Filled with diverse cultures and popular attractions, the unique suburb of Footscray is close to 8kms west of Melbourne’s renowned Central Business District. The area is highly recognised for its growing arts scene and being a popular hub for international cuisine. Its name originated from an area in London, England called ‘Foots Cray’ and is known for being the home to various migrant communities. It continues to be a thriving area that’s particularly involved with sports, music and festivals.
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Part of the expanding City of Maribyrnong, the place continues to see rapid development and more residents settling in particularly, families, retirees and singles. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of occupants has reached around 16 350 people and continues to increase. The median age is 32 years old. With private dwellings, there are about 7 760 properties established and are mostly made up of apartments and detached housing.
Passengers are well looked after with plenty of public transport options available just around the corner. For those travelling by train, the Footscray Station runs along multiple train lines and also provides V/Line services for regional destinations. There are a handful of buses running within the vicinity with stops on Buckley and Irving Street. Motorists are able to easily access the Princes Highway for direct trips around the inner west and towards the city.
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Shopping For The Family
When it comes to your shopping necessities, there are a variety of well-known brands and stores to choose from. The Footscray Plaza Shopping Centre and Nicholson Street Mall are both within a short walk distance with several supermarkets and dining choices. Just 4kms away, the Highpoint Shopping Centre brings a huge range of department stores and services. There is also an assortment of restaurants that can be found on Hopkins Street and scattered around.
The School Run
For families, students of all ages are able to select from an array of schools close to home. The St John, Footscray North and Footscray Primary Schools are all conveniently a quick walk away. Meanwhile, the Footscray High School Barkly Campus and Saltwater Child Care Centre are both under 1km. Right nearby, tertiary students are also able to continue their studies at the Victoria University Footscray Park Campus.
What’s Going On?
The Footscray Park offers a fun playground for the family and scenic riverside views for relaxing walks. You can also get active and enjoy a sports game at the Tony Dodemaide Oval or have a picnic at Newell’s Paddock Urban Nature Park. To add, the Footscray Market presents stalls of fresh produce to explore and is less than 1km from the town centre. Whether you’re wanting to participate in a workshop or check out the exhibits, the Footscray Community Arts Centre hosts different types of events and programs.
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