7.0 out of 10

Monbulk

Ranked 310th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8760679445158 145.413667612447
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Hide away in the hills. Good for families if one parent stays home to drive the kids."

I moved to Monbulk in the late 1980's before moving overseas for a number of years around the mid 2000's. Monbulk is quiet, the kind of town you live in to escape and enjoy life with your family.

During the 1990's Monbulk College didn't have the best reputation so I went to Emerald Secondary College. I was associated with Monbulk Scouts as well as a youth group at St. George's Anglican Church. There's also sports clubs in Monbulk (although the youth group kept me busy).

Monbulk might not have many eat out options, by car it is near other hills towns. I can't imagine growing up in Monbulk without my Mum being my stay-at-home Mum \ taxi... lol. If you don't drive then Monbulk isn't the place for you.

That said, I had a great time living in my family home there. I did spend much of my time in other places though, like Emerald, Belgrave, Knox City and surrounding areas.
Pros
  • Good sized land for children to play
  • Quiet residential streets
  • Half an hour from Knox
  • Character homes
  • Laid-back atmosphere
  • Tree-lined streets
Cons
  • Must drive a car
  • Needs a good restaurant
  • Not on train line
  • Shopping strip fairly average
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"True hills living"

Six years ago, I considered buying in Monbulk but decided it was too far out. After all, the train line ends in Belgrave! Three years ago, discovered the perfect block of land in Monbulk and, after having lived in Belgrave for a few years, Monbulk didn't seem THAT much further.

Most people here are really friendly, with the odd exception. You can always get a carpark right out the front of Safeway (except the day before Christmas) and there's a few choices for take-away (two pizza shops, Chinese and charcoal chicken) and four bakeries.

It's not far to Knox, Eastland or Fountain Gate (about 20 to 30 min).

Monbulk wouldn't be a good choice of suburb if you don't have a car ... the buses are infrequent and don't run very late in the evening.
Pros
  • Tree-lined streets
  • Character homes
  • Laid-back atmosphere
Cons
  • Not on train line
  • Needs a good restaurant
  • Shopping strip fairly average
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great for Families that want some space around them, and great schools."

Lived in Monbulk 4 years, despite it's reputation preceeding it, I have found it to be friendly, a real community spirit, the kids can walk up to the Main street and I am not worrying about their safety, it's a small township with an average selection of shops, and I do miss being able to buy great takeaway...thank God they have an amazing pizza shop in Kallista, and Olinda has some great restaurants less than 10 mins away, we have a Safeway and it's a short 20 min drive to Wantirna or Fountaingate. In our part of Monbulk it is very quiet with no real traffic. There is a variety of sports clubs and after school activities for the kids, and my kids are looking forward to the completion of the new community hub.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"safe area out of the hustle and bustle"

Very quiet and friendly. Well out of the city with safe streets it’s a great place for young families. Let the kids run the streets and be kids without the fear they’ll be struck as the roads aren’t busy.
Beautiful country, although it can get very cold, there is everything you could need close by. Sports grounds, supermarkets and a significant shopping centre makes for a nice place to be. My brother needed to buy a suit while here for a wedding and so it was good he didn’t have to go far.
With plenty of well established trees and an abundance of wildlife it is the best of both worlds, close to central Melbourne but a quiet tranquil and safe place to raise a family. There is also plenty of produce around the area - so if you want it you'll be able to get it fresh.
Good schools and parks = great family location
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees