Blackburn, VIC 3130

4.4(37 reviews)

Ranked 116th best suburb by locals in Melbourne (Greater) Region, VIC

Great for

  • Parks and recreation
  • Internet access
  • Public transport
  • Schools
  • Clean & green

Not great for

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Reviews of Blackburn, VIC

22nd December 2020
Editors Choice

"Bush living in the suburbs"

We wake every morning to the sound of bellbirds, rosellas and kookaburras. The area is dotted with significant gum trees and the local council is committed to maintaining indigenous plant species. The Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is the highlight of the suburb, where you can feel as though you're in the middle of nowhere despite being less than 20 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne. The house blocks are generally large, which contributes to the above-average cost of buying in Blackburn. It's a great place to live in privacy and solitude.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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2nd May 2022

"Photogentic Parks"

The various parks and reserves are filled to the brim with scenic spots perfect for photographers and couples looking to spend the day outside

Steve Mac | House Land Co | House & Land expert

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  • Families with kids
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24th November 2021

"Friendly neighbours, easy access to public transportation, nice lake ."

I love walk through lake park and orchard park

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  • Families with kids
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20th October 2021

"Beautiful Area"

Have always grown up in Blackburn and never plan to leave. Absolutely love the area, so many nice scenery (Blackburn lake and cootamundra walk), eating out places and lots of local shops.

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
1
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21st May 2021

"Great nature, not so great people, but still a decent suburb"

Only problem I have with this leafy suburb are some residents who are bogans, constantly burning out.

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3rd February 2021

"Road rager in blackburn"

I have lived on canterbury road for 3 years and I always think this suburb is quite nice. All my neighbors are nice and friendly. But recently I got a dog and I started to walk the dog in the neighborhood. Then I have been shouted at like ramdom yelling or racism comments a few time. Not like everyday but is that alway like this? Young twats driving a shitty car.

Really disappointed.

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  • Families with kids
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15th January 2021

"best suburb+good school"

The leafy suburb with a lot of hiking trails. Moreover, it's close to boxhill and good education resources like boxhill high in some areas.

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  • Families with kids
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19th August 2020

"Peaceful living in a beautiful leafy suburb"

Conveniently located with all amenities at your fingertips, including Blackburn Station, an abundance of primary and secondary schools, shops and cafes, not to mention the beautiful Blackburn Lake Sanctuary. With its tranquil settings and peaceful surroundings, it's the perfect haven in the City of Whitehorse.

Anna Molinaro, Property Manager OBrien Real Estate Blackburn

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  • Families with kids
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"Suburb suited for easy living in close proximity to the city"

Great place to raise a family. Spoilt for choice with primary and secondary schools. Gentrified area with many people renovating old 50’s weatherboard homes who take pride in street appeal. Easy access to city with public transport. Friendly people, a place I like to call home.

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  • Families with kids
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"Replacement from Byron Bay. Smart decision."

Choose Blackburn because of it's greenery. And it's overall sense of vibe.

Few months later, in review, this place offers residential tranquility and nose-free predictability which Byron Bay fails at. (Since Byron is a hot spot for ongoing AirBNB comes-and-goes, tourist agitated excitement noise, laughter, and almost daily music bands within Byron's center... it was impossible to gain true "family-like" peace there.)

Living now in Blackburn, I don't miss a SINGLE tree, lighthouse, ocean sound... as is common in daily life of Byron Bay.

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  • Families with kids
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"Moved Out"

It is way overpriced and for what? A few trees around but it now looks like an area for one demographic.

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"Sacred Lands & Super Shopping"

The streams that have become Blackburn Lake Sanctuary were important to Aboriginals for how
many tens of thousands of years? It’s a sacred land and more suburbs should aim for parkland.

Don’t move here if you dislike trees (hard to insure your house in Blackburn due to trees falling on them), possums (expect to get friendly with yr local possum catcher) OR if you keep outdoor cats as pets (big fines for cats found in the Sanctuary).

Awesome that it is just 25 mins to the city on the train; the upgraded station has been a great improvement.
Eastern Freeway and Burwood Highway are relatively close and easy to access.

