7.3 out of 10

Docklands

Ranked 298th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.8178164694552 144.943108176861
Great for
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Schools
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Public Transport 5/5
4 days ago

"Not a cosmopolitan inviroment"

Lived here for 6 years.
The first 2 years were great.
How it has changed!
Over priced tacky apartments with washing on the balconies.and home stay apartments.

Cigarette butts everywhere.
The cafes cater for office workers then close at 4pm.
As a foodie I would not eat anywhere here.
The crime rate is high( ask the police force)

The supermarket is terrible and does not stock quality European food!
sj1 sj1
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 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 04, 2017

"Underrated and transforming"

We spent over a year looking for a property in Melbourne. We did not want to spend more than $600,000 so we could get the stamp duty discount. After going to countless open homes and auctions we were frustrated that all two bedroom, two bathroom apartments within 5kms of the city were being sold for anywhere between $100,000-$200,000 over listed/advertised prices of $550,000.
We were reasonably new to Melbourne (were renting for a couple of years) but we had heard negative comments about Docklands from the start so we avoided the area until frustration overcame bias and we decided to visit a few open homes in the area one weekend.
We were impressed by the suburbs strong benefits. Fantastic free public transport options (30, 35x2, 70, 75 and 86 trams at one end and 48 and 11 at the other end). Immediate access to Melbourne highways to the airport or south east suburbs. 15 minutes walk to CBD office buildings. Beautiful water surroundings. Good shopping options.
After finding a 2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car garage (88sqm internal, 10sqm balcony) with waterfront views, within our budget we were sold. From our experience, if this apartment was in any other inner city suburb it would have cost an extra $100,000 just from size alone, let alone views.
One year later we are still super impressed with the suburb. Our interstate and international guests love staying with us and appreciate the suburbs amenities as well as proximity to the CBD. Since moving weve found some gem in the suburb including the library and ron barrasi park.
The suburb is still evolving with a number of new apartments going up, adding more residents to what starting to become a bustling village atmosphere. The upgrades and renovations to Harbour Town are also adding value to the experience of living in the area. Looking forward to the new cinema, school, market and supermarket coming to the area soon!
Pros
  • Proximity to the city
  • Modern Lifestyle
  • Nice Harbour Views
  • Choice of Restaurants
  • Friendly Neighbours
  • Safe
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Docklands has big plans"

Docklands has a dynamic mix of residential, commercial, office, cafes and restaurants on offer. With a population of 8,500 residents and growing, Docklands is a fabulous place to live and work. Living here provides me with an easy access to Melbourne's CBD, CityLink, and offers me a safe and secure home for when I travel. The future of Docklands is very bright and clear and I should know having lived here for 6 years.
Pros
  • Modern Lifestyle
  • Nice Harbour Views
  • Choice of Restaurants
  • Friendly Neighbours
  • Safe
Cons
  • Traffic Congestion
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Inner City - Good Life"

Docklands is a super place to live for a bit, to experience all that Melbourne has to offer. It's particularly good if you've got a boat, or fancy getting out into Port Phillip bay often.

It's an inclusive place - where you get to meet a really cosmopolitan cross-section of the world.

It's where the sky people live.
Pros
  • Choice of Restaurants
  • Friendly Neighbours
  • Safe
  • Modern Lifestyle
  • Nice Harbour Views
Cons
  • Noise Pollution
  • Traffic Congestion
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
2yrs+

"All Glamour No Substance"

I've lived here for four years. We are owner occupiers. What I have seen over the last few years are the most ridiculous planning from the governments.

They decided to redevelop Harbour Esplanade. This costs taxpayers more money because they now decided that tram stops should have been kept in line with the City of Melbourne, which is the centre of all main roads. How come this wasn't thought of much earlier?

We would have thought that the redevelopment would have made better changes for the future then. Since now we have more corporate and apartment buildings sprawling including more activity at the popular Eithad Stadium, surely since they are remodelling Harbour Esplanade, they would increase the road lanes available. The truth is now, they have shrunk it, certain parts of the road is now one lane. I cannot understand this, there is so much land on either side, why not take advantage of this?

Tram services are appalling. The frequency isn't enough or reliable enough to be trusted. Once you go past peak hours your tram wait times go over 15 minutes! Sometime stretching to almost 30 minutes.

The amount of pubs and drunk people shouting in the middle of night has increased so much in recent years I cannot leave my apartment windows open, since they will wake me. You get drunkards/hooligans making a scene at times.

