8.9 out of 10

Doncaster

Ranked 97th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7890025118018 145.125909110196
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  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Gym & Fitness
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
Oct 11, 2016

"Fantastic Family Living!!"

Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
Kellyd2R
Kellyd2R Where does one go once you sell and move out of this magnificent suburb??!! I've extensively researched cheaper suburbs (Montmorency, Eltham, Briar Hill, St. Helena, Macleod, Greensborough) and sadly, they do not come within "Cooee" of Doncaster!!! If you own property in Manningham ... Dare NOT sell. You're sitting on a gold mine of real estate. There is yet bigger dollars to be had in the foreseeable future. Owning a home in this Blue Chip suburb is tons better than superannuation. Instead of money in the bank, you have dollars galore in bricks and mortar!! Annual Capital Growth of 25.5% is a phenomenal gain. This leafy, well-serviced and affluent neck of the woods is a delight to live in. I would like to see what property values will be like in 10 years' time ... $1.2 million will pale in significance in the near future. The BEST location is West Doncaster, where neighbouring, North Balwyn, quick and easy ccess to the Eastern Freeway, Park and Ride, etc., are right at your doorstep, and not forgetting the breathtaking views which face West of the city!!! I've considered selling several times over the last 18 months but it clearly appears that I'm stuck here forever because where in Melbourne are you so spoiled for choice, comfort and security?
Nov 23, 2015
Kellyd2R
Kellyd2R I agree with you Kellyd2R. We purchased our modest home in 2009 and we shake our head in disbelief ... our property has been valued at $1.1 million plus and no improvements were added to the property. Our mortgage has been paid off twice over in such a short time. Not to mention that Doncaster is, in my opinion, the best suburb to work in, raise and educate our children in and the recreational parks, gardens, vistas, professional suites, facilities and shopping etc. in this suburb makes Manningham a self-contained but expansive haven for all to enjoy. We love it here.
Nov 23, 2015
privateuser
privateuser The best part is anywhere close to Westfield and PT links to Box Hill and the CBD. however if that's not that important, the suburb has several perfect locations with a good choice of views and lifestyle. Council really needs to get its act together when it comes to street trees though. Especially on High St. and Wetherby Rd. which have been completely neglected from year dot! Not sure why but can only assume apathy.
Sep 12, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
Apr 11, 2016

"Friendly area with easy access to freeway to CBD"

Nice area with good parks, shopping options and cafes. Rental properties are always in high demand and properties tend to get snatched up quickly to young professionals and families.

No direct train line to Doncaster, but easy access to Eastern Freeway and good bus links make it easy to get around. Doncaster Shopping Centre is amazing and has everything, but parking is an issue sometimes.

Overall a lovely area with people in it!
Pros
  • The lifestyle is enjoyable, easy and safe...
  • Leafy
Cons
  • Needs more public transport options. The buses are great, very reliable and fast....but a train line would be a fantastic option for commuters, and way overdue.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Invetsment area, ever growing!"

Doncaster is a great suburb, with fantastic location to both the city and beautiful leafy green North eastern suburbs. A great investment area as there is plenty of room for growth, and public transport will continue to improve as population demands it! Friendly, safe and great dining and shopping options. Doncaster is a great area for both owner occupier, tenants and investors, Highly recommend !
Pros
  • The lifestyle is enjoyable, easy and safe...
  • Close to the CBD
  • Leafy
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Geographically Gifted Elevated Inner Eastern Suburb!"

Relatively close to the city from 12km at its closest point to 16km at its far end and easy access to just about anywhere in Melbourne and on the way up in more ways than one!

Public transport is nowhere near as bad as described by some and is in fact better than some places which already have trains because Doncaster is a small suburb which is close enough to the Box Hill station via a short bus ride so no need to drive to a station as many have to in their own suburbs with trains. It is also very close to many of the top private schools in neighbouring Boroondara. Box Hill and Austin hospitals and Epworth Private in Box Hill a short distance and one of the best shopping centres in Melbourne plus a huge park all within easy reach to all residents and even walking distance for many make it a very attractive place to live.

Easier access to Melbourne University which is the top university in Victoria, Box Hill Tafe nearby, except for peak times (but where in Melbourne's suburbs do you not struggle?) during the week access to the CBD and all the great places in Fitzroy, Collingwood and Carlton can take as little as 12-15 mins. without paying any tolls unlike the monstrous journeys from other suburbs which are unlucky enough to just be in the wrong place.

