Ascot Vale, Victoria

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Ascot Vale is an inner-city suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km (3.7 mi) north-west of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Moonee Valley local government area. Ascot Vale recorded a population of 15,197 at the 2021 census.[1]

Ascot Vale
Z3 209 in Union Rd or route 57, 2004 (tram).jpg
Tram in Union Road
Ascot Vale is located in Melbourne
Ascot Vale
Ascot Vale
Coordinates37°46′44″S 144°55′08″E / 37.779°S 144.919°E / -37.779; 144.919Coordinates: 37°46′44″S 144°55′08″E / 37.779°S 144.919°E / -37.779; 144.919
Population15,197 (2021 census)[1]
 • Density4,000/km2 (10,360/sq mi)
Elevation21 m (69 ft)
Area3.8 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Location6 km (4 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)City of Moonee Valley
State electorate(s)Essendon
Federal division(s)Maribyrnong
Suburbs around Ascot Vale:
Moonee Ponds Moonee Ponds Moonee Ponds
Maribyrnong Ascot Vale Travancore, Brunswick West
Maribyrnong Flemington Flemington

Ascot Vale is bounded in the west by the Maribyrnong River, in the north by Maribyrnong and Ormond Roads, in the east by the Moonee Ponds Creek, and in the south by Lyons Road, Epsom Road to the railway line thence generally north-east to Moonee Ponds Creek.


Ascot Vale West Post Office opened on 1 January 1888 and was renamed Ascot Vale around 1893. An Ascot Vale East office was open from 1914 until 1979.[2]

The Temperance Township Estate in Ascot Vale, bounded by Union, Maribyrnong and Epsom Roads, was established with a caveat on each title preventing the distilling, brewing, or the serving of alcoholic beverages, but hotels were soon built at the outside corners of the settlement.


In the 2016 census, there were 14,750 people in Ascot Vale. 64.5% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were Vietnam 2.8%, England 2.3%, Italy 2.2%, China 1.7% and New Zealand 1.6%. 66.2% of people only spoke English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Italian 3.7%, Vietnamese 3.3%, Greek 2.4%, Cantonese 1.8% and Arabic 1.8%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 34.5% and Catholic 29.1%.[3]


A major landmark in the suburb is the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, which has special events such as the annual Royal Melbourne Show. The Showgrounds are adjacent to the Flemington Racecourse which is in neighbouring Flemington.


Ascot Vale has the Ascot Vale Special School, Ascot Vale Primary School, Ascot Vale West Primary School, St Mary's Catholic Primary School and the arts program of Western Autistic School.


Golfers play at the course of the Riverside Golf Club on Newsom Street.[4]

Ascot Vale is the home of the Melbourne Aces, of the Australian Baseball League, who play home games at the Melbourne Showgrounds.[5]

The suburb is also home to the Essendon Hockey Club which was established in 2017 encompassing Essendon Hockey Club (Men), Essendon Ladies Hockey Club (Women) and Essendon Hockey Juniors.

Public transportEdit

Ascot Vale railway station is located off Station Avenue on its east side and on The Crescent on its west side. It is on the Craigieburn railway line, part of the Melbourne suburban rail system. Trains take 10 minutes to get to the City Loop from Ascot Vale.

Tram route 57 runs along Epsom Road, Union Road and Maribyrnong Road, tram route 59 runs along Mount Alexander Road, and tram route 82 runs along Maribyrnong Road.

See alsoEdit

  • City of Essendon – Ascot Vale was previously within this former local government area.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Ascot Vale (Suburbs and Localities)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 July 2022.  
  2. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 14 April 2021
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Ascot Vale (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 February 2018.  
  4. ^ Golf Select, Riverside, retrieved 11 May 2009
  5. ^ "Aces coy about Ascot Vale home venue - Baseball/Softball - Sport - Melbourne Leader". Archived from the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2010.