Bounded by the Princes Freeway to the north and west, Blenheim Road to the east and Kororoit Creek Road to the south, Altona North is a 50/50 mixture of industry and quiet residential. The industrial complex provides enormous employment opportunities and yet, living in the calm residential zone, you’d never know the factories are so close by.
With its own golf course, bowls club, shopping centre, parklands and educational opportunities, Altona North is a stone’s throw from the Melbourne CBD and provides all the comforts 21st century living demands.
- The Altona North Post Office first opened its doors on April 11, 1960.
- Total area of Altona North is 14.1km2
- 10km from Melbourne CBD.
- The area is home to the Kurung-Jang-Balluk Aboriginal people.
- The Prince and Princess of Wales (Chuck and Di) visited Altona North in 1985 to open the Mason Street Housing Commission Estate.
Residential and Demographics
Total population of Altona North 11,378 and 54% of them are married or in de facto relationships. The median age is 39 and the average household size is 2.6.
56% of inhabitants identify as Australian. Other notable ethnicities include Chinese, Japanese and Malaysian.
30% work full-time and 14% are part-timers. A very large 49% are not in the labour force due to 39% being between 65 and 74 years old and a further10% being between 5 and 14 years old. The median age is 39.
The weekly median household income is $910 and the median housing loan repayment equals $2,000. 85% of inhabitants reside in separate houses and 9% are in semi-detached or terrace houses. About 6% live in units.
The median house price is $791,000 and for units it is $650,000.
47% own their homes outright, 28% rent and 24% have a mortgage.
There are four schools in the suburb catering for all levels of education.
Bayside P-12 College can take students all the way through. This coeducational school has 2 campuses in the suburb and a total of 940 total enrolments. They take great pride in their Japanese and Italian classes.
With its before and after school care programs, Altona North Primary School P-6 is a convenient option for parents on the go. Situated on Cresser Street and adjacent to parklands, this little school has an enviable reputation for quality.
Additionally, Emmanuel College 7-12 and St Leo the Great P-6 (gotta love that name!) are two independent schools that offer a wide range of opportunities for their students.
For other educational opportunities, the ARTZ Collective Performing Arts School allows budding actors of all ages to gain the skills and confidence required to work the stage and camera to their advantage.
And finally, the Altona East Kindergarten is where those wonderful 3 and 4 year olds go to learn the basics of interacting with others, being away from mum and dad and building block towers that touch the sky.
Golf anyone? Well grab your woods, irons and putters and get yourself along to the Altona Lakes Public Golf Course. This little nine-hole course is one of the more enjoyable ones in Melbourne. Everyone is there for a good time and they just happen to be playing golf whilst having it.
As well as being home to the Altona Magic Soccer Club, Paisley Park plays host to Altona North Bowls Club. The friendly atmosphere and lovely facilities make this green one of the favourites on the local circuit.
If badminton is your calling, head over to the Altona Badminton Centre which is also in Paisley Park. This is a state-of-the-art facility with sprung floors, pennant grade competition, tournaments , carnivals and leagues for all ages including state and national championships.
Kororoit Creek is not known for its beauty… and that’s just the way the locals like it! The Friends of Kororoit Creek are busy restoring this waterway to the magical native stream it once was and the environment they have produced now provides a wonderful escape. Enjoy an amble beside these calming waters and temporarily put your troubles on hold.
Shopping. Cafes. Cuisine.
Millers Junction and Altona Gate complexes dominate shopping in this neck of the woods. Each has its own feel about it and the shopkeepers will proudly tell you theirs is the best place to purchase your needs and wants. Parking is abundant at both and all the major brands are present and ready to entice.
The Pitstop Café and Hangar Café are well known to locals but there’s another vying for attention. If you’re in the vicinity of Borrack Square, drop into Café Squared. It’s open for breakfast and all the way through until late evening. This highly rated café is sure to satisfy your espresso requirements and serve you a delicious burger, grilled chicken and asparagus salad or chefs special.
Try Thai, Star Pizza, Taco Bill, Asian Express and Tandoori Flames are all in the business of tempting your tastebuds. Let their flavours tantalise your tongue while you relax with an enjoyable meal with friends.
There are 8 bus routes catering for the travelling needs of bus passengers in Laverton North. They take people in and around the suburb’s schools and shopping centres as well as to Footscray, Yarraville, Newport and Sunshine. A Smartbus Service caters for travellers wanting to head over to Mordialloc.
The Princes Freeway to the north and west dominates access to and from Altona North. With multiple on and off ramps, it will have you on your way quickly whether you’re travelling east or west.
Nearest train stations include Newport, Seaholme, Spotswood and Altona Stations.
All in All…
Altona North has it all from great educational opportunities and shopping experiences to fun in the sun and endless employment options in the industrial sector. Close to the CBD, coast and two international airports, it has become a desirable location to start a business, raise a family and continue a career. The wonderful parks and outdoor pursuits available mean that keeping fit or having a fun family barbeque are always on the cards.