West Melbourne is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is in the Local Government Area of the City of Melbourne.
West Melbourne is bounded by Victoria Street and the Footscray Rail line in the North, Footscray Road and the Moonee Ponds Creek and the Yarra River in the south. Peel Street and the Flagstaff Gardens help form the Eastern Boundary, with the Western Boundary defined by the Maribyrnong River and Coode Island. Coode Island is home to Victoria's largest toxic chemical storage facility and on August 21, 1991 massive explosions caused a highly hazardous situation. Toxic smoke and fumes lead to evacuations in nearby areas and 2 of the 150 firefighters who battled the ensuing blaze were injured. Damage to the facility and clean-up costs were estimated at over $20m in 1991 values.
Being largely an industrial area, a significant portion of West Melbourne is occupied by the Port of Melbourne, the Dynon railway yards and the Melbourne Markets. These include the Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable and Fish Markets as well as the National Flower Centre. It also contains a small pocket of residential and commercial properties at the north-west corner of the Melbourne CBD. Also is home to the Queen Victoria Market located on corner of Victoria and Peel St
The North Melbourne railway station is actually situated in West Melbourne, opposite the Railway Hotel on Ireland Street.
There is a phone booth and a small park on the corner of Hawke and Adderley Streets.