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Carlton | 3053

“Carlton’s streets are adorned with hundreds of baristas who regularly knock mornings out of the park, helping to highlight why Carlton is seen as so effortlessly cool.”

  • Borders on CBD
  • Refreshed Victorian homes
  • Walk or cycle everywhere
  • Energetic atmosphere
  • Famous food, wine, and coffee

Transport and Proximity

Occupying most of the city’s northern brink, Carlton’s defined borders meet Fitzroy, North Melbourne, Parkville, Carlton North, and Melbourne city. Easy to navigate, the suburb’s grid layout enables quick CBD access via its lauded north-south streets, all of which cater to the ever-growing number of professionals commuting via bicycle and tram. Centred around the thriving Lygon Street precinct, Carlton is favoured by students who attend the local University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), with future-proofed Parkville railway station due for completion in 2025.  As Melbourne’s major hospitals sit along the borders of Carlton, Parkville, and Melbourne, medical students contribute significantly to the area’s evergreen rental demand, while the Carlton Gardens’ Melbourne Museum attracts thousands of visitors every day.

Aesthetic, Appeal, and History

Truly established as its own entity in 1851 thanks to the injection of gold rush riches, Carlton became a genuine alternative to neighbouring Fitzroy and Collingwood. The following decades saw the construction of Victorian-era timber cottages and beautifully crafted terraces, allowing Carlton to boast a greater proportion of homes and shops relative to its factory-laden counterparts.

Becoming a local hub for the European Jewish community after the turn of the 20th century, Carlton’s migration patterns changed, with Italians imparting their unique culture on the area. A pillar of ‘Little Italy’, the corner grocer King and Godfree was the first to introduce Italian staples olive oil and parmesan cheese, setting the foundations that made the Lygon Street precinct an Italian’s home away from home. Following was the establishment of Papa Gino’s in 1973, and the street-wide adoption of European-style alfresco dining, giving locals a glimpse of exotic, Mediterranean life.

One of Australia’s very few man-made UNESCO World Heritage sites, the commanding 1880-built Royal Exhibition Building,along with its surrounding Carlton Gardens, sits on Carlton’s side of the Melbourne border, representing the height of the omnipresent Victorian style.Adoring purchasers wait years for Carlton’s 19th century centrepieces to become available, spending whatever they must to secure a home on the garden-adjacent Carlton Street.

Vibrancy and Lifestyle

Due to Carlton’s proximity to the University of Melbourne and RMIT, students account for a substantial portion of the populace, ensuring the energy Carlton espousesnever fades. An easy trip to any one of the area’s favourites, Lygon Street sees droves streamthrough the doors ofthe iconic Readings bookstore, high-end boutiques, andbuzzingrestaurants,beforegoingon to frequent screeninstitutionCinema Nova for leftfield, arthouse, and cult-classic films.Dripping with vivacious Italian pride, Lygon’s ‘gelaterie’ (ice cream shops) are visited by Melburnians from all corners, while Brunetti, an ever-packed‘pasticceria’ (pastry shop), has grown to become one of the city’sculinary landmarks.Accentuating Carlton’s effervescence, Lincoln Square and popular restaurants see thousands gather for major Italian sporting events, along with exhibitions, festivals, and concerts.So effortlessly cool, Carlton’s lush parks and open squares host coffee-guru residents;their mornings made by exceptional cappuccini.

The Locale and Reputation

Convenience incomparable, Carlton affords easy access into town and bordering hotspots, with many locals making their daily travels on foot. Imploring locals to canter at its pace, the suburb promotes an energetic, pleasantbrand of life that is very much its own.An enviable postcode to call home, Carlton could not be more perfect for high-flying professionals, young singles, and working couples.

10 Things Carlton is Known For

  • Royal Exhibition Building in  Carlton Gardens,9 Nicholson Street, Carlton
  • Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
  • Readings, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton
  • Brunetti Classico, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton
  • D.O.C and D.O.C Espresso, 295 Drummond Street, Carlton, 326 Lygon Street, Carlton
  • Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton
  • Tiamo, 303 Lygon Street, Carlton
  • King & Godfree (inc. Pidapipó and Johnny’s Green Room), 299 Lygon Street, Carlton
  • Papa Gino’s, 221 Lygon Street, Carlton-
  • The Lincoln, 91 Cardigan Street, Carlton
  • Jimmy Watson’s, 333 Lygon Street, Carlton
  • Clyde Hotel, 385 Cardigan Street, Carlton

Public Transport

  • 1 Tram, South Melbourne Beach to East Coburg
  • 6 Tram, Glen Iris to Moreland
  • 16 Tram, Melbourne University to Kew
  • 67 Tram, Melbourne University to Carnegie
  • 5 Tram, Melbourne University to Malvern
  • 72 Tram, Melbourne University to Camberwell
  • 3/3a Tram, Melbourne University to East Malvern
  • 64 Tram, Melbourne University to East Brighton
  • 402 Bus, East Melbourne to Footscray
  • 505 Bus, Moonee Ponds to Melbourne University
  • 200 Bus, City to Bulleen
  • 202 Bus, City to Doncaster


  • Carlton Primary School, 150 Palmerston Street, Carlton
  • Carlton Gardens Primary School, 215 Rathdowne Street, Carlton