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.

Footscray

Suburb Overview

Footscray

Population: 16,345 (From the 2016 Census) 
Postcode: 3011
Location: 5km west of Melbourne
State electorate: Footscray
Nearest train station: Footscray

Voted in September 2019 as "one of the 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world" by local Time Out experts and editors, Footscray is a vibrant hub for cultural diversity, contemporary arts and fabulous food. Located a stone’s throw from the city and home to Victoria University, Footscray is a popular place to live for students and young singles as well as families from all walks of life.

 

The boundaries of Footscray run along the Maribyrnong River to the east, Summerhill Road and Warleigh Road to the west, Buckley Street and Bristow Street to the south, and Quarry Park to the north.It’s industrial past boasts an eclectic array of housing from Victorian-era workers cottages and terraces, to post-war blocks of flats and units. 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 September 4, 2019 are $790,000 with a medium rental return of $480 per week. Based on five years of sales, Footscray has seen a compound growth rate of 5.1% for houses and -1.6% for units.

 

Home to the Western Bulldogs footy club, Whitten Oval, and the Laneway Music festival, the loyal residents of this inner west suburb enjoy many of its varied features.  Highlights include Footscray Community Arts Centre, Footscray Park, the bustling Little Saigon Market, Barkly Street shopping precinct, Vietnamese and Ethiopian restaurants as well as many new and interesting bars and nightlife venues springing up around the area.

 

There are also exceptional schools and colleges, endless clubs, sporting facilities and special interest groups scattered across the suburb making Footscray a charismatic, multi-cultural and connected community.


 

Eating Out

Gathered

Where: 90 Maribyrnong St, Footscray 
Contact: www.gathered.com.au
Open: Monday - Saturday 7.00am to 4.00pm
Payment: EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard
Situated in the old Lonely Planet warehouse opposite the Maribrynong River, and just around the corner from the cotton mills, this newly opened cafe is boasting local seasonal food and good coffee, in a large, beautifully lit cafe space.
  • Gathered

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

Roti Road

Where:  189/193 Barkly St, Footscray VIC 3011
Contact: (03) 9078 8878
Open: Mon - Wed: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 9.30pm, Thur - Sun: 11am - 9.30pm Operating hours are subject to change
Contemporary space with banquettes, wood decor and a graphic mural, for Malaysian food and yum cha.
  • Roti Road

Schools

Getting Around

Metlink

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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