Eastern Suburbs Melbourne

Living in Eastern Suburbs Melbourne

The six districts in Eastern Suburbs Melbourne are Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges. A full list of all the suburbs within these districts are at the end of this page.

These are the suburbs of Eastern Suburbs Melbourne:


  • Ashburton, Balwyn, Balwyn North, Bellevue, Camberwell, Canterbury
  • Deepdene, Greythorn, Glen Iris, Glenferrie, Hawthorn, Kew, Surrey Hills


  • Bayswater, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Knoxfield, Lysterfield, Rowville
  • Scoresby, The Basin, Wantirna


  • Bulleen, Doncaster, Donvale, Park Orchards, Templestowe
  • Warrandyte, Wonga Park


  • Bayswater North, Croydon, Heathmont, Kilsyth South, Ringwood, Warranwood


  • Blackburn, Bellbird, Blackburn, Box Hill, Burwood, Bennettswood
  • Forest Hill, Heatherdale, Houston, Kerrimuir, Laburnum, Mitcham
  • Mont Albert, Nunawading, Surrey Hills, Tally Ho, Vermont, Wattle Park

Yarra Ranges

  • Badger Creek, Belgrave, Chirnside Park, Chum Creek, Coldstream, Dixons Creek
  • Don Valley, Ferntree Gully Upper, Ferny Creek, Gruyere, Healesville, Hoddles Creek
  • Kallista, Kalorama, Kilsyth, Launching Place, Lilydale, Macclesfield
  • Menzies Creek, Millgrove, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong
  • Mount Evelyn, Narre Warren East, Olinda, Sassafras, Selby, Seville
  • Sherbrooke, Silvan, Tecoma, The Patch, Tremont, Upwey, Wandin
  • Warburton, Woori Yallock, Yarra Glen, Yarra Junction, Yellingbo, Yering

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

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  • Denys October 14, 2021, 1:44 pm |

    Thanks for your post about all the suburbs, I am new in Australia and don’t know the place where I can target my customers)

  • Sherin August 5, 2018, 9:46 pm |

    Hi there,
    I am mother of 2 … looking for nice quiet suburb having good school and better transport facilities. Can anyone please suggest me which suburb is better Doncastereast , burwood east or blackburn from that point of view


    • BobinOz August 6, 2018, 8:27 pm |

      This is one I will leave to the locals, hopefully someone will see your comment and help you out.

      It might also be worth you having a good look through the comments on my main page about Melbourne, I know there has been quite a bit of talk about all three of these suburbs, it’s just a matter of searching through for them.

      I think you might find it helpful though. Good luck, Bob

  • Nishma January 18, 2018, 12:27 pm |

    Could you please advise , which aare the safe places to live in Melbourne. I am moving Melbourne in March.

    Thank you

    • BobinOz January 18, 2018, 4:59 pm |

      I personally don’t know Melbourne very well, but this page may help you research it…


      Also, if you have a look at the recommended suburbs in these comments, they would be safe as well. Hope that helps, Bob

    • Mark January 19, 2018, 9:16 pm |

      Hi There is so much choice its hard to guide without more info what are you looking for in a suburb, city or green, cafes or parks, where do you need to commute to Have a read of loads of comments on the Melbourne pages many from me and come back with some more specifics and ill try and suggest a few places

  • Mark October 28, 2017, 4:04 pm |

    Have a read through the posts om Melbourne and South East Melbourne in the drop down menu above however Mt Evelyn is a serious 1hr commute minimum from the better suburbs that suit you down that way like St Kilda and so on Id have a look around Lilydale and Mooolbark but you will find it quieter …bit catch 22

    • Ozimandias October 28, 2017, 7:45 pm |

      Lilydale is not exactly St Kilda.

      Lilydale is outer east, the end of a train line from central Melbourne, verging on rural. It is a bit grim socially, I thought. Further afield is Coldstream, an entrepot to the vineyards.

      St Kilda is inner Melbourne, across the highway is Windsor, Prahran, up Chapel St nd not a long way is South Yarra. This is a long way from Lilydale by any stretch, other than imagination.

