8.0 out of 10

Sunbury

Ranked 244th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
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  • Cost of Living
  • Peace & Quiet
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Happy to be here!"

As a 10 year resident, I have to agree with the majority of positive comments. We also came here from the inner north and bought half an acre and built a fantastic home that has great views, space, its quiet, with neighbours that you actually know. As the area is growing the government could provide better facilities such as a new school, a third entry from Vineyard rd, extra parking and even a real hospital not just a day hospital as the area from here to Macedon has grown and will continue to grow. But the city is an easy (offpeak) 30-35 mins via freeway so I in an emergency there is always the major metro hospitals. BTW, I am a degree qualified professional who works in the CBD, and travel in pretty much 4 - 5 days a week, via car/ motorbike and train. In peak hour allow approx one hour to get in/ out the city each way.

I agree with one of the unhappy posters that you do need to be aware about which area to move to. As the suburb is so large geographically, there are some parts of Sunbury which are definitely better than others. Just like you wouldn't move to Richmond's Housing commission flats, and complain about gangs and drugs, then be aware of area you move to. Its not hard to see the areas where people take pride in their homes, bigger lifestyle blocks etc vs those that really can't/ won't, don't and there are commission areas that you need to be aware of. In my 10 years, about the worst that I have had is mini bikes buzzing past, but it being a country/ city fringe suburb, I'm not surprised, apart from that, I have never had any problems and we see the police patrolling quite regularly. On occasion I have left my garage door open over night, leaving my tools, motorbikes, and bikes exposed and have not had anything taken!

The people of Sunbury aren't as ethnically diverse as other areas, mainly white/ anglo/ european background, but that is slowly changing as well as people find the area now its going to be on the metro rail. But as far as "bogans" goes, there are local people who like their tattoos, hotted up cars and motorbikes, piercings loud music, but again, please point me to a place that doesn't have them and send me a picture!!

I have been involved in the junior (and now senior) footy clubs in the area and now my son's friends are all 16/17/18 y/o boys and pretty much are good kids from good families. Yes there are kids who are so-so or bad, and you do see them around, like teenagers hanging around the train/ bus stops smoking, who would've thought....but please point me to one suburb where every teenager is a saint. And with 35,000 people living in the area, the actual numbers of crimes vs say Collingwood with 7,000 residents may be higher but on a % basis its pretty much normal. Every single suburb has crime, none are immune, the things is though, its generally laid back place and not "unsafe" and I have never been assaulted, or bothered, neither has anyone else in my family or our friends.

As far as the shopping goes, Sunbury covers 99% of your needs, supermarkets, butcher shops, target, Harris Scarfe, Dick Smith, Big W, Bunnings, movies, clothes etc, but if you need something else then Watergardens is 20 mins away. I didn't come for the restaurant scene, but all the basics are covered pretty well.

Its unfortunate that the poster who has made so many negative comments, but from my perspective, Sunbury has allowed us an affordable and comfortable lifestyle, that has meant I don't live with a financial noose around my neck, can send my kids to a half decent school and still have some $$ left to do things in life to enjoy.

Overall a nice place on the city/ country fringe that gives you some space, clean air and the ability to live a fairly comfortable life style.
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Quiet
  • Lifestyle
  • Affordability
  • Free Parking
Cons
  • Still growing
  • needs a hospital
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
nbeez
nbeez ZZnukebombZZ says "ps: I rest my case I had enough of loudly overtly opinionated Bogans in my short time in Sunbury and will not spend another second in a race to the bottom with this bogan nbeez." Do you actually read what you post? I have the one account and stand by what I said, the other posters who are bagging you make up their own mind and have their own opinion, but from where I sit, it looks pretty close to the mark.

I really enjoy your diatribes and how you judge me as uneducated and pathetic, living in a poor area, riddled with crime, drugs and no morality....then you say don't like name calling, however you spout it like you are a the "pissing boy" fountain....and I am the loud, opinionated bogan?...do you hear yourself? ...I'm glad this is the last time you will be posting......I will go back to my poor, pathetic, paid off home, jump in my pathetic pool and live in fear of people like you moving into the area....and then you wonder why your neighbours gave you hell? Really? Its not obvious? I bet it has lots to do with your endearing demeanour!
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Nov 21, 2015

"Great value and a touch of country"

