Melbourne Florida is a small city of about 80,000 people in southern Brevard County on Florida's Space Coast about one hour east of Orlando.

Historic Melbourne Ice PlantHistoric Melbourne Ice Plant

The "new" Melbourne of today has two distinct "old" and renovated downtown areas: historic downtown Melbourne and Olde Eau Gallie, each with lots of restaurants and shops.

The old Melbourne Hotel shown on the postcard below still stands on US-1 and is used today as an office building.

The Melbourne city limits take in a large area of beach along the Atlantic Ocean and miles of shoreline on the Indian River Lagoon.  Other towns in the Melbourne area are Palm Bay, Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Satellite Beach, and Indian Harbor Beach.

The large residential development communities of Suntree and Viera are in the north region of Melbourne.

The entire area has abundant shopping, dining, drinking, and recreational resources.


Melbourne Government

Melbourne City Hall,
900 E. Strawbridge Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901

West Melbourne City Hall,
2240 Minton Rd, West Melbourne, FL 32904

Melbourne Police

Melbourne Police Department,
900 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne, FL 32901

West Melbourne Police Department
2240 Minton Road, West Melbourne, FL 32904

Melbourne Chamber of Commerce

Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce
1005 E. Strawbridge Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901

Melbourne Restaurants

Pineda Crossing
2515 Roberts Road, Melbourne

The Dove III
836 E New Haven Ave, Melbourne

Meg O'Malleys Restaurant & Irish Pub
812 E. New Haven Ave, Melbourne

Hemingway's Tavern
1800 W Hibiscus Blvd, #115, Melbourne

Coasters Pub & Biergarten
971 E Eau Gallie Blvd, Ste A, Melbourne

El Ambia Cubano
950 E. Melbourne Ave, Melbourne

Grills Riverside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar
6075 N Highway 1, Melbourne

Chart House Restaurant
2250 Front St, Melbourne

Ocean 302 Bar and Grill
302 Ocean Ave, Melbourne Beach

The Mansion
1128 E. New Haven Ave, Melbourne

Squid Lips Overwater Grill
1477 Pineapple Ave, Melbourne

2130 W New Haven Ave, Melbourne

Skewers Mediterranean Grill
144 5th Avenue, Indialantic

The Nomad Cafe
2002 S Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne

Melbourne Hotels and Motels

La Quinta Inn & Suites
4510 W New Haven Ave, Melbourne

Doubletree Suites by Hilton
1665 N. State Road A1A, Melbourne

Radisson Suite Hotel Oceanfront
3101 N Highway A1A, Melbourne

Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront
2605 N. Highway A1A, Melbourne

Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place
200 Rialto Place, Melbourne

Melbourne Attractions

Brevard Zoo
8225 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne

Honest John's Fish Camp
750 Old Florida Trail, Melbourne Beach

Communities Near Melbourne

Indian Harbor Beach
Melbourne Beach
Palm Bay
Satellite Beach

History of Melbourne, Florida

The city gets its name from Melbourne, Australia. The area began to be called Melbourne eight years before the town was officially established.

A name was needed because a post office was being established to serve families in the area.

The first postmaster, Cornthwaite John Hector, was an Englishman who spent much of his life in Melbourne, Australia, before opening a general store at Crane Creek. A local pioneer, Mrs. R. W. Goode, suggested the post office be named Melbourne.

The area began to thrive in the late 1800's because of its advantageous location on the Indian River Lagoon. Farmers in the area had easy access to a good port and economic transport of their produce to profitable markets.

An interesting local character was Peter Wright, a black freedman (a slave freed during the Civil War) who became known as the "Sailing Mailman". Wright sailed a regular schedule from Titusville to Malabar to deliver mail to the numerous riverside settlements.

Melbourne prospered along Crane Creek where it empties into the Indian River, and its fortunes were linked to Eau Gallie, another small town north of Melbourne with a nice port on the Indian River.

One of the interesting buildings still standing in Melbourne from the early days is the ice plant.  It was originally a power generating plant that also produced ice.  It is on US Highway 1 near downtown Melbourne, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Eau Gallie was settled by William Gleason and his friends. Gleason had earlier done a lot of development in the Miami area, and was prominent in state and national politics.

The railroad came to Eau Gallie and Melbourne in 1893, and the focus of commerce moved from the Indian River to the tracks on the higher land to the west.

In 1969, local voters consolidated Melbourne and Eau Gallie into one city and picked the name Melbourne for the new venture. Some wanted it to be named Eau Gallie; others wanted Melbogallie and any other variety of compromise names.

We are all grateful that the name Melbourne won out.

The old Melbourne Hotel shown on the postcard below still stands on US-1 and is used today as an office building.

Melbourne Florida Hotel Postcard

The edge of historic downtown Melbourne Florida near the Indian River was the location of the "Trysting Stairs, a wooden stairway leading up a bluff at the north end of Front Street.

The stairs provided a convenient way to reach residences on the higher ground above and became an informal meeting place which was especially popular among young lovers at the time.

Melbourne Historical Sites

Community Chapel of Melbourne Beach
Downtown Melbourne Association
Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway
Liberty Bell Memorial Museum
Melbourne Beach Pier
Melbourne Ice Plant
Trysting Stairs

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