South Eastern Suburbs Melbourne

Living in South Eastern Suburbs Melbourne

The ten districts in South Eastern Suburbs Melbourne are Bayside, Cardinia, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Frankston, Glen Eira, Kingston, Monash, Mornington Peninsula and Stonnington. A full list of all the suburbs within these districts are at the end of this page.

These are the suburbs of South Eastern Suburbs Melbourne:

Bayside

  • Beaumaris, Black Rock, Brighton, Cheltenham, Hampton, Highett, Sandringham,

Cardinia

  • Avonsleigh, Bayles, Beaconsfield, Beenak, Bunyip, Caldermeade
  • Cardinia, Catani, Clematis, Cockatoo, Cora Lynn, Dalmore
  • Dewhurst, Emerald, Garfield, Gembrook, Guys Hill, Heath Hill
  • Iona, Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang, Maryknoll, Menzies Creek, Modella
  • Monomeith, Mount Burnett, Nangana, Nar Nar Goon, Officer, Pakenham
  • Rythdale, Tenby Point, Tonimbuk, Toomuc Valley, Tooradin North, Tynong
  • Vervale, Yallock, Yannathan,

Casey

  • Berwick, Cannons Creek, Clyde, Cranbourne, Doveton, Endeavour Hills
  • Eumemmering, Five Ways, Hallam, Hampton Park,  Harkaway, Lynbrook
  • Lysterfield South, Narre Warren, Pearcedale, Tooradin, Warneet

Greater Dandenong

  • Bangholme, Dandenong, Keysborough, Lyndhurst, Noble Park, Springvale

Frankston

  • Carrum Downs, Frankston, Langwarrin, Skye, Seaford, Kananook, Karingal

Glen Eira

  • Bentleigh, Caulfield, Carnegie, Elsternwick, Glen Huntly, McKinnon
  • Murrumbeena, Ormond

Kingston

  • Aspendale, Bonbeach, Braeside, Carrum, Chelsea, Cheltenham
  • Clarinda, Clayton South, Dingley Village, Edithvale, Heatherton, Highett
  • Mentone, Moorabbin, Mordialloc, Parkdale, Patterson Lakes, Waterways

Monash

  • Ashwood, Chadstone, Clayton, Glen Waverley, Hughesdale, Huntingdale
  • Monash University, Mount Waverley, Mulgrave, Notting Hill, Oakleigh, Wheelers Hill

Mornington Peninsula

  • Arthurs Seat, Balnarring, Baxter, Bittern, Blairgowrie, Boneo
  • Cape Schanck, Crib Point, Dromana, Flinders, Hastings, HMAS Cerberus
  • Main Ridge, Merricks, Moorooduc, Mornington, Mount Eliza, Mount Martha
  • Point Leo, Portsea, Red Hill, Rosebud, Rye, Safety Beach
  • Shoreham, Somers, Somerville, Sorrento, Tootgarook, Tyabb

Stonnington

  • Armadale, Glen Iris, Kooyong, Malvern, Prahran, South Yarra, Toorak

Do you live in this area? Tell us about your town or suburb in the comments below…

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  • Haroon March 31, 2016, 6:09 pm | Link

    Hi…
    I have been looking at potential suburbs in Melbourne to a)rent for initial 6-12 months b)buy/build a house.
    For the later, I have narrowed down to the western suburbs ultimately, considering few factors like costs, my budgets, friends/families there, etc.
    For the initial 6-12 months part, I ideally want something closer to the city, ideally not more than 30min from the CBD by public transport. A friend suggested Pascoe Vale.
    Any other ideas? I will be moving with my wife and a 3 year old kid, ideally looking for a decent house 2 bed, a bit on the modern side with rent range b/w 300-450 p/w.

    • BobinOz April 1, 2016, 6:45 pm | Link

      I can’t advise, I’m up here in Brisbane and simply don’t know Melbourne well enough. Hopefully someone can help you here. My advice though would be to try and get a six-month rental and then when you are here have a good look around at all the suburbs to see what appeals to you.

