Fairfield is 6km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District and its local government area is the Cities of Darebin and Yarra.
At the 2011 Census, Fairfield had a population of 5,946. Fairfield Post Office opened on 21 February 1887 and has since relocated. The historic Grandview Hotel was completed in 1888.
Fairfield is predominantly residential, with a small north-eastern pocket remaining light industrial area. The lively Station St shopping district has a mix of businesses including cafes, bars, restaurants and food and wine specialists.
Alphington is primarily a residential suburb 7km from the CBD and at the 2011 Census, had a population of 4,603. Its local government area is the Cities of Darebin and Yarra.
Alphington shares a postcode with neighbouring Fairfield, and is bounded by the Yarra River in the south and the Darebin Creek in the east.