Northern Suburbs Melbourne

Living in Northern Suburbs Melbourne

The seven districts in Northern Suburbs Melbourne are Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Nillumbik and Whittlesea. A full list of all the suburbs within these districts are at the end of this page.

These are the suburbs of Northern Suburbs Melbourne:


  • Bellfield, Briar Hill, Bundoora, Eaglemont, Eltham North, Greensborough
  • Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Lower Plenty, Macleod, Montmorency, Rosanna
  • St Helena, Viewbank, Watsonia, Yallambie


  • Alphington, Bundoora, Mt Cooper, Fairfield, Kingsbury, Macleod
  • Northcote, Westgarth, Preston, Regent, Reservoir, Thornbury


  • Attwood, Broadmeadows, Bulla, Campbellfield, Clarkefield, Coolaroo
  • Craigieburn, Dallas, Gladstone Park, Greenvale, Jacana, Kalkallo
  • Keilor, Meadow Heights, Melbourne Airport, Mickleham, Konagaderra Springs
  • Oaklands Park, Roxburgh Park, Somerton, Sunbury, Jacksons Hill
  • Goonawarra, Tullamarine, Westmeadows, Wildwood, Yuroke

Moonee Valley

  • Aberfeldie, Airport West, Ascot Vale, Avondale Heights, Essendon, Newmarket
  • Keilor East, Kensington, Moonee Ponds, Niddrie, Strathmore, Travancore


  • Brunswick, Moonee Vale, Coburg, Merlynston, Newlands, Fawkner
  • Glenroy, Westbreen, Gowanbrae, Hadfield, Oak Park, Pascoe Vale
  • Coonans Hill, Tullamarine


  • Bend of Islands, Christmas Hills, Cottles Bridge, Diamond Creek, Doreen
  • Eltham ,Greensborough, Hurstbridge, Midhurst, Kinglake, Kangaroo Ground
  • Nutfield, Panton Hill, Plenty, Research, Smiths Gully, Rob Roy
  • St Andrews, North Warrandyte, Watsons Creek, Wattle Glen, Yan Yean, Yarramba


  • Bundoora, Doreen, Laurimar, Eden Park, Epping, Lalor
  • Mernda, Mill Park, South Morang, Thomastown, Wollert, Woodstock
  • Yan Yean, Whittlesea

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

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  • Joshua October 28, 2021, 4:21 pm |

    Yea living in the northern suburbs is not gonna go well espicially if you are looking for family friendly places. Trust me when I say this, there are heaps of druggos especially near mill park and Roxy park and there are 12 year olds at the station vaping thinking they are cool. BUT there are good schools. I go to parade and it is the BEST school in the northern suburbs hands down. There are also a few good primary schools like St Francis of assisi. So think about it.

  • Maureen August 21, 2018, 10:08 am |

    Hi Bob,
    I am planning to move Melbourne from Adelaide. Can someone advice me good suburbs in northern Melbourn which has good primary and high school.

    • BobinOz August 24, 2018, 6:34 pm |

      This is one will need to leave to the locals. I will say though that in the comments on my main page about Melbourne there’s lots of talk about both the suburbs and the schools, so you will learn a lot if you skim through them.

      Hopefully though, someone will give you an answer here.

  • Christy June 30, 2018, 3:41 am |

    I was just wondering what city or suburb is best for people who are into organic food, eco friendly products, independent and locally owned businesses, independent and foreign movies? I now live here in California but I spent half my childhood in Adelaide. I’m just curious maybe someday.

    • Mark June 30, 2018, 7:28 pm |

      Hi Christy I know SoCal well having lived there many years and still spend a lot of time there. I cant see an equivalent anywhere I know in Aus which I grant is limited. Probably a third of Cali residents if not more willl look for organic, local and all Whilst many in Au will shop local as they dont do ….driiving distance…I dont think there is the demand perhaps because of population. As for films, No lets face it the population of Cali is probably double that of the whole of Australia, demand creates supply. Moving to SA would perhaps be like moving to Boise Idaho only without the potatoes. .

