South Melbourne Visitor Information
Located about two kilometres south of the City Centre, South Melbourne is one of the inner city suburbs of the bustling metropolis of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria. The suburb, with its population of 8,790 residents, covers a total land area of 2.5 square kilometres, making it a modestly-sized residential location. Its streets are lined with restored public buildings, terrace houses, and stately mansions, which pay homage to its European heritage.
Before the suburb was officially named South Melbourne in 1883, it was first known to its early European settlers in the 1840s as Emerald Hill. Later, the area became known as Canvas Town, which referred to the tent city that was established on the area following the Victorian Gold Rush of 1851. Today, it is one of Melbourne's oldest suburbs.
The suburb was once part of the Local Government Area of the City of South Melbourne, but is now part of the Cities of Melbourne and Port Phillip. It is located within the State District of Albert Park (one of several electoral districts in the Victorian Legislative Assembly) and the Federal Division of Melbourne Ports (an Australian electoral division). Historically, it is among the first of Melbourne's suburbs to adopt full municipal status. Its surrounding suburbs are Albert Park, Melbourne Docklands, Port Melbourne, and Southbank.
Locals and visitors have much to enjoy in South Melbourne. Some of the most interesting locations and sites to visit include Anzac Gardens, Clarendon Street, Saint Vincent Gardens, Sol Green Reserve, and South Melbourne Market.
People into less conventional sports also have something to enjoy in South Melbourne. Soccer fanatics can root for the South Melbourne FC, one of Australia's most decorated soccer clubs (four national titles) and presently affiliated with the Victorian Premier League. Those with special interest in motor racing will certainly be thrilled with the annual Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.