Suburb Property Profile: West Melbourne, VIC


Thinking about buying an off the plan property in West Melbourne, Victoria? Whether it's an off the plan apartment, townhouse or house and land package, you'll want to discover the Location Demographics, Travel & Infrastructure, Shopping and Schools & Recreation.


Location Demographics

Encompassed by the famous Yarra River, the bustling suburb of West Melbourne can be found just 7 km west from Melbourne’s renowned Central Business District. Looking back at its history, the area was originally a large industrial site and utilised as a large marketplace for fresh produce. It also had an increasing number of commercial and residential properties particularly consisting of Victorian terrace houses. The town is highly sought after as it brings inner city living benefits right to your doorstep and is also adjacent to iconic destinations and entertainment venues. 

As a rapidly progressive and accessible place, young professionals, couples and families have been keen to make the move to West Melbourne. Based on information gathered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 8 000 people make up the total population. Private dwellings have reached close to 5 200 properties and the median age is 31 years old. There are nearly 2 000 families and the majority of residents are in the 25 to 30-year-old age group. 

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Travel & Infrastructure

Those catching public transport are able to make the most of having different services right next door. The Southern Cross Railway Station is a major transport hub and offers inter-city, regional and suburban train lines. It also has a coach terminal with SkyBus taking passengers to the Melbourne Airport and Firefly Express and Greyhound buses travelling interstate. Buses are also available with stops on Spencer Street and Footscray Road. Furthermore, drivers are connected to the Citylink and the West Gate Freeway. 

Carrying out the Transport Strategy 2030 plan, the Melbourne City Council has established a long term vision for better commute and improved access for pedestrians and cyclists. Aiming to increase safety and reduce traffic congestions, a few of the key initiatives between 2022 to 2023 involve investing in cycle infrastructure and carrying out renewal works in West Melbourne’s roadways, footpaths and landscapes. The project is also centred on boosting Melbourne’s retail and hospitality sector and providing economic benefits over the next decade. 

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Shoppers are able to grab their retail necessities from both huge malls and compact arcades. The District Docklands brings together well loved fashion boutiques and casual eateries. Also less than 4 km away, the Melbourne Central Shopping Centre has multiple levels of branded stores, dining choices and a cinema. For a one stop shop, buy groceries at Costco Wholesale Docklands which is only a 1 km trip. Make dinner plans with friends at the Steakhouse Grill 66 Restaurant with its lively outdoor terrace or at the Tong Fu Garden Restaurant. Order coffee and lunch from the Apollo Café on Hawke Street and dine in at the Sassy Italian Restaurant on Dryburgh Street. The Almina Restaurant also shows off views of the bay and cooks up tasty dishes.


Schools & Recreation

West Melbourne provides a mix of public and private education for students both young and old. The Docklands Primary School is a quick walk while the North Melbourne Primary School is 4 km by car. Meanwhile, preschool children can start their learning at the Gowrie Docklands Kindergarten or at St Mary's Kindergarten. All year levels can join the Haileybury West Melbourne Campus and secondary students can enrol at Simonds Catholic College or at St Aloysius College. To add, the University of Adelaide Melbourne Campus and CQUniversity Melbourne are both under 3 km. 

With popular museums, sport stadiums and tourist spots wherever you turn, there are endless fun activities for everyone to get involved with. Spend time at the ArtVo Art Gallery with self-guided tours and explore the murals with optical illusions. Take the family to the Virtual Reality Escape Room on Peel Street or go ice skating at the O'Brien Icehouse on Pearl River Road. Around a 5 km distance, visit the Melbourne Zoo and see animals from all around the world. You may also be interested in watching live sports events or music performances at Marvel Stadium and going through the unique Webb Bridge. The Lume Melbourne Art Gallery is only a 4 km drive and holds breathtaking exhibits and artworks. For more, get outdoors at the Ron Barassi Senior Park with a sports field, playground, pavilion and several recreational facilities. 

The remarkable suburb of West Melbourne is the perfect location to build your new home or investment!

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Looking to purchase an off the plan property in West Melbourne? Get in touch with iBuyNew and speak to our team of experts on 1300 123 463 to find out how we can help. Click here to find out the latest facts and figures on West Melbourne.  


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Published on 13th of February 2023 by Davina Deluao
Davina Deluao
Davina Deluao

Davina graduated from Swinburne University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Journalism. Through travelling and studying abroad in NYC and LA, her interests in property and design grew and became a strong pursuit. Davina has been writing for iBuildNew Group since 2019.


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