      Then you can sign up to a longer lease. With your child not yet at school age, you have the freedom to do that. Good luck, Bob

      • Haroon April 9, 2016, 2:21 am | Link

        Thanks Bob

  • Joe March 2, 2016, 10:23 pm | Link

    Hi
    I am potentially going to be moving from Adelaide to Melbourne to work in Mulgrave. Can anyone recommend good suburbs to look at for rental. We are looking for:
    – House not apartment with a garden for the dog
    – Ideally some close by dog friendly green spaces
    – Safe with good public transport (PT) as the misses doesn’t drive
    – ideally not too far a commute (I do drive but also open to PT)
    Any help would be really appreciated
    Many thanks Joe

    • Parambir March 14, 2016, 1:20 pm | Link

      Bro oakleigh is the best suburb . Look for house in there. Cheap and the best .

  • Bob February 17, 2016, 9:46 pm | Link

    Hello,

    Is the new residential area of Pakenham around Cardinia Cultural Centre good place to live and raise a family ?

    Thanks

    • Neil February 24, 2016, 6:41 am | Link

      Depends really what you want. Pakenham lakeside estate is really well and nicely designed. You could almost exist there without venturing out. It lacks Character because of its “newness”. If you need to commute to the city, then its a long trip and will cost a fortune in fuel too. I’ve been living here for 11 years (Mornington which I love!) after leaving Leicester. Best advice I can give is rent for a year. Do not be tempted to buy in the first year because what you like and want from living here WILL change in that timespan. Buying a property here is very expensive with 5.5% stamp duty. Make sure when you do buy your going to be happy there for some time.

      • Bob February 29, 2016, 7:52 pm | Link

        Thanks a lot Neil.

  • satti December 7, 2015, 8:36 pm | Link

    i want to buy house in south east , i am little confused in selecting the suburb…i want know if i will buy old house with good land in endeavour hills and after two years i will break it and made two units or onw big house …is it good option or not …..

    • BobinOz December 9, 2015, 10:09 pm | Link

      I don’t think anybody could give you an accurate answer to that question, you will need to do the full costings and budgeting for yourself. I can tell you that you will need permission from the local council though, and this usually includes paying them some quite hefty fees.

  • Vishal December 4, 2015, 5:42 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,

    I must congratulate you on having this blog which is so usefull and so much to learn from all the comments.

    I have a question too.

    So basically i plan to move to melbourne in Feb 2016 for my Masters degree, iam 27 years, and i also have tried to understand the geography of melbourne, but because iam not there and nor do i know anyone living there, i wanted to know the Best places to live in melbourne, when i say best places to live i mean,
    1 – The heart of melbourne city
    2 – Convinient to commute
    3 – Affordable (as i have to manage my living expenses by myself)
    4 – Safe
    5 – Vibrant
    6 – Fancy places around
    7 – A mixture of all cultures.

    If you could give me your opinion in terms of ranking of the top 10 areas to live in, it would be of great help.

    Vishal Sharma.

    • BobinOz December 4, 2015, 8:08 pm | Link

      So you would like me to rank the top 10 areas in Melbourne for you, I assume taking into consideration the seven points that are your preference?

      Hahahaha!

      I suggest you read my main page about Melbourne and the many comments that have been made discussing so many of the suburbs, you will learn a great deal about the city.

      • Vishal December 5, 2015, 5:31 pm | Link

        Hey Bob,

        I did read all the comments. but i still dint get the answer i was looking for.

        Thanks.

