The Best Family Suburbs in Melbourne

December 18, 2020

Melbourne is consistently deemed Australia’s culture capital, regularly making the rankings as the world’s most liveable city. It makes sense that you’re looking to start a new life with your family in Melbourne’s suburbs! Everyone wants to live in the vibrant hub of Victoria’s capital. However, some suburbs in Melbourne are better than others for families, and there are certain things you should consider – for example, some will have closer proximity to quality schools and community amenities. On top of that, cafes, shops and dining are always a must for busy parents to unwind. From the seaside to the inner city, to the outer locales which are growing in popularity for a number of reasons, here are the top family suburbs in Melbourne.

Diggers Rest

If you’ve been wondering about the best suburbs in Melbourne for families, we’ve got just the place. Quite literally master-planned around all that a young family could ever need, Bloomdale is located northwest of Melbourne, within the established town of Diggers Rest. It’s the perfect spot for families seeking land for sale near Sunbury, Plumpton or the surrounding areas.

Whether you’re looking for a generous block size or something a little more compact, our house and land packages give buyers the freedom to build a life around the needs of their family. Families seeking land for sale in Caroline Springs and Gisborne are drawn to Bloomdale for its convenient location and tranquil atmosphere. It’s not always easy to find a quiet neighbourhood that still grants its residents access to all the amenities a growing family needs, but Bloomdale strikes the perfect balance between urban convenience and peaceful country living.

Bloomdale is a haven of green open spaces, giving its young residents a wonderful start in life as they grow and connect with the tight-knit community. Despite being home to diverse families of all shapes and sizes, Bloomdale residents have one thing in common: their zest for life and passion for community. A range of commendable schools and childcare facilities are also within easy reach of Bloomdale’s tree-lined streets. This combined with the many playgrounds, entertainment options and vistas of sweeping green open space is why many residents feel that Bloomdale is one of the best suburbs in Melbourne for families looking to settle down.

Doncaster East

Doncaster East is a corner of Melbourne’s north-east known for its safe, leafy streets, making it the perfect location for families. With a lively yet relaxed way of life, Doncaster East sits close to transport links, well regarded schools and entertainment. The suburb also boasts an extraordinary number of quality playgrounds and a mouthwatering array of restaurants and kid-friendly cafes. Nearby Doncaster has a vast offering of cultural activities including performance and gallery venues.


While Coburg is considered inner-city (just 10 kilometres from the CBD), the suburb has a village-like feel. It has seen much gentrification in recent years, with green space and homes growing to accommodate the increasing number of couples with children or expectant parents. Well-connected to transport and family fun, food and schools, Coburg also has plenty of outdoor activities close at hand.


Beachside Altona is just 13km out from the city, making this the perfect place for active parents and kids. From its running, walking and cycling paths to the sandy beach and pier, this seaside suburb gives its residents the perfect balance between the pace of the sea and the city: with great rail links, amenities are never far away and never out of sight (there are some stunning city views!). Altona sits within reach of some reputable education institutions, such as a few primary schools, high schools and a college in nearby Williamstown. These include government and religious schools. With a variety of housing options for all kinds of families, Altona is close to a range of nearby indoor and outdoor attractions including WIlliamstown Botanic Gardens, cafes, a Tuesday produce market and more.

Roxburgh Park

Roxburgh Park is a popular nest for families, being both affordable and conveniently located near transport links, making the 25km commute a piece of cake. The suburb has five primary schools and a secondary college, plus the likely chance of a backyard and if not, a plethora of green space is in the community.


Macleod is a suburb often skimmed over. Located in Melbourne’s north-east, 14km from the CBD, it has fast links to the city because of the railway line and road connections. Macleod has a range of family-friendly homes, ranging from cladded cottages to sturdy 70s red brick houses. With generous land sizes and a plethora of local schools for you and your children to choose from, Macleod is closely located to La Trobe University and multiple shopping complexes. Add a dose of community spirit and you’ve got it – the perfect family suburb!


Kingsville is an inner-city enclave nestled in an area that Melbournians dub the ‘golden triangle’. While it’s a smaller suburb, it is quickly drawing buyers with children who love the city lifestyle. With a mix of older Edwardian homes and newer homes, parents can choose to send their children to schools in neighbouring Footscray and Yarraville, where you’ll find shopping centres and transport links as well. Besides being conveniently close to the CBD, there is plenty to do in the way of family excursions; cafes and activities galore. 


Kew, in Melbourne’s east, borders the Yarra River. Just five kilometres from the city, housing can be quite expensive. If you’re willing to pay a pretty penny, however, the historic suburb of Kew is home to a range of high-quality colleges and grammar schools – some of the best in the state. If inner city living is a must, Kew is for you. The streets are green and the houses are stunning, from sprawling Art Deco mansions to Victorian terraces and newer apartments. Kew is peaceful and naturally beautiful, perfect for families, dog walkers and runners with plenty of room to relax and unwind.


Whichever suburb you choose, it should be suited to the needs of your family – and only you know what is best. If you’d like to take an active role in the style of your home, in a suburb built around the needs of a family, enquire about life at Bloomdale today.

For the best of country charm, comfort, and contemporary living, as well as the Melbourne CBD just a 30-minute drive away, Bloomdale is the place to be. With a wide choice of block sizes to suit your needs and established facilities at Diggers Rest, you’ll enjoy the convenience of connection from the first moment you enter the community.

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