City of Port PhillipCommunity profile

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City of Port Phillip

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for City of Port Phillip is 108,558, with a population density of 52.74 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The City of Port Phillip is located in Melbourne’s inner southern suburbs, between 2 and 8 kilometres from the Melbourne GPO. The City of Port Phillip is bounded by the Cities of Melbourne and Stonnington in the north, the City of Glen Eira in the east, the City of Bayside in the south, and Port Phillip Bay and the City of Melbourne in the west.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1840s, with development initially around the current centres of St Kilda, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne. Growth accelerated after the 1850s, spurred by increased accessibility. Expansion continued throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, with most of the City built out by WWI. Some growth took place in the interwar period, particularly in Port Melbourne. Significant development occurred during the post-war years, when many migrants moved into the area and public housing estates were built. Rapid growth took place during the 1960s, aided by the construction of many flats and apartments. Growth continued throughout the 1980s and 1990s, as many industrial sites and surplus government and utility land were converted into residential use. The population increased from about 70,000 in 1991 to about 78,000 in 2001, then to nearly 92,000 in 2011. Most of this growth has been in the areas closest to the foreshore (Port Melbourne) and in the St Kilda Road area.

Land use
Land use 24% 53% 23%

Land use

The City of Port Phillip is a residential and commercial area, with substantial industrial and office land use. The City contains significant parks, gardens and foreshores. The southern and eastern areas are generally residential in nature, while the central part of the City is dominated by Albert Park. The northern and western areas are dominated by employment uses and commercial areas, including shopping and lifestyle strips along several of the main roads.


The City of Port Phillip is served by several tram lines, the St Kilda and Port Melbourne light rail lines, and the Sandringham railway line.

Major features

Major features of the City include the shopping precincts/retail areas of Bay Street (Port Melbourne), Carlisle Street (Balaclava), Clarendon Street (South Melbourne) and Fitzroy and Acland Streets and St Kilda Road (St Kilda), The Esplanade Market, South Melbourne Market, Albert Park, Albert Park Lake, Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, Lakeside Stadium (Bob Jane Stadium), Luna Park, St Kilda Pier, Station Pier, St Kilda-Williamstown Ferry, Catani Gardens, St Kilda Botanical Gardens, St Vincent Gardens, Gasworks Art Park, St Kilda Sea Baths, Palais Theatre, Jewish Museum of Australia, various beaches and the Port Phillip Bay foreshore.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Port Phillip area were the Bunurong or Kulin Aboriginal people.

Included areas

The City of Port Phillip includes the suburbs of Albert Park, Balaclava, Elwood, Melbourne (part), Middle Park, Port Melbourne (part), Ripponlea, South Melbourne, Southbank (part), St Kilda, St Kilda East (part), St Kilda West and Windsor (part).