Local Media Pty Ltd

Victoria's Independent Weekly Newspaper.

Established 1969. Now in our 48th year.




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READ ONLINE (PDF): Latest Issue and Observer Trader section.

ON SALE at more than 400 newsagents across Victoria.

IN PRINT ($2.95), and ONLINE (free). 55,000 readers.

Online: Desktop (54%). Tablet (14%). Mobile (32%).


Latest News

Our next weekly issue will be published on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. 

This allows our team to enjoy a mid-year break for Easter and ANZAC week.

We then publish weekly until just prior to Christmas 2017 (Dec. 13).


Reasons why businesses advertise with us

For close to half-a-century, the Melbourne Observer has achieved great results for thousands of advertisers.

Every week, our major full-page advertisers include: Metro Cinemas, Golden Days Radio, Camberwell Sewing, Ivanhoe Cycles, Landmark Harcourts, Tribute Funeral Services,  

Other permanent full-page advertisers include: 84 The Spit, Australia By Design, Australian New Energy, Beach St Apartments, Bee Dee Bags, Bob Morris, Broome Beach Resort, Fitzroy Readers, Geelong Fireworks, Grosvenor In Cairns, Hastings Cove, Maeburn Cottages, Manfed's Shoes, Manheim, Mike's Carpet Discounters, Norfolk Select, Pacific Coast Produce, Saffron Grove Village, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Safety Dave, Senator Trading, SLR Caravans, South Seas Motel Apartments, Squires Loft, SWCL, Trico, Tunza Fun, Windward Passage Apartments, and more. They advertise because the Melbourne Observer gets results.



Be part of the Trades and Services Guide

Boost business, from as little as $5 per week

For almost 50 years, the Melbourne Observer has helped promote Victorian businesses.

Now, with this Special Offer, you can have a full-colour business-card size ad for just $5 per issue (when you take a 44-issue pre-paid package for $220, includes GST). You can regularly change the content of your ads, at no extra charge.

To book your weekly spot, phone a Melbourne Observer Ad-Visor on 1800 231 311.


Free What's On Ads

Promote your event, statewide, free of charge

Non-profit community organisations can promote their events, free of charge, in the Melbourne Observer.

COMPLETE the online form.


Free 'For Sale' Ads

Sell your unwanted goods with free ads.

Private sellers can sell their items, free of charge, in the Melbourne Observer.

COMPLETE the online form.


Tribute to former Observer publisher

Passing of Peter Isaacson, at age 96

Click HERE to read Ash Long's tribute to the life of Peter Isaacson, who was Publisher of the Observer from 1977 to 1989.


About Us

The Melbourne Observer is Victoria's favourite weekly newspaper for all the family.

News, sport, showbiz, features, great columnists.

Our editorial team (alphabetically listed) includes: Len Baker (harness racing), Matt Bissett-Johnson (cartoonist), Rob Foenander (Country Crossroads), Lisa Hodgson (Lady About Town), Mike McColl Jones (Top 5), Peter Kemp (arts), Ash Long (Long Shots), Aaron Rourke (Movies), Ted Ryan (Observer Racing), Jim Sherlock (Movies), Cheryl Threadgold (local theatre), Kevin Trask (Whatever Happened), Gavin Wood (West Hollywood).

Our team of honorary theatre reviewers includes: Mark Briggs, Rita Crispin, Martin Curtis, Sherryn Danaher, Barbara Hughes, Lyn Hurst, Kathryn Keeble, Beth Klein, Deborah Marinaro, Graeme McCoubrie, Catherine McGregor, David McLean, Maggie Morrison, Jill Page, Kylie Rackham, Elizabeth Semmel

RECOMMENDATION: LISTEN to what Bert Newton thinks of the Melbourne Observer.

SEE our first TV commercials from 1969. (Thanks to Chris Keating)


A Favourite with Victorians for 48 Years

Since 1969, the Melbourne Observer has been a favourite newspapers with Victorians.

We started as the Sunday Observer, founded by transport magnate Gordon Barton.

Publishers since have included Maxwell Newton and Peter Isaacson.

Since 2002, the Observer has been a midweek statewide newspaper published by Local Media.

Read more about our early history HERE.


Contact Us


Local Media Pty Ltd (ABN 67 096 680 063)

Head Office (same address for the past 23 years):

30 Glen Gully Road, Eltham, Vic 3095

Postal Address: PO Box 1278, Research, Vic 3095

Phone: 1800 231 311 Fax: 1800 231 312

International Phone: +61 3 9439 9927.

International Fax: +61 3 9431 6247


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