9.0 out of 10

Port Melbourne

Ranked 102nd best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8359524356 144.9460535091
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Safe & Sound
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Shopping Options
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 14, 2010
Editors Choice

"Port Melbourne is second to none in all of Melbourne"

Port Melbourne is the quintessential social suburb in Melbourne. Full of rich socialites and celebrities, Port Melbourne offers up some of the very best restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, cafe's and hotspots in the entire state of Victoria.

Port Melbourne is generally suited to younger people, or younger families looking to raise their kids near the beach. While the suburb is considered expensive, I think you get what you pay for. Close to the Melbourne CBD with ocean views is worth paying for in my book.

Most nights in the summer months, you will see people dining out and having a casual outdoor drink. It has such a great atmosphere to it, with people seeming generally happier while having a nice cold beer over a stunning summer sunset.

Overall Port Melbourne is a very desirable place to live. You really cannot go wrong here, unless you don't like the beach or heading out for breakfast lunch or dinner!
Pros
  • Fantastic Beach Lifestyle
  • Great Community
  • Good Restaurants
  • Great singles bars
Cons
  • Very windy at times
  • Motorcycle noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
AliceM
AliceM AJ are there good and bad parts of Port Melb? We're looking at buying in the area.
Aug 29, 2010
PortPower
PortPower You will find the area is slowly improving from its industrial past. Some people in Melbourne recall Port Melbourne being a hub of crime and industry so if you talk to older generations they have a negative view however in recent years Port Melbourne is going through gentrification. Being closer to the city and with development still to occur the area has potential to catch up and even pass inner city areas such as Albert Park. Docklands will also help as Docklands grows. In short it is hard to go wrong with a medium to longer term view.
Aug 29, 2010
AdamS
AdamS @PortPower Port Melbourne is hardly slowly improving...rather it has already improved well beyond what you might think. The current state of Port Melbourne is a beautiful suburb by the beach, with no crime, very friendly people, fantastic amenities and fresh sea air :) Yes the older generation might think less of Port Melbourne, but that was well over 15 years ago. Port Melbourne is one of the most desirable place to live for people between 18-35 for all the reasons I have mentioned. One of the biggest surprises about Port Melbourne? It is VERY quiet. Before I moved in, I was expecting a lot of noise as there are many places where it is high density living. To my surprise, I never hear anyone. Of course it depends on where you live in Port Melbourne but on the whole, it is very quiet.

@AliceM it completely depends on who you talk to as everyone has their preferences. I personally prefer the area to the east of Bay Street all the way to Pickles Street. Very quiet area, and it has already been developed, so you won't be getting any construction noise. Also closer to the best parts of the beach. The west side of Bay Street leads up to Beacon Cove, which is nice, but there is a little bit of construction going on still just behind Bay Street, and the Beacon Cove area is a little too 'lego' land land for my style. You can't really go wrong though :) The only thing I would recommend is being as close to the beach as possible. I know it gets more expensive the closer you look, but the streets do get better the closer you are.

Are you looking at buying an apartment, townhouse etc?
Aug 30, 2010
AliceM
AliceM Thanks for the info AJ & PortPower. Looking for a Victorian cottage - renoed or otherwise. Agree close to the beach as possible and the lightrail for easy access to the city. There's plenty that come on the market - just have to wait for mine!
Aug 30, 2010
AliceM
AliceM looks like i've found my home! Looking forward to becoming a port melb resident in time for summer!
Sep 08, 2010
AdamS
AdamS Sounds awesome AliceM!! Where did you buy (perhaps PM me)
Sep 08, 2010
miremax
miremax totally agree...Port is the best place in Melbourne.
Oct 22, 2010
PureKrome
PureKrome Great review AJ - cheers!
Dec 03, 2010
Katharine
Katharine Excellent review AJ!
May 19, 2011
AdamS
AdamS Katharine - thanks, I love Port Melbourne as do most people. You can't beat living by the beach, and only being a short drive from the CBD.

ozzy2000 - of course you are entitled to your opinion. It encourages great discussion. I would welcome a Mosque in Port Melbourne, multiculturalism is what makes Melbourne such a great place to live!!
May 19, 2011
AdamS
AdamS I've lived in Port Melbourne for almost 3 years now, it is one of the safest suburbs in all of Melbourne.
Mar 25, 2012
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jul 20, 2013

"A Perfect Suburb beside the bay!"

Another great Preference for Living in Melbourne!

Lots of Parks, nice Beach, Cafes, Restaurants & Shops & perfect public Transport Options!

A Nice Suburb for Couples!
Pros
  • Great Public Transport Options!
  • Fantastic Beach Lifestyle
  • Good Restaurants
Cons
  • Very windy at times
  • Motorcycle noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
Jan 16, 2012

"Awesome!"

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Sep 26, 2011

"A beachy feel that's 5 minutes from the city, has everything you need."

