8.1 out of 10

Eltham

Ranked 227th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7116874058638 145.153776945289
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Internet Access
  • Schools
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 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 4/5
  • 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+
Editors Choice

"Prettiest suburb in Melbourne"

Green and lush, living in Eltham is almost like living in the country yet within comfortable commuting distance of the City. Local facilities are excellent, offering good public and private schools, wide selection of local shops ( including two outstanding delis and Westfield Shoppingtown Doncaster is only minutes away), restaurants (Indian, Thai, Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, Chinese etc) cafes, wine bar, pub, gyms, parks, walking and bike tracks, train station. Eltham offers a great mix of housing to suit every wallet, from mansions with pools and tennis courts to pretty old weatherboards waiting to be renovated and everything in between. The perfect place for families or indeed anyone wanting to live in a green, peaceful, safe environment that is a comfortable commute to the City.
Pros
  • Great restaurants and cafes
  • Great schools
  • Great shopping
  • Green
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 20, 2016

"BEWARE, GREEN IS NOT GOLD!"

Pros
  • Great schools
  • Green
  • Great restaurants and cafes
Cons
  • No jobs
  • Not property investment friendly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
Dec 01, 2015

"Where I Spend My Time"

Eltham is a grand place with great shops and great amounts of transport to get you around.
Pros
  • Great schools
  • Great shopping
  • Great restaurants and cafes
Cons
  • Night life
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
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 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+

"My Hometown"

Eltham is very special to me having lived and worked here my entire life!
it is a friendly family community with great schools, sporting clubs and other youth social clubs throughout the area. It offers great expanses of parklands throughout its quite streets and leafy suburb vista's.
A really sought after pocket in Eltham is the Woodridge Estate area with its close proximity behind Eltham's Main Street shops, many Cul De Sac's and most streets benefiting from underground power.
Pros
  • Great schools
  • Great shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
sarahg10
sarahg10 Yes, Eltham is a great place to live with large houses, good facilities, parks, library and excellent schools but..Woodridge estate is not a particularly sought after area. South Eltham and off the Main road are much more desirable. A real estate agent with his own agenda?
Dec 12, 2016
viktoriak
viktoriak We are looking in the area. What do you consider the boundary of South Eltham? and are they bigger blocks? Thanks
Jul 16, 2017
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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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Best of both worlds"

I have lived in Eltham for three years now. We moved from Brunswick to eltham because we wanted our kids to grow up in an area which was green and less traffic. We could not be happier with our decision! It is a wonderful place to live. Great transport by having both bus and train services. The shopping strip is great to meet with friens for coffee. The only thing missing is a decent pub!
Pros
  • Green
  • Great schools
  • Great shopping
Cons
  • Night life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
mslivewelll
mslivewelll Not having a pub is a plus to some. We don't need the problems of the inner cities. Eltham is a quiet town where people rest early, leave it as it is. There always night life a short drive down town.
Jan 27, 2017
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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 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Family Paradise"

We've lived here for 3 years now with our young family and we couldn't be happier. EVERYTHING about Eltham is ideal for family living. I only wished we'd moved here sooner. So perfect in every way. Love it, love it, love it!!!!
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Country Amenities City Traffic"

Eltham feels country thats because it is so far out from the city you that might as well be living Halls Gap. Eltham's public transport is woeful. You'll end up spending most of your time behind the wheel on confusing winding roads and abysmal traffic and suffering road rage. Safe and open for your kids, but expect to feel very isolated and like you don't have a life. And its not going to stay green with new sudivisions, new freeways and an inept local council. In a nutshell there is really nothing for adults to do in Eltham and it is only going to get worse.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"green neighbourhood, friendly people."

very green, safe place to live. lots of nice shops, and local council offer great living and learning centre programs as very low cost. ymca is great - great pool area for kids.
overall a very nice place to live. Far enough away form the city, and close enough all at the same time!
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 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Clean and Green"

I have lived here all my life and LOVE it! Eltham is a suburb where I always feel safe. I am never concerned walking around at nighttime (or daytime) by myself.
There are plenty of pleasant running/riding tracks where you run or ride past wildlife. It is a green area with plenty of trees and parks.
Traffic has become worse over the years (going through the main st) but it is no Punt Rd.
Eltham has plenty of delicious cafes perfect for a Sunday morning breakfast or afternoon cake and coffee. There is also a variety of restaurants to eat in or take away.
Eltham is a place for people who care and appreciate a clean, green environment and for people who enjoy sharing their property with a little bit of wildlife (for those a bit further out).
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 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • 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+

"Could live here very easily!"

After doing several roof restorations in the eltham area my wife and i almost made a big change. We came very close to moving to this beautiful place and looked at serveral properties on the market. The houses are all on nice big blocks and the surrounding are hilly and green. The shops and coffee shops in main road were lovely. If it wasnt for needing to be close to my employees in regards to transport Eltham would have been of serious consideration. We loved it!

Regards Phil
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 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to raise a family, not a night club"

Eltham is a fantatsic place to live for a family,whether it be a young or old one. Crime is very low, serious crime almost non-existent. Considering the growth corridors today and the lack of infrastructure that exist Eltham has a good system having both train & bus. Schools are good, kids generally well behaved resulting in relatively low graffiti that is plagues other suburbs. Parks are plentiful and there are walking tracks everywhere. Highlights are definately the tracks & parks along the Yarra during Spring.
Of course for those who are looking a night out there are plenty of quality restaurants. For people looking for a night club scene don't bother, Eltham is a peaceful place to come home to not go out to.
The culture of Eltham seem to be very aussie, easy to understand considering the building and tree clearing restraints of the local government which will ensure Nillumbik will be well preserved as it acts as the lungs of Melbourne.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Ok for those with younger kids"

The part of Eltham we lived in was a newer development. Unfortunately that meant it was further away from shops, public transport, schools etc than is ideal. That is the reality of what a young family can afford. The access in and out of Eltham (and Eltham North, Research etc) needs serious upgrading, what is currently there does not cope with the increasing volumes of traffic.
There are a lot of young drivers using the hilly areas as their personal race tracks and the council seems unable (or unwilling) to work with residents to compbat this. The council needs to rethink its policy about tree removal, not just for safety but also so that young families wishing to stay in their homes can improve them through extensions and renovations that suit them (and not reject plans because it may mean rmeoving a tree, even when several more would be replanted in its place). Overall, we found Eltham not to be the quiet, idyllic place it used to be and have now moved out of the area.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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+

"Perfect in Eltham"

An idyllic environment to live surrounded by trees and bordered by the Yarra River, it has a good public transport network and provides easy access to the city.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

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John Street

3.5/5
"Recognized as one of Eltham's most desirable streets"
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Darkan Court

4.5/5
"Great Place To Live"
-37.69918 145.17228
"Pleasant but surprisingly noisy"
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"Leafy, Green and Oh So Quiet!"
-37.696309218 145.1547294486

Moola Place

4.5/5
"Child-friendly and Safe!"
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"Barking dogs by the hundreds!"
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"Friendly community living."
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"If you love trees then you'll love Eltham"
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