Founded in 1851 at the beginning of the Victorian Gold Rush, Carlton has since changed considerably over the years. The suburb is situated directly north of the city centre and is characterised by its high-density housing. A mix of apartments and semi-detached houses from the Victorian Era line the streets of Carlton. Many of the residential and commercial buildings are contained within heritage overlays and have individual heritage listings. Walk along Drummond Street and you’ll be surrounded with beautiful Victorian style structures and buildings.
Melbourne University marks Carlton’s boundary to the west and Nicholson Street to the east. To the north Princes Street marks the border and Victoria Parade to the south. Famous for its Victorian architecture and lush garden squares, Carlton is the perfect suburb to explore on foot. Its beautiful cannot be appreciated unless you have time to stop and admire. Carlton Gardens is a popular place to enjoy lunch or an afternoon stroll. It’s here where you’ll find the Melbourne Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building. It is also one of Australia’s few man-made sites with World Heritage status. For a fun family day out, head to the IMAX Theatre which is located inside Melbourne Museum.
Lygon Street, which runs through the heart of the suburb, is at the centre of Italian culture and cuisine. It is popular among Melburnians and foreigners alike for its large concentration of Italian restaurants. Lygon Street also has numerous specialist gelaterias, and several continental cake cafes. Lygon Street is the birthplace of Melbourne’s “Café Culture”. The cultural precinct centred around Lygon Street is commonly referred to as “Little Italy”. Getting a good coffee is certainly no problem in here!
Getting to Carlton
Access to Carlton from the city is easy by tram. Trams run up Swanston Street, through the centre of the city, and right up to the University of Melbourne. Lygon Street is only 250 metres east of Swanston Street.