Carlton is a colourful and lively suburb just 2km north of Melbourne’s CBD. Well known for its ‘Little Italy’ Lygon Street precinct, heritage buildings and leafy parks, Carlton is one of Melbourne’s most liveable suburbs.
Home to a diverse population of over 13,000 residents, Carlton is characterised by medium-to-high density housing - with a mix of Victorian terrace homes, apartments and student accommodation. Many of Carlton's residents are local and international students who attend the nearby University of Melbourne and RMIT University.
Originally developed in the 1850s, Carlton is home to some of Melbourne’s most historically significant buildings including the Royal Exhibition Building, set amongst the 26-hectare Carlton Gardens. A popular picnic and barbeque area, Carlton Gardens is now also home to the contemporary Melbourne Museum. The birthplace of Melbourne ‘café culture’, Lygon Street has also evolved to be an exciting restaurant and shopping district, with an Italian style piazza in its midst.