Located immediately to the east of Melbourne’s centre, East Melbourne and Jolimont is an intriguing mix of a quiet residential neighbourhood, institutions of metropolitan, state and national significance and broad green open spaces.
It has been identified as having architectural and historic significance and is one of the most intact areas of the 19th century Victorian era. It was recently been identified as the ‘most liveable suburb’ in Melbourne.
As the current Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, is quoted in The Age as saying in March 2015, ‘Walk around East Melbourne, it’s spectacular. Some of our beautiful built heritage is extraordinary still.’
It includes some of Melbourne’s most loved heritage listed parks and gardens including Fitzroy Gardens and Yarra Park. There are also hospitals and associated medical practices, commercial and business pockets along the boulevards of Wellington Parade, Victoria Parade and parts of Jolimont.
Parliament House, the buildings of Treasury Place, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the tower of the Eastern Hill Fire Station and the Melbourne Cricket Ground are some of the most prominent landmarks in historic East Melbourne.
The latest snapshot from the City of Melbourne, based on 2016 data, can be found here.