Property values have risen above a median of $1,000,000 and are destined to rise further due to the suburb's proximity to nearby or adjoining blue chip suburbs and with the amount of foreign investment in development sites in recent times it can only get better.

I entered "trendy and stylish" to my list because of the numerous apartment developments which would obviously attract people of that description.

The new estate coming to the Eastern Golf Club land will be interesting to say the least.
Pros
  • Close to the CBD
  • Views in every direction
  • Leafy
  • The lifestyle is enjoyable, easy and safe...
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5
2yrs+

"Overrated far outer suburb"

I find Doncaster quite overrated, it has poor public transport (no trains) which is disappointing for an outer suburb. The lack of quality schools is also something to remember, both Doncaster and east Doncaster secondary colleges are simply poor performers.
epawei
epawei Some individuals tend to have this view point when they can't afford to own a property in the area. Why do you need another form of poor transportation when you have excellent bus services? I have been commuting by bus for the past eight years. I found it very convenient. Most of the top performing children's in the area tend to leave EDSC and Doncaster Secondary for Selective school s and programs. This is the reason why these schools don't perform well from year 10 to 12. The wealthier families (Most of them are.) Will send their children to private.
2yrs+
SammyG
SammyG Cannot afford to buy into the area...lol...I can buy into Doncaster out of my petty cash tin. Not sure which comment is more amusing, the excellent bus services or the quality of the schools, might call it a draw.
2yrs+
epawei
epawei I'm sure you are a very rich man. Lol.
2yrs+
SammyG
SammyG Also worth separating myth from reality http://localstats.qpzm.com.au/stats/vic/melbourne/north-east/doncaster as one can see, median income well below Melbourne average, but who cares about the facts.....
2yrs+
epawei
epawei Yes, there is a myth and reality. Most families in the area are oversea business owners, or professionals that hold senior positions in large organisations. I certainly know where I am!
Statistics 101 - You will need a more reliable source of data. Here is another for you:

http://images.theage.com.au/file/2012/11/29/3848598/LGA_incomes.xls

You need to look at Manningham. Note again .. Most families are oversea business owners. Not sure how much of that contributes to the statistics.
2yrs+
SammyG
SammyG My link is derived via the ABS, hardly an unreliable site, the link you have posted is misleading as Manningham constitutes many suburbs that prop up the lower income of Doncaster.
It is not hard to do some research and verify the median income figure for Doncaster, and as for your comment about MOST families being overseas business owners, I am unsure when less than 10% ever meant MOST.
2yrs+
epawei
epawei Not sure what you are thinking. Do you think "the age" won't derive their data from ABS?? You have to live in the area to truely understand the demographics. It wouldn't be the case that you got priced out of the area. It's only petty cash! :-).
2yrs+
epawei
epawei Suggest you look for a property in Melton. Actually not a bad investment.
2yrs+
KellyD2
KellyD2 Lol epawei good on you for outsmarting this "SammyG Sore Loser Petty Cash Tin Holder"!!!!! His comments are laced with jealousy and stupidity!!! Any one and every one who lives in Doncaster or Manningham are laughing all the way to the bank ... besides, we enjoy the BEST lifestyle and investment culture in this buzzy little town of ours!!! Yes, SammyG, Melton, Trugannina, Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit or even Broadmeadows would be right down your alley!!!
2yrs+
SammyG
SammyG Yes off course, I have been outsmarted by highlighting Doncaster has no train links and poor to average academic results at Doncaster and East Doncaster, the facts are there for all to see.
KellyD2, if you consider that I have been outsmarted by a comment such as "I should go look for a property in melton" then I guess you are as intelligent as epawei.
This site is about everybody expressing an opinion, I expressed mine and about the poor transport links, distance from the city and poor academic results, the response I received was that I was jealous and that I should look in Melton, Trugannina etc, yes what an intelligent response. My parents live in Doncaster and I know the area well, it has its positives and negatives however you just fail to see it.
BTW: I assume you are aware the unemployment rate in Doncaster is nearly double the state average at over 10%....
2yrs+
diosbananos
diosbananos Sammy, how is it possible for residents to be making below average incomes living in a suburb whose average house price is closing in on a million? The stats for the area paint a contradictory picture.
2yrs+
Kellyd2R
Kellyd2R SammyG What's your REAL beef with Doncaster? Poor transportation and lower academic results? Not a thread of truth in your damning comments/opinions!!! Are you including retirees, self funded elderly, babies and children in your unemployed estimate? What a lot of crock!!! I ask you ... Why are so many people busting their chops trying to buy into the suburb? Outer suburb? ... Do you regard the distance of 15 kms to the CBD as an outer suburb? Seriously, your arguments simply do not make any sense at all. I moved from scummy Kensington, 20 years ago, to escape the serious drug, vandalism and break-ins crime to come to a suburb that virtually guarantees a lifestyle of progress, harmony and safety, and as diosbananos so rightly stated, "How is it possible for residents to be making below average incomes living in a suburb whose average house prices are over a million dollars? It seems likely you have a resentment of unaffordability towards Doncaster and ... Don't knock the suburb your parents live in ... it will hold you in good stead when you collect your inheritance!!!
2yrs+
epawei
epawei SammyG, just to set the story straight .. here's another interesting read for you. It doesn't appear you have any idea!

