No more than five kilometres west of the CBD, Footscray is recognised as one of the city’s most lively and ethnically diverse suburbs. Footscray is quick to reflect its successive waves of immigration.


Suburb Overview


Population: 11,401
Postcode: 3011
Location: 5km west of Melbourne
State electorate: Footscray
Nearest train station: Footscray
Once a centre for Italian and former Yugoslavian migrants, Footscray is now a significant hub for Vietnamese, and East African immigrants in Melbourne.

The boundaries of Footscray run along the Maribyrnong River to the east, Sumerhill Road and Warleigh Road to the west, Buckley Street and Bristow Street to the south, and Quarry Park to the north.

Considered primarily an industrial zone until the late 1970’s, the area is now a colourful mix of industry. According to the 2006 census data, less than half of the 11,500 Footscray population was born in Australia with the average resident a youthful 33 years of age.

A good deal of housing in Footscray is Victorian-era workers cottages and terraces, along with blocks of flats and units built in the 1950s and 1960s. An abundance of factories and warehouses are still to be found in and around the suburb, with some former industrial sites now being transformed into modern housing estates. The largest one of note is perhaps the former Footscray Ammunition Factory. Located in a prime elevated position overlooking the banks of the Maribyrnong River, views stretch across to Flemington Racecourse and Melbourne city centre.

Latest median house price figures from December 2011 put the median in Footscray at $501,000. This has grown a very healthy 46% since 2006 when the median was $342,000. The latest median price for a unit in Footscray is $316,000.

A major feature in the Footscray suburb is the Whitten Oval, home of the Western Bulldogs AFL Football Club. Other features include Footscray Station, Footscray Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, The Western Hospital, Footscray Park and the lively Barkly Street shopping precinct. There are also endless clubs, sporting facilities and special interest groups scattered across the suburb making Footscray a wonderful multi-cultural and connected community.


Eating Out

Dancing Dog Cafe

Where: 42A Albert Street Footscray VIC 3011
Contact: (03) 9689 2566
Open: Mon - Tue: 8am - 9pm, Wed - Sat: 8am - 11pm, Sun: Midday - 9pm
Footscray Bar and Cafe. Drinking here reduces your chance of dying in the next 12 months by 50%
  • Dancing Dog Cafe - Interior
  • Dancing Dog Cafe - Coffee
  • Dancing Dog Cafe - Exterior
  • Dancing Dog Cafe - Beer Garden

Hao Phong

Where: 136 Hopkins Street, Footscray
Contact: 9689 8373
Open: 7 days 10am - 9.30pm
Licensed: Yes

Hao Phong’s menu is inscribed with a description saying: “Taste the difference”, and from the number of clientele enjoying lunch on a weekday, they are definitely getting the taste right!

This bustling, family run business located within a few metres of both the Footscray market and the Little Saigon market offers an extensive 13-page menu of Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. From traditional rice paper rolls to stir fries, noodles and soups, it would be difficult not to satisfy even the most pedantic taste buds.

With access to some of Melbourne’s freshest produce, and both a Chinese and Vietnamese chef working hard behind the scenes in the kitchen, Hao Phong serves generous portions of traditional South-east Asian cuisine.

The combination beef noodle soup has a superb mixture of sweet, sour, spice and saltiness and came with the traditional side dish of bean sprouts, lemon, chilli and Vietnamese mint.

Vietnamese rice paper rolls with pork and prawns were neat, fresh and delicious – all served with a smile.

Hao Phong offers fresh meals that represent value for money together with friendly service, and is clearly enjoyed by individuals, work colleagues and families alike.

  • Hao Phong
  • Hao Phong

Happy River Cafe

Where: 45 Moreland Street, Footscray
Contact: 03 9689 3244
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 8.00am to 6.00pm Breakfast until 3.00pm
Payment: EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard, Diners, AMEX, Cash
Situated along the Maribyrnong River amidst industrial buildings and artist spaces, the Happy River Cafe offers all of these activities at your own combination and pace.
  • Happy River Cafe


Fashion Market - Melbourne Frock Swap

Date: Sunday 27th August 2017 from 10:00 - 4:00pm

We thought we'd add a little intro here – so you know who is behind Melbourne Frock Swap and who it is you are dealing with when you ring or email us :)

Melbourne Frock Swap was created and is run by Rachael and Nicole - sisters born and bred in Melbourne's West.  We are both mums now with 5 kids between us, all under 10.

