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Coburg is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 km north of Melbourne’s central business district. Its local government area is the City of Moreland, although a handful of properties on Coburg’s eastern boundary are located in the City of Darebin. At the 2011 Census, Coburg had a population of 24,977.
Coburg’s boundaries are Gaffney Street and Murray Road in the north, Elizabeth Street and Merri Creek in the east, Moreland Road in the South and Melville Road, Devon Avenue, Sussex Street and West Street in the west.
The main commercial activity in Coburg is the precinct between Coburg railway station and Sydney Road. Coburg doesn’t have an enclosed shopping mall, though it does have four shopping arcades on the west side of Sydney Road. Coburg’s main commercial precinct comprises about 250 shops, a small indoor market, several supermarkets and discount stores such as Dimmeys arranged around large, ground level car parks. In the 1990s the Victoria Street pedestrian mall was revamped with native trees and bluestone paving and has become an extremely popular place for locals to congregate, enjoying the local cafes. While Coburg Shopping Centre is very busy during the day, its modest number of restaurants, cafes and bars means that it can be quiet in the evenings. The commercial strip of Sydney Road is continuous from Coburg’s southern neighbour Brunswick, but it has a very different character, having so far remained ungentrified.
The stations of Moreland and Coburg service the south of Coburg, while Batman and Merlynston service the north. These stations are all located on the Upfield railway line.
Three tram lines service the area. Route 19 travels along Sydney Road from the terminus at Bakers Road, North Coburg to Flinders Street station in the city. While the scheduled service is 6–15 minutes apart it is frequently late due traffic congestion on Sydney Road. Route 1 tram service travels from the terminus at Bell Street, Coburg, along Nicholson Street, then Lygon Street Brunswick East, Swanston Street past Flinders Street station to South Melbourne, while route 6 travels from the tram depot on Moreland Road, joining the number 1 route at the intersection of Moreland Road and Nicholson Street. While the number 1 turns to South Melbourne at the Arts Centre, route 6 continues along St Kilda Road to Glen Iris. Route 58 from Toorak serves the western part of Coburg via Melville Road, terminating at Bell Street.
Cyclists have access to many on-road bike lanes as well as the Upfield Bike Path and the Merri Creek Trail.
There are also several bus routes and they all serve either the north west or the north of Coburg.
Route 527 is a very popular service as it serves Preston which is an attraction for food and retail outlets in the north and is only a short 10-15 minute bus trip from Bell Street near Sydney Road.
Coburg has a variety of primary and secondary educational facilities. There is a special developmental school, four government primary schools (Coburg North PS, Coburg PS, Coburg West PS, Moreland PS), three Catholic primary schools and a Maronite Christian primary school. Australian International Academy (previously known as King Khalid Islamic College) is a private Islamic school providing primary and secondary education. Following a sustained local campaign, there is now a government general entry secondary school (post year 6), and there are other schools including the Antonine College secondary school campus (7-12), and Mercy College for girls.