8.1 out of 10

Boronia

Ranked 221st best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8613528645053 145.28317870071
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
  • Cost of Living
  • Childcare
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Aug 31, 2018

"An absolute delight"

Moved from Rowville 6 months ago after 27 years and it’s been a life changer. Am in a beautiful pocket of Boronia surrounded by trees and birds. Amazing views of the hills. Little traffic and a feeling of community.
As for Boronia’s ‘bad reputation’ well I haven’t seen or heard of any problems but the absence of visible signs of the police would help more.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • 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
May 30, 2018

"Great suburb to live!"

I lived in ferntree gully before which is very close to boronia. Boronia, where we almost shopped everything before. We bought a stunning townhouse last year and really loved it. We find it very quiet and peaceful. Never experience what these people saying about bad things in Boronia. Shopping late nights every week and never had issues about it. We love our neighboorhood. Hey, not only bogans living in boronia I can make sure of that! My neighboorhood is surrounded by wealthy business people and professionals. Luxury cars every houses, I don’t agree with these people saying stupid things about this area. There are bad people and bad things in every suburbs wherever you go. There might be areas in boronia you could experience these bad stuff but not the whole town of boronia. Just like every streets, every cities, every countries, everywhere there will be bad people and bad stuff. But for me and my family, this is our home now so we really enjoy and love it!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Jan 04, 2018

"Good place to live"

Lived here over 12 years and commute daily by train. Nice green spaces/parks, friendly neighbours, proximity to the Dandenomgs and transport access to city. shopping area could be improved particularly boronia mall but there is also very close proximity to both eastlands and knox shopping centre. kids attend st Joseph's primary school which has a very nurturing and pastoral approach with a strong community focus including a great fete in March of every year. Boronia is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but overall it's been a good place to live and bring up my family over the last 12 years.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Sep 03, 2017

"A hidden gem!"

We moved here a little over 3 years ago, and have been enjoying getting to know Boronia and the surrounding areas :)

Highlights;
* Have found it to be affordable without being too "far out" (have noticed prices going up since that time though)
* very close to the Dandenongs-which is great to explore!
* Plenty of local shops and essential services (eg supermarkets, post office, library etc)
* awesome for bargain hunters with lots of $2 shops and op shops!
* as others have mentioned, it's not too far from the City, Knox Shopping Centre and plenty of public transport options (trains/busses)
* great for families with young children with plenty of local parks/playgrounds (many which have recently been upgraded), playgroup and Libraries- both in Boronia and surrounding areas (check out Knox City Council Website for what's around)

A couple of things to mention;

* Boronia Mall (next to Kmart) is a bit depressing as there are lots of closed shops (would be great if this could be re developed)
* I find the main shopping areas a bit disjointed to get around at times- much easier to walk than drive eg between Boronia Junction and Kmart area-especially just before Christmas!

In terms of other comments made about "Bogans" and it being a dangerous area, there are people living in this area who are disadvantaged (as you can find in most areas) but I've personally not felt unsafe while living here.

I wouldn't describe Boronia as a "cool" suburb but feel it's an "up and coming" suburb....definitely check it out and...watch this space! :)
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
1/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
May 01, 2017

"stay away"