We are both active (and addicted) members of our local Buy, Swap and Sell group on Facebook (hello IWBSS members!!); and after having bought and sold many a bargain on the site – we realised that there were a lot of people out there like us – with clothes in their wardrobes, good clothes, that just don’t fit anymore; or don’t suit us or that we bought on a whim (…guilty).  And while there is always a bargain to be had in the Facebook group – the problem with clothing is it is difficult to purchase without having to go over to a stranger’s house and try it on.  And while everyone has been lovely; we couldn’t help but think - wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all get together to buy and sell all our clothing, shoes and accessories?  With change rooms on hand??

Our first market was a very small event; with little to no marketing behind it – we had a wonderful day, we sold a good amount of stock; but mostly we were surprised at just how much fun it is to spend the day with a bunch of like-minded women, who (for the most part) have left the men and kids at home.

We wanted to expand on that – so we’ve worked hard to create the new and improved Melbourne Frock Swap.  It is still a second hand clothing market, but it’s more than that too. We want to make sure it’s a lovely girl’s day out. 

There are a few things that are very important to us, that we focus on heavily:

Everyone is comfortable - we've made sure all the sites are indoors so there's no wind, rain, dirt & heat to deal with.

Everyone has plenty of space - the stalls are larger than your average market space & can easily be shared between friends

Everyone enjoys themselves – we are both there, in the thick of it, the whole day; checking on everyone and making sure everyone is happy and enjoying themselves. 

Everyone makes some money - experience has taught us that you can't please everyone;  at each market we get people who absolutely smash their expectations, and a few that don't make as much as they would like.  While we can't make customers buy your stuff - we can do our best to get as many people through the doors.  We promise that advertising and marketing is of the utmost importance to us and we are spreading the net as wide as we can, to make sure you get the most out of your money and your day.

Everyone is looked after - we're happy to come around and make sure you get a toilet break and grab some lunch if you are on your own.  We try to add a great range of yummy food options, coffee and some pamper stalls in there too.

No-one has to take anything home they don't want - we've teamed up with the Red Cross, who come along at the end of every market to take anyway anything you don't want to take home with you.   

 I hope this gives you a little bit of insight into the madness behind the name.  We are just two local girls who thought this might be a fun thing to do.  We really hope that, if you do join us; that you sell off all those unwanted things, bag yourself some bargains – and have a lovely day out as well.



Rachael and Nicole

  • Fashion Market - Melbourne Frock Swap

Yarraville Farmers Market

Saturday 19th August 2017 from 9am - 2pm

The Farmers Market Set in the beautiful Beaton Res. Gardens

Pick up something special from a wonderful selection of goods while shopping at the Farmers Market for essentials

Plus At the same time 9am to 2pm Next door at the Seniors Hall The Village Market – Arts Craft Fair Trade & upmarket recycle

  • Browse through our range of best value fresh fruit and vegetables, artisan bread, honey, free range eggs.
  • Stock up your pantry.
  • Take the Family plus dog meet a friend.
  • Sit down Tables and chairs provided.
  • Have Breakfast / coffee / Have a sandwich.
  • Yum Cho pastry.

While enjoying the fresh air and Peaceful surrounding garden.

Family’s enjoy one of the best children’s playground in Yarraville.

  • Yarraville Farmers Market

Getting Around


Train lines: Williamstown and Werribee lines
Tram services: Number 82
Bus services: 215, 216, 219, 220, 223, 232
Public transport options are plentiful for local commuters living in Melbourne’s inner west. Buses, trams and trains all offer regular services during peak and off peak travel periods.

The two commuter train lines operating through the area are the Williamstown and Werribee lines. Travel time is only 20 minutes from Williamstown to the CBD. The larger stations along the line, often referred to as premium stations, include Williamstown, Footscray, Newport and North Melbourne. Each of these stations is fully staffed from first train to last every day. Other smaller stops incorporate North Williamstown, Newport, Spotswood, Seddon and South Kensington.

Bus services to, from and within the inner west are also extensive. The 223 bus, for example, departs from the terminus at Highpoint Shopping Centre and runs across to Footscray Railway Station. From there it continues via Irving Street, Nicholson Street, Buckley Street, Victoria Street, Charles Street and Williamstown Road to the terminus near Somerville Road in Yarraville. Route 223 is a premium service, featuring frequent service and extended operating hours.

There are also other comprehensive bus services running from Williamstown to Moonee Ponds, Newport to Yarraville and Yarraville to Highpoint, to name just a few. The nightrider bus service operates to the west running from the city via Spotswood, Newport, Altona and Point Cook before terminating in Werribee. The nightrider service operates late into the night on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tram coverage is more limited in the inner west. The number 82 tram operates from Monee Ponds to Footscray taking in the Footscray Market and the Footscray Mall.

For timetables and further information regarding public transport in Melbourne’s inner west, check out the Metlink’s website.

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