        • David December 5, 2015, 6:50 pm | Link

          The list of suburbs in the south east of Melbourne covers a huge area and have many sub-classes. An area of Melbourne you should look at are the Western Suburbs if you want affordable properties, good acces to transport to the CBD, being close to the CBD and having a mixture of cultures. Areas I am referring to are Footscray and Sunshine. Now these areas have a bad reputation for crime. Having grown upp near Kew (top eastern suburbs) but having spent lots of time in Footscray and Sunshine I believe the crime reputation is overrated in the west. I actually fell safer in the west than in the so called great suburbs of the east like Hawthorn (Glenferie Road, too many private school kids trying to prove they are gangsters). Footscray is better than Sunshine, due to it being closer to the city, having a better night life (though still not known for its night life but seems to be getting better) however Sunshine would probably be a bit cheaper. These places I wouldn’t say would satisfy point 6 (especially Sunshine) however you can easily go to the city to satisfy your point 6.

          • Vishal December 5, 2015, 9:34 pm | Link

            Hey David,

            Wooah, thanks for the information. really appreciate it. so the places you’re talking about are not in the heart of the city, but close to it, correct me if iam wrong? what is CBD? do people live there?

            Thanks.

            • David December 5, 2015, 10:37 pm | Link

              The CBD means the central business district. Yes people do live in the CBD. The CBD is the heart of Melbourne. Lots of offices jobs, lots of entertainment. If you look at Melbourne’s train line maps, you will see every train line goes to the CBD. Look at the URL below.

              Where are you studying in Melbourne? You would prefer to live as close to your university as possible.

              http://www.metrotrains.com.au/maps/

              • Vishal December 7, 2015, 4:13 pm | Link

                Hey David,

                That was some good information.

                Perhaps i look forward to pursue my masters of finance in either victoria uni in footscray, swinburne uni at hawthorn or la trobe at bundoora. moving to australia has been a tough call, so now that i have made up my mind to live there, i want to live in the best place and locality. as a youngster i would really like to live in a vibrant place but it should be safe.
                Also if anyone would like to give me a feedback about the universities that i have mentioned, please feel free to do.

                Thanks.

    • Wendy March 22, 2016, 11:17 am | Link

      Vishal

      North Western of Melbourne is also quite convenient to the CBD.

      Some of those suburbs are: Flemington, Ascot Vale, Moonee Ponds, Essendon, Strathmore and Maribyrnong,

      In terms of safety just be aware and use your street smart wherever you live.

  • BobinOz November 30, 2015, 9:23 pm | Link

    To both James and May, if nobody with local knowledge comes in here to help you out, do check out my main page about Melbourne and have a read of the comments there. There is plenty of talk about all the suburbs in the city over there. Good luck, Bob

  • May November 24, 2015, 9:39 am | Link

    My family is moving to south east Melbourne in 6 months time. We have heard that there are new suburbs opening, does anyone have any information about these areas? We are a family of 5, my children are teenagers. We think a rental house may be a good start to get to know the area, then maybe buy? What do you think?
    Thank you

    • Mark Tully December 5, 2015, 11:01 pm | Link

      We moved out to Melbourne In January this year moved to Mordialloc, south eastern suburb, was the best decision that we made. Great beach suburb on the train line to the city, and wonderful community feeling.

  • James October 26, 2015, 8:20 pm | Link

    We will be emigrating to Melbourne in November 2015 and am looking for some advise on where to live/buy house. There is myself, my wife and our 5 year old..

    We are looking at the South east suburbs and within 20-30min drive of Chadstone shopping centre as my wife has a job there to go to.. Good schools is important as well as within 20-30 min to the national parks.. good amenities and a drive to the beach is also important – not too far from the CBD as well on public transport.
    Property prices need/could be reasonable (in between) to buy a year or so donw the line

    If anyone can advise it would be of help

    James

    • David December 5, 2015, 10:40 pm | Link

      What is your definition of reasonable prices? Glen Waverly would suit most of what you are looking at except perhaps reasonable prices.

  • James September 22, 2015, 4:59 pm | Link

    Hi BobinOZ (and community),

    My wife got a job at the Clayton Monash Campus, we are moving from the Gold Coast, I have received advice from family who have lived in Melbourne and there have been many conflicting suggestions of where to live, and what is nice.