http://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/suburb-salary-interactive-map-where-you-can-afford-to-buy/story-fncq3era-1227281272522
2yrs+
diosbananos
diosbananos Well, a popular argument is that the 'Asians' invest in Doncaster and artificially prop up the prices well beyond what the local residents can afford. There is a grain of truth to this. My cousin is a real estate agent in the area and he has sold properties to Asian couples that have neither moved in or rented them since the date of purchase; and that can be after a few years too.

However, it's also well known around here that residents lie about their incomes on census forms. There was a joke in my old social circle 15 years ago that everybody in Doncaster claims they make 50,000 a year.

It's also important to consider that Doncaster has more one income households than average and a higher rate of home ownership. If a suburb has high rates of home ownership, 'lowish' incomes become much less of a problem(if the reported statistics are true). For example, my pre-tax income is just over 63k in my mid 30's, but I own my home outright(in Doncaster), so I actually have more money to spend than my 'richer' friends who make 80-100,000 a year with huge mortgages in more prestigious suburbs.

It's all relative to some degree.
2yrs+
JohnJ6
JohnJ6 Sammy G, you obviously take ABS figures at face value and do not research into what actually makes them. Doncaster may have an "average" income of sorts but what you have obviously not bothered to find out is that it also has a very high over 60 age group meaning a high number of retirees and pensioners who actually own their own homes. As for being a far outer suburb, that is just nonsense and if you actually bothered to look at a map you will find it is nest door to Balwyn North which I'm sure is not an "outer" suburb. As for the school results, I think you will find that different suburbs get different results from differing criteria, but of course you again go on face value. Of course you would not realise that many local students actually attend very high performing private schools of which are within very easy reach to Doncaster. And anyone singling out Asians for inflating house prices in Doncaster, all I can say is they are people just like anyone else and need not be used as an excuse to rubbish what is actually a great suburb of which Sammy is so obviously jealous of. I have known the suburb for over 46 years and at this moment it is enjoying a surge in popularity because it simply deserves it just like it was over 40 years ago when it was one of the most popular in the whole metro area of Melbourne. Please do your research beyond a list of tables which do not give the full story in future? As a matter of fact you will find "household incomes" can be higher in suburbs with bigger families and when you do actually do good research you will find Doncaster has the same if not higher average "single" income to some of those suburbs such as Glen Waverley which on face value on ABS STATS is not much different to Doncaster yet has a very high rated govt. secondary school. So Sammy, you gave yourself away by using the term "very outer suburb" and that was just your heading!
2yrs+
JohnJ6
JohnJ6 diosbananos, people lying about their income is not exclusive to one suburb for a start and I doubt it is rampant in any particular area and if you also do your research beyond second hand information, you may discover some "facts".
2yrs+
JohnJ6
JohnJ6 Also, "well known" that residents lie about their incomes? Well known by whom? Doncaster isn't and never really was a always in each other's pockets" suburb for a start. It astounds me to read things which seem so far fetched and totally irrelevant to a place I've spent most of the last 47 years in.
2yrs+
JohnJ6
JohnJ6 Sammy also rates Rosanna with 5 stars yet Rosanna is just as "close" to the CBD as Doncaster although a much CHEAPER suburb than Doncaster and not popular to Chinese as is Doncaster. And Doncaster now having an above $million median house value must be so irritating when Rosanna has a way to go to hit that mark.
2yrs+
JohnJ6
