7.9 out of 10

Fawkner

Ranked 289th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7060835375094 144.97347418336
Great for
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Medical Facilities
  • Safe & Sound
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Feb 06, 2021

"Safe and good for family"

Moved here not long ago.Before i move in i didnt know much about fawkner. After a week we slowly settle down managing our stuff,buying furniture and everything.And i thought of going for a walk and find few places like Smith Reserve,great place for kids, older people and families. U can spend time in library,smiming,excersise for fitness there and football stadium just behind. Just be carefull in the carpark sometimes rough people doing Burn Outs.
JUKES road is quiet popular. U can go for a shopping plenty more in bonwick street, Indian grocery, Veg market,veg and meat,Chinese store, IGA,bank,Post office,pharmacy,kebab shop, Cafe,and plenty morehere, But be careful there lots of cars going in and out u can park behind the street.Straight from jukes road u can go to the Most famous Merri Creek Trail, great for running,walking,meditation in the morning near small river,lots of open space there in Babaji.Moomba park.be careful of the snakes or Kangaroo.donot walk near trail at night.Other popular street are Anderson road,Major road,lynch st,Lorne st,William st,Macbryde st. You can go to the Buddhist temple its peaceful and lots of flowers and trees variety there.In sydney road from coburg north to Western freeway on your left u can find plenty of stores for Automotive,carpet,KFC,Pots,furniture and i am yet to explore coz i never walk there because of the busy road and lots of noise. Memorial park(Cemetry)near there, further up Campbelfield plaze u can shop in Aldi,Kmart,coles,office work, chinese store,And Chemist, Amart, Hungry jacks, Macdonalds toy shop near by.
For travel use fawkner station, and Gowrie station.driving to the city Use Sydney rd and avoid during the pick hour, try Lygon street or pascoe vale road.M80 freeway is close by, easy to go west and north east suburb.U have Hume freeway to go further north.Neighbour suburbs like Broadmedows,Coburg,glenroy,hadfield,Reservoir preston easily accessible by camp road, sydney rd,mohneys rd,hilton st,boundry rd,gaffiny st.
People are nice and friendly.u can see Lots of grand pa and ma doing gardening in their yard which looks lovely while walking.Be aware of the junkies coming from Dallas or campbelfield doing bike burnouts,other then that every thing looks precious.We dont have much for dining but i prefer cooking at home and i dont need nightclub near by me.i can go to coburg or brunswick for that.
For shoping all in one i go to Broadmedows central,Westfield airport west,or Essendon DFo which are 10-15 min drive.few Schools,child care aged care,merri health,fawkner health center ,pathology are near by Jukes road and sydney road. Suburb is safe and good for family and kids, great for walking.i have got plenty more to see here so let you know if anything new.
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  • Public Transport 5/5
Feb 09, 2021

"Cheap suburb cheap people"

pros-close to the city by train
- relatively cheap
Cons
-Jukes road is a racing track
-terrible and rude people
-not safe for families or kids /lots of crime
-bad schools
-worst kfc in the world
sorry to say this but its the truth
luciea
luciea According to the RACV Fawkner has a lower crime rate than surrounding suburbs, including Coburg, Brunswick, Reservoir, Glenroy and Campbellfield. This reflects our experience of living here. It is definitely safe suburb, crime-wise. Our neighbours are all kind, friendly people. I do agree that cars could slow down on Jukes road. Hopefully the new speed bumps near the high school help.
2 days ago
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Jun 23, 2020

"Quiet and Peaceful Neighbourhood"

Lots of Pro's! relatively close to the city, close to train stations and shopping areas, multicultural, quiet and safe, parks and has a creek, close to Sydney road. Schools are not that great though and council should pay more attention to Fawkner
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jan 12, 2020

"Everything at your feet!"

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1/5
2yrs+

"There's nothing here"

Fawkner is just a suburban wasteland, with no nice parks or fields or anything.
Joe Dirt
Joe Dirt There's 4 parks and plenty of fields , I'm not sure were u went to fawkner but clearly u haven't seen all of it
2yrs+
ainsliew1
ainsliew1 Thats rubbish. There are loads of parks and it borders Merri Creek. Its a great suburb.
Sep 05, 2020
bgg1
bgg1 U havent been to the fawkner then,try jukes road, bonwick market,smith reserve, merri creek,plenty of parks,safe and friendly
Feb 06, 2021
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"A peaceful suburb"

We have lived in Fawkner for over a year, after moving from Coburg. Though not as vibrant as Coburg and Brunswick, these suburbs are still easily accessible via Sydney road or the Merri Creek bike path. We love our spacious home and backyard, a luxury we could not afford in the suburbs just to our south. We live in east Fawkner, near the creek, and enjoy beautiful, vast parkland where we take our dog for walks, as well as the Merri Creek Trail where we go for runs. Our neighbours are friendly and our street is very quiet. Our shopping needs are met on Bonwick Street (which is being upgraded currently by the council) and the other little shopping strips littered throughout the suburb. Campbellfield plaza and Coburg North village are also nice and close. There are lots of good places to get take-away food from and we love our local cafe, The Fork Shop. There are also several schools, and sporting clubs/fields, as well as a large leisure centre and library. The only thing we’re lacking is nightlife, but it’s a short Uber/train ride into Coburg or Brunswick for that, and the city is less than half an hour on the train. Overall, we’re very happy living in Fawkner.
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Small town near the city"

We moved here about 7 months ago now, and got a place near Merri creek. It’s amazing walking and cycling along Merri creek! So beautiful. We really like it here. There are many new immigrants who sadly don’t always understand how illegal rubbish dumping and littering and things like that lowers the quality of life. Sydney road trafic is pretty bad at times and you can spot the Campelfield drivers so watch out for that. There are many awesome restaurants along there as well. Otherwise it’s really quite good. It’s not as trendy as Coburg or Brunswick yet but hopefully Moreland council has some vision to make it vibrant along Sydney road. I’m not too sure that they do, and they might just be puppets of the developers. It is non the less a nice homely suburb with lots of transport options and a bright future
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"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.
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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
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skylers
skylers If you don't mind me asking, what suburb did you end up deciding on?
2yrs+
Minh Nguyen
Minh Nguyen Hi Lucy. Do yo mind to tell me what school did your daughter go to in Fawkner? Because I am living in Fawkner and looking for a good primary school for my daughter. Thanks
Nov 11, 2020
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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
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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
  • 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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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+
eddieb2
eddieb2 If you live near a busy road or freeway, then it will be noisy. No matter what suburb you live in
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