North Melbourne is located immediately north-west of the Melbourne central business district, with the suburb being triangular in shape, bordered in the west by the industrial areas along the Tullamarine Freeway, in the south by Victoria Street, and to the east by the wide tree-lined boulevard of Flemington Road.
North Melbourne has a history dating back to the 1850s, being a popular residential area due its proximity to the Melbourne city centre. A number of large apartment buildings in the area house many of the residents, while exclusive homes can be found in many of the attractive and tree-lined residential streets.
A number of retail precincts exist in North Melbourne, with the largest being centred around the southern end of Errol Street. Speciality shops and food outlets in historic buildings with wide verandahs line this popular tram route. The former North Melbourne Town Hall with its stunning clock tower dominates Errol Street and is now used as an arts house, offering stage performances and function rooms.
The North Melbourne Cricket Ground in Arden Street was the home of North Melbourne Football Club from 1925 to 1985 and is still used by the Kangaroos as their training ground.