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Kensington | 3031

“Kensington offers up a light personality based not on evergreen energy, rather inner-urban comfort with exceptional convenience.”

  • Village feel on city’s brink
  • Rich trade history
  • Charismatic period properties
  • Tree-lined streets
  • Ample transport

Transport and Proximity

Positioned like a bustling borough while espousing suburban character, Kensington sits only 4km from the city centre, bordering multicultural hubs of Flemington, Footscray, West Melbourne and North Melbourne. Boasting CBD-bound routes at every corner, Macaulay and Kensington stations provide city centre access in 2 stops, serving the suburb’s east and west respectively. Racecourse Road trams to the north meet Flemington Road’s major hospitals en route to Elizabeth Street, validating strong demand from the medical field.

Aesthetic, Appeal, and History

A cosy atmosphere unlike other brink-of-city suburbs, Kensington’s charm lies in its old homes, scattered parks, and absence of side-street thoroughfares. A broad display of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, the gorgeously tree-lined McCracken Street, Barnett Street, Rankins Road, and surrounds ensure a charismatic foreground to a lush, green backdrop. With its most prestigious addresses lying in these central and eastern pockets, forward- thinking architects saw opportunity in Kensington’s barebones factories, transforming run-down shells into stunning pieces of industrial, modern design. Constructed on the grounds of a former livestock trading area, across from the 1840-built Flemington Racecourse, the winding ‘Kensington Banks’ estate spreads Kensington’s unique appeal to its Maribyrnong River boundary.

Vibrancy and Lifestyle

It’s because of this tranquil lifestyle that local cafés and businesses flourish, with new families, professional couples, young singles, and creatives taking time out of their day to unwind with a coffee, shop, drink, and meal on Macaulay Road. At the top of the hill, the Hardimans Hotel serves some of the city’s most whispered about chips, with a long list of local favourites on offer as one makes their way toward the uber-cool Bellair Street. Plentiful walking paths promote healthy, relaxed living, with the blissful Maribyrnong River trail, winding Moonee Ponds Creek, vast JJ Holland Park, corner greenery lots, and quiet residential streets providing a vast selection of stunning scenery. While sharing some traits with Flemington, its northern neighbour, Kensington delivers a light personality based not on evergreen energy, rather inner-urban comfort with exceptional convenience.

The Locale and Reputation

Down-to-earth thanks to its working-class origins, Kensington exhibits an assortment of homes similar to further- west hotspots of Yarraville and Seddon, while only minutes from the centre of town. Like adjacent North Melbourne, the Kensington footprint comprises an array of property types, with quaint showrooms, factories, and warehouses still very much a part of its eastern and southern streetscapes. While demand is sky-high due to its position, Kensington remains a suburb that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

10 Things Kensington is Known For

  • Hardimans Hotel, 521 Macaulay Road, Kensington
  • White Rabbit Record Bar, 176 Bellair Street, Kensington
  • Fifty-Six Threads 56 Derby Street, Kensington
  • Luncheonette, 173 Rankins Road, Kensington
  • The Abyssinian, 277 Racecourse Road, Kensington
  • La Tortilleria, 72 Stubbs Street, Kensington
  • Henry St Brewhouse, 5/38 Barrett Street, Kensington
  • JJ Holland Park (inc. BMX track, skate park, picnic/barbecue areas, playground), Childers St, Kensington)
  • The Premises, 202 Bellair Street, Kensington
  • ARGI., 512 Macaulay Road, Kensington

Public Transport

  • Kensington Railway Station
  • Macaulay Railway Station
  • South Kensington Railway Station (West Melbourne)
  • 402 Bus, Footscray Station to East Melbourne
  • 404 Bus, Footscray to Moonee Ponds
  • 402 Bus, East Melbourne to Footscray Station
  • 959 Bus, City to Broadmeadows



  • Kensington Community High School, 405 Racecourse Road, Kensington
  • Kensington Primary School, 62-74 McCracken Street, Kensington


  • Holy Rosary Primary School, 37 Gower Street, Kensington