Melbourne’s most popular family suburbs

Melbourne’s most popular family suburbs

20 Jun, 2019

With its unbeatable coffee scene, multicultural feel and vibrant laneways, Melbourne is frequently voted one of the most liveable cities on the planet. But, but like any big city, not all of its suburbs are exactly the same. Whether you’re after a unit in the lively Carlton area or a bigger house out in the suburbs of Albert Park, each suburb has something unique to offer.

The best place to base yourself Melbourne is going to be highly individual for each person. It depends on your budget, how much space you require and your desired lifestyle. But, to help get you started, we’ve put together a guide to some of Melbourne’s most popular suburbs. Whether you’re a local looking to buy or rent elsewhere or are considering a move to Melbourne, here’s what you need to know.

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What are the best suburbs in Melbourne for schools?

If you’re raising a family and are looking to give your children the best possible start in life, you’ve come to the right place. Melbourne is known for having some of Australia’s best schools – both primary and secondary, public and private. In fact, according to the Better Education ranking, six out of 20 of Australia’s top schools are located in Melbourne.

The 2019 Domain Liveable Melbourne study shows that the inner-city suburb of Fitzroy North is ranked first for its access to high-quality education. In the second spot is the inner North-West suburb of Travancore, followed by Croydon in the far North-East. For primary schools, Moorabbin, Middle Park and Sunshine West scored highly, while Princes Hill and Clayton are top-tier options.

Melbourne school girl raising hand

What are the safest suburbs in Melbourne?

Despite being one of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne isn’t completely devoid of crime. Like any city, certain suburbs are considered safer than others.

According to data from Canstar, the safest suburb in Melbourne The Patch. Located 39 kms East of Mellbourne’s CBD in the Shire of Yarra, this area has a crime rate of only 1.03 per 100 residents. This is closely followed by Park Orchards in the Manningham region and Ferny Creek, also in the Yarra Shire. Other suburbs in Melbourne with a low crime rate include Selby, Kallista, Warrandyte, Montmorency, Donvale, Sassafras and Black Rock Beaumaris.

What Melbourne suburbs have the most crime?

So, which are the Melbourne suburbs to avoid? It seems the closer you are to the city, the more the crime rate rises. While these areas are largely safe during the day, the areas that have been ranked the least safe in Melbourne include Melbourne City, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Campbellfield and Docklands.
Melbourne CBD overlooking Flinders St

Which suburb in Melbourne is best to invest in?

With its livability combined with its steady population growth and robust property prices, Melbourne is popular amongst investors. But, where is the best place in Melbourne to spend your money? These are the suburbs tipped to give you the best bang for your buck.


As one of the fastest-growing suburbs in Melbourne, Mickleham is popular with first-home buyers and families. Here, the median house price is $527,000, which is $258,000 below Melbourne’s median. Despite being 29 km north of the Melbourne CBD, it offers easy access to the CBD via the Tullamarine Freeway or Donnybrook train station.


Giving away its agricultural past, Pakenham is abundant in green, open spaces. Despite being one of Melbourne’s more affordable options (the median house price is $480,000) it has plenty to offer residents in the way of amenities and shopping options.

Point Cook

Just a half hour drive from the city, the Western suburb of Point Cook offers excellent value for investors and owner occupiers alike. Despite its close proximity to the CBD, it has a respectable median price tag of just $646,000. The area has a rich history and great community feel.


Another great option for investors is Werribee, located almost half-way between the Melbourne CBD and Geelong. Despite being somewhat isolated, this area has plenty of going for it including the Werribee Open Range Zoo and a large shopping centre. Here, the median price for a house is $460,000.


An up-and-coming area in South-East Melbourne, Officer offers an attractive mix of open space and convenience. It’s home to a range of exciting new developments, including Arcadia, a master-planned community with residential lots and three new schools. It also has its own train station, sport facilities and a shopping centre.  In Officer, the median house price is $560,000 with a rental yield of 3.6 %, compared to Melbourne’s metropolitan average of 2.9%.

What are the best suburbs in Melbourne for families?

Being such a bustling city, Melbourne probably isn’t the first place that springs to mind when you think of family-friendly places to live. But with an abundance of green space, plenty of activities and events for kids and great education, it’s actually a great place to start a family – especially if you settle in the outer suburbs. Some of the most family-friendly suburbs in Melbourne include:

Diamond Creek

Located in the Nilbumik Shire in the North-East, Diamond Creek is known for its green, open spaces. With hectares of nature reserves, there’s no shortage of places to get out into the great outdoors with the kids.

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