Which side are you on?

I was in South Yarra last Sunday, and I was just thinking about the age old Melbourne saying – “You’re either one side of the Yarra or the other.” Which means, you seem to stick to your side of the Yarra river, and don’t seem to spend too much time on the opposite side of it.
I don’t know about you guys, but this is true in my life. I’m the Fitzroy side of the Yarra. I prefer Carlton to St. Kilda, and Brunswick St. to Chapel St. That last Sunday with the first time I’d been to South Yarra in about a year!
Do you guys agree with the whole Yarra River Divide, or do you think it’s a total exaggeration?

8 Comments so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    Im a northie like you. I agree with you, I hardly go past the Yarra other than St. Kilda in the summer.


  2. squirt (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

    I always felt the southside was the rich suburb, snobby side …


  3. Ali (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

    I guess it’s par for the course that you’reĀ all only talking about “north” and “south”. People want to cross the Maribynong (east-west) even less than they want to cross the Yarra. I used to live in Seddon (between Footscray and Yarraville) in the western suburbs, and I might as well have been in Western Australia as far as most Melburnians were concerned.


  4. Damien (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 7:34 pm

    I totally agree … i’m also from the north side of the yarra. Don’t you need a visa to get into bars and clubs on the south side?


  5. adrock2xander (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

    Haha visa to get in?

    I can’t see how Chapel’s less attractive than Brunswick though…i live in the north and i patronise Brunswick and Chapel often. Chapel does have her charm.


  6. demimonde (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 11:38 pm

    as a gal who was born and bred on the southside, lived in the heart of London, Milan and one of the best parts of New York (okay, it was Brooklyn, but at least WE got to enjoy the skyline), I gotta admit – I do love my side of town, having said that, I too spend time equally on each side of the river.

    I’m not sure why for others, but for me it’s knowing that I’m near the coast/bay


  7. leash (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 11:13 am

    I also live on the North Side and used to work on the South Side… I will always chose the North over the South though. Brunswick St wins everytime!!

    This year I’ve just started working over the West Side, and I do agree with Squirt that people don’t want to travel East and West at all. All the people from the West haven’t even heard of the suburb I live in, and the people from the East think I’m just crazy for going over there.


  8. leash (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 11:13 am

    Opps my mistake… I mean Ali not Squirt. Sorry.



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