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.
Its 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.
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.