JohnJ6 In the 1980s when the Doncaster/Templestowe municipality was predominantly young family orientated unlike now, it had the highest proportion of households with over $50,000 annual income in all of Melbourne. Anytime when reading "low income" on the ABS tables, you MUST check what makes up that "low income" figure because anything from aged pensioner, self funded retirees to unemployment could influence that figure and those who beat their chests suggesting it has only one meaning are just not educated enough to use these statistics in a proper manner.
2yrs+
JohnJ6
JohnJ6 SammyG is purely diatribe
Feb 24, 2016
ChillX1
ChillX1 Hey guys sorry for interrupting this post, I just moved to templestowe lower and it's just between the border of Doncaster..came across this post and read some of you guys comments. I do have to agree that manningham council has done a great job developing this suburbs in the east and I can see that a lot of wealthy people living here both templestowe and Doncaster. Transportation wise I think it's ok, not too bad but I personally would want trams or maybe a train station would be very good :) however travel to boxhill to catch a train is also not bad option..there's also a huge park and ride for local commuters which is a very good idea for residents that work in the city but don't want to drive to work because of city traffic. The only disadvantage I have to say about the park and ride is they are always full before 8am or 830am and by 5 to 6pm everyone rush home at the same from the car park. Education wise is really good! My wife used to study at Doncaster east secondary and she said that's probably the best school in the area. So yeah we moved here not because we can afford a bigger house it's because we believe the education level is going to be good for our kids and lifestyle is just family orientated. We love our new home and it was pricey but it's all worth it, we bought our place for over 1mil and the price will just keep increasing so that makes this suburbs in the east a high class living area, not many can afford to live here. So far I haven't seen any junkies around or any trouble makers in the busy areas like shopping malls or main bus stations so this place is pretty safe I reckon. I highly recommend for others to consider moving here.
Feb 24, 2016
JohnJ6
JohnJ6 Now thats a sensible comment!
Mar 12, 2016
JohnJ6
JohnJ6 The original post is just pure nonsense.
Mar 12, 2016
JohnJ6
JohnJ6 SammyG mentions median income but does not tell the full story when that income is usually "household income" and Doncaster having a high older population affects that figure while surrounding suburbs with higher younger family populations are higher or even much higher median income. You can compare Doncaster to say Glen Waverley by "individual" median income and its just the same. Add extra family members t and that jumps up. SammyG is just a classic case of using selective figures to make a point which is often just done to create a false image. I would suggest SammyG use some common sense and do some proper research and also buy a ruler to measuRE how far Doncaster actually is from the CBD and correct his own post.
Mar 12, 2016
privateuser
privateuser Oh and SammyG has some very odd "pros" listed on his review of Rosanna which he gave a 5 star rating. Several on that list do not even exist in Rosanna such as Bunnings/Sydney Rd. "SHOPPING CENTRES"etc.
If you live in Rosanna you will need to go elsewhere for all those things.
As for Doncaster/East Doncatsers academic results, East Doncaster exceeded cthose of Mt. Waverley in 2015 .
And again even if I'm repeating myself, Rosanna is no closer to the CBD than Doncaster anyway.
The current development in Doncaster is proof that there is far more confidence in the area and land values are much higher than those in Rosanna for a good reason.
Aug 30, 2016
cassier
cassier WOW - I knew I was a good researcher but I must admit I am surprised and disappointed to read this exchange between the lot of you. Seriously, get off your high horses people. You all live in lovely suburbs be they totally over valued (which I think we can agree includes most of Melbourne!!). Spare a thought for newcomers to Melbourne who just want an honest insight into different areas. Seriously, this exchange and some of the posts made by johnandon on the Rosanna Homely page are petty and immature. People are struggling to find places to live and this type of mudslinging is really disappointing and erodes my faith in the integrity of the online community.
Sep 10, 2016
privateuser
