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A Guide to South Melbourne

Visitors to South Melbourne are in for a real treat. Far more than just a suburb of larger Melbourne, this city in its own right has a long history, notable former residents, an outstanding football club, and a socially-conscious retail district that all deserve attention. And with its close proximity to Melbourne's central business district, there are endless diversions at your doorstep.

The area was formerly known as Emerald Hill. During the 1851 Gold Rush, thousands of immigrants working the gold fields lived here in a vast tent city. The resulting slums were gradually pushed back, and the township was established officially in 1872 as a separate borough. Progress was not to be denied - city status, and the name change to South Melbourne, came along only 11 years later in 1883. Melbourne's urban sprawl led to a decline of the South Melbourne area, but in the 1980's a strong wave of renewal swept through the city and left much brighter prospects in its wake. Since 1994, South Melbourne is officially part of the City of Port Phillip.

Sporting Prowess

The area has a strong sporting history. Among the prominent former residents of South Melbourne are H.H. "Dally" Messenger, one of the earliest professional rugby players, and J.R. "Gentleman Jack" McGowan, a famous boxer, actor, and fellow footballer. Messenger played in both rugby union and rugby league teams, and had such an influence on the sport that the annual Dally M. Medal (awarded annually to the best Australian footballer) was established in his honor. McGowan is famous for holding the Australian championships in three weight divisions - bantamweight, featherweight, and lightweight.

The Attractions of South Melbourne

South Melbourne Market

The main attraction in South Melbourne has to be the South Melbourne Market. Bordered by Cecil, Coventry, and York Streets, the Market is the heart of South Melbourne. With more than 150 stalls, visitors are sure to find everything they need. From masseuses to bistros, and fresh produce to boutique butchers, all of life's necessities are here. Furthermore, the market serves as a civic conscience of sorts - sustainability is a key feature of the market's vision. Energy efficient lighting is in use throughout, and reducing the carbon footprint of vendors and customers alike is at the forefront of the business. In operation since 1867, this is the oldest marketplace in South Melbourne.

Cecil Street

After your shopping is done, hit the nearby Cecil Street dining precinct. This street is a burgeoning coffee mecca, with independent roasting operations alongside cafes lining the street. As the day grows older and the hour becomes too late for one more espresso, don't despair. Wine bars, pubs, and restaurants aplenty sit on Cecil Street as well. This is the chance for foodies to experience a wide array of cuisines all in one area. And if a sit-down meal isn't in the cards, the brave-at-heart can sample world cuisines from hawker stalls in the Market and along the street as well. You can't go wrong on Cecil Street - the choice is up to you!

Albert Park

Haven't yet had your fill of sport? Stand-alone types can head over to the Albert Park Public Golf Course for a day in the sun, while team sport aficionados should plan to visit Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park to catch a South Melbourne FC match at Bob Jane Stadium. The venue offers seating for 6,000 fans, and the club has been named the Oceania Club of the Century in 2011.

The Old Town

Round out your visit with a stroll through the old section of the town. Enjoy the Victorian era architecture, focused around the South Melbourne Town Hall. Built in 1879-1880, the Victorian Heritage Registry building was restored in 2004 and is still in daily use. The Hall is home to Multicultural Arts Victoria, the Australian National Academy of Music, and office of the Port Phillip City Council.

Enjoy your visit to South Melbourne - not just a suburb!

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Agriculture

The South Melbourne Ag category ranges from farm chemicals and farming machinery to other relevant Agricultre related businesses in the South Melbourne area.

Alternative Energy

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Arts

The South Melbourne Arts section is for Arts related listings from Artists though to Potters operating in South Melbourne.

Automotive

If you are looking for automotive services in South Melbourne, then browse through our auto listings from auto electricians through getting your car serviced in South Melbourne.

Business Services

Covers business services in South Melbourne from accountants through shop and office fittings operating out of South Melbourne.

Clubs

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Community and Education

Hunting down a community group in South Melbourne? Have a browse though from Animals, Child Care and other groups in South Melbourne.

Computer and Electronics

Need a computer repairer in South Melbourne or in need of a new phone? The computer and electronics category has you sorted no matter where in South Melbourne you are located.

Construction

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Education

We all know the value of education, list your South Melbourne education related listing.

Fashion

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Financial Services

Get on top of your finances in South Melbourne by finding the right business to help you or your business succeed.

Food and Dining

Looking for a night out in South Melbourne, hunt through our food and dining listings to browse through hundreds of restaurants and cafes.

Hair and Beauty

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Health and Fitness

The Health and Fitness South Melbourne listings cover massage through weightloss.

Health and Medical

Need a doctor? need other medical treatments? Our South Melbourne health and medical guide can find what you need.

Home Repair and Improvement

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Industrial

Industry makes the world go round, check through our South Melbourne industrial listings.

Kids

Got kids in South Melbourne? Then browse through our children related businesses.

Legal

Need legal help in South Melbourne, your in the right place. Browse our extensive South Melbourne legal guide.