    Some suggestions have been Dandenong, and Springvale, where others have suggested Bentleigh and Oakleigh. I was curious as to know of anyone else who has an opinion on affordable and nice locations near Clayton (or within the area).

    Thank you.

    • BobinOz September 23, 2015, 1:13 am | Link

      This is one for the locals James, as I’m sure you appreciate, can anybody who knows the area help here?

      • Cat October 12, 2015, 3:50 pm | Link

        Hey there,
        Look, it depends on who you are as to where is best for you to live. For example, if you are a born-and-bred Queenslander, it may be a shock to your system to find yourself in Dandenong. If you’re of or used to a multicultural environment, Springvale may just be the place for you. Bentleigh I can’t give you an opinion on, but Oakleigh is nice – and probably the best bet for you since you’re from the Gold Coast, as was I when I moved down here. There are lovely towns further out from the city, such as Berwick and Belgrave, but it all comes down to what you’re used to and what you want. Hope this helps a little bit.

    • Mark October 12, 2015, 9:41 pm | Link

      My wife and i both work around clayton and mulgrave.
      We live in Mordialloc, around 20-30min depending on traffic. Beautiful Beach suburb plenty to do with good choise of shops and restaurants

    • Leisha January 7, 2016, 2:48 pm | Link

      There’s two suburbs i would highly recommend for you. Rowville or Mulgrave. Good quality housing at a reasonable price and close to all amenities and public transport. It’s also in close proximity to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges for day trips and weekenders. You could also check out Lysterfield. It’s a little further out but a beautiful bush setting to come home to every night. There’s lots of good quality rentals in these areas too. Goodluck!

  • Sushma Aitha August 1, 2015, 7:14 pm | Link

    Hi, Can anyone help me out with suburbs in Melbourne with most Indian concentration?

  • Shaun Krull July 15, 2015, 12:01 am | Link

    HI Bob and All!
    Thank you for a very helpful and relevant website, your time and effort is so appreciated! We are a family of 4(10 and 4yr old girls) coming from South Africa. Will be working in the Mulgrave area and looking for good public schools and good suburbs. Looking for areas with lots of parks and walking areas. Any thoughts and advise? Thank you.

    • BobinOz July 15, 2015, 9:23 pm | Link

      I will leave that question to ‘All’, there are so many people that know more about the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne than I do 🙂

      If you don’t get an answer though, do look on my main page about Melbourne, lots of info in the comments there.

      • Cat October 12, 2015, 3:59 pm | Link

        Hi there,

        Look into the Belgrave area (Fern Tree Gully, Emerald, Upwey) as they have reasonable schools and plenty of options for walking outdoors – keeping in mind that it’s basically near the mountains and surrounded by forests.But if that’s not your thing, there are more basic and populated suburbs such as Berwick, Officer, Narre Warren and Beaconsfield; a tad more country, but with some excellent public schools (and a few dodgy ones) and equal options for walking and parks – especially Berwick in that regard.

        Both roughly half an hour from the Mulgrave area, except in peak hour traffic.

        Hope this helps.

    • wayne kong-gardiner July 16, 2015, 11:03 am | Link

      Hey mate – I moved to Melbourne in Nov 2014 with my wife and son.

      I live in Ferntree Gully, its a cracking area for family. We have plenty of places to go walking especially up Mt Dandenong 1000 steps and tracks – 35 minutes from CBD – 35 minutes from beach. I also work in Mulgrave and takes me 20-25 minutes to get to and from work.

    • Jessica August 8, 2015, 12:42 am | Link

      Hi Shaun,
      Close to Mulgrave is Glen Waverley Secondary which for a public school is comparable to some of our states top private schools as far as academic scores go. It’s also very diverse in culture.

      • Shaun Krull August 8, 2015, 7:46 pm | Link

        HI Jessica, thank you for your comments and advise.