privateuser East Doncaster Secondary out rated Mt Waverley in 2015. Rankings always change. I agree that most of the best performers in the Doncaster area go to private school and I only see private school uniforms in the area where I live anyway. Even way back in 1969, most in my street went to private, Trinity/Ivanhoe Grammar/Kingswood/MLC etc etc.
Sammy and cassier can say what they like but obviously they have no idea. Doncaster is between 12 and 16km from the CBD so how on earth is that "outer suburb"? Get your ruler out SammyG. Median house price of almost $1.3 million, alternating top of the list for searched by Chinese along with Glen Waverley and a higher annual mean rainfall as a bonus! Magnificent city views/mountain views and even a panorama of the eastern suburbs. Fantastic shopping centre which just had a $600,000,000 expansion and now another $500,000,000 expansion has been approved by council. Several multi storey apartment blocks either completed or under construction, new 800 dwelling Mirvac residential development on the former Eastern Golf Club site and underground power on the main roads of Doncaster Hill so no unsightly poles and wires! Adjacent Balwyn Nth., minutes from Kew/Camberwell and only 11 mins to Collingwood off peak makes for easy access to nightlife. The positives of Doncaster far outweigh any negatives. I dare anyone prove me wrong on the facts I've just mentioned. If you try, ytou are clutching at straws! Adios amigos!
Sep 10, 2016
privateuser
privateuser Oh and Box Hill walking distance just thought I'd throw that in.
Sep 10, 2016
privateuser
privateuser With Box Hill hospital/Epworth/Box Hill Tafe also. And the Smartbus can take you from Mordialloc to Altona via the centre of Doncaster. Box Hill tran station easily accessed by bus in a few mi means no need for a car at all. Even a bus to the city from various locations if you want. Oh, since when was "Heidelberg" expensive?....Adios #2
Sep 10, 2016
privateuser
privateuser "cassier", why don't you call INTERPOL to investigate bad comments about Rosanna? As for "good researcher", give us all a break and go and bake a sponge or band a few nails into a piece of wood or something?
Sep 11, 2016
privateuser
privateuser "bang" a few nails that is
Sep 11, 2016
privateuser
privateuser @diosbananos, you wrote.."However, it's also well known around here that residents lie about their incomes on census forms. There was a joke in my old social circle 15 years ago that everybody in Doncaster claims they make 50,000 a year."...... Are you serious? Your "circle of friends"? Seeing that all the truth is determined by your "old circle of friends", we may as well just go home. Amazing how some think everything revolves around their "circle of friends". Are there any serious contributors here? How on earth would you know what everyone puts on their cencus forms? Going by the official results, I cannot see eveidence of everyone in Doncaster claiming to have "over $50,000" annual income (even if that figure is so damn outdated as its a lover than average figure for these days and reflects the late 1980s at best, when Doncaster/Templestowe had the highest average annual income in metro Melbourne with more households with over $50,000 annual income than any other. It was documented in one of the leading newspapers c.1987. I lived in Doncaster when it was one of Melbourne's most affluent areas and was on average more expensive than Camberwell in 1975! Next time before you unleash such insane comments, do yourself a favour and research some truths about whatever you claim to know all about based on gossip by what seems to be untrustworthy real estate agent relatives!
Sep 11, 2016
diosbananos
diosbananos "we may as well just go home. Amazing how some think everything revolves around their "circle of friends". Are there any serious contributors here? " It's time for you go home I think. Two of those people in that circle were former council members. Another two were among the wealthiest people who live in Manningham. So yeah, I would take their word over yours any day of the week. Sorry. I'd suggest quit taking statistics at surface value. It's a very naive thing that's all too common in this country.
Oct 05, 2016
diosbananos
diosbananos the 50,000 claim was for individuals, not families. That was not 'low' in the 90's/early 00's at all. It was above the state average.
Oct 05, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great suburb"

