Urban area of Chelsea, Nepean Highway
|Population||7,773 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,990/km2 (7,740/sq mi)|
|Area||2.6 km2 (1.0 sq mi)|
|Location||30 km (19 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Kingston|
Chelsea is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 30 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Kingston. At the 2016 census, Chelsea had a population of 7,773.
Chelsea is located on Port Phillip and is the most important bayside suburban centre between Mordialloc and Frankston. Chelsea is very popular with beachgoers during summer. Also popular is Bicentennial Park, located about 1 km inland on the site of a former rubbish tip. It has recently been redeveloped with modern barbecue and play equipment, most notably the Mount Chelsea adventure playground.
The Frankston Railway line first cut through the Chelsea area in 1882 and Chelsea Station was opened in 1907, as was the Chelsea Post Office . These facilities served a modest slowly growing population before most of the Chelsea area was developed post-World War II. Many houses were demolished to make way for single storey units in the 1960s and 1970s. Chelsea has smaller households, fewer families with children and more elderly people than most other Melbourne suburbs.
A large shopping strip is located along Nepean Highway. The largest shop is a Woolworths Supermarket that opened at new nearby premises in November 2009. The old supermarket site has been redeveloped as an arcade.
Chelsea is also home to many church, community and sporting organisations. The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League. AFL legend Leigh Matthews played his junior football at the Chelsea Football Club.
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