North Melbourne is conveniently located just 20 minutes walk from Melbourne’s CBD. Walk to the Queen Victoria Market along Elizabeth Street, then continue towards North Melbourne via Victoria and Errol Street.



  • Route 57 (West Maribyrnong): travels along Elizabeth Street
    before turning onto Victoria Street towards North Melbourne. This service then travels along Errol, Queensberry and Abbotsford Streets and down Flemington Road.

  • Route 58 (West Coburg): travels from William Street in the CBD, down Peel Street and Flemington Road, then into Royal Park (Melbourne Zoo) at Abbotsford Street, just skimming the boundary of North Melbourne.

  • Route 59 (Airport West): travels along Elizabeth Street and down Flemington Road past the Royal Children's Hospital, which is the northern boundary of the precinct.


Bus Services


Services that cover the North & West Melbourne area are: -

  • Route 216, 219 and 220- with stops along Spencer St in West Melbourne (from Caroline Springs to Brighton Beach and from Sunshine to Gardenvale).

  • Route 401- Express bus from North Melbourne station (stopping only at the Royal Melbourne Hospital) to Melbourne University.

  • Route 402- from Footscray to East Melbourne (St Vincent’s Hospital) via Canning, Shiel, Haines, Errol, Arden and Wreckyn Streets, North Melbourne.




Services through North Melbourne transport hub operate from both Southern Cross and Flinders Street Stations stopping at North Melbourne, Macaulay, Kensington and Flemington Bridge stations.

Route 401 bus stop is near North Melbourne Station concourse is located on Dryburgh Street so that passengers can transfer easily between train and bus services.

Route 401 bus stop includes shelters for waiting passengers and have capacity for three buses to cater for high passenger demand during peak times.


In addition to the great selection of cafes, bars and restaurants, North & West Melbourne has a wide selection of gifts, homewares, florists, bookstores, bakeries and fruit and vegetable shops. Combine this with automotive services, real estate, healthcare providers and a newsagent and post office, you hardly need to go anywhere else.


Stay for a while and you'll find shopkeepers start greeting you by name. It's that kind of friendly place.


Melbourne's inner north has played a huge role in the making and shaping of our city. A cattle yard was among the first structures built in the area by white settlers in the 1840s. By 1861, the borough of Hotham as it was known had 7,000 residents and by 1887, the area had an imposing town hall and a new name - North Melbourne.

Today the area's striking and historic streetscapes and buildings have been recognised for their architectural and heritage significance, and the area retains a distinct 'village' atmosphere.

Architectural highlights include the: North Melbourne Town Hall and The Meat Market (both now operating as contemporary arts spaces); Curzon Street Church; and Howard Street Anglican Church. The ornate Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, built in 1963, is definitely worth seeking out.

North Melbourne is less than three kilometres from the city and during the past few decades the area has attracted more and more young residents seeking the benefits of the inner city lifestyle.

Former Hotham (North Melbourne) Town Hall

North Melbourne Town Hall, late 1870's

Credit: Hotham History Group


The North & West Melbourne Precinct Association Incorporated aims to deliver and enhance the aspirations and goals of the business community within the precinct.

The association aims to encourage support of local businesses by creating a dynamic environment for visitors and local residents alike. The Association will representing issues and mount promotional activities that improve the amenity of the area and contribute to the community and businesses within the precinct boundary.

North and West Melbourne Precinct Association Logo
City of Melbourne Council logo