8.8 out of 10

Doncaster

Ranked 124th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7890025118018 145.125909110196
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

Leo Lu Leo Lu PRO
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
Feb 17, 2014

"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
Dec 21, 2013

"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
Oct 18, 2012

"Fashion, culture and lifestyle"

Westfield shopping centre, new 5 star library, parklands, schools, churches. Doncaster is great for everyone. Love it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 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
Oct 07, 2012

"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
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
Jun 20, 2012

"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.
Jun 25, 2012
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5/5
Nov 25, 2011

"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...
Jun 20, 2012
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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
  • 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
Sep 10, 2010

"Live about 2 years"

Very good for live and easy to access city and eastest sub
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
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
Jul 09, 2010

"Safe and peaceful community"

Excellent for family living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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
Dec 05, 2009

"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
Nov 22, 2009

"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.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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
Nov 22, 2009

"Fantastic Family Living!"

Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Doncaster

1

Inez Ct

4.5/5
"A perfect street to raise a family"
-37.7733879028 145.10567503
2

Berkeley St

4.5/5
-37.7857334697 145.1278458241
3

Doncaster Rd

3/5
"Shoppingtown makes this street a delight!"
-37.7882094133 145.105784313
4

Kelly St

3/5
"A nice street to live in."
-37.7807440165 145.128241975
5

Bordeaux St

2/5
"Walk to Westfield Doncaster"
-37.7821749412 145.1192944272

Unranked Streets in Doncaster

Thiele St

4.5/5
"Easy to everywhere"
-37.78598 145.13565

Lawford St

3.5/5
"High on a Hill"
-37.7856378471 145.1244580502

Tram Rd

3.5/5
-37.7927344136 145.125714805

Myers Ct

3/5
"Nice and relaxed - a quite family street"
-37.7927753948 145.1286654468

High St

3.5/5
"What every main road should be...liveable!"
-37.7846679602 145.1073825773