  • vanessa May 16, 2015, 12:46 pm | Link

    Hi, Thinking of relocating to Melbourne from Western Australia. Wanting to attend Caulfield Campus of Monash University ( boyfriend looking for work, in aviation). Any advice for good suberbs/community to live in. Importantly, I also have a teenager with a disability, so a nice community with services is important to me…any suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated.

    • Mark Tully May 16, 2015, 7:15 pm | Link

      We live in Mordialloc great community and local community services. its about 35 min on train to CBD and 20 to Caulfield Which is on the train line to the city. Its a beach suburb, so nice in the summer.

    • Katherine July 10, 2015, 1:48 am | Link

      I live in Ashburton, which is basically between Camberwell and Chadstone. We have a park at the end of the street as well as Gardener’s Creek which is has a path all the way into the city plus sports fields. It’s a great place for walks/runs and dogs. The transport links are really good too with the option of either the Glen Waverley or Alamein train line as well as a bus at the end of the street. I think the easy access to public transport as well as local parks and shops make it a great place to live. I also went to Monash Caulfield and I found the best way to get there was driving, it took me about 7mins. Otherwise you can walk/cycle/walk to a tram to get there. I’m not sure of the services but I’m sure there’s something nearby.

  • Mei April 18, 2015, 8:23 pm | Link

    I am looking for a residential apartment in south eastern suburb. My daughter school is at Wheelers Hill. Which surrounding suburd is good for family? Was told to avoid Claydon because it can get rowdy. Is it true?

    • Angela April 19, 2015, 8:21 am | Link

      We lived in Wheelers Hill for 3 years & absolutley loved it. Beautiful suburb.
      Glen Waverley is close by (but expensive) & is a nice suburb as is Mulgrave & Rowville. Good Luck.

  • Angela Cini October 26, 2014, 5:03 pm | Link

    Hi there
    I am looking at buying in the south eastern suburbs, I have been told Mulgrave, Scoresby & Rowville are fairly close to where my son will be going to school, can you please advise which one of these suburbs would have the best reputation?
    Thanks

    • Mark November 19, 2014, 7:47 am | Link

      Hi All
      I am moving out to Melbourne in January. I will be working in Mulgrave, I was looking to rent in Mordialloc in the south eastern suburbs. Anybody have any information on what the area is like.
      My wife will be looking for work and maybe working in the CBD.

    • Dave July 5, 2015, 9:04 pm | Link

      I think Scoresby is the best of the 3, but the other 2 suburbs are also good area, Avoid the main part of Dandenong, dangerous and slummy, North Dandenong much better and also Endeavour Hills.

  • Wayne Kong-Gardiner August 20, 2014, 7:13 pm | Link

    Bob,

    My wife has just aquired a job in Knox and we are moving at end of November. We are currently trying to find out what suburbs are nicest to live in. We are ooking at leasing for a year before buying a property.
    Our main thing is finding a nice area – more so than a nice property. We have a 2 year old son and he would require a Nursery.

    Any advise you can give would be welcome – even if its a list of areas to stay clear off.

    Thanks in advance

    • BobinOz August 21, 2014, 12:22 am | Link

      I can’t help you myself Wayne, I don’t know the area at all. Hopefully someone will read your comment here who does know will help you out, but you might also like to have a look at the comments on my main page about Melbourne as there’s quite a bit of information about different areas there.