I've lived in Sunbury for 8 years. Part of this time have been single. Still live in Goonawarra. Never knew much about the different suburbs prior to buying my house. I'm fussy about noise and environment so would recommend Goonawarra and Sunbury in general. Not the best for singles of any age unless your wider family and friends live in area but apart from that I don't have any other negatives. I have found Sunbury to be a safe, bushy, country and positive place to live. I am moving out of the suburb for awhile but may come back. Its great for families, retirees and most people who don't want to be caught up in the other choking suburbs in north and west. I've never had a negative experience and commute to city 5 days a week. Contrary to what someone else has posted here the trains are always on time, locals are friendly and great value housing. Its close to the airport and lovely country drives and towns. If you're finding negatives with Sunbury then you're really clutching at straws. 99% of people are decent like anywhere. I live in one of the so called roughest neighbourhoods and never felt unsafe or threatened ever. I've lived in places like Brixton, London..now that's rough. There are many good eateries popping up and see Sunbury thriving in future.
Pros
  • Affordability
  • Sense of Character with all the old buidings
  • Free Parking
  • Lots of new shops
  • Very Safe
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Goonawarra is no longer the 'Bronx'"

Coming from other parts I had no idea about Sunbury but the low priced, value for money housing lured me in. Sunbury itself is quite divided as in people from certain parts feel they are better than other parts but its just a small town mentality. Rolling meadows is boring and has no trees but has some lovely homes and is super quiet. In town there are some lovely leafy streets with beautiful older homes. Goonawarra gets a bad wrap but really its affordable, very safe for kids and flat so they can ride bikes to school. It's lovely and green and there are a lot of playgrounds. Public transport is bad with 1 bus to town an hr and the local bus station is often dirty with loud abusive teens present so you just keep to yourself. Shopping is standard as far as groceries etc are concerned but for anything else you're best of shopping in the city. As a single here it's not ideal and honestly the social life is mainly for young families and married couples. There are lots of local services and activities for young families so it's an ideal starting point.
Pros
  • Affordability
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"I love it"

We built a new home in Sunbury back in 1997, for the meager price of $120,000. I love living in Sunbury, for what I would consider to be a rural town it has everything I want there are plenty of places to do food shopping, numerous medical practices, lots of great restaurants, a cinema, a great variety of schools, the major chains of Target and
Big W.
It does lack a Japanese restaurant, and as many have said the nightlife is not the greatest, but that in itself could be a good thing it discourages young people from hanging around in the town or getting drunk or taking drugs and starting fights, we we see far too often these days.

We now have a day hospital which caters for renal dialysis and chemotherapy services, two operating theatres for day procedures and a range of specialist clinics, which has replaced the old hospital on Riddell Road, which closed due to the availability of anesthetists or lack of I believe.

If you are into high end fashion, Sunbury is not the place for you, try Paris or New York, as clothing stores are a bit limited, but Sunbury is within easy commuting distance of several large shopping centers and the City is only 30 - 40 minute drive off peak (of course). It has everything I need anyway.
Pros
  • Affordability
  • Sense of Character with all the old buidings
  • Free Parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A nice quiet town with everything nearby...Well almost everything and an update"

I have been here for 2 years and have slowly gotten used to the area now. People are quite nice to each other, most of the times, my street is quiet and the occasional hoon will pass by otherwise it is tranquil and all I can hear is the birds in the morning chirping away.

Restaurant wise there isn't much choice, it seems to be mainly fast food with a small amount of good quality restaurants thrown in. Shopping wise everything is in Sunbury and you don't need to leave town to make purchases unless it is a niche.

I agree traffic with all the crazy roundabouts make life more difficult especially when trains are passing through and during school peak times where a calm person may be tempted to give into road rage. There are no traffic lights and I suspect drivers don't know what an indicator is and/or are reluctant to use it therefore leaving with you supposed psychic powers to somehow predict what will occur.

The library is great albeit small and there are plenty of parks. The Nook is rather nice and great for dogs and humans alike.

The vet on Gap Rd is highly recommended as well if you have furry friends.

I quite enjoy living here in Sunbury and am glad to have moved here.

The only drawback is if you work in the city and have to commute via public transport. It is a daily battle and by the time I get to work I am so agitated I cannot concentrate. Trains don't run on time or at all. It is incredibly frustrating trying to get to work and back and I believe this could be improved. Nonetheless this is my only negative. Try to find work locally or at Tullamarine as the commute will be far easier than attempting to somehow get to the city and back.

Also gp's not great and not having a hospital is frustrating, however I felt it this year more so as my son was ill for most of the year. Maybe I just haven't found the right doctor ;-)

This area suits me as I am a single parent, its reasonably priced and I have made many friends and it is very quiet with a country like atmosphere.