In summary, you pay extravagant prices to live near the CBD, yet it's harder to get to the CBD due to traffic congestion, not reliable public transportation. I wish everyone here all the best in the next few years as more and more people move in (hint, ask yourself how many entry and exit roads there are to Docklands and can it support that many people).
Pros
  • Modern Lifestyle
  • Nice Harbour Views
Cons
  • Traffic Congestion
  • Noise Pollution
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"GREAT FOR ALL AGES PROVIDING ALL THE BENEFITS Of A COSMOPOLITAN LIFESTYLE"

We had stayed at Docklands at least once a year from 2003 to 2007 in a range of apartments.We loved the cafe's, walks, views, proximity to the city and the lifestyle generally. In 2007 when my daughter moved from Adelaide to Melbourne to finish a law degree we bought our own apartment which was to be used by ourselves and rented short term after her studies finished. The good and bad news is that our property has had 100 percent occupancy so we have been unable to use it. We still visit Melbourne regularly and rent other apartments in Docklands if they are available. When we can't get a Docklands apartment we stay in either Southbank or other near city apartments-but to be honest no other area has offered the same total package.
In summary our Docklands purchase has proved a great investment in both monetary and lifestyle terms and I believe the future looks even better.
Jon
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Calm end of the city"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
2/5
2yrs+

"Modern, convenient and very very windy!"

The Docklands is quite a new area of Melbourne. It has undergone a major facelift in recent times, with a huge number of apartment blocks and waterside townhouses being built. A number of cafes, restaurants and bars have also popped up.

The area is home to a number of young professionals who work in the area, after many of the large businesses have relocated their offices here.

The area is all very convenient, and really quite nice. However the major downside is the wind!! This place seems to funnel huge gusts from the sea, so brace yourself every time you set outside.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"A great new area for young professionals"

If you want to be in a new development close to the city this is the place for you. Perfect for young couples and singles it is practically in the city centre, yet feels somehow separated from it.

It's an easy walk into the city and public transport services the area well. The facilities are well established and if you need anything the city is a short walk away.

Docklands Stadium/Telstra Stadium/ Ethiad Stadium is right there if you are a football fan to go and see all the big games. The only trouble with this is that there are a lot of people around looking for parks. If you are really keen on football and cricket the MCG isn't far away.

It is a great area for walkers and cyclists with water and city views.

Its even a reasonably spot for people with young children as unlike so many inner city locations there is a park and a playground.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 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 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"New and fresh city living"

Alot of people talk about how Docklands hasn't taken off like the property developers had hoped, but I think they are wrong. It's getting busier and busier every single day, and I think it's a great thing. I've been living in the NewQuay apartment complex area and I can't tell you how much I love waking up to water AND city views.

I work in the city as well, so public transport is a huge bonus for me as I can get to work in 10 minutes. The general atmosphere on weekends is fantastic, people are walking their dogs along the waters edge, and in summer there's nothing better than a beer at one of the cafe's on the shore.

Everyone is very friendly here, and always welcoming. It's a great place to live, I can't say much more than that.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
CommunityMan
CommunityMan I worked in Docklands for 2 years and while it has potential and some good things, the cafes and restaurants are mostly empty, bland and overpriced, and the strong wind blowing off the water made the whole precinct a dusty wind tunnel.
2yrs+
insider
insider 4 Years on. Where is Docklands going? Still look out the window and wonder. A lot more buildings have gone up and most of the anchor restuarants have gone this year. Toss in the upcoming legal interpretation of 'short term accommodation' - where we are about to find out if the more than 25% of apartments in the precinct that have more or less been run as hotel rooms will no longer be able to do so. My personal view is that you don't build a community by having short, short term hotel rooms in what is supposed to be an apartment complex, but I digress as thats another challenge.

Docklands remains to be a challenge, perhaps in 10 years it will get the mojo. After having guests down from Sydney the other day and walking around the precinct with even the anchor restuarants gone I was a little embarased for my guests and we had to eat at Southgate. But for a change it wasn't windy.

for help with your OC issues and layman theOCguide http://www.theOCguide.com.au is handy.
2yrs+
DylanP
DylanP What wanker thinks the docklands is a good investment?

I did...I lost all my money investing at the docklands. It ruined me.
2yrs+
ChooA
ChooA Hi Dylan, sorry to hear that but would you like to share your story?
Nov 26, 2015
MaxL1
MaxL1 Not as bad. Docklands will be a great place in five years time provided Vic government not going to do stupid things.
Jul 20, 2016
Tg
Tg DylanP your a moron...
It's like putting all your money on a horse and blaming the horse for emptying out your wallet.
Blaming an entire suburb for your own stupidity, I'm speechless.
This is a forum for "living" in the docklands, not gambling.
Jul 19, 2017
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