9.2 out of 10

Cairnlea

Ranked 27th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7621161530403 144.789083920605
Great for
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Lack of Traffic
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 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A Peaceful Oasis in Melbourne's West"

If you're looking for quiet, safe, family-friendly place in Melbourne's West, Cairnlea is a great option. Access to the city via the ring road and Ballarat road is excellent. There are plenty of parks, and the Cairnlea shops provide all of the essentials in one place. Having moved from the eastern suburbs, and working in the CBD, living in Cairnlea has really suited our family. Cairnlea is more expensive than the surrounding suburbs, but it's well worth it.
Pros
  • Beautiful surrounds
  • Great distance from the City
Cons
  • Average internet speed
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"It glitters but not gold"

Property prices in Cairnlea are hitting the roof. If you have a big family and pets and need living space plus a big backyard be ready to spend good money. And if you have a fat pocket why living in the West? Hard choice when in closeby surrounding suburbs you could get a huge land or a house to be renovated to your taste with the same money. I believe Cairnlea is overvaluated.
Some houses are more glitter than value, beautifully staged but cheap in construction. Also there are no decent high schools nearby. The local primary is average and it has been falling down lately as it's grown a lot. Cairnlea Shopping centre and services are quite basic, almost dead, shops dont survive long. We have to close down our own business due to lack of passing by public. Its not improving, unless they bring new commercial highlights to the area.be ready to move around if you need to buy something a bit more sophisticated.
Pros
  • Beautiful surrounds
  • Great distance from the City
Cons
  • Small land
  • Overpriced
  • No Resturants
  • Below Average Internet Speed
  • Better schools and a police station
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice Little Pocket out of nowhere"

Moved here few months ago because the houses are cheaper around this area, and I can surely say this is one of the best and safest suburb around the area. Nice quiet neighborhood with all facilities easily accessible. Surprised to find out that such a good suburb isnt known by many. A lucky Find I say.
With the Western Ring Rd just few mins drive away, its also not that far away to drive to the city though it will be a pain if you take any public transports.

The only problem here is the internet, VERY SLOW n NO NBN
Pros
  • Beautiful surrounds
  • Great distance from the City
  • Only 23km from city
Cons
  • Below Average Internet Speed
  • No Resturants
  • Average internet speed
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • 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 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Close to the city but with a country feel :)"

I have lived in Cairnlea for 7 years now and am in no hurry at all to leave the area. I grew up living in the south east of Melbourne, then lived in Kensington for a few years as a single person before settling in Cairnlea with my family. I have to say Cairnlea is my favourite of all the locations I have lived. It's been beautifully planned and whilst it's a brand new Estate, it has the country feel of a more established area with trees everywhere, beautiful lakes, boardwalks, walking tracks, open space galore!! The facilities are great and the local primary school is fantastic. I'm not sure about high schools as yet. It's an extremely quiet area, lots of families and kids and the neighbours are friendly and we all look out for each other. The streets are safe for children to play and there's always a playground within walking distance or a lake full of wildlife, swans, ducks, etc. With 90% owner occupied properties and few rentals, the majority of houses are well kept and maintained by house proud owners. The area has a friendly intimate village feel to it and the local shopping centre has just about everything you need - Coles, chemist, post office, bakery, florist, clothing stores, cafes, eateries, medical centre, dentist, gym and much more with plenty of parking. Much larger shopping centres are in abundance and only a short drive away including Highpoint, Airport West, Brimbank, Watergardens, Keilor - you're really spoilt for choice! It's like living in the country but only 17kms from the city with easy access via the Western Ring Road to the city in about 20 minutes with 3 train stations very close by. There it lots to love about this area and really nothing to hate!
Pros
  • Lots of parkland and wildlife
  • Beautiful surrounds
  • Great distance from the City
  • Great facilities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
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 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"Cairnlea, everything I hoped it would be!"

Cairnlea is an fantastic place to live. I grew up in the country and then moved to Melbourne and used to think I would always want to live near/directly in the city to be close to the nightlife etc. I even bought a small townhouse 5km to the city and lived there for nearly 5 years. Later I began to tire of the city though, the noise, traffic and not feeling so relaxed. Also I missed living in a more family area. I then began to look around for where I would buy after selling my townhouse. A friend had already had a place in Cairnlea for around 9 years so after deciding to buy in the West as its more affordable and newer I settled on Cairnlea.

I love how quiet it is, not much traffic around. The neighbours are all very friendly and wave to say hi. There are shops close by e.g Coles, pizza shop, chemist etc and if you want to go to a larger shopping centre highpoint is close. The only negatives I can think of is the internet here is not as fast as what I was used to closer to the city, public transport is not great but not much of a problem as I always drive and there is no nightlife but that is not why I decided to live here. Value for money here is great for the size of house you can get. I can see myself living here pretty much forever...
Pros
  • Quiet
  • Friendly Neighbours
  • Beautiful surrounds
  • Great distance from the City
  • Great facilities
Cons
  • Average internet speed
  • Rated for zone 2
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • 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+

"" Not far from city""

We lived in cairnlea for 2 years generally good so close to everything! School options not great for high schools.And needs more cafees.A fare bit of theft in this area aswell but generally a safe a nice suburb. Great lakes and bike tracks.
Pros
  • Beautiful surrounds
  • Only 23km from city
  • Great distance from the City
  • Travel Options
  • Parks
  • 17 kms from the city
Cons
  • Better schools and a police station
  • No Resturants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
RyanS73
RyanS73 wrong suburb review you should have posted in caroline springs, not in cairnlea
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A lovely Jewel in the West - Beautiful homes, lakes and parks, friendly down to earth people - best access 17 kms to the City."