      • Christy August 4, 2018, 2:10 pm |

        Thank you so much for your reply. Very well put. =)

  • stella April 11, 2018, 1:42 am |

    hi which northern family friendly surbubs are nearer to the cbd postcode 3001

    • BobinOz April 11, 2018, 8:57 pm |

      Anyone know the answer to this? Bit hard for me to say Stella from up here in Brisbane 🙂 hopefully someone can help.

  • Zach January 22, 2017, 6:24 am |

    Hi Bob,

    I am a a 22-year old American looking to move to Australia for a year after graduating university. I’m thinking Melbourne, but am worried it is too expensive if I’m going to be working a minimum-wage job. Do you think I can get by like that? And any advice on where to live as a 22-year-old looking to meet people and go out?


    • BobinOz January 23, 2017, 5:17 pm |

      Well, young people do survive on low wages, but key to it is cheap accommodation. I can’t advise you where to live though because first it would be a good idea to know where you will be working. You don’t want to be living an hour and a half’s commute away from your job.

      For accommodation, we have an online magazine called gumtree where people offer shared house accommodation, even shared rooms if you want to keep the cost to a minimum.

      Have a browse through the ads, it will give you a good idea of what you might be able to get.

    • Kerry September 23, 2018, 8:26 pm |

      Hi Zach,
      There’s heaps of student accommodation complexes in Melbourne. Also shared accommodation seems to be popular with students. You’ll have plenty of choice. Go on the net to find out. Good luck & happy days to come. God bless you

  • Joshua September 20, 2016, 12:54 am |

    I have been reading about you how you have been so helpful mostly to new migrants to Australia. this so how kind are you. pls how will assist me too in making my dream come through. I have been dreaming of Australia for long. till I read from you. Joshua

    • BobinOz September 20, 2016, 8:49 pm |

      Thank you, but whilst I help people gather information about moving to Australia, I cannot help anybody directly. Only MARA registered migration agents can do that, see Would I Qualify?

  • Prince August 27, 2016, 2:33 pm |

    Hello Bob

    Im moving to Melbourne with my wife and 4 yr old twins from India on a 457 visa. Im looking for family friendly suburbs in Northern Melbourne with good schools and child care facilities. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


    • BobinOz August 29, 2016, 4:38 pm |

      If you don’t get a response who knows the area well here Prince, it might be a good idea to have a read of the comments on my main page about Melbourne as there is lots of talk about all Melbourne suburbs, including Northern Melbourne. Good luck, Bob

      • Prince September 1, 2016, 3:11 am |

        Thanks Bob

  • Dina Gaafar November 19, 2014, 1:14 pm |

    I recently moved to Melbourne. I live in Watsonia. It is on the Hurstbridge train line between Macleod and Greensborough. It is a small suburb and very friendly. The best thing about it is it makes feel like a countryside little town. Kind of isolated and quiet but the people here are very friendly. I love it here!

    • BobinOz November 19, 2014, 5:42 pm |

      Sounds great Dina, and in some ways reminds me of the kind of place I live in here in Brisbane. I’m about 22 kilometres away from the city to the west, and it also feels as though I’m living in the countryside here and I love it too.

      Cheers, Bob

      • Ryan June 4, 2015, 9:16 pm |

        I used to live in Kensington, and for a northern suburb it’s the perfect feeling of suburbia/community but still so close to the CBD. For those new to the city I’d recommend somewhere closer than 22kms to the city, as that is quite the commute to town. I’d say Essendon is as far as you should go. It’s a nice bike ride into the City down the Maribyrnong River. I’ve now moved to Seddon (Inner West Melbourne) which also has a similar feel to Kensington, which is also another good option.

        • BobinOz June 5, 2015, 4:39 pm |

          Thanks Ryan, helpful information.

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