Pros
  • Fantastic Beach Lifestyle
  • Good Restaurants
  • Great singles bars
  • Great Community
Cons
  • Very windy at times
  • Motorcycle noise
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Sep 13, 2010

"Position Perfect quality lifestyle"

With Melbourne @5 Million Port Melbounre is truly on of the most undervalued suburbs in Melbourne. The light rail is a dream run into town, or a 10 minute bike ride on excellent specific bike lanes. Bay st shops, the beach and a close sense of community mixed with a sense of privacy and heritage surroundings. A piece of Australian history in the most cosmopolitan city. With a new secondary school opening in 2011 excellent primary schools and gorgeous parklands why would you live anywhere else.
A mix of war veterans, greeek immigrants and young families live side by side with singles. Neighbours looking out for each other.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
AdamS
AdamS I completely agree Watkins, it's an amazing suburb, and perhaps a little undervalued.

AJ
Sep 29, 2010
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jul 12, 2010

"The best place in Melbourne!"

I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We live in Beach Street, right on the beach - no road between us - literally on the sand in one of the Mirvac towers. The only sounds we hear are of the seagulls, the putt-putt of boats and the happy chatter of people strolling along the promenade. Great restaurants and more recently we have the welcome addition of Thomas Dux grocers amongst the Bay St shopping strip. A short light rail ride into town and a great atmosphere in Port whether it's day or night. We went to Hawaii last year and declared that Port Melbourne has much more to offer!
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AdamS
AdamS Hi wendelle,

I couldn't agree more with your review of Port Melbourne. Before I moved into the area, I was really worried about noise, but it's such a non-issue once you are settled in.

What's your fav restaurant? I'm loving Dundas & Fausett (I think that's how you spell it) in Albert Park on Vic Ave, especially since they did the renovation.

Any suggestions?

PS. Can't wait till summer kicks back in, it's freezing at the moment!

AJ
Jul 25, 2010
wendelle
wendelle Hi AJ,

Dalmatino's in Port is definitely our favourite, but the new City Tiler (the old Gill's nursery building on the corner of Graham & Bay St) is great for a light lunch or just a quick coffee. Both have home-made food and are really good value for money, with good service as well. Try the beef ragout at Dalmatino's, it's only about $22 and is fantastic.
Our other favourite place is the Westin in the city. The Allegro restaurant has a fabulous Sunday lunch with a small jazz band and is $75 a head, including a glass of beer or bubbly. The food just keeps coming and coming, with a buffet cheese and dessert bar. I promise you you'll walk out with a full belly and a smile on your face.

Cheers, wendelle
Jul 26, 2010
AdamS
AdamS Hey wendelle,

I went to Dalmatino's a few months back. I liked it, but I didn't think the menu had much to choose from? I'll have to have another look though, as what we ordered we did really like.

Funny you mention the Westin, I used to live in one of the apartments there. Allegro is fantastic, really great food.

What are your thoughts on the restaurants down by Station Pier? I've only tried Campari and Waterfront. Loved Waterfront, didn't like Campari at all. The service was really bad at Campari, and the food was pretty average as well. But I've only been once, so maybe it was a bad night.

AJ
Jul 26, 2010
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Apr 29, 2010

"Great place for young couples and singles"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
Apr 08, 2010
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Nov 03, 2009

"An amazing lifestyle by the bay"

One of the most desirable suburbs in Melbourne. It's also has amazing restaurants down by the Spirit of Tasmania docks, as well as along Bay Street. Great in summer, windy in Winter, but well worth the great lifestyle. Great if you can afford it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
Sep 08, 2009

"A recently developed area, perfect for the professional couple"

Port Melbourne, like many other port areas around Australian capital cities, has undergone a major transformation over the last few years. Once an industrial area, the suburb now offers some really great living options quite close to the CBD.

Many modern apartment blocks have been built, offering dense but efficient living with all the mod-cons. This is a great spot for the professional couple, as the apartments are easy to maintain and close to the CBD. A number of cafes, restaurants and bars have popped up in the area, so lifestyle is good here too. Rental prices are on the high side, and reflect the growing popularity of this suburb.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
Aug 20, 2009

"Beachside, great feel and close to central Melboure"

Port Melbourne has a great feel and is a great beach suburb. Who would have thought there could be such a great beachside suburb so close to central Melbourne?

Port Melbourne has some great restaurants, and there are more than enough pubs, bars, clubs for those that love the nightlife. For those that love a good Sunday brunch there are plenty of cafe's around.

If you don't want to walk or run along the beach there are a few parks there.

A great palce for the young professionals that love the beachside lifstyle but want easy access to the city.
Recommended for
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  • Retirees
5/5
Apr 05, 2009

"My weekend breakfast getaway, I love it!"

Port Melbourne is one of my fav's because on weekend's I just love going the beach, having a warm cup of coffee with my big brekkie at Zest cafe, and soaking up the amazing atmosphere. I don't currently live in Port Melbourne, but I hope to live there very soon.

One of the best things about Port Melbourne has to be the people. Everyone is so relaxed, so nice and friendly. Everyone on the weekends is just so happy to be there and that's the sort of place I want to live. There is no shortage of cafe's on Bay Street, and the nightlife is just fantastic as well. Great running along the beach, and so close to the city.

The only negatives? A little on the expensive side, but you live right on the beach, so I guess it's completely justified. Looking forward to writing this review as a resident in the next 12 months!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Sep 21, 2008

"Small town living in a resort feel locaiton."

