbank’s major local community asset.

Southbank Promenade is one of Melbourne’s major entertainment precincts with many restaurants and hotels. The spectacular city views make it a popular place for locals and visitors to dine, drink, stroll and watch the occasional street performer.

Southbank is home to the Melbourne Arts Precinct, one of the highest concentrations of arts and cultural organisations anywhere in the world, including the National Gallery of Victoria and Hamer Hall as well as many galleries, theatres, studios, and arts education institutions.

Southbank in the City of Melbourne

Features of Southbank

Buildings

Population: Residential 18,108; number of businesses 972.

Data was sourced from the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing. To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Guide to Census data

People infographics

Residents: Age (median years) 31; youth (12-25 years) 27%.

People infographics

Residents: Older (60+ years) 7%; born overseas 58%.

Language infographics

Residents: Main overseas country of birth: China 13%; speaks a language other than English (LOTE) at home 46%.

Learning infographics

Residents: Main non-English language spoken: Mandarin 16%; attending a tertiary education instituation 19%.

Work infographics

Residents: Main occupation - professionals 41%; main work travel method: walked only 33%.

Data was sourced from the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing. To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Guide to Census data

House infographics

Households: Occupied private dwellings 8,033; average household size (persons) 2; weekly household income (median) $1,866.

Money infographics

Households: Low income households (less than $650 p.w.) 8%; high income households (more than $2,500 p.w.) 40%.

Living infographics

Households: Family households 47%; lone person households 35%.

House infographics

Households: Renting 64%; living in a flat or apartment 98%.

Data was sourced from the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing. To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Guide to Census data

Employment infographics

Top three employment types: Arts and Recreation Services 8,802 18.7%; Business Services 7,959 16.9%; Food and Beverage Services 4,411 9.4%.

Data was sourced from the 2019 City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Calendar infographics

Jobs by status: Full time 29,297 62.3%; part time 6,312 13.4%.

Calendar infographics

Jobs by status: Casual 7,754 16.5%; contract 3,688 7.8%.

Data was sourced from the 2019 City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Office infographics

Land use (Percentage of total neighbourhood – list not exhaustive): Office 9.3%; Residential Accommodation 23.9%; Parking - Commercial and Private 19%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Public Open Space 1%; Sports and Recreation - Outdoor 0%; Indoor Entertainment 3%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Retail 1.8%; Commercial Accommodation 5.3%; Educational/Research 1.4%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Storage/Wholesale 0.2%; Performances, Conferences, Ceremonies 2.2%.

Data was sourced from the 2019 City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Building infographics

Development activity (major new commercial and residential property development): Developments 3; Residential dwellings 2,373; Student accommodation 0; Hotel/serviced apartments 0.

Building infographics

Development activity: Developments 39; Residential dwellings 12,100; Student accommodation 0; Hotel/serviced apartments 3,733.

Building infographics

Development activity: Office space 2,347; Retail space 1,285.

Building infographics

Development activity: Office space 109,905; Retail space 51,213.

Data was sourced from the November 2020 City of Melbourne’s Development Activity Monitor (DAM). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Development Activity

Services in Southbank

Community Facilities and Local Amenities (list not exhaustive)
  • Boyd Family Services
  • Jumbo Early Education
  • Montessori Beginnings
  • One Tree Defence Childcare Unit Coventry
  • Only About Children
  • Faculty Of The VCA & Music
  • University of Melbourne Faculty of Fine Arts & Music Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
  • The Victorian College of The Arts
  • Victorian College Of The Arts Secondary School Abbey Road Institute
  • Australian Ballet School
  • ACMI X
  • Holmesglen Institute Of Tafe
  • The National Institute Of Dramatic Art
  • Boyd Community Centre
  • Southbank Library at Boyd
  • Australian Centre For Contemporary Art
  • NGV International
  • Polly Woodside - Melbourne’s Tall Ship Story Hamer Hall
  • Malthouse Theatre
  • Melbourne Convention Centre
  • Melbourne Exhibition Centre
  • Melbourne Recital Centre
  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • Melbourne Theatre Company
  • The Palms At Crown
  • Victorian Arts Centre - State Theatre
  • Assembly Point
  • Buxton Contemporary
  • Capstone Medical Centre Southbank
  • Correct Care Australia Pty Limited
  • Freshwater Place Wellness Medical Practice Pty Ltd MyClinic Southbank
  • Southbank Medical Clinic
  • Southgate Medical Centre
  • Meaden Street Open Space
  • Southbank Promenade
  • Boyd Park
  • Southbank Boulevard
  • Melbourne Square Park
  • Tram routes 109, 96, 12, 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 58, 64, 67, 72
  • Bus routes 234, 235, 236, 237, 605
  • SkyBus - Melbourne Airport to Southbank via Docklands Ferry Melbourne CBD / Southbank to Williamstown via Southgate

Data was sourced from the 2019 City of Melbourne Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE). To learn more about this data, including definitions, visit: Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Council investments in Southbank

  • Boyd Park
  • Southbank Boulevard - upgrade
  • Cycle infrastructure - new bike lanes
  • City Road - a new dog off-leash park
  • City Road Master Plan Action 2 - Kings Way Northern
  • Undercroft recreation space
  • Southbank Library at Boyd Community Hub - upgrade
  • Southbank Promenade

Further information

Please note: this profile contains information that was collected prior to the COVID-19 event and may not represent the current situation. The information does, however, provide a baseline which shows where the population was at the time it was collected. Refer to each category to see the source of the data and when the information presented was collected.

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