8.2 out of 10

Eltham

Ranked 217th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7116874058638 145.153776945289
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Internet Access
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Prettiest suburb in Melbourne"

Green and lush, living in Eltham is almost like living in the country yet within comfortable commuting distance of the City. Local facilities are excellent, offering good public and private schools, wide selection of local shops ( including two outstanding delis and Westfield Shoppingtown Doncaster is only minutes away), restaurants (Indian, Thai, Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, Chinese etc) cafes, wine bar, pub, gyms, parks, walking and bike tracks, train station. Eltham offers a great mix of housing to suit every wallet, from mansions with pools and tennis courts to pretty old weatherboards waiting to be renovated and everything in between. The perfect place for families or indeed anyone wanting to live in a green, peaceful, safe environment that is a comfortable commute to the City.
Pros
  • Great restaurants and cafes
  • Great schools
  • Great shopping
  • Green
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
Oct 30, 2019

"XYZ"

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 15, 2019

"Beautiful walks and friendly locals"

I love it here after moving from the inner east. It’s beautiful and green and has lots of little shops, cafes and restaurants. We chose it over Montmorency due to the proximity to supermarkets and better amenities.
It’s becoming very popular so over development is inevitable but still has a great vibe!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Mar 09, 2019

"Destined to be the best in Melbourne"

The improvements made to Eltham over the last 20 years are nothing short of stunning. With great cafes, schools, library and leisure centre there is no need to leave. The only downside is trying to get to the city via car. With the lowest crime rate in the state and the lowest public housing I predict that Eltham will actually become the most expensive suburb in Melbourne. Come and visit the township and you'll see what I mean.
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  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 30, 2018

"Peaceful, green and all the amenities"

Recently moved here to the lovely Woodridge estate which is full of large gum trees and lovely native birds. Love the area. Its very green and hilly and we have lovely views from our living room of the hills. The local shops are fantastic, we have a fantastic French bakery and a number of great restaurants - love Small Plates. Eltham is an amazing suburb to live in.
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
1/5
Jul 03, 2018

"Used to be great but not anymore!"

Eltham used to be great. 2 years ago, with the gentrification, in comes the bogans. Now it is less green. It has more barking dogs and more night prowling cats that kill off our lovely wildlife. There is increase in graffiti everywhere. Even trees are tagged! There are broken bottles in the parks. We used to be polite and give way when we drive. Now, bogans with loud utes zoom down the streets, cut off everyone and anyone that they can. Dooff, dooff music that goes on over the weekends past curfew, bogan parties. With more drinking, there's more drunks and with that crime rate increased. Our beautiful, safe, green, QUIET, courteous suburb is now destroyed.
Mark Scott
Mark Scott Again I think you are talking about Eltham North. Eltham itself has been getting rid of bogans for the last 40 years. There is no way a lower class person could afford to live here now.
Mar 09, 2019
mf2
mf2 Haha....where on earth in Eltham is this place you speak of? Plenty of dog owners, so I guess you'll hear barking. Sure, I've seen a broken bottle or two in a park, but rarely. And I've heard music from occasional parties, though they're mostly 50ths and 60ths, never out of control...and not even always 'doof doof' lol. This all seems a bit of exaggerative B.S (i.e., a lot of exaggerative B.S.).

Would say the drivers are as accommodating as anywhere else, often courteous enough to stop for pedestrians even if not obligated to to do so. Eltham drivers' manners are (well) above-average from my experience. The area has a track record of being generally compassionate overall, so this makes sense. Have lived there long enough to have an actual clue.

Oh, and Mark Scott's boarded a baloney train as well, don't think the comment describes Eltham North at all - still a nice area itself.
Dec 03, 2019
mf2
mf2 I don't recall Eltham 'gentrifying' 2 years ago. It has never been a candidate for 'gentrification' or 'renewal'. It's been a well-established suburb with a stable population (many long-term residents) for quite some years now.
Dec 03, 2019
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Mar 02, 2018

"Extremely pretty, safe, clean air, well served by public transport, cafes/restaurants and schools and amenities."

Throughout my life (I am nearing 50), I have resided all around Melbourne (inner west, south west, inner east and south east) and I believe Eltham ranks no. 1 in my books. It is a joy to come home from work and be surrounded by beautiful trees, fresh air, see wonderful bird life (King Parrots and Lorikeets arrive for dinner on our balcony most evenings), and be surrounded by a very supportive community. I have said this many times, but I feel Eltham 'hugs' you when you get home from a busy day.

It is warm and inviting with plenty of cafes and restaurants, well serviced by public transport; you feel safely away from the busy city - yet not too far away also. Eltham is fortunate to be amongst fantastic schools (both public and private) and home to many wonderful festivals.

I cannot speak highly enough of the community. Eltham retains an incredibly friendly country atmosphere - the community is ready to help any cause or each other at a moment's notice. It is unique and I feel absolutely privileged to be here.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"BEWARE, GREEN IS NOT GOLD!"

