8.4 out of 10

Fawkner

Ranked 168th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7060835375094 144.97347418336
Great for
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Medical Facilities
  • Childcare
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Oct 30, 2017

"Fawktastic!"

Close to the city with a great sense of community. Easy access to the East and West via the Ring Road or Bell Street. You can head into the city quickly via the train or bike path. A fantastic suburb to raise a family. Close to the city and Campbellfield shopping plaza (Aldi, Kmart, Chinese acupressure, Officeworks etc.) and has pockets of great shops scattered throughout the suburb (Jimmy's in Arglye St, Major Road, Bonwick St, Anderson Rd). An increasing number of cafes (e.g. Eatitalian) and lunch options (e.g. best cheese pie shop is Alnour Bakery) and if you want something different for date lunch/night Coburg is just down the road (e.g. Wild Timor Coffee, Post Office Hotel). You don't get through traffic because the Merri Creek borders the Eastern side of the suburb. Somewhat neglected by the Moreland City Council, the suburb gets minor improvements here and there so the parks are in need of updating but that is happening slowly. It's a great mix of people - lots of different generations of immigrants from different places attracted by the large block sizes and schools in the area. Fawknerites do love the illegal fire crackers around special occasions (e.g. NYE, Eid, Christmas) but it's pretty quiet otherwise (especially away from the main roads) and if you look at crime stats compared to neighbouring suburbs Fawkner is consistently safer. An increasing number of community run initiatives mean that the future for Fawkner is bright.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Great for some things"

We lived in Fawkner from 2009 until 2015 and generally it was very good to us. We were on Jukes Road and could walk to train, shops and school. Less than 30 mins by train to the city. We were lucky to have good neighbours too. A strong multicultural vibe, which I personally loved (and miss).

So why did we move? Several reasons: for a start, I wanted to be in a greener, hillier suburb with more of a country town feel, and Fawkner is very flat and full of concrete. But the most important reason turned out to be schools. Our firstborn was in state school in Fawkner for a year and when we moved suburbs (to another state school) the improvement in her abilities and the way she learned was phenomenal.

I should also mention that as much as the multicultural character of Fawkner should be embraced, it was not by all. I heard many racist, and in particular anti-muslim, comments while I lived there. There was an undercurrent of resentment from some residents who felt that they were more entitled to be "Australian" than newer migrants.

Also, Fakwner seems to have a lot of illegal firework fans, particularly from October to January. Not fun for little kids trying to sleep!
Pros
  • close to everything
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Students
skylers
skylers If you don't mind me asking, what suburb did you end up deciding on?
Dec 29, 2016
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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
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Sleepy, Safe and Perfect for families"

Lived in Fawkner for 2 years. Very easy to access everything. Close to 24 hour Kmart, McDonalds and Hungry Jacks & Kebabs/Truck Stops. Sydney road has a range of medium Hotels, the local Bonwick Street Shops has everything you need, IGA, butcher, fruit & veg, post office and a short trip via freeway gets you to Airport West, Westfield, Broadmeadows Plaza or a short drive down Sydney RD connects you to all the options of Coburg Markets, Night Markets and the hustle and bustle cafe scene in Brunswick with all different types of Nightlife. Being only a few minutes away from the city is handy, either via Sydney Road or via CityLink. Close to Airport. A fantastic suburb. A bit more pricier now than some other surrounding suburbs, but worth it!
Pros
  • quiet
  • close to everything
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
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
  • 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+

"Fabulous Family Friendly Fawkner"

Fawkner has to be one of Melbourne's best kept secrets when it comes to affordable, family-friendly, accessible and safe suburbs. It is only 12km from the city, Fawkner station is Zone 1, there is a fabulous local bustling shopping strip (Bonwick St) and always feels safe when strolling around the streets. We are very happy here.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
AH7 AH7
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Cheapest Suburb within 13km from the city"

If you find any other suburb within 13km radius cheaper than Fawkner, please give me a call. Reservoir and Glenroy which is around the same distance from the city as Fawkner is around $50-$100k more expensive than fawkner. You have 3 train stations to choose in Fawkner. The suburb is really quiet unless you live right on sydney road. Nice shopping strip on Bonwick Street. Campellfield plaza is very close with a 24 hour K-Mart and other shops such as Coles and Office works. Bunnings is also very close. Access to ring road is very easy and going to airport as well as DFO shopping centre.

Fawkner is once of the most affordable suburbs, this won't be for long though. First Home Buyers, be quick before investors infest the place.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Quiet and convenient"

Great parks and open space. No nightlife as such so is very quiet. Not far from train stations but no tram (council has mentioned extending the north coburg track up Sydney rd). Small business like mechanic, bakery and doctors are good value and like a friendly village vibe in some ways.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Something for almost everyone except nightlife !"

A good place for families and retirees having all facilities and also full range of religious institutions for Sunni and shia muslims catholics greek orthodox, united church budhist, sikh and other temples.
Strong village feeling but cosmopolitan too. Merri creek is a great cycle track cum walking resource
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Very Noisy"

Very noisy, specially if you live off one of the main roads. Lots of traffic and with the freeway close by it can get very busy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
tess.emery.5
tess.emery.5 Apart from Sydney Rd, Fawkner is a no through suburb, turning into Fawkner gets you no where.
Fawkner has always had a large Multicultural spread as is shown with it's large Greek Church, two Catholic Church's a Buddist Monastery and an Islamic Mosque.
Fawkner Soccer Clubs x2, Tennis Clubs x2, Lawn Bowls, Northern Saints an EDFL Aussie Rules Club, RSL, Library, Swimming Pool show that sports are available for families looking at moving into the area.
2yrs+
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Best Streets in Fawkner

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William Street

3.5/5
"Willaim Street"
-37.7050313696 144.9672134352

Unranked Streets in Fawkner

Major Road

3.5/5
"Major Road, Fawkner"
-37.7074799924 144.9693990957
"Hudson street, Fawkner"
-37.70074 144.96647

Maher Street

3.5/5
"Maher Street, Fawkner"
-37.7040170865 144.9606427932
"Anderson Rd, Fawkner"
-37.69475535 144.9590172081
"Shirley Street, Fawkner"
-37.70295 144.96166
"Very Noisy"
-37.704529 144.960528
"Margaret Street, Coburg"
-37.7023949166 144.9642354727
"Perfect Place for those who prefer to catch public transport"
-37.718691 144.9629055

Jukes Road

3.5/5
"Jukes road, Fawkner"
-37.702135 144.969611