Fairfield and Alphington

Fairfield is 6km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District and its local government area is the Cities of Darebin and Yarra. 

At the 2011 Census, Fairfield had a population of 5,946.  Fairfield Post Office opened on 21 February 1887 and has since relocated.  The historic Grandview Hotel was completed in 1888. 

Fairfield is predominantly residential, with a small north-eastern pocket remaining light industrial area. The lively Station St shopping district has a mix of businesses including cafes, bars, restaurants and food and wine specialists.

Alphington is primarily a residential suburb 7km from the CBD and at the 2011 Census, had a population of 4,603. Its local government area is the Cities of Darebin and Yarra. 

Alphington shares a postcode with neighbouring Fairfield, and is bounded by the Yarra River in the south and the Darebin Creek in the east.

Discount shopping warehouses in Fairfield

What's Happening in Fairfield and Alphington?

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Find out the latest news and developments going on in your neighbourhood from park upgrades to major planning developments. Keep informed and get involved!
  • Breavington Park Playspace Upgrade - Construction of the new playspace in Breavington Park (Hall St, Fairfield) is under way and due for completion in April 2016. Thank you to all who participated and helped in selecting the preferred playspace. This new playspace will include a basket swing, flying fox, triple swing set, dragon rocker, and a multi-play unit which incorporates monkey bars, spider web climber and a fireman’s pole.
  • Art Spaces - Fairfield Library - We offer art space at Fairfield Library free of charge to artists, community groups and schools for a period of four weeks. To apply complete the required Application Forms.

Getting Around

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Fairfield and Alphington is well connected by public transport, you can catch a train, bus or tram to get around to your favourite cafes and local haunts!
A Melbourne metro train
Train: Alphington Station [Hurstbridge Line]
Tram: No tram in Alphington, nearest Route 86

Bus: Route 508, Route 350Route 546, Route 567

Walking and Cycling: Hurstbridge Line Shimmy bike route, Darebin Creek Trail

Train: Fairfield Station [Hurstbridge Line]
Tram: No tram in Fairfield, nearest Route 86
Bus: Route 508, Route 510, Route 546, Route 567, Route 609
Walking and Cycling: Hurstbridge Line Shimmy bike route, Christmas Street Shimmy bike route, Darebin Creek Trail

Parking Maps:
For parking restrictions and conditions see: gis.darebin.org
For More Information about transport options: 
Collect a Darebin TravelSmart map from any of our Libraries or Customer Service Centres. 

Access and Mobility in Fairfield:
To find accessible toilets, car parking, public transport and pedestrian crossing points around Fairfield see the Fairfield Village Access and Mobility Map

Places of interest

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Have you visited the top places of interest in Fairfield and Alphington? The Darebin Parklands provide a great day out walking or cycling, and the Spiritual Healing Trail is a walk you can do to reconnect with the land.
Fairfield Bowls Club

  1. FIDO - Fairfield Industrial Dog Object
  2. Station Street, Fairfield
  3. Darebin Enterprise Centre
  4. Darebin Parklands, Alphington
  5. Spiritual Healing Trail
  6. Alphington Community Centre
  7. Darebin Creek Trail
  8. Pitcher Park, Alphington
  9. Fairfield Library
  10. Parks and Reserves Fairfield or Alphington
Walk Along the Spiritual Healing Trail at Darebin Parklands

Darebin Parklands, Yarana Road, Alphington
The trail was a gift from the Aboriginal community as a gesture of reconciliation. The trail aims to promote good health and wellbeing by providing a sense of connection to the land. The trail was established by Aboriginal Elder, the late Uncle Reg Blow in partnership with Darebin.

    See Maps:
    Darebin Guide: gis.darebin.org

    Your Community

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    Fairfield and Alphington have a rich history. The Weslyan chapel built in 1858 (today’s Uniting Church) and a two story bluestone shop (756-8 Heidelberg Rd) are the oldest buildings in the Northcote/Heidelberg area.
    A farmer milking a cow aimed at a cat, Rudder Grange, Fairfield
    • The Centenary Dairy in Alphington, started in 1934 when George and Agnes Cutts built a dairy and milk bar.  It remained in the family until it closed in the 1980s.
    • In 1854 130 plots were offered for sale at "Alphington Village" estate, named after William Manning's home town in Devon, England.
    • St Paul's Anglican Church was established on 9 August 1885 at the corner of Station Street and Railway Place. The church started the first school in Fairfield in 1885.  That school was subsequently managed by the State government and went on to become Fairfield Primary School.
    • John Adams opened a general store in Alphington and became the first postmaster in 1858.
    • In 1919 the Australian Paper and Pulp Co. mill was established becoming the largest industrial complex in the district.

    Find out more at:
    Darebin Heritage
    Website: heritage.darebin-libraries.vic.gov.au