Clifton Hill railway station opened on 8 May 1888. It is an intact example of a Victorian Tudor style suburban railway station, and is one of eleven that were originally built in 1887–89. It is the only example that still retains the original corrugated iron wings on either side of the main building. The timber verandah on the eastern platform is also considered architecturally rare. Other features of the complex include two timber-framed gabled roofed signal boxes, located on either side of Platform 2, and the original swinging railway gates. One signal box was for the operation of the former level crossing gates across Heidelberg Road, which was replaced by an overpass in 1957. The other signal box serviced the level crossing at Ramsden Street.
The former United Kingdom Hotel was built in 1937-38, and is of architectural significance as possibly Victoria’s most exquisite and intact example of the Jazz Moderne style of architecture designed by one of the most notable proponents of the style, J. H. Wardrop.
Iconically located at the corner of Queens Parade and Heidelberg Road the building is externally almost original, with the exception of post-war rear additions.
Queens Parade, straddling the suburbs of Fitzroy North and Clifton Hill in the City of Yarra, was originally a track shown on Robert Hoddle‘s Crown survey of 1837, linking Melbourne to Heidelberg. Established by 1839, it was Melbourne’s first major road. The track originally extended from the top of Bourke Street and followed an irregular course to the northeast, following the top of the Collingwood escarpment and running along the current alignments of Queens Parade, Heidelberg Road, Upper Heidelberg Road and Lower Plenty Road. Queens Parade was surveyed by Hoddle as a three chain (60m) wide boulevard and reserved in 1853. It was one of Melbourne‘s earliest surveyed boulevards.
Built in 1863 by the Burn Family, the Studley Park Boathouse, or ‘Riversdale’ as it was then known, was the first boathouse to ever take residence on the banks of the Yarra River. Since then, it has been utilised as a rooming house, a retail outlet, a boat workshop and a fibreglass factory. Having reverted back to its origins as a public boathouse, the refurbished establishment is today a stunning example of Victorian architecture, displaying wide, wrap-around porches where diners can be witnessed enjoying a bite from the in-house restaurant. Now a popular destination for weddings and the like, the grandiose residence forms a major part of the locale’s rich historical fabric.
Clifton Hill holds a distinct village atmosphere despite its city fringe location, playing host to a close-knit yet wonderfully diverse community. Some of Melbourne’s most enchanting parks and reserves are Clifton Hill-owned; making for a life tinged by greenery, yet contrastingly back dropped by views of the city skyline. Bound by Collingwood and Fitzroy, Clifton Hill thrives with trendy cafés, vibrant bars and sophisticated restaurants, all within mere walking distance of Alexandra.
For the avid shopper, a plethora of coveted boutiques are also close at hand, paired with an ample collection of food stores and bakeries. Several acclaimed schools reside within this family-centric realm, accounting for the rich community spirit that reverberates throughout. Making for the utmost convenience, the locale is also incredibly connected, afforded access to a scope of well-serviced public transport options and local amenities.
It’s almost inconceivable that one of Melbourne’s most naturally rich precincts could exist in such close proximity to the CBD. Incredibly close to Alexandra, Studley Park and its surrounding amenities make for idyllic days encompassed in greenery. Beside a scenic walking track, several picnic spots present themselves along the glistening Yarra; perfect for afternoons spent feeding ducks and watching ardent rowers swish by. Hire your own boat at The Studley Park Boathouse, a historic residence where you can also grab a scrumptious bite to eat. Dights Falls is another landmark of this precinct, a spectacular river rapids you’ll come across on the Dights Fall’s Loop Trail – one of Melbourne’s most scenic walking paths.
If it weren’t for glimpses of the city skyline in the distance, you could easily be tricked into thinking this expansive north side oasis was tucked away somewhere in country Victoria.