Marine

South Melbourne marine for all your boating and fishing listings.

Mining

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Music

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Office

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Organisations

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Personal Care

South Melbourne Personal Care for all kinds of businesses.

Pets

We all love pets, get everything for your pets in South Melbourne.

Photography

Photographers in South Melbourne throughout a range of categories from Architecture Photographers to Portrait Photographers.

Real Estate

Need property? The South Melbourne Real Estate category has got you covered.

Recreation

We all need a break from time to time, check our South Melbourne recreation guide for the break you need!

Security

From crowd control in South Melbourne to security systems, browse our security listings.

Shopping

Shopping up a storm in South Melbourne, then start here and get shopping.

Sports and Recreation

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Tools and Equipment

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Transport Services

South Melbourne transport services whether it's getting you or your goods from A to B.

Travel

Travelling in South Melbourne, find your accommodation, car rental and more.

Wedding

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Wholesale and Distributors

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Phone: (03) 9686 0688 | 175 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne Insurance Brokers have been operating for forty years. Our team is trusted by many clients to handle their insurance coverage for years. Our brokers will take the time to learn about and understand your business so we can recommend the cover that best suit your needs.

Melbourne Insurance Brokers have been operating for forty years. Our team is trusted by many clients to handle their insurance coverage for years. Our brokers will take the time to learn about and understand your business so we can recommend the cover that best suit your needs. We have no ties to any insurance companies, meaning that we can tailor an insurance solution which offers the best coverage for your business. Melbourne Insurance Brokers will take the stress out of selecting the right business insurance to protect you and your business and if you have a claim to make, we will handle the claim on your behalf, taking the time and hassle of dealing with the insurance company yourself.

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Phone: (39) 5254 299 | 246 Albert Road, South Melbourne, VIC

Bryce Raworth Conservation & Heritage is an award winning practice with broad expertise in the planning, design and heritage fields.

Bryce Raworth Conservation & Heritage is an award winning practice with broad expertise in the planning, design and heritage fields.The company provides a range of heritage services, including assessment of the significance of heritage places, preparation of conservation analyses and management plans, design and/or restoration advice for interventions into significant buildings, and detailed advice regarding the resolution of technical problems relating to deteriorating or damaged building fabric.

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Phone: 1800 198 885 | 3/70 Gladstone St, South Melbourne, VIC

Titan Locksmiths provide an extensive range of services for both commercial and residential customers.

Titan Locksmiths provide an extensive range of services for both commercial and residential customers. Located in South Melbourne, our team has easy access to the CBD and Melbourne's major arterials, offering prompt and reliable service to the whole metropolitan area. Our locksmiths and security system installers are available at any time, day or night, for both general work and emergency calls.

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Phone: 1800 284 446 | 327 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, VIC

We have gained through 20 years of providing the best value solutions to state public and private health services, state emergency services, corporations, medium and small businesses and individuals.

Trusted designs, better outcomes. That's what we do. You will benefit from the experience we have gained through 20 years of providing the best value solutions to state public and private health services, state emergency services, corporations, medium and small businesses and individuals.

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Phone: (03) 9191 3509 | 130 Montague Street, South Melbourne, VIC

If you’re looking for hydronic heating systems in Melbourne from a team you can trust, Heritage Hydronic Heating is here for you. A friendly family team, Heritage Hydronic Heating has more than 55 years of experience, making them the experts in installing and maintaining hydronic systems across Melbourne.

If you're looking for hydronic heating systems in Melbourne from a team you can trust, Heritage Hydronic Heating is here for you. A friendly family team, Heritage Hydronic Heating has more than 55 years of experience, making them the experts in installing and maintaining hydronic systems across Melbourne.

Heritage Hydronic Heating has installed hundreds of floor heating units over the years. The team can walk you through the whole process and help you decide if hydronic is the way to go for your home or business. Heritage Hydronic Heating also installs a full range of air conditioning systems, including wall-mounted split systems, roof mounted evaporative cooling, and self-contained window systems.

Heritage Hydronic Heating offers proactive maintenance for all the systems they design and install, with servicing and emergency repairs also available. To get started, contact the team today.

Heritage Hydronic Heating

Phone: (03) 9191 3509 | 130 Montague Street, South Melbourne, VIC

If you're looking for hydronic heating systems in Melbourne from a team you can trust, Heritage Hydronic Heating is here for you. A friendly family team, Heritage Hydronic Heating has more than 55 years of experience, making them the experts in installing and maintaining hydronic systems across Melbourne.

Heritage Hydronic Heating has installed hundreds of floor heating units over the years. The team can walk you through the whole process and help you decide if hydronic is the way to go for your home or business. Heritage Hydronic Heating also installs a full range of air conditioning systems, including wall-mounted split systems, roof mounted evaporative cooling, and self-contained window systems.

Heritage Hydronic Heating offers proactive maintenance for all the systems they design and install, with servicing and emergency repairs also available. To get started, contact the team today.

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