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Balaclava Suburb Information

by Wendy Chamberlain on September 7, 2015

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Balaclava is another suburb of Melbourne with a population of 5,383. Situated 7 kilometers south of the CBD in the St Kilda East, the suburb belongs to the local government area of the City of Port Philip.

The Battle of Balaclava that occurred in October 1854 during the Crimean War was the inspiration for the suburb’s name. Many streets in the suburb are also named after Crimean War battles. These include the Inkerman Road, Sebastopol Street, Alma Road, Redan Street and Malakoff Street.

The suburb is most ideal for families, couples and singles who want to live close to various types of facilities and nature. Near St. Kilda beach, the area boasts of the famous Alma Park which has walking tracks lined with trees, a playground and tree house for children.

Balaclava Alma Park

Religious Buildings

The area is home to the Orthodox Jewish community in Melbourne made up of the Hasidim and non-Hasidim Jews. As such, many modern places of worship serving the Jewish Faith are in place.

Quite a number of churches in Balaclava arer also historic and registered as heritage sites. These are the St. Colman’s Church on Carlisle Street, St. George’s Presbyterian Church on Chapel Street and the Former Balaclava Corps Hall. Built in 1877-80, the St. George’s Presbyterian Church is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Commercial District

Carlisle Street is the suburb’s shopping strip. Is here where the great cafes and restaurants in Balaclava can be found. Also here are fresh fruit and vegetable grocers, butchers and bargain discount shops.

Carlisle st Balaclava

Public Transport

Various public transportation serves the Balaclava suburb. The Balaclava railway station is on the Sandringham railway line while major tram routes operate on Chapel Street, Balaclava Road, Carlisle Street, Dandenong Road and St Kilda Road.

Taxis are available on Carlisle Street just outside the Coles Supermarket.


Balaclava is also home to one educational institution. Its largest school is the Caulfield Grammar School.

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