Alphington, Victoria

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Alphington is located in Melbourne
Coordinates 37°46′48″S 145°01′23″E / 37.780°S 145.023°E / -37.780; 145.023Coordinates: 37°46′48″S 145°01′23″E / 37.780°S 145.023°E / -37.780; 145.023
Population 5,080 (2016)[1]
 • Density 1,810/km2 (4,700/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 3078
Area 2.8 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Location 7 km (4 mi) from Melbourne
State electorate(s) Northcote
Federal Division(s) Batman
Suburbs around Alphington:
Thornbury Ivanhoe Ivanhoe
Fairfield Alphington Ivanhoe
Fairfield Kew Kew East

Alphington is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 7 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area are the Cities of Darebin and Yarra. At the 2016 census, Alphington had a population of 5,080.

It is a primarily residential suburb consisting of mixture of 1970s brick veneer, recently built townhouses as well as period weatherboards.[citation needed] There is also a major paper production plant in the suburb. The paper mill has closed production and the area sold for a proposed new suburb called Yarra Bend. The Chandler highway bridge. Single lanes either way, off a freeway, onto a main road.

Alphington shares a postcode with neighbouring suburb Fairfield,[2] and is bounded by the Yarra River in the south and the Darebin Creek in the east.


Darebin Creek area is the traditional country of the Wurundjeri-willam people who are part of the Woiworung clan of the Kulin Nation, who are traditional owners of the country from west of Melbourne along to the Darebin Creek and to outer eastern Melbourne.[citation needed] For the Wurundjeri-willam people, the fertile Alphington region provided fresh water from the Darebin Creek and seasonal fish, tubers and shoots from water plants; while birds and animals provided clothing and food, trees and plants provided food and tools.[citation needed]

The genesis of Alphington was the Bridge Hotel and Darebin Creek Bridge on Heidelberg Road, both commenced in the 1840s, with a new stone arch bridge erected in 1864.[3]

Alphington was named by Sir William Manning after his birthplace, Alphington in Devon, England.[4][5]

Alphington Post Office opened on 2 February 1858.[6]

Alphington was originally part of the Jika Jika Parish, bounded by Rathmines Street to the west, Darebin Creek to the east, and the Yarra River to the south.

Parks and open space[edit]

Alphington has tracts of green open space, such as the Darebin Parklands and Alphington Park. The suburb also features the Latrobe Golf Club. The area around Alphington railway station contains a stand of River Red Gum trees, the oldest of which (closest to Platform 1) likely predates European settlement.[citation needed] These areas have been revegetated with indigenous plantings by local residents and the local Council beginning in the late 1990s[citation needed] and are now characterised by vigorous young Red Gum growth and the return of native fauna such as tawny frogmouths. Sightings of echidnas have been reported.[citation needed]

A notable location in the part of Alphington to the south of Heidelberg Road is the revegetated wetlands. This area abuts the Yarra River, and includes the disused modification to the river bank once referred to as the Alphington Swimming Pool.

The Darebin Enterprise Centre is located just to the north east of the railway station and adjacent to the shallow valley of the Darebin Creek. There is no pedestrian access along the train bridge over the creek.


Adjacent to the wetlands to the west and near to the Chandler Highway Bridge is the Amcor paper recycling factory. Much of the Amcor site appears disused or to function only as storage for paper recycling items. Amcor have been found guilty of polluting Alphington's environment on at least three occasions; in 2001 for odour, in 2007 for discharging paper pulp into the Yarra and in 2008, Amcor was convicted for releasing oil into the Yarra from its Alphington plant and fined $80,000.[7] In 2013, the company ceased operations at the Alphington plant. An EPA air monitoring station can be found next to the railway station just to the north.

Dan Murphy's is headquartered here.


Local schools include Alphington Grammar School, Alphington Primary School, and St Anthony's Primary School. However, Alphington residents north of Wingrove Street are within the zone for Fairfield Primary School.


The area is serviced by the Alphington railway station, on the Hurstbridge railway line, and the Melbourne 508, 546, and 609 bus routes.

Sporting clubs[edit]

Parkside Football Club, an Australian Rules football team, competes in the Victorian Amateur Football Association and are based at Pitcher Park.[8]

Alphington Bowls Club, situated in the north west corner of Alphington Park, was founded on 11 September 1921.[citation needed]

Alphington Netball Club competes in the Banyule competition and has 7 teams across aged groups from under 9s to Open.

The Alphington Football Club (soccer) Blue Tongues play out of Alphington Park. Founded in 2003.

Golfers play at the course of the Latrobe Golf Club on Farm Road, Alphington.[9]

The Parkside Netball Club was founded in May 2014, and since its creation it has quickly grown to 13 teams including one open age team competing during the week.

Notable residents[edit]

Filming locations[edit]

The main shopping strip was used to film the 2003 Australian movie, Take Away, featuring Vince Colosimo and Stephen Curry.[10] In 2011, the Australian television drama The Slap was filmed on location in an Alphington house.[11]

See also[edit]

  • City of Northcote - the former local government area of which Alphington was a part


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Alphington (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2017-07-03.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^
  3. ^ Darebin Historical Encyclopedia [] viewed 7/11/2008
  4. ^ Kennedy, B: Australian Place Names, page 5. ABC Books, 2006
  5. ^ "The A-Z story of Melbourne's suburbs: Alphington". Herald Sun. Melbourne. 7 January 2014. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008 
  7. ^ [1] Archived 13 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Full Points Footy, Northern Football League, archived from the original on 9 March 2009, retrieved 15 April 2009 
  9. ^ Golf Select, Latrobe, retrieved 11 May 2009 
  10. ^ "Take Away". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "About Christos Tsiolkas". The Slap. ABC TV. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 

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