Close to everything from best schools and shopping plus parks and country.
Pros
  • The lifestyle is enjoyable, easy and safe...
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Good suburb for family"

I live in Doncaster, very convenient for shopping. lots of parks. really good family area. it will be better if there is a train station in the area.....
Pros
  • The lifestyle is enjoyable, easy and safe...
Cons
  • Needs more public transport options. The buses are great, very reliable and fast....but a train line would be a fantastic option for commuters, and way overdue.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Best Suburb with everything!"

This is a great Suburb that contains everything! Features lots of Shopping & Dining Options! Nice Houses as this is one of the Ideal Locations for me!
Pros
  • The lifestyle is enjoyable, easy and safe...
Cons
  • Needs more public transport options. The buses are great, very reliable and fast....but a train line would be a fantastic option for commuters, and way overdue.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Fashion, culture and lifestyle"

Westfield shopping centre, new 5 star library, parklands, schools, churches. Doncaster is great for everyone. Love it.
Recommended for
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  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
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  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Nice area, but..."

Nice place to be of you love driving (public transport is woeful). Neighborly, clean and in general a nice lifestyle.
Cons
  • Needs more public transport options. The buses are great, very reliable and fast....but a train line would be a fantastic option for commuters, and way overdue.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
JohnJ6
JohnJ6 I live in Doncaster and have all the PT I need almost at my doorstep as well as a direct bus to Box Hill station. People in suburbs with trains also need to drive to a station or take a bus anyway. Box Hill is quite close enough and have done it since over 40 years ago. Imagine living in Wheelers Hill?
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A wonderful lifestyle and everything within reach"

Doncaster is a wonderful suburb to call home...The abundance of major features leaves residents and visitors with an array of choices. Doctors and specialists, schools and day care facilities, sports facilities, wonderful night venues and social clubs, a fabulous array of restaurants, gorgeous parks and open spaces, quick access to the CBD via the Eastern Freeway are only some of the reasons I wouldn't live anywhere else. Modern new homes blend nicely with older style homes, and residents enjoy Doncaster's easy and pleasurable lifestyle. There is a great sense of community and pride in Doncaster, and we consider our Manningham sister suburbs of Templestowe/Bulleen etc to be part of this wonderful spirit. The area embraces all nationalities , ages and religions, with a variety of places of worship, social clubs, sports clubs, learning courses, libraries and fitness,swimming facilities. I especially love that you will see people walking, shopping and socialising at all hours of the day and evening, primarily because Doncaster is such a safe area in which to live. We are definitely spoiled for choices in our suburb.....and we enjoy a sense of liberty and space quite uncommon in many other suburbs. Gotta love Doncaster!!
Pros
  • The lifestyle is enjoyable, easy and safe...
Cons
  • Needs more public transport options. The buses are great, very reliable and fast....but a train line would be a fantastic option for commuters, and way overdue.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
PureKrome
PureKrome I wish Donny had a train line. It's SOOOOOOO required :( Imagine a train going under the Eastern freeway! I've just bought into Ivanhoe .. and the main main reason was lack of PT. We (bascially) just followed the train lines.
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"Liveable Doncaster"

I'm absolutely shocked about the "liveable" rating of Doncaster in the age today (25/11/2011). The rating for the crime rate was 1??? "What da ..?". Doncaster has no history? Do you need history to live in a particular suburb? I think the liveable ranking study need to have a better and diverse sample size across age; gender; culture; and history in Melbourne. And most importantly, they need to be correct!! I question the data collected in this study.
Doncaster is just about the safest suburb in Melbourne, based on my 5 years in Doncaster, and 30 years of living in Melbourne, West; North and East. The public transport in Doncaster is just perfect (My experience anyway). I travel by bus every single week days to the city for work. The bus is always on time, and I always have a sit. I just can't see how the Train and Tram compete with such level of services. Doncaster residents are polite, friendly and mostly professionals that hold respected positions within corporate enterprises. Doncaster also has excellent state schools, where students excel in all aspects of educational curriculum.
I can't think of a more family friendly suburb in Melbourne to live and raise children.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
storms
storms Couldn't agree with you more...Such an underrated area, and yet its packed with wonderful choices and facilities, is so incredible safe and friendly. I can't imagine how some of the other suburbs could even compare...
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Safe and peaceful community"

Excellent for family living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Live about 2 years"

Very good for live and easy to access city and eastest sub
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
2yrs+

"Head of the Dragon"

Doncaster is considered by some a lucky place to live in feng shui due to its high position looking down on the city (hence the Head of the Dragon). It also has great shopping with the Doncaster shopping center nearby and a multitude of restaurants. Close to Box Hill shopping center and the CBD via the freeway. You need a car to live here or it is the buses for transport.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Good sized blocks, quality lifestyle, best shopping."

I lived in Doncaster for almost 10 years. Most blocks are the standard quarter acre which means large homes, big backyards. Doncaster Shoppingtown is a big highlight and with the recent expansion which places it amongst the top 2 in Melbourne, it has helped boost property prices. Very good public schools in the area, some of the best parks (Ruffey Lake Park) etc and many dining options (so many take away and restaurants) Doncaster is a suburb I would happily live in again.

It's also interesting to see the boom in new apartments around the Doncaster Shoppingtown/Doncaster Hill area with options including multi-million dollar penthouses with city views.

Definitely a suburb on the up.
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids