Altona - Melbourne

Altona is a south-western suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its Local Government Area is the City of Hobsons Bay. Altona takes its name from the German city Altona.

Altona is a large suburb consisting of low density residential in the south-eastern half, with mixed industry in the north-western half. A key feature is Altona Beach on Port Phillip, which is one of only two swimming beaches in the western suburbs (the other being Williamstown Beach).


Prior to arrival of Europeans, the Altona area was home to Kurung-Jang-Balluk Aboriginal people, of the Woiwurrung clan. It is estimated at the time of European settlement, the local Aborigines numbered 40.
Altona was first permanently settled in 1842, with the construction of The Homestead by Alfred Langhorne. The name 'Altona' first appeared on maps in 1861. It was named by a German man named Taegtow, who hailed from Altona in Hamburg. Taegtow believed that coal was to be found in the area, and in 1881 he formed the Williamstown (Taegtow) Prospecting Company.From 1886 housing in the Altona and Merton Street estates was sold, and by 1901 the Victorian Government owned an explosives reserve in the west of Altona.
On 20 February 1911 J J Hammond flew the first cross country flight between towns in Australia from Altona Bay to Geelong in Victoria , and on 23 February, also at Altona Bay in Victoria, he undertook the first powered passenger flight in Australia.
Coal mining formed the basis of the local economy from 1908 to 1919, however this was brought to an end in 1930 when open cut mining was developed in the Latrobe Valley.
Similar to the rest of Melbourne, following the Second World War Altona embraced a large influx of immigrants, primarily from the Mediterranean, Central Europe and a smaller number from the Middle East.
From 1862 Altona was a town in the Shire of Werribee, but in 1957, the Altona Riding of the Shire, which included Altona itself as well as Altona North and Altona Meadows, was incorporated, and became the City of Altona in 1968.This was merged into the City of Hobsons Bay in 1994 under local government amalgamations undertaken by the Kennett government.

Parks and gardens

Altona has many significant parks and gardens, including some important environmental conservation areas and wetlands along the shores of Port Phillip which are also used by visitors and residents recreationally including a long promenade along the bay.


Altona has three primary schools consisting of:

Altona Primary School - To see the Government School Performance Summary Click Here

Altona College - To see the Government School Performance Summary Click Here

St. Marys Catholic Primary School - To see the 2008 annual report Click Here


The secondary schools include:

Altona Secondary College

Mount St. Joseph Girls College - To see the 2008 annual report Click Here

Altona College.

Altona Bayside Festival is held annually to promote and celebrate Hobsons Bay and the western suburbs. It involves various activities during a weekend, including a street parade, arts and home craft exhibition, competitions, professional entertainers and fireworks. The 30th anniversary was held in 2007. The festival was previously known as Operation Recreation and some residents still refer to it by this name. It enjoyed a brief period of heightened prominence in 2002 when it was featured on the Channel 9 travel program Postcards in a segment hosted by Geoff Cox. The street parade is regularly interrupted by suburban passenger trains as they pass through nearby Altona station.

A spaghetti eating competition is staged by a local restaurateur in Pier Street each March.

The Altona City Theatre is a production company based in the Altona Civic Theatre, producing two major musicals and a smaller pantomime annually. The pantomime coincides with the Bayside Festival and was originally intended as an outlet for young directors.

Scouts Australia has two groups in Altona. The 1st Altona Scout Group runs from the Scout Hall. The 4th Altona Scout Group are located at the Pines, an old camp owned by the City of Hobsons Bay.


Altona is home to many sporting clubs including Australian rules football, soccer, hockey, basketball, cricket and Lacrosse. Melbourne Ballpark is a baseball complex in the west of Altona.

Altona Roosters are the local Victorian Rugby League team, whose home ground is Loft Reserve in neighbouring Newport. The Roosters are the current premiers, defeating the Casey Sharks to gain the title.


Local industry includes petrochemical storage, manufacturing and distribution. This was a major environmental concern to residents in the 1970s and 1980s, however strict environmental controls and local projects involving industry, government and environmental groups have reduced these concerns, cleaning up coastal areas that were once neglected. Also, just outside of Altona, is the Toyota car manufacturing plant. It is at this plant that Camry's and Aurion's are built, with 80% of the cars produced at this plant being for the world market.


12 months to December 2009 provided by
  Altona Region Altona Region
Median Prices $498,000 $355,000 $350,000 $291,875
Long Term Trend 11.1% 8.4% 8.8% 7.8%
Auction clearance rates 81% 75% 100% 82%
Days on Market 98 84 59 83
Discounting 8% 5% 5% 4%
SNR = Statistically Not Reliable.
*Based on sales reported to Australian Property Monitors


Below is an example of the type of property you can get for your money in Altona:

Price: $1.1million or approx 658k

Bayside living at its best in this very stylish low maintenance home High quality fit out is evident immediately upon entry With Beautiful timber flooring, stackstone feature wall and


custom designed staircase.  Lower level comprises study and open plan living with adjoining state of the art kitchen with stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances. Upstairs are three bedrooms (master with ensuite), main bathroom, stunning living room with vaulted ceilings and wonderful outlook over the bay. Entertain on the balcony, soak up some sun and feel the sea breeze, enjoy sunset over Point Cook and beyond. Externally the property features extensive rear decking and double garage



Below is an example of the type of property you can get for your money in Altona:

Price: $700,000 or approx 400,000


Proximity to the Pier Street shopping precinct and Altona station complements the generous floor-plan and deep garden dimensions of this inviting three bedroom home . A perfect opportunity to take maximum advantage of an outstanding position!
- Light-filled living and adjoining dining features effective down-lights and reverse cycle heating/cooling
- Central open-plan kitchen is equipped with Miele dishwasher, Westinghouse cook-top and ample storage
- Casual meals and additional living space opens to rear terrace and the impressive garden area
- Three large bedrooms, main with en suite and WIRs, bright second bathroom and convenient separate laundry
- Wide side drive to genuine double garage accompanied by work-shop zone underlines garden depth, approx 788m2 of land


Below is an example of the type of property you can get for your money in Altona:

Price: $400,000 or approx 230k


Comprising 2 BR, BIR's, kitchen meals area, lounge, bathroom, separate toilet, laundry & LUG.
Features include: ducted heating/cooling, stainless kitchen appliances, dishwasher & courtyard.
This unit is close to parks, schools, transport & Cherry Lake.



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