Chelsea is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 30 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Kingston. At the 2016 census, Chelsea had a population of 7,773.
|Population||7,773 (2016 census)|
|• Density||2,990/km2 (7,740/sq mi)|
|Area||2.6 km2 (1.0 sq mi)|
|Location||30 km (19 mi) from Melbourne|
|LGA(s)||City of Kingston|
Chelsea is located on Port Philip Bay and is the most important bayside suburban centre between Mordialloc and Frankston. Chelsea is very popular with beachgoers during summer. Also popular is Bicentennial Park, located about 1 km inland on the site of a former rubbish tip. It has recently been redeveloped with modern barbecue and play equipment, most notably the Mount Chelsea adventure playground.
While there are older homes in the area—the Chelsea Post Office opened around 1907—most of Chelsea was developed post-World War II. Many houses were demolished to make way for single storey units in the 1960s and 1970s. Chelsea has smaller households, fewer families with children and more elderly people than most other Melbourne suburbs.
A large shopping strip is located along Nepean Highway. The largest shop is a Woolworths Supermarket that opened at new nearby premises in November 2009. The old supermarket site has been redeveloped as an arcade.
Chelsea has its own railway station on the Frankston line. Its main bus route902) is a SmartBus service operating to Springvale, Glen Waverley and Nunawading. Route 858 858 operates to Edithvale, Aspendale Gardens and Chelsea Heights. There are also limited services to Mordialloc via Route 706 and Dandenong via Route 857.
Chelsea is also home to many church, community and sporting organisations. The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League. AFL legend Leigh Matthews played his junior football at the Chelsea Football Club.