Luckily for us we bought here during the first stages of development and watched this suburb grow. To our delight it has become the place we have always wished to live in. Close to major roads, Western Highway and Western Ring Road, 4 minute drive to Albion Train Station which is a Zone 1 (takes only 22 minutes by train to the City). You can choose between the Ring Road over the West Gate, Western Highway / Ballarat Road and then through either Sunshine/Footscray or Dynon Roads into the city (4 ways to get into the City by Road and all take max. 45 minutes in bad peak hour traffic conditions - usually 25-30 minutes) This place is a jewel and I hope that the new residents appreciate it and keep it that way. The abundant parks and lakes are just beautiful. We don't have a nightlfe here but with this type of access to anywhere in Melbourne I'd prefer we didn't. The small shopping centre in the middle of the suburb has everything a busy time deprived person can wish for - good eateries as well. The only downside is that we don't have a good private high school in the area - plans existed by were put on the back burner. To have had this sort of educational facility here will be a major plus and would certainly be the icing on the cake.
Pros
  • 17 kms from the city
  • Beautiful surrounds
  • Great facilities
  • Great distance from the City
  • Travel Options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Cairnlea - cleverly designed"

Cairnlea has great street appeal and is well designed with seperate presincts which minimises street traffic. It has great access to major road arteries and is nice distance away from the city. Its parks and walkways are very attractive and accessible and is a great place to raise families.
Pros
  • Beautiful surrounds
  • Great facilities
  • Only 23km from city
Cons
  • No Resturants
  • Rated for zone 2
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Diamond in the rough"

I've lived in Cairnlea for around 4-5 years, i would not change it for any other suburb in Melbourne.
Its missing the latte culture, but that will soon come... I work in the city and travel time is around 30-45mins during peak hour, the west gate can take longer sometimes but I often listen to the traffic reports in the morning and choose between Calder/West Gate/ or Ballarat road.

Great place to take the little ones to the park for a play or simply a walk, really relaxing place.
Pros
  • Great distance from the City
  • Travel Options
  • Parks
  • Beautiful surrounds
  • Great facilities
  • Only 23km from city
Cons
  • No Resturants
  • Rated for zone 2
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Booming Cairnlea"

Cairnlea has a choice three access's into the CBD. Ballerat rd, Westgate or the Tullamarine Fwy and guess what its only a 20min drive. Just off the Western Ring ensures you are close to everywhere. Cairnlea's property is currently booming. They saying is.... invest in the West and thats what people are doing. Ikea has planned a future development on the corner of Ballerat road and Cairnlea drive.....prices will increase once the shovel hits the ground! Check it out.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Under a lot of people's radar"

Incredibly underrated. Just 2 minutes from the Western Ring Road, and either way you are into the CBD in 20 minutes off peak, plus straight down via Ballarat Road if traffic is choked up. 15 minutes to Tulla Airport, and only 45 minutes to great beaches down Geelong. (15 minutes to Altona Beach)

The area has very nice homes, none of which are more than 5 years old, and particular estates within Cairnlea are in a cul-de-sac, so no hoonery, which is great. Very down to earth people live here, forget about pretensions and wanna-be's. I grew up in the outer East, and Cairnlea is just as good, if not better in many ways, and cheaper and closer to the city.

Heaps of parks and bike trails too, great schools, with excellent brand new facilities, plus an expanded shopping centre. Only 15 minutes to what will be the second biggest shopping centre in Australia, if you like that sort of thing.

Only 10 minutes to the major Hospital servicing the west, which is undergoing a $37 million upgrade. 10 minutes to Victoria University, a very underrated uni which I attended and loved. Only 6 minutes to the nearest Zone 1 railway station.
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 4/5
  • 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+

"A Stone's Throw From The City"

A great place to live, very easy to commute to the City and great facilities make this a good choice for most people
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+
4/5
2yrs+

"Modern mixture of rural and suburban living"

A cross between rural and suburban, this very young town sits 17km north west of Melbourne and has a growing population of over 6,000 residents. Developed in 1999, Cairnlea boasts several man-made lakes as well as open park spaces, a croquet club, a sports club and a community hub and town centre. Bordered by Deer Park, St Albans and Ardeer, Cairnlea is ideally suited to families seeking modern homes within proximity to Melbourne’s CBD. Average property prices in the area currently sit at just $370,000.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

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4.5/5
"Tranquillity"
-37.7613 144.77978
"A peaceful street next to an amazing park"
-37.7612096755 144.7933304793
"Great Place for families"
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