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:


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


  • 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,


  • 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


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

Glen Eira

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


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


  • 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


  • 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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  • Neil Beckett April 11, 2021, 1:51 pm |

    We have lived in Mornington for the past 16 years. When we first arrived we absolutely loved it and thought it would be our forever home. Recently however we found the whole peninsula was getting too busy for our liking and have moved to south Queensland. No where stays the same and that progress I guess.

    • BobinOz April 13, 2021, 7:54 pm |

      Yes, places change, especially over 16 years. Always somewhere else to go to though that suits the pace of life you want, thankfully.

  • Bailey March 8, 2020, 12:47 am |

    Hey, Thanks for the list but just to inform you have forgotten the city of Knox and the suburbs underneath. These include, Bayswater, Boronia, Furntree gully, Knoxfield, Lysterfield (Part), Rowville, Sassafras (Part), Scoresby, The Basin, Upper Furntree Gully (Part), Wantirna and Wantirna South. Thanks

    • BobinOz March 9, 2020, 6:28 pm |

      Thanks for the heads up Bailey, but I also have another page on Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, as opposed to south-eastern, and I think all the places you mention are listed there.

      Here’s a link to the page…

      When I did my research, which was over 10 years ago now, the information I found definitely separated east and south-eastern Melbourne in this way, hopefully it’s still relevant today.

      Cheers, Bob

  • Vincenzo September 3, 2019, 6:05 am |

    Hi everyone,
    My name is Vincenzo, I am seeking for Italian communities in the south-east suburbs of Melbourne. I am passionate and interested on knowing and collecting stories from Italian born residend in Melbourne.
    Thank you.

  • Monica August 27, 2019, 3:46 am |

    We are a family of 4 with two little children. So very dependent on childcare , good school zones. We landed in Berwick ( from Auckland, NZ) and I am struggling to find suitable job that fits in daylight hours of 8:30 am and 5:30pm as travelling to and from Berwick stretches my day on both sides. Preparing to switch the suburb – any suggestions – which part of Melbourne is closest to job hubs like CBD, Richmond, st kilda etc and ofcourse affordable to buy (around 800k mark or bit more stretch on that) also considering schools childcare family living. Is it east or north or west ??!! All inputs will be appreciated 🙂

    • BobinOz August 29, 2019, 5:23 pm |

      I wish I could help Monica, but I just don’t know Melbourne well enough being up here in Brisbane. It might be worth you having a look at my main page about Melbourne and going through the comments made on that page, there is much talk about the various suburbs and what they are like.

      I’m sure you will glean a lot of information and if you still want to ask any questions, it might be better to ask them on that page as it does get more readers.

      Good luck, Bob

    • Jules October 13, 2019, 7:35 pm |

      Hi Monica! I am not an expert of Melbourne myself, however if I had to reccomend certain parts of Melbourne, I would say that if you were looking for areas with suitable childcare and jobs around the CBD in western Melbourne. I recommend places such as Port Melbourne or Williamstown with suitable child care and it being close to the CBD. However I understand Berwick, being an eastern suburb it might be a little difficult to move there, so if you are looking for places to settle down in the eastern districts you may find districts such as Monash, Stonnington or Glen Eira with affordable housing and reasonable amounts of childcare establishments. It can also average about 15 – 30 minutes to the CBD with Caulfield or Malvern being ideal. It is also close to Chadstone shopping centre, I hope that this was helpful in helping you finding a new place.
      Kind Regards – Jules

  • Olivia November 9, 2017, 6:23 pm |

    You forgot to add Chelsea heights because that’s were I live

    • BobinOz November 10, 2017, 7:13 pm |

      How could I forget Chelsea Heights? This situation has been immediately corrected, it’s there now, thanks for letting me know.

    • Arun June 20, 2018, 8:57 am |

      Hi Bob,

      My son is moving to Aus and working in Csiro.
      Could you recommend a safe area, close to his work where he could rent.

      Regards, a worried parent.

      • BobinOz June 20, 2018, 6:01 pm |

        I just don’t know Melbourne well enough to help, so hopefully a local will see your comment and make some suggestions. It would be worth reading my post Finding Somewhere Nice to Live in Australia, it will help you distinguish disadvantaged areas from the most advantaged.

