Lively Carlton is the traditional home of Melbourne’s Italian community, and visitors and locals flock to the suburb for the atmospheric Italian restaurants and cafes that spill on to bustling Lygon Street. Despite this, nowadays it’s home to a greater proportion of residents from Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa!
Virtually all of Carlton falls within the City of Melbourne’s boundaries. Besides busy Lygon Street, with its shops and restaurants, this area also includes the historic Melbourne General Cemetery, the Royal Women’s Hospital, Princes Park with Optus Oval (home to the Carlton Football Club) and the beautiful Carlton Gardens, with the striking, contemporary Melbourne Museum and the domed 19th century Royal Exhibition Building.
Carlton is one of the most dynamic and diverse suburbs in City of Melbourne. It provides for a range of activities including residential, education, cultural activities, retailing, entertainment and leisure. The University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) are located in Carlton and both are expected to grow.
Carlton is the City of Melbourne’s largest residential area. Students comprise a significant proportion of the population, while 23 per cent of housing is public.