Prahran, known colloquially as Pran, is another millennial dominated suburb that is on the outskirts of Melbourne’s Central Business district and only approximately 5 kilometres away. It gets its name from the aboriginal word “Birrarung”, the name of the Yarra River at a specific point. Over 13,000 people reside in this glitzy suburb of which nearly 60% are Australian born.
Prahran caters to the wide gastronomical tastes of its residents and also attracts a transient crowd that flock to the vast range of restaurants, pubs, cafes, bars and the well-known Prahran market. The market offers a huge selection of fresh fruit and vegetables and rare produce making it the perfect stop for those who wish to practice their cooking and entertaining talents.
That’s not all that Prahran has to offer, it also has the famed Chapel and Greville Streets with their trendy designer boutiques, music shops, book stores, galleries and all things artistic. Chapel off Chapel is a unique arts venue that produces an abundance of cultural experiences ranging from theatre, cabarets, dances, visual art as well as the occasional comedic entertainment.
Commuters can travel to the city and beyond on the Sandringham train line or the many trams that trundle through the suburb frequently. There’s hardly the need for a car with the public transport and with everything within walking distance.
If the vibrant, pulsating atmosphere of the city is not your scene, then you can find some quiet solitude or some interaction with nature, in the many parks and gardens: Victoria Gardens, Grattan Gardens, the Princes Gardens and the Orrong Romanis Park where you can bask in nature, read a book or have a picnic. Sit back on the grass or on a park bench and indulge your senses with the peaceful ambience these green areas generate.
Melbourne Polytechnic, Prahran High School, Our Lady of Lourdes School, FIT College and Ikon Institute of Victoria provide for various intellectual pursuits.
Prahran also boasts of several architecturally significant buildings which are registered on the Victorian Heritage Register. Built in the 1880s they include the Prahran Town Hall which was later converted to the library and council offices, the City Hall now an exhibition space, the Police Station, Court House, Rechabite Hall, the Fire Tower, the Prahran Arcade, Reads Emporium now known as Pran Central, Love & Lewis transformed to retail apartments and office and the St Matthew’s Church irreverently altered to hold offices instead. The residential properties of Prahran are mostly single storey Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses.
It is the birthplace of Tony Gaze, Australian Racing Driver, the father of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, the founder of the National Theatre: Gertrude Johnson, and Test Cricketer: John Edwards. It is home to AFL players Chris Judd and Paul Medhurst as well as news reporter Rebecca Maddern, and television personality Daryl Somers. These are only a few of the long list of celebrities that lived or continue to live in this exciting suburb.
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