Bunnings and a DFO on one side and Forest Hill Chase Mall on the other (with a small movie theatre) make it extremely convenient for shopping, plus some decent cafes.
Local schools have been recommended as relatively good. There is a cricket and football field with associated clubs but the area lacks a basketball/netball court for young people. Another improvement would be a local pool.

The incredible strictness of Council in this area in terms of building as regards trees is pretty insane. You need stacks of money and patience to build here, but that is the trade off, because you are living in a very rare & green area (in what is the increasingly overly concreted urban sprawl that is Melbourne).

The locals are generally quiet, friendly, nature fans and mad about dogs, with a communal atmosphere created by Blackburn Lake Sanctuary. I anticipate the area will appreciate in value, given the focus on preserving nature in this suburb.

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
1
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"An over-rated suburb, boring"

This suburb is over-rated. There are a lot of racism going on in the neighbourhood. Beware.

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Yongzhi Dai
Yongzhi Dai

LOL speaking of the devil. Since the guy who commented above has moved out, there is one less racist left in the Blackburn I guess.

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"A hidden jewel in Melbourne's crown!"

Where can you find absolute peace and quiet in an idyll surrounding with well-maintained houses but with several transport and shopping options at your doorstep, well Blackburn is your suburb to go to if those are your choices.
We have stayed in Blackburn since our arrival into Australia in 1994 and have never moved, why? There was no need, everything we had was at our doorstep and I can say it as for the first 3 years of our arrival none in our family could drive yet we never felt the need for a car as there are bus routes dotting and servicing every large lane. The Blackburn Station still has a small town feel with small cafes in its surroundings. Good schools -both primary and secondary - are there viz Boxhill and Blackburn High plus Burwood Heights.
If you are looking for a safe, family oriented suburb with decent, well educated professionals as your next door neighbors then this is the ideal place for settling down.

On the downside there is very little nightlife or exceptional restaurants within Blackburn (though Boxhill is just 2 kms away) but when you are living in a little piece of paradise, who needs that!

Great for

  • Family life fantastic
  • Parks & Trees
  • Close to two major shopping centers
  • Close proximity to city via freeway
  • Next boom suburb in Melbourne's east

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
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"Really good"

Lived in Blackburn for about 5 years before moving out, loved the place to bits. There just isn't any fault to it, a lot of greenery, distinguished and kind neighbours, low crime rates, quiet, and clean. It has a very homely and yet professional feel to the place. The council looks after the suburb really well.
Only problem is the pricing. You NEED to have an above average income to live here (single person). Parking is a problem, especially in the train station (seriously.... it is so congested there).

Great for

  • Homely
  • Good nieghbours
  • Family life fantastic
  • Parks & Trees
  • Close to two major shopping centers

Not great for

  • Pests
  • House prices keep rising

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1
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"Like a paradise"

Great neighborhood, leafy, loveable lifestyle, great location to everything, a combination of older and growing family, professional amenities around . Affordable houses, great place for a city and country lifestyle, eastern freeway ... a lot to provide.
My parents from Hong Kong , they love this place so much, a very well developed muticultural area , everyone seems very happy here.We always have celebration all year round such as holloween , x'mas, chinese new year , every family will join together, they provide great school zoned like Box Hill High School, Blackburn High School, Laburnum primary , Blackburn primary, close to Sion College and so.Quietly sitting in a crowded area!
such a paradise!

Great for

  • Family life fantastic
  • Parks & Trees
  • Close proximity to city via freeway
  • Close to two major shopping centers
  • Next boom suburb in Melbourne's east

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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"Far enough out to hear the bellbirds, close enough in to get anywhere easily"

If Blackburn were a person, he'd be understated, friendly, down to earth, smart and charming.

Great for

  • Sense of space around you
  • No riff raff
  • Family life fantastic
  • Parks & Trees
  • Close proximity to city via freeway
  • Close to two major shopping centers
  • Next boom suburb in Melbourne's east

Not great for

  • Inflexible development laws

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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Angelo Rigopoulos real estate agent
Angelo Rigopoulos
Buxton Box Hill

"Leafy Suburb & Great Place to Live!"