      • Mark October 29, 2017, 7:58 am |

        Hi Ozman Im not sure where the original comment has gone,,. I think it was from Shilpa asking about working somewhere near Lillydale and wanting vibrant single person life…I was trying to point out that all the suburbs that would suit him were miles away (as you say by any stretch of the imagination) … There was effectively no easy answer for him. My comments dont quite make sense without the original which I may have missed somewhere

        • BobinOz October 30, 2017, 7:50 pm |

          Shilpa’s original comment is right down at the very bottom, he added it underneath a comment made by Nick in 2012. Hopefully he will see your replies and continue the conversation up here.

  • Andy January 15, 2017, 9:47 pm |

    how can you leave out Monash as being in the Eastern Suburbs? Ashwood, which is due east and 1 street away from Glen Iris is now what, South Melbourne?

    • Mark January 16, 2017, 9:46 am |

      Hi Andy Bit confused on your question. so not sure if I am typing sensible stuff here in reply but Monash is in the South Eastern suburbs as defined by VIC.gov…..City of Monash is also Ashwoods local government area… Whilst one street away is Glen Iris under the Cities of Boroondara and Stonnington but there has to be a line in the ‘sand’ somewhere. A lot of what you may call true Aussies get a shock from maps and areas locality in Melbourne. Only last week did I have a senior member of a consumer affairs outfit be somewhat utterly amazed when I said Rye and Portsea are Metro Melbourne he replied ‘no they are not’. I pointed something out and he was ‘bowled over’ that in fact these places and Sorrento are now defined as Melbourne Metropolitan areas….I guess as the land and city has evolved, things get bigger without many noticing.

    • James November 24, 2018, 9:49 pm |

      Ashwood is not one street away from Glen Iris.

      • BobinOz November 26, 2018, 8:45 pm |

        Well, I wouldn’t have a clue, I live in Brisbane. I did Google map it though, looks like Ashwood is about 5 km away from Glen Iris, and they are connected by one road, High Street Road.

  • Anjana February 15, 2016, 2:37 pm |

    We am thinking to move in Tarneit with 2 little kids. Can anyone suggest please is it family friendly suburb?

    • BobinOz February 15, 2016, 5:50 pm |

      Hopefully somebody local will help you out with this question, but you can also find out some interesting information about Australian suburbs through the links on my page called Which Suburb?

    • Mark January 25, 2017, 6:53 am |

      The whole area of Wyndham which includes Tarneit (in fact most of Melbourne) is family friendly but by varying degrees.. Im personally not keen on the west side at all as I dont feel it has the same infrastructure as the eastern suburbs, which I feel would be fair to say about Tarneit

  • Darren February 13, 2016, 3:07 pm |

    The eastern suburbs are where it is at. I’ve been in the area for quite some time with my driving school. A lot has changed over the years, the skill of driving though – that one is hard to master in any generation. Still enjoy teaching people how to drive of course!

  • Bonnie November 29, 2015, 5:26 pm |

    As part of a project we have been asked why the outer suburbs of Melbourne are a popular place to live. I’m really struggling to find out why this is and would love some help. Thanks

    • BobinOz December 1, 2015, 8:53 pm |

      I don’t live in Melbourne, so I don’t know Bonnie, but I would imagine it being cheaper to live in the outer suburbs being the major attraction. I’ll leave it to the locals to suggest any other reasons.

    • Emma June 5, 2016, 9:34 pm |

      I moved from inner eastern to mornington peninsula because that’s where I could afford. I also like the nature and the beach.

  • Amy September 18, 2015, 10:18 am |

    Hello I have just moved to Victoria from south australia and I am looking at residing in the western suburbs as I have employment there. Could someone please help and let me know where the most affordable place in the eastern subrbs to live? Thanks in advance!

    • Ash September 24, 2015, 8:01 pm |

      I didn’t get the idea what you are asking here. You are looking to reside in western suburbs or eastern ?

      But here we go:
      Western suburbs : Cheapest will be werribee, laverton. Quality of life will be good in point cook.
      May be move to north west and try watergardens, delahey, caroline springs. Cheap and much better and secure.
      And if you want ot save real money and don’t mind staying a bit farther, choose Melton.

      For eastern suburbs, nothing is cheap. But living in Doncaster, boxhill has its own charm. But here you can stay in north east – eltham, montmorency are awesome for family.

