Family friendly suburbs in Melbourne

By Johanna Seton
Melbourne Suburbs
Melbourne Suburbs

If you’ve got a growing family and are thinking about buying property in a family friendly area of Melbourne, you’re in luck.

The city’s friendly and vibrant culture, combined with strong local infrastructure like shopping centres, good schools, convenient public transport, numerous medical precincts, and its general love of sport all make for a family friendly city and contribute to Melbourne’s status in both Australia and abroad, with the city regularly named among the world’s most livable by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Still, there are certain suburbs that are particularly ideal for people with growing families, with things like access to schools, parks, public transport, and distance from the city all key factors in making life easier for families.

Some of Melbourne’s best suburbs for families include:


Tarneit is a suburb on the rural-urban fringe of Melbourne’s west, located 25 kilometres from the CBD in the city of Wyndham local government district with an approximate population of 22,000.

The growing community consists of some farmers working the agricultural land which Tarneit is known for, as well as an urban sprawl spilling over from neighbouring suburbs that are running out of property for the mix of young independent, established, and mature aged families flocking there.

The railway line and new roads offer a convenient way into the city, giving school children and workers that have to commute each day comprehensive transport options.

Low median property values of $400,000 mean Tarneit is the ideal place for first home buyers, especially those with growing families and a need for an affordable home.

The relatively low interest it receives in the housing market, along with the opportunity to purchase a dream new home given parts of the suburb are newly developed, makes Tarneit one of Melbourne’s best suburbs for families.

Surrey Hills

Surrey Hills sits within the eastern Melbourne local government area of Boroondara. Located just 11 kilometres from the CBD, it has a population of just over 14,000.

The average house price in the suburb currently sits at $1,755,000. This price and the consistent growth in property values in Surrey Hills make it an up and coming suburb, with families sure to benefit from a strong local housing market for years to come.

A largely urban area, trams, trains, and buses all contribute to a comprehensive and reliable public transport system connecting the area to city, while the local community is also strong.

Schools and local small businesses make up a strong local economy, with a wide range of multicultural restaurants, retail stores, and service businesses helping residents get more done in their area without having to commute to the city.

Countless small public parks, including the Surrey Gardens and South Surrey Park, are also dotted throughout Surrey Hills, providing families with a timeless and cost effective way to keep the kids outdoors and entertained.


Set within the local government area of Stonnington, the south eastern suburb of Malvern has a population of 10,000, allowing room for growth and further community development hand in hand with growing families.

Extensive public transport servicing the area allows for convenient and cost effective travel, with the Malvern tram depot on Glenferrie Road providing residents with a number of routes to the rest of Melbourne. Malvern is also quite a leafy suburb, with Microburbs awarding it a tranquility score of 9/10 thanks to numerous parks and sporting venues being located in the area, keeping residents out and about in the fresh area.

Malvern is the priciest suburb on this list with a median house price of $1.9 million, but the price reflects the value the facilities surrounding Malvern add to properties in the area. It may be out of the price ranges of younger, newer families, but more established families would do well to take a look at the area.


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