Victoria Street, Melbourne
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|Length||7 km (4 mi)|
|Route number(s)||State Route 32|
|West end||Munster Terrace and Anderson Street,
|East end|| Barkers Road (Victoria Bridge),
|Major suburbs||North Melbourne, Carlton, Fitzroy, East Melbourne, Richmond, Abbotsford|
Victoria Street is one of the major thoroughfares of inner Melbourne. Running east-west for over six kilometres, between Munster Terrace in North Melbourne and the Yarra River, Victoria Street touches the north-east corner of the Hoddle Grid at the intersection of La Trobe Street and Spring Street, opposite the Carlton Gardens. It is called Victoria Parade between its intersections with Spring Street and Hoddle Street, where it becomes a divided road with a wide reservation down the middle. After it crosses the Yarra over Victoria Bridge, it continues as Barkers Road until it terminates at Burke Road.
Victoria Street forms a part of the borders of several inner Melbourne suburbs, including West Melbourne, North Melbourne, Melbourne, Carlton, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, Collingwood, Richmond and Abbotsford. In addition to the Carlton Gardens, several other Melbourne landmarks are located on Victoria Street, including RMIT University, the Royal Exhibition Building, St Vincent's Hospital, Queen Victoria Market, the Eastern Hill Fire Station and the Victorian Trades Hall. Before its relocation to Westgarth, the Valhalla Cinema was also located in Victoria Street, Richmond.
Victoria Street is well served by public transport, with several tram routes running along portions of its length, including the 24, 57 and 109 routes. In addition, its western end is located near North Melbourne railway station, and North Richmond railway station is near its intersection with Hoddle Street.
The Richmond and Abbotsford stretch of Victoria Street is also one of Melbourne's better known restaurant strips, hosting many Vietnamese restaurants and grocery stores, and the Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre.
Other Victoria Streets
Victoria Street was named during the reign of Queen Victoria. Due to a mixture of her popularity and pride in her namesake colony, many developers and local councillors named a "Victoria Street" street in their locality, and there is one in nearly all of Melbourne's older suburbs.
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