  • Joyi September 13, 2015, 10:03 pm |

    Can someone suggest me which is the beach close to box hill as i reside here i wish to take my kids (9,3) yrs during their coming term vacations.

    • Ash September 24, 2015, 7:57 pm |

      St kilda will be closer but going to birghton beach has its own charm. Your kids can enjoy with birds, dogs (supervised) and awesome brighton spirit.
      St kilds is good but very crowdy on a good sunny day.

  • Andrew Smith April 16, 2015, 10:29 pm |

    I moved into Balwyn in 1959. I don’t live there any more though but my mother still does.
    I went to school at Greythorn High and taught at Ringwood for a while.
    My father taught at Balwyn high.
    All schools have a cyclic nature. They can be good at one time then, perhaps six years later, be going through the doldrums.
    It might be that people go to a school BECAUSE IT IS GOOD and, by not contributing, destroy the very thing that they went for in the first place.
    A school can only do so much. The rest is up to you.
    Like so many places our area is being completely redeveloped. Our blocks were 1/2 to 3/4 acre with chooks and domestic animals. One would wake up to the sound of roosters crowing. And the milk horse neighing as he walked around delivering the milk bottles.
    Now the houses are largely demolished and replaced with hundreds of flats.
    Ours is the last original house remaining in the street.
    It has its compensations though. Good public transport to the city at least.
    Leafy streets. Parks and gardens.
    But I couldn’t stand it when all the apple orchards were swallowed up with houses.
    So I moved out.
    A long way out.
    I am definitely NOT a city person. Yet if you are then it is a far nicer place to live than the western plains.

    • BobinOz April 24, 2015, 8:17 pm |

      Makes sense, teachers come and go and so do students.

      Horses pulling the milk cart, those were the days 🙂

  • Ester March 26, 2015, 2:41 pm |

    Thanks a lot Leesal

    • BobinOz March 26, 2015, 7:04 pm |

      Also check out my page called Which school? It’ll help you check out the various schools in the area.

  • Ester March 26, 2015, 12:45 pm |

    I have a job offer in Melbourne- specifically La Trobe University and I have been advised to consider living in East Melbourne. I have secondary and primary age children and would like them to go to good schools. Could someone please advise me which suburb/s I should consider to live?

    • Leesal May March 26, 2015, 1:24 pm |

      Hello Ester. We just relocated to Melbourne in January and we are currently renting in Lower Templestowe. I have been told by many Melbournites that our area (and surrounding suburbs) have very good public schools. You might want to have a look at Doncaster, Doncaster East, Templestowe, Lower Templestowe, Eltham, Heidelberg (some parts) and Box Hill. Do let me know if you have more questions regarding living in the Eastern suburbs!

      • Bhushan Kate June 1, 2015, 8:28 pm |

        Hi May, My family is moving to Melbourne for the education of my 2 kids. One has admission in Box Hill North and the other in Blackburn schools. Are there any school bus services in these areas to pick and drop children from the home to the school and return ? Which are the best areas to rent a house ? We do not have a car driving option do we will depend on public transport and school buses. Any information would be greatly helpful. Thanks for your assistance.

  • James February 27, 2015, 12:58 am |

    Could any one tell me how over crowded the trains are in to the city in the morning and going home from say Glen iris or Mitchem?


    • BobinOz February 27, 2015, 2:54 pm |

      If you don’t get an answer here James, try asking again on my main page about Melbourne, it does get more readers.

  • Pam November 15, 2014, 4:07 pm |

    Hi, We live in inner suburb of Melb and love it. People are friendly, down to earth and great cafe and restaurants. But we have decided to move to leafy and quiet suburbs for bigger house and good schools such as McKinnon, Ormond, Benteigh and Surrey Hill. My concern is the people. Are people living in South East of Melb are snobby? money driven? judge you based on your income?

    • BobinOz November 16, 2014, 9:50 pm |

      Again, I can’t really help, I don’t know the area, anyone have an opinion on this?

