Population: 8,814(2006)
Established: 1839
Postcode: 3065
Area: 1.4 km (0.5 sq mi)
Location: 3 km (2 mi) from Melbourne CBD
Local Government Area: City of Yarra
State District: Richmond
Federal Division: Melbourne
In and around Fitzroy:
Carlton North Fitzroy North Clifton Hill
Carlton Fitzroy Collingwood
Melbourne East Melbourne Richmond

Fitzroy is an inner city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Yarra. Its borders are Alexandra Parade, Victoria Parade, Smith Street and Nicholson Street. Fitzroy is Melbourne's smallest suburb in terms of area, being approximately 100 Ha. At the 2006 Census, it had a population of 8,814.

Planned as Melbourne's first suburb, it was later also one of the city's first areas to gain municipal status.

It has a long associations with the working class and is currently inhabited by a wide variety of ethnicities and socio-economic groups and is known for a culture of bohemianism, being main home of Melbourne's Fringe Festival. Its commercial heart is Brunswick Street, which is one of Melbourne's major retail, eating, and entertainment strips.

It has undergone waves of both urban renewal and gentrification since the 1950s. In response to past planning practices, much of the suburb is now a historic preservation precinct with many individual buildings and streetscapes covered by Heritage Overlays, its built environment is diverse and features some of the finest examples of Victorian era architecture in Melbourne. The most recent changes to Fitzroy are mandated by the Melbourne 2030 Metropolitan Strategy in which both Brunswick Street and nearby Smith Street are designated for redevelopment as Activity Centres.

It was named after Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy, the Governor of New South Wales from 1846 to 1855.

Fitzroy Rickshaw Tour more_vert
$33.00 AUD Book
On a 1-hour Fitzroy rickshaw tour, get to know this creative hub by cruising past its graffiti-dotted alleyways and interesting backstreets. With great conditions for cycling, this Melbourne neighborhood is home to eateries, galleries, and shops that can all be seen as you travel by rickshaw with a driver-guide who tells you about its hidden gems.

Your rickshaw tour starts at the Melbourne Museum, where you’ll meet your driver-guide and hop aboard your pedal-powered vehicle.
As you cruise around Fitzroy, known for its restaurants, café culture, and artsy vibe, you have the chance to admire graffiti and street art on several of the alleyways and streets, and pass by some of Melbourne’s top designer and vintage shops. Fitzroy’s bustling atmosphere makes it a great place for a rickshaw tour, which allows you to soak up the scene and cover more ground than you would walking. When it’s over, you’ll have new information to decide which restaurants and galleries you want to check out later on your own.
See hidden gems of the district, and enjoy the leisurely pace of your tour. You can stop for photo ops or to grab a bite to eat or a coffee, if you wish (own expense).

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Fitzroy True Crime Walking Tour more_vert
$25.00 AUD Book
Join us on a 2 hour walking tour as we explore the streets of Fitzroy's old crime district and get to know the colourful characters who lived in Melbourne's old crime district 100 years ago. The Fitzroy True Crime Walking Tour is constructed and delivered by writer and historian Michael Shelford and utilises the original police files from the era 1890-1920's. Former brothels, gangland killings, house bombing, safe cracking and shootouts with cops and are just a few of the subjects featured on the tour.
Each tour member receives a free booklet which contains photos of the characters discussed along the way.

Fitzroy is located on the fringe of Melbourne's CBD and is easily accessible by regular trams to and from the City.

The tour group meets at the historic Workers Club which is situated at the corner of Brunswick and Gertrude Streets in Fitzroy (formerly Rob Roy Hotel). We start in the front bar with an introduction and then head out to explore the streets and alleys where Melbourne's most notorious citizens of ill fame lived and plied their trade 100 years ago. 
You will receive a booklet containing photographs of the people featured on the tour so that you can put a face to their adventures. Along the way you will discover former brothels, gangland murder sites, sly grog shops and the places where criminals such as Squizzy Taylor drank, fought, got hitched and faced trial. You will get to know what it was like to struggle for survival in "Melbourne's home of criminals" - old Fitzroy.
The tour winds its way back to the Workers Club where the the beer is cold and the food is good. The Workers Club has happy hour 4-7pm Tues - Fri.
Thursday twilight tours start at 6pm,
Friday afternoon tours start at 2pm 
Saturday and Sunday tours start at 1pm.
All tours meet at the Workers Club Hotel in Fitzroy and go for 2 hours.
Fitzroy is located just 2 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District and is well serviced by regular trams too and from the City. Trams 11 and 86 stop outside The Workers Club Hotel where Melbourne Historical Crime Tours start and finish. Fitzroy is famous for its nightlife, street art and cuisine.

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