Fairfield is a suburb6 km north-east from Melbourne's
central business district. Its Local Government Area are the
Cities of Darebin and Yarra.
Yarra Bend is a locality in Fairfield.
Fairfield Post Office opened on 21 February 1887.
Fairfield is serviced by Fairfield railway
station, which is on the Hurstbridge line. The Melbourne
246, 250, 508, 510, 546, 567, and 609 bus routes operate
around the area.
Commerce and culture
Fairfield is predominantly residential, with a
small north-eastern pocket remaining a light industrial
area. It also features a three-storey coffee palace, the
Grandview Hotel, built in 1888.
HM Prison Fairlea, a female prison, was located on Yarra
Bend Road from 1956 until it closed in 1996.
Because it is situated on what many regard as the fringes of
Melbourne's popular and much-revived 'inner city',
gentrification has been strong, and property prices are
high. To the south is the Yarra River and surrounding
parkland, and the popular Fairfield Boathouse.
Commercial activity is focused on the shopping strip on
Station Street and Wingrove Street, opposite Fairfield
railway station. Fairfield's commercial outlets have
prospered in recent years, with a recent influx of cafes,
bars and specialist shops to Station Street.
Adjacent to the railway station, facing north-east, is the
Fairfield Industrial Dog Object, a 6m tall wooden dog.
Fairfield Primary School
St Anthony's Primary School
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) has a campus on
the site of the former Fairfield Infectious Diseases
Hospital specialising in Visual arts, music, horticulture,
and jewellery manufacture.
Fairfield Cricket Club
Soccer teams Fitzroy City and Yarra Jets play home matches
at Fairfield Park.
Golfers play at the course of the Yarra Bend Golf Club on
Yarra Bend Road.