The area now known as Northcote is on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people.
Multicultural Northcote is 7 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District and at the 2011 Census had a population of 22,920. Cafes abound on High Street alongside interesting boutiques, restaurants and venues.
Northcote hosts arts events and neighbourhood festivals throughout the year and has a strong local music scene. Bikes are very popular in Northcote and the suburb is well serviced by public transport. Northcote also has a higher proportion of gay and lesbian people compared with the rest of the City.