From excellent schools to leafy green, well maintained parks. Blackburn is a great suburb to live in. Hop on the Eastern Freeway and you're in the city within 15-20 minutes. Take a stroll at one of the many local parks such as Gardiners Creek Reserve or Blackburn Lake Sanctuary. There you Can enjoy BBQ facilities, picnic areas, playground equipment and even walking/cycling tracks.

Blackburn is a safe & great place to raise kids! Everything you need is conveniently located, and only just a stone throw away!

Great for

  • Family life fantastic
  • Parks & Trees
  • Close proximity to city via freeway
  • Close to two major shopping centers

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"A perfect place to live"

Blackburn has practically everything you could want. Excellent schools, shopping and community support. One of the best pockets would surely be near Junction Road/Surrey Road. Near the freeway, you can be in the city in 15 minutes or the Mornington Peninsula and its beaches in 1 hour. Slater Reserve is a hidden gem with walks, a community garden and playgrounds. Whitehorse Primary is a brand new school and Blackburn High has a wonderful reputation. Blackburn Station is only 5 minutes away by bus. There are unlimited options for eating out in Blackburn and nearby Box Hill. Most residents never want to leave!

Great for

  • Family life fantastic
  • Parks & Trees
  • Close proximity to city via freeway
  • Close to two major shopping centers
  • Next boom suburb in Melbourne's east

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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"Beautiful suburb"

We love living in Blackburn: beautiful Blackburn creek and Blackburn sanctuary, lovely and friendly neighbours, beautiful leafy streets, very convenient with a train station (about half an hour to the Flinders Station) and shops nearby. We are currently renting and we wish we could own a property here one day.

Great for

  • Great public transport
  • Peace, quiet and safe
  • Community spirit
  • Family life fantastic
  • Parks & Trees
  • Close proximity to city via freeway
  • Close to two major shopping centers

Not great for

  • House prices keep rising
  • Noisy possums!!

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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Peter Schenck real estate agent
Peter Schenck
Ray White Blackburn

"leafy family place to call home"

A leafy suburb only about 19 Km for Melbourne surrounded by lush green trees , the very popular Blackburn lake with an abundance of native bird life from kookaburras , ducks , parrots . An excellent mix of 1950s -1960 timber a brick homes and plenty on large allotments to create new homes . you'll love the flexibility of the train ,a variety of schools and local sporting clubs

Great for

  • A great tennis and football club
  • Take a slow walk around the after work to unwind after a busy day at work
  • Family life fantastic
  • Parks & Trees

Not great for

  • Unfortunate negative to many possums
  • Noisy possums!!

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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"Beautiful suburb"

Leafy, best parks and lakes, friendly people, nice cafes and shops

Great for

  • Family life fantastic
  • Next boom suburb in Melbourne's east
  • Parks & Trees
  • Close proximity to city via freeway
  • Close to two major shopping centers

Not great for

  • House prices keep rising

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
0
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"A beautiful, peace, relaxing, safe, and comfortable suburb for a great living"

Just one word for us: Perfect!

You can't find any better place that is not far from city but still feel like living in a forrest!
You can find trouts in the blackwalk stream!
It is a perfect place to combine a great family life style while you can go to work easily.
You have great primary school (LPS) in it and a great hight school (BHH) closeby.
Shopping is easy.
Beautiful parks and walks, lots of birds!

Great for

  • Close to public transport
  • Family life fantastic
  • Next boom suburb in Melbourne's east
  • Parks & Trees

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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"great"

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Fantastic suburb for small & large families"

We've been renting in Blackburn for almost 2 years and it gets better every month!
The neighbours are fantastic, it is incredibly quiet at night but at the same time during the day everything is within a stones throw.
Big box stores like Bunnings and JB are 5 minutes away by car on the golden mile.
According to hubby house prices have risen steadily over the last few decade but are ready for the next leg up over 2012-2013 so we are looking to buy in 2011. Still a few good deals around if you have patience and accumen with the real estate agents.

