Top 5 Suburbs for Families in Melbourne

If you don’t know a city well it can be a daunting task choosing your new suburb for your family! Here we take out the guess work and fill you in on 5 of Melbourne’s best options to rent in with kids.


Nestled between Black Rock and Mentone, 20 km south-east from the CBD, Beaumaris is an affluent seaside suburb with the tranquil ambience of a country town. With a population of only 13,500, the tree-lined suburb has just the right number of people to keep its shops and plethora of eateries busy without making it feel the least bit crowded. Education-wise, it has three primary schools and one of the state’s best new secondary colleges which was built in conjunction with the Melbourne Cricket Club and has state of the art sporting facilities. When you’re not sipping a café latte, overlooking sun-mottled Port Phillip Bay, you can spend a leisurely afternoon with the family on Beaumaris Beach.


Located 10 km east of the CBD, Balwyn has a well-deserved reputation for being one of Melbourne’s most idyllic, family welcoming suburbs. Schools, parks, shops, public transport, there are no shortage of amenities in Balwyn. Its famous public secondary school is well known to get some of the tops academic results in the state beating out many private schools and having a strong focus on their music program. The suburb even has its own art-deco picture theatre, the famous Balwyn Cinema.  


Williamstown was Melbourne’s first port settlement and is steeped in history. It’s also steeped in cafes, restaurants, boutique fashion and gift shops and too many tourist attractions to list all of them here. So, we’ll name just two: the Williamstown Botanic Gardens and the Williamstown Craft Market. Lying on the eastern edge of Hobsons Bay, with the city of Melbourne in clear view, Williamstown is easily accessible by public transport, including the beloved Williamstown Ferry. Its range of schools, broad, quiet streets and sense of community spirit, make it an ideal place for families.


One of Melbourne’s best-kept secrets, McKinnon occupies just several square kilometres of land about 13 km from the CBD. Small though it may be, it has parks, schools and a dedicated railway station, and is a mere stone’s throw from the busy Bentleigh shopping hub. In the past, McKinnon was host to rows of Californian bungalows but has since embraced more modern architecture, with attractive apartments and townhouses now a common feature of its streetscapes. Low on crime but high on family living, McKinnon would be a great place for you to call home. Like Balwyn it also has one of the top performing public schools in the state.

Glen Iris

Glen Iris nudges Malvern and Camberwell and like those well-to-do suburbs oozes class – but with a much cheaper price tag! From its tree-festooned parks and avenues to its elegant shopping strips and state-of-the-art sporting facilities, Glen Iris eschews the bland for style and sophistication. It’s not just a suburb, it’s a lifestyle and its close proximity to the city, many fine private schools and transport links should place it near the top of your must-consider list.

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