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The historical charm of Port Melbourne is now complimented by a more modern lifestyle in Beacon Cove and other new apartment complexes that continue to redefine the urban landscape. This influx of inner-city residents has created a demand for a wide array of entertainment, dining and shopping attractions to compliment the traditional Australian pubs that defined Port Melbourne’s colonial past.
Everything is within easy strolling distance and there’s an excellent light rail tram service to and from Port Melbourne into the city.
Shopping is fabulous in Bay Street where there is a mix of unique designer stores and very stylish – but relaxed – cafes and bars. At night, shimmering city lights and the gentle sounds of the sea are perfect accompaniments to splendid waterfront dining. Station Pier has been the point of entry for millions of visitors over the years and still today, from the gateway for the world’s biggest luxury liners and the daily Spirit of Tasmania ferry. A visit is well worth it as there are a number of restaurants to choose from while watching the sunset. Take in engaging theatre productions, festivals, creative art exhibitions and workshops at Gasworks Arts Park.
The suburb is bordered by the shores of Hobsons Bay and the lower reaches of the Yarra River. Port Melbourne covers a large area, which includes the distinct localities of Fishermans Bend, Garden City and Beacon Cove. Historically it was known as Sandridge and developed as the City's second port, linked to the nearby Melbourne CBD.
The formerly industrial Port Melbourne has been subject to intense urban renewal over the past decade. As a result, Port Melbourne is a diverse and historic area, featuring industrial and port areas along the Yarra, to open parklands, bayside beaches, exclusive apartments and Bay Street's restaurants and cafes. The suburb also forms a major transport link from east to west, home to one end of the West Gate Bridge.
Port Melbourne has undergone a major demographic shift in the past twenty years, from one of the cheapest and poorest suburbs in the City to one of the most expensive and wealthiest. Many large apartment developments in Port Melbourne occupy large blocks of land, taking over large factories and warehouses, such as HM@S project in Beach Street, ID Apartments in Pickles and Rouse Streets, and Bayshore and Bayview Apartments in Bay Street. Each of these developments comprise multiple buildings, and many of the redevelopments have preserved the heritage buildings. The Port Melbourne population now combines significant numbers of wealthy people, with those who live in public housing and other "old Port" locales. The area has many residents whose families came from Greece in the 1950s, as well as more recent arrivals from Africa and Asia.
For further information, events and shopping in Port Melbourne visit: www.3207portmelbourne.com.au
Get here by:
Tram: 109 from Collins Street
Bus: 250, 251 or 253For timetables & information or to plan your journey visit http://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/