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Hobsons Bay

The City of Hobsons Bay has a population of approximately 83,860 (Census 2011, ABS) and is located on Port Phillip Bay. A major attraction is the historic seaport of Williamstown, which developed as a maritime centre during the mid-1800s. Most residential development did not occur until the latter half of the 20th century.

This is a very multicultural municipality, with a large proportion of the population (over 35 percent) born overseas, including England, India and Italy. The City of Hobsons Bay is noted for its bayside restaurants, cafes and boutique shopping.

Find out more at the Hobsons Bay City Council website

Main suburbs






A map of Melbourne showing the Hobsons Bay area

About Hobsons Bay

A lifesaver on the beach with her surfboard


Key industries in the area
Retail trade
Health care

Travel times

Hobsons Bay’s suburbs are 14-22km west of Melbourne’s city centre.

Transport Time
20-25 mins
Train or bus
30-45 mins

Housing costs

Median cost
Purchase Rental per week
House $610,000
(July 2015)
$400 (June 2015)
(July 2015)
$310 (June 2015)

Source: House and unit prices - Home Price Guide Rental prices - Department of Health & Human Services Rental Report

To find a local real estate agent, visit the REIV agent directory

Cultural groups

Migrants from Languages spoken
England (3.5%) Arabic (3.6%)
India (2.8%) Italian (3.3%)
Italy (2.0%) Greek (3.0%)
New Zealand (1.9%) Vietnamese (2.0%)
Vietnam (1.6%)
Maltese (1.6%)
Source: Census 2011, ABS 


Schools Health care
16 primary schools
There is one hospital in the Hobsons Bay area.
Seven secondary schools

One university and one TAFE campus

Find a school at the Department of Education and Early Childhood development website or find out more about education and childcare in Victoria. Visit the Victorian Better Health Channel for more health care information and services.