The Port Melbourne and Albert Park suburbs covers a large area, which includes the distinct localities of Fisherman’s Bend, Garden City and Beacon Cove. The formerly industrial Port Melbourne has been subject to intense urban renewal over the past decade. As a result, Port Melbourne is a diverse and historic area, featuring industrial and port areas along the Yarra River, to open parklands, bayside beaches, and exclusive apartments.
Port Melbourne and Albert Park also plays host to a wide variety of traditional pubs, hotels and restaurants including the Cricketer’s Arms Hotel. By the 1860s, most areas of Port Melbourne and Albert Park were well-stocked with hotels, many of which catered to the passing shipping trade.
Though the municipality’s earliest hotels had been of timber, for the most part these were replaced by brick and/or stone in the 1860s and 1870s. Significantly fewer hotels were located east of the lagoon, and the Cricketer’s Arms would have been an important element in the area, which was only beginning to develop fully in the mid 1870s.