  • Paul November 6, 2014, 10:09 pm |

    Needless to say, these suburbs are not trendy (at least not yet)
    Although they have a wide variety of both public and private schools.
    It is an up and coming area. But it is not yet there.
    Nearby suburbs like Sunshine and Deer Park are quite dated and not very safe. That’s why most people think the West is not an ideal choice. Again, it depends on you. If you do not mind a large mortgage payment or have lots of dough (and I mean lots of it!), then go to the Eastern suburbs. No doubt.
    But if you want more bang for your bucks then you may wanna look in this direction. To put it bluntly, It all depends on how “snobby” you feel you are and how comfortable you feel with “the commoners”, as per C. Dickens definition.
    Of course, this is just my opinion.
    Hope it helps.

  • Paul November 6, 2014, 10:01 pm |

    We moved to Caroline Srpings (Western Suburbs) back in June 2014 from St Augustine (Florida). I think it all depends on your budget and your aspirations. But after looking around for almost one months and having 4 kids we settled in a not sought after suburb but you still get good size homes for affordable prices (for Melbourne standards) and it is only 25-30 mins to Melbourne CBD. We are quite greedy with size and comfort but did not want to spend millions.
    Another thing is to get used that even though you’d have to pay 600-700K, most of your neighborhood would be blue color, unlike in the US. Impressively enough people can afford a 900K home and still drive around in modest cars…etc. But if you can get used to that, I would advise you to give it a shot. Taylor Hills, Caroline Springs, Burnside are building some new sites with great homes. And we have everything we need at walking distances.
    Schools are good an extremely diverse. Truly a melting pot. If you like that, then you’d be fine.

  • Leesal May July 15, 2014, 6:47 am |

    Hello everyone I was wondering if you could give me your opinion. I am originally from Perth WA but have been living in Switzerland for the past 8 years or so. At opportunity has recently come up for my husband to relocate to Melbourne, and we are both pretty sure we are going to take it. His company is based out in Bayswater. I would like to be closer to the city, as it will improve my chances of finding work. I also prefer inner city suburbs to outer suburbia, so I was thinking of renting in suburbs like Kew, Clifton Hill and Hawthorn. According to google maps, Hawthorn to Bayswater is about a 30 minutes drive. I have been warned about Melbourne traffic, but if we did rent out in Hawthorn (or somewhere thereabouts) my husband would be commuting in the opposite direction. Of course if the public transport is good he would prefer that to driving but I’m not banking on that. So the question is, does anyone know if google maps is at all slightly accurate? Would you recommend renting closer to the city, or would you find something around Bayswater? Can anyone else recommend any other suburbs? We are also a mixed-race couple with a 2 year old, so would prefer less bogan-y suburbs and somewhere more multicultural. I’m sorry for adding this last bit in but as I spent most of my formative years in Australia I have experienced my fair share of racism in certain parts of the ‘burbs. Of course racism is everywhere but somehow I feel more secure around areas that are a bit more ‘mixed up’.

    • BobinOz July 15, 2014, 8:03 pm |

      I can’t help you directly, I don’t live in Melbourne, so hopefully somebody with local knowledge will come along soon to help you out. All I wanted to say though is that just recently one of my other readers commented on how accurate Google maps are when using the directions function, just be sure to put in the correct time of day that you intend to make the journey and it will calculate your commute time.

      That’s all from me, now hopefully someone from Melbourne will be along soon…

      • Leesal May July 17, 2014, 4:11 pm |

        Thanks so much Bob! And thank you for this informative and awesome website! It’s not just for Poms either 😉

    • Adrian July 22, 2014, 1:33 pm |

      Hawthorn is a much nicer area to live but it is a lot more expensive than Bayswater (to buy or rent). Being closer in, it is busier and there is more traffic but it is a trade off as there is better public transport, close to the city etc. Bayswater is approx 28 kms east of the city and has a fair bit of industry there. It isn’t an affluent suburb but its not too bad. I can’t comment on racism, though and I’m not sure one suburb is better than the other in that regard. Hawthorn is most likely near better schools if you are thinking of staying in that area long term. The downside of course is that you’ll need deeper pockets to live there – for many Hawthorn just isn’t an option. The Belgrave train line stops at both Hawthorn and Bayswater stations, if that helps.

      • Leesal May August 1, 2014, 4:20 pm |

        Thank you so much Adrian! Every little bit of information helps!

