|Population||13,747 (2011 census)|
|• Density||2,455/km2 (6,360/sq mi)|
|Area||5.6 km2 (2.2 sq mi)|
|Location||8 km (5 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Maribyrnong|
Yarraville is a suburb 8 km west of Melbourne, Australia in the local government area of the City of Maribyrnong. At the 2011 census, Yarraville had a population of 13,747 and a large Greek population.
Formerly a working-class suburb, in recent years Yarraville has experienced rapid gentrification due to its close proximity to the Melbourne CBD. The suburb lies immediately north of the West Gate Bridge, and immediately west of its namesake, the Yarra River. Features of Yarraville include C.J. Cruickshank Park, Yarraville Oval, Beaton Reserve, Yarraville Gardens, Stony Creek and the Yarraville Village Shopping Strip.
Yarraville Post Office opened on 1 September 1872.
Located near Yarraville railway station on Anderson and Ballarat Streets, this area of the suburb is renowned in Melbourne for its unique character, architecture and quality of village life. Anderson and Ballarat Streets, in the heart of the Yarraville Village, are lined with refurbished 19th century buildings and dotted with neighbourhood cafés, restaurants and boutique shops.
This village atmosphere is anchored by the restored Sun Theatre and the adjacent Sun Bookshop, a prominent landmark in the Yarraville community with its unique art deco architecture and its 6 cinemas. Notable examples of Edwardian and Victorian architecture can be found in Yarraville.
The Yarraville Village is home to many award winning restaurants and cafes. A reflection of Melbourne's multicultural nature, Yarraville offers an array of world cuisine styles including, Greek, Italian, Modern Asian, Indian, Cambodian, Thai, Chinese and Modern Australian.
Retail shops in the village provide an eclectic shopping experience. From books to the work of a local artist, to quality clothes, shoes, gifts, jewellery, wines and gourmet foods.
Yarraville railway station is a suburban train station located in the centre of the village area, 20 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. The station is serviced by all trains on the Williamstown line, but skipped by express services on the Werribee line and all Geelong V/Line services. The station is located near Anderson Street in Yarraville Village, access via Birmingham Street to the North (for trains heading towards the City), and Woods Street on the South (heading away from the City). Yarraville station is within the Zone 1 region of Melbourne's public transport ticketing system.
- 223 Yarraville – Highpoint SC via Seddon, Footscray RS (every day). Operated by Melbourne Bus Link.
- 409 Highpoint SC – Yarraville via Victoria University Footscray, Footscray RS (every day). Operated by Westrans.
- 411 Footscray – Laverton via Geelong Road, Altona Gate SC, Altona, Altona Meadows (every day). Operated by Westrans.
- 412 Footscray – Laverton via Geelong Road, Altona Gate SC, Altona, Altona Meadows (every day). Operated by Westrans.
- 414 Footscray – Aircraft via Geelong Road, Laverton North (Monday to Saturday). Operated by Westrans.
- 432 Yarraville – Newport via Altona Gate SC (every day). Operated by Sita Bus Lines.
- 431 Yarraville – Kingsville (Monday to Saturday). Operated by Sita Bus Lines.
- 472 Moonee Ponds – Williamstown via Ascot Vale, Flemington Racecourse, Footscray, North Williamstown RS (every day). Operated by Sita Bus Lines.
- 944 City – Werribee via Spotswood, Newport, Hoppers Crossing (Saturday and Sunday mornings). NightRider service, operated by Dyson's Bus Services.
Residents of Yarraville have concern about the negative effects of the growing number of trucks using the residential streets. In 2005 the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group (MTAG) was set up by the local community to protest the rising amounts of trucks. Residents believe they cause excessive noise pollution and air pollution, threatening the health and safety of all in Yarraville.
On 5 April 2006, a large protest organised by residents and MTAG was held in a busy Yarraville intersection, calling for restrictions towards trucks. The large turnout of the protest gained press attention including all major newspapers and network television. This still continues to be a major issue in the Yarraville district.