Pros
  • Great schools
  • Green
  • Great restaurants and cafes
Cons
  • No jobs
  • Not property investment friendly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Where I Spend My Time"

Eltham is a grand place with great shops and great amounts of transport to get you around.
Pros
  • Great schools
  • Great shopping
  • Great restaurants and cafes
Cons
  • Night life
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Students
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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"My Hometown"

Eltham is very special to me having lived and worked here my entire life!
it is a friendly family community with great schools, sporting clubs and other youth social clubs throughout the area. It offers great expanses of parklands throughout its quite streets and leafy suburb vista's.
A really sought after pocket in Eltham is the Woodridge Estate area with its close proximity behind Eltham's Main Street shops, many Cul De Sac's and most streets benefiting from underground power.
Pros
  • Great schools
  • Great shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
sarahg10
sarahg10 Yes, Eltham is a great place to live with large houses, good facilities, parks, library and excellent schools but..Woodridge estate is not a particularly sought after area. South Eltham and off the Main road are much more desirable. A real estate agent with his own agenda?
2yrs+
viktoriak
viktoriak We are looking in the area. What do you consider the boundary of South Eltham? and are they bigger blocks? Thanks
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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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 4/5
2yrs+

"Best of both worlds"

I have lived in Eltham for three years now. We moved from Brunswick to eltham because we wanted our kids to grow up in an area which was green and less traffic. We could not be happier with our decision! It is a wonderful place to live. Great transport by having both bus and train services. The shopping strip is great to meet with friens for coffee. The only thing missing is a decent pub!
Pros
  • Green
  • Great schools
  • Great shopping
Cons
  • Night life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
mslivewelll
mslivewelll Not having a pub is a plus to some. We don't need the problems of the inner cities. Eltham is a quiet town where people rest early, leave it as it is. There always night life a short drive down town.
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 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Family Paradise"

We've lived here for 3 years now with our young family and we couldn't be happier. EVERYTHING about Eltham is ideal for family living. I only wished we'd moved here sooner. So perfect in every way. Love it, love it, love it!!!!
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Country Amenities City Traffic"

Eltham feels country thats because it is so far out from the city you that might as well be living Halls Gap. Eltham's public transport is woeful. You'll end up spending most of your time behind the wheel on confusing winding roads and abysmal traffic and suffering road rage. Safe and open for your kids, but expect to feel very isolated and like you don't have a life. And its not going to stay green with new sudivisions, new freeways and an inept local council. In a nutshell there is really nothing for adults to do in Eltham and it is only going to get worse.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
Mark Scott
Mark Scott There are no new subdivision in Eltham. Maybe you mean Eltham north? Eltham itself is a green protected suburb where values keep going up. I agree with the traffic on main road though as the people from Eltham North make their way to the Eastern Fwy. Hopefully they can reroute people to the ring road.
Mar 09, 2019
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"green neighbourhood, friendly people."

very green, safe place to live. lots of nice shops, and local council offer great living and learning centre programs as very low cost. ymca is great - great pool area for kids.
overall a very nice place to live. Far enough away form the city, and close enough all at the same time!
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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
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Clean and Green"

I have lived here all my life and LOVE it! Eltham is a suburb where I always feel safe. I am never concerned walking around at nighttime (or daytime) by myself.
There are plenty of pleasant running/riding tracks where you run or ride past wildlife. It is a green area with plenty of trees and parks.
Traffic has become worse over the years (going through the main st) but it is no Punt Rd.
Eltham has plenty of delicious cafes perfect for a Sunday morning breakfast or afternoon cake and coffee. There is also a variety of restaurants to eat in or take away.
Eltham is a place for people who care and appreciate a clean, green environment and for people who enjoy sharing their property with a little bit of wildlife (for those a bit further out).
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Could live here very easily!"

After doing several roof restorations in the eltham area my wife and i almost made a big change. We came very close to moving to this beautiful place and looked at serveral properties on the market. The houses are all on nice big blocks and the surrounding are hilly and green. The shops and coffee shops in main road were lovely. If it wasnt for needing to be close to my employees in regards to transport Eltham would have been of serious consideration. We loved it!

Regards Phil
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to raise a family, not a night club"

Eltham is a fantatsic place to live for a family,whether it be a young or old one. Crime is very low, serious crime almost non-existent. Considering the growth corridors today and the lack of infrastructure that exist Eltham has a good system having both train & bus. Schools are good, kids generally well behaved resulting in relatively low graffiti that is plagues other suburbs. Parks are plentiful and there are walking tracks everywhere. Highlights are definately the tracks & parks along the Yarra during Spring.
Of course for those who are looking a night out there are plenty of quality restaurants. For people looking for a night club scene don't bother, Eltham is a peaceful place to come home to not go out to.
The culture of Eltham seem to be very aussie, easy to understand considering the building and tree clearing restraints of the local government which will ensure Nillumbik will be well preserved as it acts as the lungs of Melbourne.
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Ok for those with younger kids"

The part of Eltham we lived in was a newer development. Unfortunately that meant it was further away from shops, public transport, schools etc than is ideal. That is the reality of what a young family can afford. The access in and out of Eltham (and Eltham North, Research etc) needs serious upgrading, what is currently there does not cope with the increasing volumes of traffic.
There are a lot of young drivers using the hilly areas as their personal race tracks and the council seems unable (or unwilling) to work with residents to compbat this. The council needs to rethink its policy about tree removal, not just for safety but also so that young families wishing to stay in their homes can improve them through extensions and renovations that suit them (and not reject plans because it may mean rmeoving a tree, even when several more would be replanted in its place). Overall, we found Eltham not to be the quiet, idyllic place it used to be and have now moved out of the area.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Perfect in Eltham"

An idyllic environment to live surrounded by trees and bordered by the Yarra River, it has a good public transport network and provides easy access to the city.
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  • Families with kids

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John Street

3.5/5
"Recognized as one of Eltham's most desirable streets"
-37.7207203141 145.1519427314

Darkan Court

4.5/5
"Great Place To Live"
-37.69918 145.17228
"Pleasant but surprisingly noisy"
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"Leafy, Green and Oh So Quiet!"
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Moola Place

4.5/5
"Child-friendly and Safe!"
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"Barking dogs by the hundreds!"
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"Friendly community living."
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"If you love trees then you'll love Eltham"
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"Rural atmosphere and links with Eltham's artistic and literary past"
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