        I wouldn’t worry too much though, generally speaking Melbourne and Australia are pretty safe. Like anywhere though, there are some areas that are best avoided, so once your son has narrowed down some potential suburbs, it might be worthwhile checking out what people say about them in my comments here and on my main page about Melbourne (lots of information there) and even on my page called Which Suburb?

        Hope that helps, Bob

  • Stella August 30, 2017, 8:15 am |

    Hi Bob

    Last month I wrote to say that Thai Airways had offered me an extra 15kgs baggage on my migration flight. Since then, and having booked my flight with them based on this, I have had nothing but problems trying to get confirmation from them and toda was told I would get NO extra baggage, just the standard 30kg, so I do apologise if anyone read that post and looked to get the same allowance. Going to cost me a LOT more now in excess baggage charges, but I shall be writing to their head office to complain.

    Best wishes

    • BobinOz August 31, 2017, 11:14 pm |

      Sounds a nightmare, airlines can be such a pain at times. Trouble is, try asking for your money back, see what happens then. Terms and conditions…

  • Stella January 5, 2017, 6:43 pm |

    Hi Bob, I am hoping to gave my visa to emigrate to Melbourne very soon. I noticed that first time buyers get a reduced stamp duty charge – do you know if this applies to those emigrating to Australia but who gave be previous homeowners in the UK? Also, what age do you need to be to qualify for pensioner reduced stamp duty (or is that soley dependent on you drawing your pension at the time)?

    If you, or your readers, know the answer to these questions, I would be very grateful.

    • BobinOz January 6, 2017, 11:42 pm |

      I’m afraid I can’t help with this one, simply because the rules change all the time and I believe each state and territory offer their own separate schemes. It’s impossible for me to keep up with it.

      Your best bet would be to Google ‘first-time buyer schemes in Australia’ as I think there is a government website which details all the different schemes for all of our states and territories. Good luck, Bob

    • Mark January 25, 2017, 6:45 am |

      Yes you would be first time buyers here assuming you have not purchased before however its a limited scenario currently $130 to $600k The pensioner matter is also a limited scenario in that you need to have other things in place, so be recognised as a pensionable age and I believe its limited ti 750K I dont believe thats pro rata eg 790k purchase price you are discounted on the 750 part its my belief over 750k and you pay. Thats certainly the case for first time. Ive not been involved in a pensionable age purchase. A decent broker (though you will likely be buying outright so not need one) and conveyancer will guide you through it all. or google…. state revenue office Victoria, pensioner exemption concession declaration duties form 8F.

    • Karu March 5, 2017, 3:28 pm |

      First time byres either AUS citizens or permanent residents get the stamp duty concession. For NZ citizens there are special provisions.When enter the country they get the Special Category Visa(under section 444) and are considered as AUS PRs.
      A conveyancing person would clarify.

  • kishan September 15, 2016, 4:51 pm |

    how many points required to get pr in Melbourne

    • BobinOz September 15, 2016, 7:47 pm |

      Same as anywhere else in the country, see my Points Calculator page.

    • Stella March 5, 2017, 4:46 pm |

      Karu, thank you very much for your reply, that’s most helpful. Stella

  • Suzanne August 4, 2016, 9:43 pm |

    Hi guys! My husband, myself and our currently 1 year old are looking to emigrate to Melbourne. What would be a good area for us? We’d have a budget of around $250k. Thanks in advance 🙂

    • BobinOz August 5, 2016, 3:50 pm |

      If you are considering anywhere in Melbourne, then may I suggest you have a read some of the many comments about the various suburbs on my main page about the city. If you want to ask for help on that page, I’d suggest saying more about what you want from a suburb, because without that information, no one can pick a place for you.

      One thing is for sure though, you will not be buying anywhere to live for $250k. Check out my page Cost of Buying or Renting a House in Australia to research prices.

  • Charlene July 22, 2016, 4:49 pm |

    If you get work at Gemini which would be a good,safe area to live in.

  • Sarah July 9, 2016, 10:15 am |

    Hi, we’re moving to Wheelers Hill in a few weeks and have heard great things about the suburb. Bit off topic but can anyone recommend a good moving company in the area? I’ve tried the Moving Squad ( but they’re fully booked out on our dates. We’ve experienced had movers when we moved a few years ago so I’m very nervous about it this time.

