Local Area Information - Clifton Hill and Inner Melbourne:
Clifton Hill is an inner-city Melbourne suburb bordered by Fairfield, Collingwood, N Fitzroy & Kew. Clifton Hill is 4 kms from the CBD and is easily accessible from Melbourne's International/Domestic Airport, Tullamarine Freeway by car, taxi or bus.
Wonderful scenic city views are possible from Clifton Hill.
Clifton Hill is well served by parks and gardens including Darling Gardens and Parksidestay are situated on Quarries Park. An attractive local shopping strip is located along Queens Pde on the border of N Fitzroy.
Major road arteries passing through the suburb include Queens Parade, Heidelberg Road, Alexandra Parade and Hoddle Street.
Adjacent suburbs: Carlton, Kew, Ivanhoe, Alphington, Northcote, Collingwood, North Fitzroy/ Fitzroy.
Clifton Hill is a junction for two rail lines (Epping and Hurtsbridge) which means there is frequent trains every few minutes to and fro the city. A train journey to the city takes 8 minutes.
No. 86 Tram along Queens Parade, Clifton Hill via Fitzroy into Melb CBD
Alongside Clifton Hill Railway Station there is a bus station - there are buses to Melbourne University, the Zoo, the Bay Beaches, MCG, and St Kilda.
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Recreation and Leisure:
, in Clifton Hill is where the Merri Creek and Yarra River join and is a short walk from Parkside - kayaker and picnicers are found in this area - cycle paths are plenty which pass through the Collingwood Children's Farm found on the Yarra River Trail which follows the Yarra River from the city to Dights Falls, where it meets the Merri Creek Trail.
an extensive parkland which merges with the larger Yarra Bend Park, contains Dights Falls and features a marvelous public golf course, sports grounds and areas of natural forest.
Cycling is a big attraction in this area and major off-road routes include Yarra River Trail, which runs through Clifton Hill, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, Maribyrnong River Trail, Flemington Road, Dynon Road, Footscray Road, St Kilda Road.
Yarra Bend Golf Course
The Yarra Bend Golf Course is situated in Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield, only 4 km from the Melbourne CBD. The majestic Yarra River hugs the edges of this scenic course, providing picturesque views of the river and rocky cliffs. Well known as one of Melbourne's premier public courses for years, Yarra Bend features high quality greens and sculptured fairways
Collingwood Leisure Centre
A wonderful outdoor 50 metre solar heated pool; indoor heated 25 metre pool, Pilates, Yoga, Aerobics, Gymnasium classes. There are plenty of masseurs in the area.
MCG - Melbourne Cricket Ground
Direct access to MCG from Clifton Hill Railway Station by bus, or train (5 minutes)
Accessible by train (2 stops) or bus down Hoddle St
Historic Studley Park Boathouse
Kew, is only 10 minutes from the city centre and offers visitors the opportunity to dine in the restaurant, relax over a lighter meal in the indoor/outdoor cafe, or have a light snack from the kiosk while enjoying sweeping views of the Yarra River and natural bushland. You can also hire row boats, canoes and kayaks from the oldest operating boathouse in Australia.
The Fitzroy Gardens
26 hectares (64 acres) located on the southeastern edge of the Melb Central Business District in East.
Set within the gardens are:
- an ornamental lake
- kiosk and cafe
- Cooks Cottage
- Sinclair's Cottage (Visitor information)
- Model Tudor village
- Fountains and sculptures
- Band Pavilion
- the Rotunda
- the fairy tree
- Collingwood Children's Farm
The Collingwood Children's Farm
is a 15 min walk from ParkSidestay , was established in 1979 by the local community with the support of the former City of Collingwood. The farm is a fully functioning traditional farm, with animals, vegetable gardens and the rest. Fresh milk and eggs are for sale,
There are around 30 public hospitals and 13 health service organizations in the metropolitan part of Melbourne. The Royal Melbourne Hospital is one of the premier institutions in the city providing tertiary health care and known for its various clinical research undertakings. Clifton Hill's excellent public transport both bus and train means you can get to the major hospitals within 10 - 15 minutes.
The Austin Hospital is a public hospital located in the Heidelberg suburb. It was founded in 1892 as a mental institution but later on became a hospital system in the 1960s. The Austin Hospital is known for its clinical researches and teaching services. It is part of Austin Health along with Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.
Other major hospitals in Melbourne include The Alfred Hospital, St. Vincent's Hospital and Epworth Hospital. St. Vincent's Hospital is a major private hospital located in the Fitzroy/Clifton Hill area. Street.
Educational Institutions in Melbourne
The University of Melbourne is one of the top universities in the country and the world. It is the second oldest in Australia and is a member of the lobby group "Group of Eight" as well as the Sandstone universities. The main campus is situated in the Parkville suburb very near Melbourne Central Business District and there is a bus that goes direct from Clifton Hill Railway Station to the University - the station is a five minute walk from ParkSide Stay.
Other notable universities in the city include La Trobe University, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, Deakin University, Victoria University, Australian Catholic University and University of Ballarat.
La Trobe University, RMIT, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria University are all close to ParkSide Stay and public transport from Clifton Hill makes easy access to these major institutions.
- Gold St primary school
- Spensley St primary School
- Steiner School, Richmond
- Princess St School
Eateries, Restaurants, Bars
The choice of cafes, restaurants, bakeries, ice creameries and organic outlets throughout the area are plenty and in Brunswick St, Fitzroy, you can enjoy a stroll down the strip and lose yourself in the smell of fresh coffee. Cafes and bars along Brunswick Street like Retro and Vertigo are great places to sit and watch the world go by. At night the whole place lights up with tapas bars, Latin American clubs, pubs, comedy bars and jazz clubs.
Clifton Hill is close to all of Melbourne major art galleries - it takes 8 mins by train to Flinders St where you find the:
- National Gallery of Victoria
- Ian Potter Gallery
- RMIT Gallery
- Gabrielle Pizzi Gallery
- Aboriginal art galleries
Fitzroy is 1.5 kms from Clifton Hill which is a mecca for cafes, wine bars, bookshops, boutique clothing as well as great 2nd outlets for e.g. Nike, Kathmandu and others.
Queens Parade Precinct
Wonderful tapas bars, pastry shops incl Degani, pizza parlous, Taco Bill, Clifton Hill - local hotels, music venues...
Physiotherapists, Pilates, Gym, Dentists, Dermatologist, Real Estate Agents, Accountants, General Practitioners...
Boutique clothing shops, incl Blondies, local vet and pet supplies, antique shops, Commonwealth and Bendigo Banks, local newsagents, laundry-mat, homewares, Clifton Hill Post, Clifton's Warehouse, Video shop...
Getting in and out of Melbourne:
The Eastern Freeway
Connects Alexandra Parade and Hoddle St in the inner suburbs, with East Link tollway in Melbourne's east. It is three to five lanes in each direction, including an inbound "transit lane" reserved for vehicles with two or more occupants during peak hour.
Linking North and South
Hoddle St an urban highway runs beside Clifton Hill Railway Station is a major arterial road linking City Link and the Eastern Freeway.
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