  • Ellen Redman July 2, 2014, 3:06 pm |

    I live in the Eastern suburb of Vermont, and I can say that I have a rural feel, but I’m about 20 minutes from a beach, or the city. Large blocks of land, large houses (I have 7 bedrooms), and so many schools nearby (3 in walking distance). Also, many supermarkets and shopping centres.
    Good luck!

    • Cath November 26, 2015, 8:18 am |

      Hi Ellen – we are interested in the Vermont area if I can get my sons age 11& 3 into a nice school & nursery… Could you advise on the commute into the city centre please? I plan to get the Mitcham train daily?

  • Louise May 1, 2014, 9:31 pm |

    Me & my partner are looking to move to Australia next September and have our sights set on Melbourne. I was wondering if anyone had any views on I particular areas. I’d like more rural type areas not too busy and city entering aged, I’ve looked into the eastern suburbs and near the beach fits me quite well to.
    We will be in our 20’s so something that fits in with our generation too.
    Thanks Louise x

    • BobinOz May 2, 2014, 8:33 pm |

      I will leave that to my Melbourne readers Louise, I’ve only been there a few times so really don’t know it well enough. Anybody?

    • Adrian May 8, 2014, 1:05 pm |

      Can I ask why you chose Melbourne if you like rural areas and the beach? Only outer suburbs of Melbourne will give you a rural feel – Belgrave in the East, Whittlesea in the North etc. Maybe something like Baxter or Hastings in the outer South East will give you something near the Bay/sea. Too close to the Bay (Port Phillip Bay) ie Mornington is nice but not really ‘rural’. In the south east direction you’ll only get rural if you head more east. I’m not sure where the ’20s’ fits in with the rural. Generally inner suburbs attract younger people because of the bars/nightlife. There’s not much of that in the outer suburbs. I hope that has helped. Can you provide more detail?

  • Pooja Asopa February 24, 2014, 6:46 pm |


    I am moving to Melbourne from Singapore. Got an offer for shared room at Clayton North for Single couple room (no furniture) with a family. They are asking 700$ for the monthly rental.

    is it worth ? Do the prices around clayton are such high ?

    Please suggest. appreciate your responses.

    • BobinOz February 25, 2014, 2:33 pm |

      I don’t know that area well enough to help, but if you get no response here it would be worth you checking out the prices in gumtree, just Google it, and you should be able to search in there for comparative prices of room rentals.

      Good luck, Bob

      • Pooja February 25, 2014, 4:15 pm |

        Hi Bob,

        Thanks, I did google. But was just wondering if there is someone who could give me exact prices.

        Thanks nevertheless.


  • kerr1 December 28, 2013, 5:44 pm |

    Nathan , The Manningham suburbs above some which i mentioned are my pick as i come from Camperdown Vic, so these suburbs use to be treed, bushy, quiet parks, reminded me of being in the country…….Surrey Hills under “”whitehorse”” nice suburb too..older type of federation housing..my friend still lives in warrandyte and likes it there…

  • kerr1 December 28, 2013, 5:38 pm |

    I use to live in Melbourne in a few different suburbs, back in the 80’s so things have probably changed since then but North balwyn, warrandyte rosanna greensborough, kew all nice places and box hill is very close to city, going back though i found traffic really fast, if you have a young family, Warrandyte very bushy, and some nice homes, mind you some nice expensive prices too….hope that helps..

  • Nathan Elly December 17, 2013, 11:20 pm |


    Im moving form the uk and looking for accomodation that is both commutable to the CBD & The Yarra Valley. 2 people will be working in town and 2 people are looking to complete 88 days farm work to permit another years stay in Australia.

    Can anyone recommend a nice area, we are all in our early 20’s.

    Any help is much appreciated,



    • Adrian January 17, 2014, 8:53 am |

      The eastern suburbs sprawl out quite a distance so there is some variation. The inner east is probably amongst the most expensive real estate in the city (Hawthorn Camberwell, Mont Albert). The outer suburbs like Croydon, Lilydale are much cheaper but are 30 km away from the CBD (1 hour train trip). The upside is the proximity to Yarra Ranges. Perhaps a happy medium like Box Hill/Nunawading, Blackburn might be your best choice. Be aware that these suburbs are typically residential family homes and are not known for bars, restaurants etc. Ringwood and Box Hill have more options (Box Hill has a lot of Asian restaurants). I’m not sure what sort of lifestyle you are looking for.