  • Michael June 10, 2016, 10:05 pm |

    I went to St James ,gardenvale ,I was floged when I got home I was flogged ,I still loved my father .my mother would tell my dad to flogg me .i knew he didn’t want to I still don’t know why he did it ,Michael west

    • BobinOz June 12, 2016, 8:51 pm |

      Sorry to hear that, it must have been difficult for you.

  • Rira June 4, 2016, 4:39 pm |

    My husband and I thinking of buying out to the hills, we are first home buyers and thinking to buy a house in Cockatoo which is really affordable! But we don’ know that area very well and couldn’t find anything helpful through the net to give us a feedback. Do you think is a good area for investment as well and it’s growing? Regards

    • Bob June 5, 2016, 11:21 pm |

      If you want a home in isolated area and next to forests, then Cockatoo would be your choice. I didn’t visit this area, but this is how it looks from my point of view. I don’t think it would be a good investment. Good investment is the closest to the live locations and city centre.

  • Rira June 4, 2016, 4:29 pm |

    Hiiii, We’re thinking of buying our first homeMelbourne at Cockatoo, but we don’t know that area very well. The prices really affordable…

  • Gavin May 17, 2016, 3:31 pm |

    Hi Bob. You left out Windsor as a suburb.

    • BobinOz May 17, 2016, 8:38 pm |

      Yes, you’re right, well spotted. Not sure how that happened. I’m also not sure whether it should go on this page under Stonnington, or on my page about Inner Melbourne under Port Phillip as it appears to be somewhere between the two. Where would you put it Gavin?

  • David May 4, 2016, 7:50 pm |

    Want something please!!!

    Cheltenham area but willing to travel. Just need now. Now.


    • BobinOz May 5, 2016, 12:22 am |

      Sorry, I can only do tomorrow. Can anyone do now for David?

  • Haroon March 31, 2016, 6:09 pm |

    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 |

      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 |

        Thanks Bob

  • Joe March 2, 2016, 10:23 pm |

    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 |

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

      • Pradeep July 6, 2016, 12:58 am |

        I have got my business in India. I am thinking of buying residential villa in suburb of Melbourne.i want settle in Australia.kindly advise me which area is better. Kindly reply.

  • Bob February 17, 2016, 9:46 pm |


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


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

      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 |

        Thanks a lot Neil.

  • satti December 7, 2015, 8:36 pm |

    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 |

      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 |

    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 |

      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?


      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 |

        Hey Bob,

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


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

          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 |

            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?


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

              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.


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

                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.


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


      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 |

    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 |

    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 |

      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 |

    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


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

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

    • Neil June 5, 2016, 4:07 pm |

      Affordability is now a huge issue, given the great Australian housing bubble (that will burst one day IMHO). If you have deep pockets then Brighton would be a go. If your an ordinary Jo, then places like Narre Warren and Berwick may be more affordable. Massive estates with little in the way of character but they do offer good public transport and road commuting opportunities towards the city of Melbourne.

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

    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 |

      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 |

        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 |

      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 |

      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 |

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

    • BobinOz August 2, 2015, 8:13 pm |
    • Jessica August 8, 2015, 12:44 am |

      Clayton North.

    • Neil February 24, 2016, 6:45 am |

      Hi Sushma,
      Dandenong, Clayton and those inner South East areas of Melbourne have a high Indian population. Particularly Dandenong.
      If you have any family members that are Chef’s bring em over. No one over here seems to be capable of cooking good Indian food like in the UK. I miss it sooo much.

    • Deven zala May 27, 2018, 12:45 am |

      carnegie, clayton, murumbeena, dandenong,

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

    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 |

      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 |

        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 |

      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 |

      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 |

        HI Jessica, thank you for your comments and advise.

  • vanessa May 16, 2015, 12:46 pm |

    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 |

      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 |

      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 |

    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 |

      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 |

    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?

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

      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 |

      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 |


    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 |

      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 |

      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 |

        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 |

      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 |

    how far is Clayton, South East from Melbourne airport

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

      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 |

    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!

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

      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 |

      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 ?.

      • Sean March 24, 2019, 10:10 pm |

        Where is his work located I live in Melbourn so yeh

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