Overview of West Melbourne

West Melbourne is a long-established area with a strong community, diverse mix of housing, warehouses and businesses, and a rich cultural and architectural heritage. It is located between the Hoddle Grid, North Melbourne and adjacent industrial areas and renewal precincts to the west.

West Melbourne has evolved into a distinct inner urban neighbourhood and a counterpoint to the central city. Its mix of building types and uses give it its distinct character, including heritage cottages, mid-rise factories and warehouses, and larger scale high-rise apartment buildings in the south.

West Melbourne’s wide local streets provide the opportunity for the delivery of more local open spaces and improved access for people walking and cycling to surrounding areas.

Most of the suburb’s 5,510* residents live in close proximity to Flagstaff Gardens, a significant and defining feature of the landscape, and the nearby Queen Victoria Market that services locals and visitors with fresh produce and shopping.

*Based on pre-covid data.

West Melbourne in the City of Melbourne

map of West Melbourne

Features of West Melbourne

Buildings

Population: Residential 5,510; number of businesses 446.

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) 30; youth (12-25 years) 26%.

People infographics

Residents: Older (60+ years) 6%; born overseas 48%.

Language infographics

Residents: Main overseas country of birth: China 8%; speaks a language other than English (LOTE) at home 39%.

Learning infographics

Residents: Main non-English language spoken: Mandarin 10%; attending a tertiary education institution 20%.

Work infographics

Residents: Main occupation - professionals 43%; main work travel method: walked only 27%.

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 2,087; average household size (persons) 2.2; weekly household income (median) $1,718.

Money infographics

Households: Low income households (less than $650 p.w.) 17%; high income households (more than $2,500 p.w.) 29%.

Living infographics

Households: Family households 52%; lone person households 27%.

House infographics

Households: Renting 78%; living in a flat or apartment 83%.

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: Business Services 1,227 21.9%; Health Care and Social Assistance 703 12.5%; Education and Training 465 8.3%.

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 12,452 79.2%; part time 264 8.5%.

Calendar infographics

Jobs by status: Casual 269 8.7%; contract 111 3.6%.

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%; Residential Accommodation 23%; Parking - Commercial and Private 8%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Public Open Space 8%; Sports and Recreation - Outdoor 1%; Indoor Entertainment 1%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Retail 3%; Commercial Accommodation 1%; Educational/Research 3%.

Entertainment infographics

Land use: Storage/Wholesale 2%; Performances, Conferences, Ceremonies 1%.

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 4; Residential dwellings 607; Student accommodation 0; Hotel/serviced apartments 249.

Building infographics

Development activity: Developments 31; Residential dwellings 1,528; Student accommodation 13; Hotel/serviced apartments 980.

Building infographics

Development activity: Office space 3,099; Retail space 7,447.

Building infographics

Development activity: Office space 18,669; Retail space 2,686.

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 West Melbourne

Community Facilities and Local Amenities
  • Haileybury
  • Independent Schools Victoria
  • Everest Institute
  • Simonds Catholic College
  • Menzies Institute of Technology
  • West Melbourne Baptist Community Centre
  • Festival Hall
  • River Studios
  • Witches in Britches
  • West End Art Space
  • One Fine Print
  • The Blender Studios
  • Dark Horse Experiment
  • CoHealth West Melbourne Respiratory Clinic
  • Premier Health Partners
  • Vita Medical Centre
  • Railway Place and Miller Street Reserve
  • Howard and William Streets Reserve
  • Hawke St Park
  • Hawke & King Street Reserve
  • Hawke & Curzon Street Reserve
  • Flagstaff Gardens
  • Eades Park
  • Flagstaff multi purpose courts
  • City Of Melbourne Bowls Club
  • North Melbourne Train Station
  • Flagstaff Train Station
  • Tram routes 30, 35, 57, 58
  • Bus routes 216, 219, 220, 401, 952

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 West Melbourne

  • West Gate Tunnel
  • Hawke Street enhancements
  • Peel Street protected bike path installation

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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