3 Dec, 2019
With its deconstructed coffees and stylish laneways, Melbourne is often thought of as the cultural capital of Australia; home to the young and hipster.
But even hipsters must grow up, and Melbourne is just as popular with families as it is with the young. Often named the world’s second most liveable city, Melbourne is bike-friendly, sport crazy, and thriving with art galleries and cultural exhibits – what more could budding brains and bodies need? If you’re looking to raise your family in Melbourne, here are the top 10 suburbs to check out.
Located 22km north-east of Melbourne’s CBD, Doncaster East is a suburb made for families. With five schools, the kiddies won’t have far to go, and for the adults, the suburb is also close to public transport as well as the freeway/Eastlink. And with Westfield Doncaster in the neighbouring suburb, the convenience of Doncaster East is hard to look past.
This hilly, green suburb is made for families. Close to plenty of schools, the suburb is easy to get around, and with its own train station and access to the Tullamarine freeway, getting to the city is a breeze for working parents. To top it off, the suburb also boasts proximity to Tullamarine Airport, which is approximately a 15-minute drive away – perfect for those yearly getaways or the odd work trip!
17km north-east of the Melbourne CBD, Greensborough is an affordable suburb with easy access to both the CBD and Tullamarine Airport. With lots of parkland, this suburb is also sure to be a hit with the kids.
Newport has got to be one of the most easily accessible suburbs on the list. A 10-minute drive to the CBD, or a 20-minute drive to Flinders Street, Newport is hard to pass-up if accessibility to the city is important. However, with accessibility to the city, you needn’t compromise lifestyle. Newport also has easy access to plenty of nature spots and sporting facilities such as Newport Lakes Park and Bryan Martyn Oval.
Montmorency is made for nature loving families. With the Plenty River running through the suburb’s Montmorency Park, there will be plenty of opportunities for a scenic stroll before stopping at the Were Street shops for a coffee.
Further out of the CBD, Cranbourne offers an affordable alternative to some of Melbourne’s more popular suburbs, making it perfect for families who want the big backyard without the price tag. For commuters, Cranbourne Station offers services to the city which take just over an hour. The suburb also has plenty of sporting options for those wanting an active lifestyle.
A short drive to popular locations in Melbourne’s east, such as Chapel Street, Chadstone, and multiple beaches, Bentleigh is a quiet suburb with the benefit of still being close to the action.
If you’re after a beach lifestyle while still being close to the city, Altona, sitting in Melbourne’s west, is the ideal spot to raise your family. Full of parks and sporting opportunities, you’ll be able to lead an active lifestyle in a beautiful location. As a bonus, prices are a fraction of equivalent locations in Melbourne’s east.
Another beachside suburb, Sandringham is in Melbourne’s east, 16km from the CBD. Full of beaches, cafes, and parks, you likely won’t miss your city lifestyle. On top of that, Sandringham has its own train line and is just 28 minutes out from the CBD, passing through popular locations such as Windsor, Prahran, and Richmond on the way.
Only 14km north-east of the city, Macleod offers easy access to the CBD as well as plenty of local amenities. Residents can enjoy shops, cafes and local sporting teams.
Words by Kathryn Lee
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