In summary to find a similar suburb to Blackburn you really have to move to somewhere like Surrey Hills closer to Melbourne but twice the price... you do the maths, we know what makes sense for us!

Great for

  • Parks & Trees
  • Family life fantastic
  • Next boom suburb in Melbourne's east

Not great for

  • House prices keep rising
  • Noisy possums!!

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
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"Peaceful leafy suburb with everything at your fingertips"

I have lived in Blackburn North for 12 years and it has everything you need. Quiet leafy streets with just a short trip to both large shopping centres such as Box Hill Central or Westfield Shopping Town and a range of medium to small cosy shopping strips. Ample of health services, including Box Hill Hospital and transport is easily accessible. Great food outlets & restaurants from Asian to Western cuisine. The freeway is a stone's throw away and a trip to the CBD is a 15 min drive. A suburb without the bustle and yet offers all the bells and whistles. Safe and great place to raise kids!

Great for

  • Close proximity to city via freeway
  • Close to two major shopping centers
  • Offers great speciality shops

Not great for

  • None

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
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"Beautiful Blackburn"

I LOVE Blackburn very much - but it's become so expensive! If it's out of your price range to buy or rent in this beautiful suburb it mioght be worth looking at Nunawading - it's just one train stop further and still a great area with a new, "state of the art" primary school being built in Springfield Road.

Nunawading has a DFO. It has very good access to the freeway - you can drive to the city in 15mins. The new Nunawading stion is great and the train now goes under the Road and the traffic flow on Springvale is much better.

My friends recently bought an older, character home in Esdale Street that they intend to renovate. They just couldn't afford Blackburn so Nunawading seemed like the 'next best' thing. They are really happy with their decision and look forward to raising their family there.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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"hidden Jewel"

best area for kid to grow up!

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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"“Beautiful and leafy surrounded by friendly neighbours”"

Fantastic place for families. It's a quiet suburb with a strong community feel. Lovely, well maintained buildings in a beautiful neighbourhood. Street to clear-cut its way through their leafy enclave of architects designed homes. Surrounded by reknown private schools, scattered cafés, and parks. I find it both convenient and safe. It is close to a number of major shopping centres such as Doncaster and Box Hill. It is close to all the best schools and fantastic public transport.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"we have a FREE way"

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"Handy Location"

I love where Blackburn is situated.
I work in and around Blackburn completing roofing repairs and roof restorations.
I find it to be a very central suburb and very well serviced by public transport and shops.
Also close enough to the city.

Cheers,

Phil

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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"100% perfect place to live"

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Good clean area, very safe to bring up kids,"

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"One of the Best"

As a person who was born and raised in Blackburn it was a safe and friendly environment to grow up in. Many years later, I now work as a real estate agent servicing the wonderful suburb of Blackburn. It is community orientated suburb with schools, parks and street scape that rival any suburb in Melbourne. The most astonishing thing in all the years I have been selling real estate is that when people move into Blackburn, they very rarely move out of it.

For more information on Blackburn go to
www.blackburnguide.com.au
or
www.allensre.com.au

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Great place live"

multi cultural, neighbours are very friendly and easy access to freeway. grossary shopping is mins away range from asian to western.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Central, Quiet, Safe & Clean, yet close to Everything!"

I love it here. Real sense of community spirit that is family/single/retiree friendly. Close to all the amenities you could ever need, with a superb train service at all times of the day.
Easy access to the freeway also, and plenty of food and entertainment choices.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Just Like Living in a Nature Reserve"

Featuring the lovely Blackburn Lake and Wandinong Sanctuaries, the Melbourne suburb of Blackburn is set amongst lovely parkland and bush and is home to an array of Australian wildlife. House blocks are generously sized and homes are also large, many of them dating back to early last Century. There are plenty of walking tracks popular with nature lovers and although all you can hear at times is the sound of Bellbirds, Blackburn is in a very central location close to all major amenities including Forest Hill Chase and Blackburn North Shopping Centre. Blackburn train station links residents with the CBD in less than 20 minutes and their are quality schools and a sports and recreational reserve.

For more information or to view properties for sale in this area, please go to: www.philipwebb.com.au.

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