Just a quick update. Unfortunately I've had to revise my review as I no longer feel safe in this area. Many houses in my street have been sold and one family told me they were leaving as they felt unsafe themselves. Roads are getting busier and busier with plenty of hoons to make navigation even worse. Fresh vegetables and fruit seem to be impossible to buy so I now have that delivered as the farmer's market is only on once a month. There are plenty of troublemakers on the street as well. I can't say I'm impressed with the school due to several bullying incidents and injures including a head injury where I wasn't contacted and had to rush my child to the Royal Children's...The doctors here are dreadful and half the time have no idea what they are talking about. There is a lack of parking especially near the station. Restaurant wise there are 2 restaurants I am brave enough to venture to otherwise I cook at home, have had food poisoning several times eating out. Unfortunately all of the above has soured my thoughts on Sunbury and we will be leaving soon. A shame.
Pros
  • Affordability
Cons
  • Busy on the roads at school times
  • Still growing
  • needs a hospital
  • not very multicultural
  • Needs a bigger Library
chaitu_madala
chaitu_madala Hi! How reliable are broadband services in Sunbury? I have heard some bad things about internet options there. If I work in the city, are train services that bad from Sunbury? How much time am I expected to wait for train daily? Please advice
2yrs+
paulabearb
paulabearb I'm with iinet and they have been fabulous, no issues there however Optus and Telstra are not great so stay clear of them. In regards to train services they are not great however that is due to all the railwork at the moment as Sunbury will no longer be vline but metro which will hopefully improve things and make services more frequent however only time will tell. I work in the city and it currently takes me an hour and twenty minutes to get in however when trains are not running it has taken me up to 4 hours to get home :-(
2yrs+
chaitu_madala
chaitu_madala Thanks for your reply Paul. 4 hours to get home is ridiculous. VLine Bendigo time table says that it only takes 40 mins to get to CBD from Sunbury. Should I not take this info as basis for my move to Sunbury? Is 1 hr 20 minutes average journey time to the city or when there are delays?
2yrs+
paulabearb
paulabearb You're welcome. I work in Fitzroy so it takes me longer to get to work as I have to catch the loop and a tram. If you work near Spencer St/Southern Cross then transport is easy and fast, it doesn't take longer than 50 minutes provided the train is on time etc. Though I have heard rumours that once Sunbury is part of Metro then the train will be going through the loop not to Spender St/Southern Cross. The transport issues and delays are a temporary issue especially during weekends and school holidays when trains are replaced with buses. Hope this helps.
2yrs+
GaneshD
GaneshD Hi Paul,

We are thinking of moving to sunbury. Reading through the posts I see there's a mention of some areas within sunbury as "troubled areas". Im looking at one of the block in "Rosenthal estate" on vineyard. However my block extends to the existing madinen drive. Just wanted to know the safety around existing "ashfield estate".

Your advise is highly appreciated.
Jul 31, 2016
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 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+

"Safe, secure and pretty too"

Sunbury is a very safe and secure place to bring up children. It's the sort of area where you can forget to lock your door and when you come back home, everything is still untouched.
The primary schools are some of the best in the Western Suburbs. There is also a good mix of government and private schools.
There are plenty of extra curricular activties for children from swimming, basketball and athletics, to dance, art and drama.
Sunbury has lots of shops, coffee shops and even a cinema. It is truly a lovely place to live.
There are many trees and in the town centre and in the estates. There are also a large number of nature reserves and parks.
Finally, the best thing about Sunbury is that everything keeps on improving- more shops, more housing, better medical facilities and transport. I love Sunbury and have lived here for 11 years. I hope to live here for many more.
Pros
  • Affordability
  • Lots of new shops
  • Sense of Character with all the old buidings
Cons
  • not very multicultural
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
gdewing
gdewing This is only one incident in yardley street, and i was warned to stay away from that newer estate, as there are a lot of teenagers and older kids. Never a good thing in any town. Do you have experience of living in a better area?
2yrs+
TheMac
TheMac ZZnukebombZZ - don't be so rude and hateful. I have lived in Sunbury for 12 years now and have never experienced any trouble. There are blackspots in every area and there is a well-known estate in Sunbury that is prone to burglaries but that is one estate - not the whole of Sunbury. Also, just because somebody has had a different experience to you, that does not mean you are right and they are wrong. It means you are all many parts of a bigger picture. Let people read all the reviews and then judge for themselves. Don't attack every review that does not agree with yours.
You also bag the governement high school and the private high school. How well do you trully know Sunbury because there are actually 2 government high schools, private Salesian College, some Christain schools and finally the government run Specialist School SMRSS which also has students of teenage years.
You seem to be on a one-person crusade to persuade the rest of the world that your view of Sunbury is the one, true view. You have moved now, so get on with the rest of your life. If you find you are having trouble moving on with your life, try looking in your current local directory for counselling services. Life is too short to spend it in bitterness.
2yrs+
11dagher
11dagher That's awesome. I highly respect you opinion. I am afraid that far too often people are quick to denigrate this town.
It has truly amazing features and lots of character.
Take a stroll through many of the landmarks that this place has to offer and your sense of appreciation grows further.
2yrs+
GaneshD
GaneshD @TheMac.. We are interested to move to Sunbury and looking for a block of land in Rosenthal Estate. From your above post I see there is one estate more prone to burglaries. Can you please advise which estate is that as we really done want to land up in a troubled area. Your guidance is highly appreciated and thanks for the great information about sunbury here.
Jul 31, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Underated"

