Clifton Hill is a suburb 4 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. The border between Clifton Hill and Fitzroy North is Queens Parade and Smith Street. Merri Creek defines the eastern border of Clifton Hill. Its Local Government Area is the City of Yarra. Clifton Hill was named after Clifton Farm, one of the first properties in the area. The word "Hill" was added by land developer John Knipe to spruik the new estate. The first subdivision of 64 freehold properties was auctioned by Knipe, George and Co. on 18 September 1871. For many years a centre of Melbourne's bohemianism, the suburb has undergone rapid gentrification in recent years. Geography and Demography
Accommodation in the suburb largely comprise of Victorian and Edwardian era dwellings. Hoddle Street bisects the suburb, dividing it into western and eastern precincts. The suburb is well served by parks and gardens, including Darling Gardens and Mayor's Park (western precinct) and Quarries Park (eastern precinct). An attractive local shopping strip is located along Queens Parade, on the border with Fitzroy North, consisting of mainly Victorian era shopfronts in a reasonable state of preservation. Dwelling density in Clifton Hill is significantly lower than the remainder of the former City of Collingwood, which also included the suburbs of Collingwood and Abbotsford.
Major road arteries passing through the suburb include Queens Parade, Heidelberg Road, Alexandra Parade and Hoddle Street. Clifton Hill railway station, located just north of the corner of Hoddle and Ramsden Streets
tram route 86 runs along Queens Parade.
Several bus routes run along Hoddle Street and interchange at the railway station.