East Melbourne was judged to be the most liveable suburb in the world’s most liveable city. When you look at what this prized address has to offer, it’s easy to see why.

Classic Location

East Melbourne lies close to Melbourne’s major sporting precinct and the vast parklands that spread along the banks of the Yarra River. The Melbourne CBD with its many restaurants, theatres and bars is also just minutes away. They’re just some of the attractions of living in this historic suburb. Here are a few more.

1 Location

East Melbourne - Parade

There’s a simple pleasure in being able to walk everywhere from your front door. You’ll discover that life without traffic is a life well lived.

Everything is close

East Melbourne is just one kilometre from the Melbourne CBD. You can walk through the park to your city office, or you can stroll to Melbourne’s best restaurants, sports stadiums, theatres and galleries. The tram to the city and the arts precinct runs past your front door, or you can cycle beside the Yarra on the Capital City Trail.

2 Heritage

It has a heritage overlay

From the arrival its first resident in 1839, the Police Captain William Lonsdale, East Melbourne has been a pivotal location in the history of the colony of Victoria and been home to many of its significant figures and events.

  • An aerial view of East Melbourne, circa 1910.
  • Fitzroy Gardens, circa 1912.
  • The MCG circa 1914.
  • Fitzroy Gardens, circa 1880.
  • The MCG as depicted in the lithograph, circa 1864.
  • An aerial photo of Cliveden house, circa 1924.
  • Mosspennoch house, circa 1950.
  • Looking north along Clarendon Street, East Melbourne, circa 1910.

An aerial view of East Melbourne, circa 1910.

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3 Surroundings
  • Fitzroy Gardens.
  • Fitzroy Gardens 2
  • Walk in the parks
  • Walk towards Museums
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It’s an oasis.

Although East Melbourne is just minutes from Melbourne’s most exciting attractions, it remains an island of tranquility.

The quiet streets are wide and uncrowded. Verdant parkland, laid out to a grand and gracious 19th century plan, adds to the atmosphere of calm.

4 Sport


You have a grandstand view.

Australia’s and some of the world’s biggest sporting events are held in East Melbourne or on its doorstep and they are all within walking distance.

The MCG now stands on the East Melbourne paddock where the first game of Australian Rules Football was played.

5 Lifestyle

The culture is rich.

Melbourne is Australia’s most cultured city and the vibrancy of its intellectual and artistic life are yours to enjoy. Major theatres like The Princess, The Comedy and Her Majesty’s are just across the park. Museums, galleries and public monuments are a few tram stops away.

  • Princess Theatre
  • Channel shop on Collins street
  • Hermes shop on Collins street
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6 Community

Bound by the Fitzroy Gardens, Yarra Park and Victoria Parade, East Melbourne covers a mere 470 acres. It’s a small community where people know each other.

7 Aesthetics

East Melbourne architecture

The architecture is splendid.

Architectural heritage is staunchly protected in East Melbourne. The gothic bluestone mansion Bishopscourt dates from 1853 and Treasury Place is Australia’s finest renaissance revival streetscape.

Meanwhile the 1893 Eastern Hill Fire Station strikingly demonstrates the Queen Anne style. A multitude of other beautiful buildings make East Melbourne’s streetscapes an aesthetic pleasure.

8 History

You can join the who’s who.

Notable East Melbourne residents include Ivo Bligh, the first English cricket captain to win The Ashes; war hero Sir John Monash; Joan Lindsay, author of the famous novel Picnic at Hanging Rock; Peter Lalor, leader of the Eureka Stockade uprising at Ballarat and later Speaker in the Victorian Parliament; Constance Stone, Australia’s first female doctor and Francis Hare, a police magistrate who figured in the pursuit of the Kelly gang.

Sir William Clarke
East Melbourne Map locaiton
22 - 40 Clarendon Street & 178 Wellington Parade,
East Melbourne, VIC 3002
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