      Maybe even re-ask your question on that page as it gets more views, good luck, Bob

    • mike September 16, 2014, 9:32 am | Link

      bob, if your getting a job in knox I would suggest living in knox. Knox is located between the south east and eastern outer suburbs of Melbourne which is possibly 60kms out of the cbd. Unfortunatley for knox it has no train line, no tram line- as yet. Its main roads from the city is the Burwood hwy and other main arterial rds are Stud, Ferntree Gully rds. East link runs north to south and can take you to the city but is tolled unfortunatley. Knox is almost at the foothills of the Dandenongs so your not far from some awesome national parks and good tourist destinations. The reason why I say live in Knox if your working in Knox is because Melbournes outer suburbs are so reliant on cars its absolutley pathetic. There is one thing you’ll do when you move to Melbourne. Whinge about the lack of public transport and whinge about the traffic and how the state government are a bunch of blood sucking leaches. When you do that you’ll be a true Melbournian, lol. One more thing. I suggest visiting Captain Americas Hamburger Heaven. Its in Ferntree Gully and its a great little place to take the family to. Nothing flash just big burgers at very reasonable prices and a good relaxed setting to chow down on burgers fries shakes icecreams and deep fried cheese!

      • Li February 10, 2015, 3:58 am | Link

        Lol knox doesn’t have a train line?? It has upper gully, Ferntree gully, boronia and bayswater station! all these train stations are are in the city of knox. Knox is not a suburb! I think you are confused with Wantirna, with the shopping centre called knox city.. Wantirna does not have train station. But with ringwood station, bayswater starion or glen w station surrounding Wantirna it won’t take you long to get to one. Captain A’s is fantastic!!! I’ll give you that! Obviously not from knox or the area?

    • Dave July 5, 2015, 9:02 pm | Link

      Boronia and Rowville, Scoresby are near Knox and are nice outer suburbs. A few Germans and Dutch migrants also live out that way, and the Krauts & Dutchies always have an eye for good suburbs. Avoid Caulfield & Malvern & Camberwell!!! Over-priced, over-rated, trading on past reputations and too close to hard-core drugged slums like Collingwood and Chapel Street (so the rich kids can score drugs for their doof-doof parties), the further out suburbs safer for families. Also these former garden-suburbs are now full of awful ‘Polish-Modern’ McMansion housing & boarding-flop houses & ethnic ghettos for Orthodox Jewish people and rich-kid druggies (think New York’s Brooklyn or Lower East Side) Glen Waverly is good, but very expensive now, but still a good south eastern suburb. Many Chinese now live there, but these Chinese are wealthy and will not harm you, like you would get near the Melb city centre or Dandenong central (full of drug addicts & refugees).Good Luck with your search and careful of what the real estate agents tell you, they have their agenda too and many agents are ethnic Greeks and they will lie through their teeth to flog you an over-priced flat in ‘slummy’ Caulfield or Camberwell and tell you what a ‘great area’ this is. Do your own research first!

  • Mariam July 1, 2014, 10:11 am | Link

    how far is Clayton, South East from Melbourne airport

    • mike September 16, 2014, 9:21 am | Link

      Claytons about 60kms from melbourne airport. Its roughly a 45-60min car trip via the monash fwy-citylink tunnels-and tullamarine fwy, when its not peak hr. Expect big delays at peak times.

  • Catarina January 30, 2014, 11:08 pm | Link

    My husband will be visiting Melbourne mid-Feb. for business and has about 3 days to look about. Can anyone tell me what he should see. Any idea of how to get around? Is it very expensive to get a cab? Please help!
    Thanks so much!
    C

    • BobinOz January 31, 2014, 8:44 pm | Link

      I can’t advise on places to see there, I don’t know Melbourne well enough. I can tell you that a taxi cost me $75 from the airport to St Kilda, it was a good 30 minute drive. Also, the trams are good way to get about, buy a myki card from the 7-Eleven.

      You might be better off asking your question on my page about Melbourne, rather than eastern suburbs page, you would get a better response.

      Cheers, Bob

    • Leisha January 7, 2016, 2:53 pm | Link

      Hi Catarina, i would recommend he stay in the heart of the city. Somewhere near Flinders Street station…as it will be really easy to get around by tram and train. It’s also within walking distance of two attractions; Federation Square and Southbank entertainment complex. This is where Crown Casino is and is a great place to catch a cruise along the Yarra. Hope this helps ?.

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