    • Peter May 24, 2014, 11:59 pm |

      The inner eastern suburbs of Melbourne are really expensive, anywhere between 1.5-3 million. Areas such as Burwood, Surrey Hills and Box Hill are quite nice and around the 1 million mark for all of the suburbs. About 20 mins to the CBD (not peak hour) and around 20-25 mins from the outskirts of Melbourne.

      • Sana September 27, 2014, 3:01 pm |


        I’m about to choose to study in La Trobe (Bundoora Campus), could you please confirm:

        if I’ll be able to find enough work to get me through the studies
        would it be easy and inexpensive if I live in st. Albans and travel to & from uni
        also, how far is their University lodge from the main campus.

        Much appreciated the effort 🙂

        • BobinOz September 29, 2014, 4:26 pm |

          I will leave this one to the locals, anybody?

  • Jacob December 10, 2013, 8:01 pm |

    I live in Box Hill and it is close to really good schools. I would defiantly move to the eastern suburbs. I have lived in Box Hill for 18 years now and have 2 toddlers. We have no problem with getting to the city as there is a lot of public transport. It is also close to everything. There is a lot of good asian restraunts here.

  • Alison November 15, 2013, 7:23 am |

    Hi there I live in the uk and my husband has been offered a job in Melbourne and the eastern suburbs have been recommended to us to maybe rent a house. We have 3 young boys under 6 years old. Could anybody suggest family friendly, safe and areas with good primary schools. I have had a look on real estate website but there are so many places not sure how to narrow it down. Thank you and appreciate any advice and help. X

    • BobinOz November 15, 2013, 3:46 pm |

      I will have to leave this one to my readers in Melbourne Alison, I just don’t know the area well enough to advise. If you read everybody else’s comments above though, you may well find some good information, if not here, maybe on my main page about Melbourne.

      Can anybody help Alison?

    • Dylan November 23, 2013, 12:09 pm |

      I live in Balwyn and its a nice area. My sister lives in Blackburn and says that the area is really nice and close to good shopping centers. It really depends on your lifestyle.

  • Lanah Cat October 18, 2013, 2:31 pm |

    Like most stations here, Ringwood is pretty gross but they have police there at night so you (hopefully) won’t get stabbed.

  • Lanah Cat October 18, 2013, 2:30 pm |

    18 years in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne here.
    Blackburn is a hole. Only decent public school around the East is Ringwood Secondary.

  • Brenda May 30, 2013, 3:20 pm |

    Hi, we are moving to Melbourne at the end of the year and are looking for good public secondary schools. Do you know what Blackburn High is like? They don’t seem to have a zone like other public schools, which makes me wonder if it’s a good school? Thanks, Brenda

    • BobinOz May 30, 2013, 9:37 pm |

      Have you checked them out on my page called Which school?? There is a tool on there, explained with a video, to help you check out schools in Australia. Cheers, Bob

    • Allison Roe August 30, 2015, 7:54 pm |

      Blackburn high musical kids come for miles around as it has a very high music area.
      The school its self is ok..
      Forest hill had dreadful reputation however new principal has turned it around good school

  • Nick November 27, 2012, 7:14 pm |

    Hi there, if anyone wishs to know more info about the Eastern Suburbs, then please feel free to ask me any questions as I’ve been here for over a year now and can hopefully provide you with answers to most of your questions!

    My family and I live in Nunawading and are familiar with the area so please feel free to ask, as long as Bob’s ok with this?



    • BobinOz November 28, 2012, 12:44 am |

      Yes, I’m sure okay with it, I think it’s great that you are helping people out here. I love seeing people help each other out in the comments. Thanks Nick, I appreciate it.


    • Shilpa October 27, 2017, 11:22 pm |

      Hi Nick,

      I am moving to melbourne in the next few wks. I will be working in the east at Mt Evelyn, however would like to live close to the city. what areas would u suggest for a single person looking for some good activities around, shopping, eateries, and other leisure ameneties ?

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