Make no mistake… this is a desirable suburb. With its mix of residential and industrial land use coupled with the magnificent Altona Beach, residents love to call it home for the opportunities and amenities it offers. It’s a large suburb that is bounded by Kororoit Creek Road to the north, Port Phillip Bay along the south-east and Laverton Creek and the Prince Freeway along the western extremity.
With the magnificent wetlands of Cherry Lake and Truganina Swamp it has carved itself out something of a well-deserved reputation as a bird watchers paradise. Accompanying this is a wonderful network of walking tracks the locals love.
- Originally settled by Alfred Langhorne in 1842.
- The name Altona is of German origin and comes from an area which is now a suburb of Hamburg.
- Altona Sports Park sits on the original site of the Williamstown Racecourse.
- Residential land sales began in 1888 after Alfred Langhorne’s property was carved up by developers.
- The Commonwealth Oil Refinery began production in 1924.
Residential and Demographics
Total population of Altona is 9,918 with 47% of those registered as married and 9% in de facto relationships. 55% of the population are between 25 and 65 years of age. The median age is 42.
68% of the population identify as Australian. Other nationalities of note in the suburb include Dutch, Indonesian and English.
38% of residents are employed full-time and 17% are part-timers. 39% are not in the labour market. Unemployment sits around 4%.
The median weekly household income is $1,136 while the median mortgage repayment is $1,790. Professions include managers 12%, professionals 23%, clerical 18%, technicians and trades 14% and community and personal services sitting at 9%.
The vast majority (78%) of houses are separate, standalone homes. Units make up 12% and semi-detached or terrace house are 9% of the total available in the suburb. The average household size is 2.4 persons.
Of those dwellings, 44% are fully owned, 30% are rented and 25% are mortgaged.
The median prices for a house in Altona is $830,000. For a unit, the figure is $590,000.
There are 4 schools in Altona for residents to consider for their children.
Altona College has created a vibrant, growing community for learners. They set high expectations in a challenging and safe environment. They pride themselves on inspiring creativity, curiosity, collaboration and innovation. The college is across two campuses and caters for prep to year 12.
St Mary’s Primary School is a catholic school celebrating faith, diversity and individuality while promoting life-long learning. Their motto is Caring Catholic Community in Education. Their proud history began in 1928 with 50 children. Currently, 290 attend.
Altona Primary School fosters collaborative learning while challenging their students to excel. They strive to foster a ‘yearning for learning’ environment at all stages of education by nurturing curiosity and investigative practices. From music and dance to robotics and high standards in numeracy and literacy, the teachers here are committed to producing quality students with a passion for knowledge.
Mt St Joseph Girls’ School follows the catholic faith and provides an engaging and challenging curriculum while celebrating the uniqueness of individual students. They actively educate to shape tomorrow’s adults to be responsible contributors to a vibrant and healthy society.
Anyone for golf? The Kooringal Golf Club has been situated near the east bank of Kororoit Creek for 72 years. Its 18 holes become progressively harder as play continues so be prepared to become more immersed in your game as you proceed. It’s a scenic course sculpted on sandy soils with some beautifully kept indigenous vegetation.
Altona Coastal Park is a 70 hectare park with spectacular Port Phillip Bay frontage. An intertidal and salt marsh area, it provides a relaxing environment for observing the abundance of natural life that call it home. If you’re a birdwatcher, make sure you’ve polished your binocular lenses.
Altona Beach is bay play at its best. The cooling bay waters gently lap the sand here making it a wonderful place to unwind all year round. Stroll along the pier, enjoy the sea breeze and follow it up with an ice-cream.
Additionally, Altona has cricket, tennis, hockey and football clubs as well as an athletics field.
Shopping. Cafes. Cuisine.
For a village shopping experience be sure to visit Harrington Square. Here you can complete all your grocery shopping at the local FoodWorks, pick up some delicious cakes and get the latest magazines from the newsagent.
If mall sopping is for you, get along to Altona Gate, Millers Junction or Central Square. You’ll find everything you need at each of these.
Altona has some wonderful cafes and eateries. Check out Pier 71 Bar e Cucina, the Salt’n’Pepa Café, Norfolk Café and Rockaby for beautiful lattes and espressos. The Greek Grill is a great option if you want succulent seafood prepared in traditional methods. For spices from south-east Asia, be sure to enjoy a feast at Siam Secret Thai.
Altona has two train stations – Westona and Altona. These are on the Altona Loop which is one of two lines that runs between Newport and Laverton Stations. Regular services run along this loop.
There are five bus routes traversing the suburb. Collectively, they take in the schools and shopping areas in conjunction with the rail stations. There is also a SmartBus service to Mordialloc and a Night Bus Service running from Point Cook to the city.
All in All…
Altona is a bright shiny jewel by the bay. With loads of educational, shopping, recreational and employment options it’s no wonder it has become one of the go-to suburbs in Melbourne’s west. Housing prices here are a little more expensive but the lifestyle, convenience, scenery and relaxing village ambience make it a very attractive choice.