Formerly a working-class suburb, in recent years Yarraville has experienced rapid gentrification due to its close proximity to the Melbourne city centre. The suburb lies immediately north of the West Gate Bridge, and immediately west of its namesake, the Yarra River.


Suburb Overview


Population: 12,726
Postcode: 3013
Location: 6km west of Melbourne
State electorate: Footscray, Williamstown

Nearest train station: Yarraville

The village atmosphere in Yarraville has drawn many new home buyers to the area over recent years. The heart of Yarraville along Anderson and Ballarat Streets, is lined with renovated 19th century buildings and charming restaurants, cafes and boutique shops.


The restored Sun Theatre, the award winning eateries and the eclectic mix of retails shops have undoubtedly contributed to the suburbs increased appeal. The 2006 Census figures put the Yarraville population at 12,726, with a significant number of these residents young couples or growing families.


Yarraville falls into Local Government Area of the City of Maribyrnong. Housing types in the area are mixed with numerous notable examples of Edwardian and Victorian architecture. Homer renovators and astute investors began to realise Yarraville’s potential in the early 90’s, helping the postcode to shake its long standing working-class image. In December 2011 the median house price in Yarraville was $620,000 and climbing steadily. Back in 2006 the median house price was just $380,000.


Yarraville is blessed with an abundance of community facilities. These include the Yarraville Cricket Club, the Tennis Club and the Trugo Club to list just a few. Yarraville also hosts its own annual festival providing an extensive array of entertainment to around 10,000 eager festival goers. And on the first weekend of every month locals and visitors can explore the Yarraville market

Eating Out

Alpha Bakehouse

Where: 42 Anderson Street, Yarraville
Contact: (03) 9687 6483
Open: Mon-Sun

Alfa Bakehouse, situated in the heart of the wonderful and vibrant Yarraville Village began trading in 1998 and its proud founders are brothers Chris and George Xanthis. Their father Jim, a Pastry Chef of 35yrs, had the Malama Cake Shop and passed on his knowledge, expertise and experience to his sons who also aim to ensure quality food and service. Alfa provides delicious pastries (both savoury and sweet), a variety of gourmet breads, continental cakes and refreshments plus a fully stocked sandwich bar. The recently opened courtyard allows a fabulous outdoor dining experience in the park under the trees directly adjacent to Yarraville Station. The cafe is a great environment to meet your friends, all while enjoying the very best on offer including great coffee!!
  • Alpha Bakehouse


Where: 11 Ballarat Street, Yarraville
Contact: 9698 0052
Open: Tues-Sat, 8am-10pm, Sunday and Monday 8-3pm
Licensed: Yes 

Cornershop has become a Yarraville institution. With a prime location at the start of Ballarat Street opposite the Sun Theatre, the café is always buzzing with a mix of clientele – from local shop owners popping in for their daily coffee fix to mums with babies and then through to the evening cinema crowd.

There are menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A courtyard at the rear is perfect for warm, sunny days. Manager Theresa says it is the relaxed, “local” atmosphere of Cornershop that makes it so popular – along with the coffee and dishes of course! Breakfast favourites include scrambled eggs with cavalo nero (Tuscan cabbage) and soft herbs. The evening menu favours sharing plates infused with middle-eastern and Asian flavours. Fully licensed, Cornershop offers plenty a choice Australian and imported wines, local boutique beers and cider.

The big windows offer a great view onto the street – perfect for watching he world go by – and the wooden benchtops and tables have been crafted by a local carpenter using recycled timber.

  • Cornershop
  • Cornershop


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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