Places of worship
Arts and culture
The area possesses a few musical collectives named the Footscray – Yarraville City Band and the Yarraville Mouth Organ Band. The main film society in the area is the Sun Theatre, located in Yarraville Village. There is also the Yarraville Community Centre which provides a range of resources, classes, activities and services for all ages and abilities.
Yarraville Markets is held on the first Saturday & Sunday of each month. The market is held in the Masonic Hall (Corner of Willis Street & Canterbury Street Yarraville) from 10 am till 3pm. Everything sold at the market is handmade and/or Australian Made.
The widely known annual Yarraville Festival was last held on Sunday 16 February 2014 in the Yarraville Village and continues to be a major cultural event in the community. The festival caters for more than 25,000 people and is professionally operated by a team of dedicated volunteers that reside in Yarraville. Street performers, carnival amusements, art exhibitions, teddy bear picnics, fashion parades, poetry readings, market stalls and performances across many stages, provide an array of entertainment for all.
In previous festivals, a masquerade ball fundraiser on the night before the festival also provides more formal festivities. The next festival will be held on Sunday 16 February 2014, the move to a family-friendly Sunday prompted by local Traders.
The first children's film festival, FlikFest is scheduled for screening on Sunday 16 February 2014 as part of the Yarraville Festival celebrations. Designed to engage and support young filmmakers in the area, children from local schools are invited to submit their films featuring Yarraville and its community.
A Buskers Festival to be held on Saturday 15 February is also scheduled as part of the Yarraville Festival celebrations.
Swimming facilities for Yarraville residents are at the Yarraville Swim Centre, 3 Roberts Street West Footscray and at the Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre, Maribyrnong, located next to Highpoint Shopping Centre. The aquatic centre also provides yoga, gym facilities and other recreational activities.
There are many sporting clubs located in Yarraville such as:
- Yarraville Glory Football Club (soccer), established in 1966 and with a rich Greek and local heritage
- Footscray Baseball Club
- Yarraville Cricket Club
- Seddon Cricket Club
- With its neighbouring suburb Yarraville has an Australian Rules football team, Yarraville-Seddon Eagles, competing in the Western Region Football League. They are located at Yarraville Oval)
- Footscray Hockey Club
- Footscray Lacrosse Club
- South Park Rangers Soccer Club
- Yarraville Tennis Club
- Yarraville Trugo Club
- Footscray ANA Cricket Club
Two free, weekly suburban newspapers are distributed in Yarraville. The Maribyrnong Leader is part of the News Corporation-owned Leader Newspapers group and The Mail is part of the Fairfax Community Newspapers Victoria. Both are distributed every Wednesday.
Primary schools in the immediate Yarraville area are:
- St. Augustine's Primary School (Previously known as St. Augustine's College, Yarraville)
- Kingsville Primary School
- Wembley Primary School
- Yarraville West Primary School
- Albert Tucker- artist, was born in Yarraville in 1919.
- Adam Hills – comedian and host of Spicks and Specks lives in Yarraville.
- John A. Tully – author and historian at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia
- Dave O'Neil – comedian, radio personality and former cub scout
- Nicola Roxon – Former Attorney-General of Australia, Minister for Health and Member of Parliament for Gellibrand
- Rebecca Barnard – singer, songwriter, choir leader
- Ross Hannaford – Australian rock guitarist with Daddy Cool, The Pink Finks & The Mighty Kong
- Ali McGregor – opera singer, actress and cabaret performer
- City of Footscray – the former local government area of which Yarraville was a part
- City of Maribyrnong – the local government area of which Yarraville exists
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Yarraville (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- Yarraville Profile
- Yarraville Train Station Profile
- Metlink Melbourne
- Maribyrnong Truck Action Group
- Yarraville Festival
- Full Points Footy, Yarraville Seddon, retrieved 15 April 2009
- Albert Tucker Biography