Altona is a seaside suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 13 km south-west from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Hobsons Bay. At the 2011 Census, Altona had a population of 9,918. Altona is a large suburb consisting of low density residential in the south-eastern half, with mixed industry in the north-western half. A key feature is Altona Beach on Port Phillip, which is one of only two swimming beaches in the western suburbs (the other being Williamstown Beach). Altona takes its name from the once independent German city of Altona which is today a borough of Hamburg.
As the land usage shifts from industrial to residential, Altona is becoming gentrified. The proximity of the sea and beach makes it an attractive option for residential developments. The sea at winter and low tide, however, is rather stark - which in itself has a rather bleak beauty to it.
This post is part of the Scenic Sunday meme.