This aria has gone down hill rapidly over the last 5 years. The state government has put up a heap of commission houses that has braught drug addicts into the aria in droves. The local shopping mall resembles a wasteland. Assaults are commonplace. Drug deals are done in the open and the police don't care. You regularly see them go down in the McDonald's car park opposite the police station or on the road behind the police station. Yes there is a train station and busses but they are far to dangerous to use. People openly carry weapons around them. I'm so glad I have just gotten out of the aria. Unless your interests include tattoos, bikies and drug abuse, Boronia is not for you
Cons
  • full of bogans
  • too many units
dmw10
dmw10 Ridiculous review. I've lived in the area for over 12 years, walk 15 minutes to the station (evening and night), catch the train and buses occasionally and have never felt threatened. We've never had a break in to property or vehicle or experienced any other crime unlike other areas I've lived ( Narre warren, ferntree gully and inner Sydney). There are many families here and a mix of people with professional, service or trade oriented oriented jobs. Around some of the areas near chemists you do sometimes see some people who are drug affected but that is not atypical for a larger metropolitan centre.
Jan 04, 2018
ishd
ishd Absolutely ridiculous. Just unfair to a beautiful suburb. Travelling to city 5 days a week from past 2 years, police patrolling all the time.
Jan 24, 2018
gracec6
gracec6 Haha! Youre glad youre out of them. Maybe youre one of them! This is not true! We lived in the area for many years, bought a stunning townhouse last year but we shopped almost everything here. I myself even doing late night shopping as I have a 3 yr old kid. Never experience any of these stupid comments!
May 30, 2018
davidg26
davidg26 Well for all of the doubters..... I have held a security advisor licence for the past 11 yeas, I have a security studies degree, I am currently studying my masters in security and strategic studies. Here are the hard facts. The crim rate in Boronia rose more than 30% in the last financial year. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/outer-east/drug-crimes-soar-in-knox-thefts-burglaries-up/news-story/d96e97df8df7c941577091cfd42a2bde. In 2011, there were more than 250 registered sex offenders in the suburb, which was approximately 8% of those in Victoria. https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/outer-east/no-new-leads-on-missing-boronia-schoolgirl-bung-siriboon/news-story/ea839719f7cb56448fdae886c2550e07
and from what I have heard, that number has doubled in the last 7 years. And if the aria around Boronia station is so safe, why has the federal government just announced over $400,00 dollars to make it safe?

www.alantudge.com.au/Media/Articles/tabid/89/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/989/language/en-AU/Delivering-a-safer-and-more-secure-Boronia.aspx
To anybody who is looking to buy in the aria, have a look around the Boronia Safeway on any given afternoon. You will see what I mean
Jun 17, 2018
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4/5
Mar 24, 2017

"sk's review on Boronia"

Very good suburb to live in the East if you are not able to afford in Glenwaverley or Wantirna.Boronia has a TrainStation and plenty of buses and bus stops.Has Knox leisure works for swimming,library,Basketball stadium.Very good parks.Good location to live for young families with kids.Coles,Woolworths,subway,pizza shops,$2 shops and lot more nearby.Good place to buy a house or unit.Peaceful atmosphere. No negativities.Living in Boronia from past 8 months after exploring all the other Eastern suburb areas.Boronia is very good and affordable.
Pros
  • Accessible
  • Quiet
  • Close to train station
  • Spacious
Cons
  • Needs some new restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 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 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
Feb 14, 2017

"Boronia - best of both worlds"

I have lived in Boronia for 22 years. This is where I brought up my four kids. It is central to everywhere. We are situated on a large block but are still in walking distance to the shops, parks, walking tracks, train, bus and roads.
Pros
  • Accessible
  • Quiet
  • Close to freeway
  • Close to train station
  • Spacious
Cons
  • Distance
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
2/5
Jan 17, 2017

"Home of the bogan"

Terrible suburb full of bogans. Terrible schools, terrible shops, terrible cafes and terrible people.
Cons
  • full of bogans
jm6
jm6 Are you renting or do you own, I was looking at buying a property in Boronia, Ferntree Gully and surrounding areas but your review makes me think. Is the bogan issue ongoing?
Mar 07, 2017
heidit1
heidit1 Same here.. thinking to move to this area ...
Aug 04, 2017
ishd
ishd I have come across young families all the time because of booming new development . Boronia is central to everything. Love it.
Jan 24, 2018
gracec6
gracec6 I don't agree! Just bought a beautiful townhouse last year but eversince we shopped at Boronia as we lived in ferntree gully very close to the area. We don't experience any of these people saying or commenting! This is the world's biggest problem, inequality that makes people have disunity. Good and bad things actually happen within us. If we treat others differently they would treat us the same. Just like you get what give! I don't think there is problem with bogans. They are human like you. You're just blessed you're not in the same page. We can treat others nicely, we ourselves could make a difference in people's lives like bogans you are saying. Wherever or whichever suburbs you wanna stay if you have that superiority attitude and looked down pn other people you're not gonna have a peaceful living. We can have compassion for people like them to make this world a better place.
May 30, 2018
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Boronia - a great place to live"

I have lived in Boronia for 18 years and it has so many good things about it that I don't understand why the property prices are not higher in value. I have lived in other areas of Knox and I believe there are more good points about living in Boronia compared to other areas of Knox. Boronia is very much underrated as a place to live.
Pros
  • Police Station
  • Good choice of supermarkets and K-Mart
  • Bowling Alley and cinema
  • Accessible
  • Quiet
  • Close to freeway
  • Close to train station
  • Spacious
Cons
  • Distance
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
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 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+

