West Melbourne is a sprawling region mostly devoted to railway lines, container yards, shipping docks, and industrial, warehouse and wholesale activities.
In West Melbourne, you’ll find the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market, the Coode Island petrochemical facility and the large Appleton Dock.
There is also a small area with houses and businesses. The most significant open space is the Flagstaff Gardens.
West Melbourne's residential area can be characterised in a similar fashion to North Melbourne, namely it is a dynamic and complex residential and mixed-use area. It has a strong residential base of established and new dwelling stock. Commercial and industrial properties are scattered throughout the area, together with retail and community facilities.
Many areas in West Melbourne, including streetscapes and buildings, have been recognised for their heritage significance. Similar to North Melbourne, parts of West Melbourne are experiencing increasing pressure for residential development, especially in the city fringe areas.