Richmond to Docklands

World’s largest sports precinct and cultural capital of Asia

This Priority Precinct drives Melbourne’s reputation as one of the world’s most accessible and liveable cities. Excellent transport connections mean Richmond to Docklands is minutes from other Priority Precincts and the wider city. This precinct is the state’s largest employment zone and home to 42,000 people.

Richmond to Docklands corridor arcs along the Yarra River and its waterfront. The precinct houses some of Victoria’s best known parklands, sporting and cultural assets, including:

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Federation Square
  • Flinders Street Station
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Marvel Stadium

To its west the precinct takes in Docklands urban renewal zone. 11,000 people live in this mixed use area, that also provides retail, commercial and civic spaces.

Where is Richmond to Docklands?

Richmond to Docklands Priority Precinct is in the heart of Melbourne’s inner-city.

A basic map showing the main areas of the precinct from the Melbourne Cricket ground to  docjlands Marina

Richmond to Docklands in future

Richmond to Docklands will be filled with thriving public spaces. It will also house world-class sport, arts, cultural and entertainment facilities. The precinct will have a larger commercial presence and more diverse workforce. It’s people-focused design will offer a walkable, accessible landscape for visitors and residents to enjoy.

Continued development in the precinct will deliver:

  • lively and accessible public spaces
  • strong, growing local economy
  • more jobs for more people
  • quality urban design and natural features.

By 2050 the precinct will have:

  • Over 150,000 Jobs
  • More than 56,000 People

Life in this precinct


Richmond to Docklands is a long-term jobs growth area. The precinct already hosts 138,000 jobs and contributes $22.5 billion annually to Victoria’s economic performance.

On completion, Docklands urban renewal zone will house 80,000 – 100,000 jobs. Elsewhere the precinct is being developed to attract investment and business globally. This will create more jobs in the traditional precinct employment sectors and target industries like:

  • Sport
  • Art and recreation services
  • Retail
  • Financial and insurance services
  • Mining
  • Information media
  • Telecommunication.


As more people choose the inner-city as home, Richmond to Docklands residential offer is expanding. Most housing is located in Docklands urban renewal zone and along the St Kilda Road green spine.


Richmond to Docklands enjoys some of the world’s best liveability. It is walking distance from the Parkville cluster of leading hospitals. The precinct also hosts schools, universities and the city’s richest mix of retail, commercial and hospitality services.


The Yarra River and its parklands are a key attribute of this Priority Precinct. Opportunities for greening and better connectivity between its open spaces are a feature of precinct development.

More information

The Victorian Planning Authority website has more information about Richmond to Docklands precinct.

The Development Victoria website has more information about Docklands urban renewal zone.

Learn more about what makes a priority precinct.

Page last updated: 12 December 2019