"Best of both worlds"

Clean and green with fantastic views of Mount Dandenong, Close to all possible facilities needed, such as shops, schools, pubic transport, and freeways. Only 25kms to the CBD makes it the most valued place to live with abundant birdlife and wildlife at your door, tells you something.
Pros
  • shop till you drop
  • Accessible
  • Quiet
  • Close to freeway
  • Close to train station
  • Spacious
Cons
  • too many units
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great family suburb"

I have lived in and around Boronia my whole life. Boronia is a very family friendly area at the foothills of the Mt Dandenongs. Shopping options are great with numerous sets of shops within the suburb as well as Knox City only a 5-10 minute drive away. Only 20 minutes from Sassafras and another 5-10 to Olinda- great places to visit on a Sunday.
Pro's:
Lots of schools
Tim Neville arboretum
Heaps of public transport with Boronia Station in the heart of Boronia.
Cons:
Not a lot of nightlife and about 45-50 minutes to the city centre.
Overall, a family friendly and peaceful suburb.
Pros
  • Accessible
  • Quiet
  • Close to freeway
  • Close to train station
Cons
  • Needs some new restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • 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
  • 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+

"Great Suburb"

Great area to live. Public Transport, Neighbors, Shopping Centre, Child care, Schools & Parks
Pros
  • Shopping Centre
  • Childcare
  • Accessible
  • Quiet
  • Close to freeway
  • Close to train station
  • Spacious
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Green, friendly and convenient"

I like being close to Shops, Train station, Parks and walking tracks which reduces the need for a car. Lots of growth with new houses going up on large land plots and only 30 min drive to the city via new free-way.
Pros
  • Close to train station
  • Close to freeway
  • Accessible
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Needs some new restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Nice area"

Nice place, good access to shopping and public transport, not far from the city, but far enough that it's nice and there isn't much crime.
Pros
  • Accessible
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live"

It's far enough away from the city to be in the trees and space but is only 30km away from the city so it doesn't take too long to get there.
My favourite things about Boronia are the people, the atmosphere and wind in the trees on a peaceful night.
I've lived in Boronia for 25 years in the same house, the neighbourhood is friendly, there are plenty of people walking their dogs up the steep hill toward the dandenongs national park. I don't hear cars at night, just possums sometimes.
Pros
  • Spacious
  • Quiet
  • Accessible
Cons
  • Distance
  • Public Transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Quiet, friendly, and back to nature"

Great neighbours. Love the birdlife, parks and views. Good shopping in Boronia with plenty of dining out choices, and not far from either Knox City or Eastland for major shopping and/or nights out. CBD is only 30 minutes away on Eastlink.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A perfect place for a family or the professinals..."

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

"A Perfect place to live"

Growing suburb, with all the facilities.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Good location"

Good shopping, public transport, schools etc.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"'A great place for families and young professionals"

I bought a house 6 months ago here in Boronia. Since then I have found my neighbours to be the best I've ever had so far, really friendly and down to earth people. I live on Dorset rd which is a busy road yet I am so close to absolutely everything I could ever need, everything is within walking distance. The public transport in Boronia is fantastic, the shopping is great and really reasonably priced, Kmart is now also open 24 hrs so that's even better. Kent Park Primary is down the road in F.T.G which was recently known to show the best academic results from there students in the whole of Knox. Boronia also has fantastic places for eating, there are cafeteria's everywhere, and all different types of ethnic foods. Boronia Hall is great for parties or functions and we have our own bowling alley and picture theatre. There are many things here for kids including the Abortorium just down on Dorset Rd, a dance school, martial arts school, tennis courts, A battery operated car motor racing track where kids race there cars on a Wednesday night. All this and then just down the road is Knox City Shopping Centre. Boronia is a great place to buy a house, it isn't as expensive as the surrounding areas such as Wantirna, Knox, F.T.G, Scoresby yet has everything those areas have including more.... BORONIA A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE AND IT'S AFFORDABLE!!!!!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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Elsie Street

3.5/5
"Something for everyone in this Street"
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"Dog people will love it"
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"Perfect for healthy living"
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Dixon Court

4.5/5
"Close to everything with great views of the mountain"
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"young families moving in"
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