Lived in Port Melbourne for almost 5 years now and I have only great things to say about. I've lived all around Melbourne, Balwyn, Brunswick, Hampton and I have finally found the best place for me.

I love the lifestyle of the beach in Summer and best of all I love the friendly people here. A lot of people think Port Melbourne is a bit snobbish, but I disagree. All the locals here are incredibly friendly, and always have big smiles on their faces.

I wouldn't recommend raising a family here, I think there are better suburbs like Middle Park right next door, but if you are young or perhaps a young couple looking for a nice first apartment, then Port Melbourne would be right up your alley.

The only negatives I would say are the annoying motorcycles that race along Beach Street and Bay Street. But it's a very minor issue.

Enjoy the sun!
Pros
  • Fantastic Beach Lifestyle
  • Good Restaurants
  • Great singles bars
  • Great Community
Cons
  • Very windy at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 25, 2008

"Can't beat the summer months and the friendliest people on earth!"

The three main things that make Port Melbourne one of the best suburbs in all of Melbourne is:

1) Beach - the beach is amazing during the summer months, but I like it even better during the winter months because you can have a nice walk on a Sunday afternoon and then get all warmed up with a nice hot coffee on one the many cafe's on Bay St. Admittedly there are cleaner beaches, but this is right on your doorstep, and it's a beautiful thing to wake up to every morning,

2) The Bars, Pubs and Clubs - I'm a bit younger, so I like to go out and Port Melbourne has everything from The Pier to the Beach Hotel. The Sloaney Poney on Crockford St is a massive favourite of mine as well. Great crowds as well out in Port Melbourne. While you may find a few footballer types (which normally I hate) it's not too bad.

3) The People - are sooooo friendly. There is a wide range of age groups, but generally most are quite social which makes Port Melbourne such a great place. From young singles and starting out families all the way up to retirees, everyone seems like they are on happy juice :) It's a great place to live.

If you are looking for such an energetic place to live, with a view to die for, then go Port Melbourne.
Pros
  • Fantastic Beach Lifestyle
  • Good Restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
May 27, 2008

"Beaches, bars, pubs and restaurants...there's nothing Port Melbourne doesn't have"

Port Melbourne has everything you could ask for in a place to live...bars, beaches, great restaurants and pubs. Shopping on Bay street is fantastic, Waterfront Place has some great amenities with IGA and a fitness gym (that's annoyingly busy on Monday-Wednesdays however), and Beach Street \ Beaconsfield Parade is one of the nicest strolls in all of Victoria on sunny weekend.

Look out though, as Port Melbourne can be quite expensive...but I guess you get what you pay for. If you are lucky enough, you'll have ocean views. My preference is for Rouse Street, or Johnston Street near Pickles Street...but overall you can't really go wrong anywhere in Port Melbourne.

Port Melbourne also suits all types, from young singles who love to party, to large families, to older people who like to take weekend strolls. It's also so close to city, and public transport is very closeby.
Pros
  • Fantastic Beach Lifestyle
  • Good Restaurants
  • Great Community
  • Great singles bars
Cons
  • Very windy at times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
May 27, 2008

"Port Melbourne is one of the best suburbs in Australia"

Port Melbourne has it all. Anyone who has even visited Port Melbourne knows that it is one of the most desired places to live in all of Australia...and the reason is because of the fantastic lifestyle it offers.

In summer, the beach comes to life, and the nightclubs really get fired up. The Pier Hotel, Ocean Blue, Campari restaurant...all are fav's of mine. Bay Street has fantastic shops, and a simple walk along Beach Street on a sunny afternoon and you will be sold...this is the lifestyle everyone wants....and only some can afford. It's quite expensive to live here, but i still think you get value for money. You can get access to some affordable apartments, but forget the penthouse apartments, they all go for 1.5 mil plus.

Overall it's an amazing suburb to live in especially if you are young and single. The only downside is the noise at times from the traffic and the howling wind...but these are minor issues. If you can afford it, move to Port Melbourne.
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

Best Streets in Port Melbourne

1

Johnston St

4.5/5
"One of the best streets in Port Melbourne, hands down."
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2

Dunstan Pde

4.5/5
"Like living in the suburbs"
-37.8374653225 144.9157957711
3

Albert St

4.5/5
"Beats bo-ho Fitz-roy!"
-37.835405 144.935874
4

Ross St

4.5/5
"Port Melbourne West (towards Docklands) of the light rail is very undervalued"
-37.8320284919 144.943089207
5

Rouse St

4.5/5
"Great place to live!"
-37.8447223985 144.9439634712
6

Clark St

4/5
"The hidden golden mile of Port Melbourne"
-37.8330871712 144.9378572821
"What an amazing lifestyle this offers"
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8

Esplanade Pl

3.5/5
"A little community within a community "
-37.8367549828 144.94572566
9

Lalor St

3.5/5
"The most convenient soho street in port melbourne"
-37.8381722471 144.9418051314
10

Clifford St

3.5/5
"Quite handy location you never want to leave/SELL YOUR CAR!!"
-37.8390465113 144.9365732065