Aged 32 me and my Fiancee moved to sunbury 12 months ago from Essendon. We purchased a block and built due to the great land prices compared to melton werribee etc and the traffic isnt that bad in the morning compared to the west gate and monash. Sunbury is a fantatstic town with a great country feel, unlike most new instant suburbs. There is some Ferals living in the town but no more than i have experienced all over Melbourne. There are plenty of shops and DFO is only 15 minutes down the freeway if you want the bigger outlets. There isnt a huge range in restaurants and nightspots to go to but you cant expect that living 40km from the cbd and to be honest that doesnt bother me. Vline train times are limited but the new metlink line is opening soon. I heard all the bad things about Sunbury befopre i moved but have been pleasantly suprised. Love the place and only hope it doesnt get too big and looses its country feel.
Pros
  • not very multicultural
  • country vibe
  • Affordability
  • Sense of Character with all the old buidings
  • Very Safe
Cons
  • trains
  • restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
MichelleA2
MichelleA2 Hi there, my husband and two small kids are thinking of moving from Essendon as well. We are from nz originally and don't know a huge amount about the good/bad areas of sunbury. Could you let me know areas you have found good/safe etc?
Feb 13, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Peace and Quiet"

I moved here a year ago after living in St Kilda East and Hoppers Crossing - and I have to admit, I love it up here. It's the sort of place where you know and look out for your neighbors, kids ride their bikes up and down the streets and cars are generally registered :) We still play "spot the graffiti" because its so rare you'll stumble across it. It's a small town, with small town activities (Markets etc) that may not be for everyone, but its a breath of fresh air for me. Its nice being able to take your dogs for a walk at night and not worry about being mugged. Oh! And on Saturdays there are sausage sizzles everywhere! (or so it feels like anyway) Also - there are quite a few vineyards around - so if that's up your alley :)
The cons - it does get substantially cooler up here than in Melbourne, public transport is lacking, and the last V line train arrives here before midnight. There isn't a huge selection of restaurants, but there are quite a few gems in Sunbury and in the surrounding areas if your willing to drive. There aren't many pubs / clubs around and the nightlife here is quite tame.
Like most areas, you need to watch which part of Sunbury you choose to live in. Not that any area is dangerous, its just some suburbs take more pride in their homes than others. Said areas are easy to pick - just take a day and drive around the town.

One more thing, and this is just a side note - not pushing my opinion either way, but I've noticed that the population is predominately white Australian. Not sure why that is, or how it came about.... But it's how it is.
Pros
  • Very Safe
  • Free Parking
  • Community Spirit
  • Affordability
  • Sense of Character with all the old buidings
Cons
  • Still growing
  • Needs a bigger Library
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Town with the all required amenities"

Sunbury got everything you need to live a safe & comfortable life.We are so fortunate to buy our property two years back in sunbury. Recently revalued the property for refinancing & found my property price has gone up by almost 25%.Sunbury is closer to city & Tullamarine Air port as well.
Pros
  • Affordability
  • Lots of new shops
  • Sense of Character with all the old buidings
Cons
  • needs a hospital
  • Needs a bigger Library
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Country living but yet close to everything"

I love Sunbury I have lived here almost my whole life(expt 6 months when I was 7) I have lived in 3 different areas and I love it still. I recently got married and my husband is from Flemington/North Melb we both love Sunbury and cant think of a better place to raise our family.
Some people complain about the trains but I prefer the vline trains sure they aren't as often as the normal ones but they are clean fast and have bathrooms! it only takes about 30 -45 mins on the train to get to the city and we are in the centre to get to anywhere on one side we have Melbourne the other Geelong and then Bendigo and Ballarat!
Its a great quite place with everything you need to raise a family!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
asc
asc Hi all:

Currently I am living in eastern part of Melbourne in Croydon and have been living for last 3 years. I loved every bit of it as shops, transport etc are all close by. Recently my wife got a job in Bendigo and to travel everyday to Bendigo, it's a big commute( 3 hrs one way ). I am seriously considering to move to some suburbs in west and obviously bit established ones. I picked up Sunbury in terms of transport, shops etc. There is Vline that goes from Sunbury to Bendigo and also to city. Wondering whether it's possible to get some feedback about Sunbury in terms of living with a family. I read somewhere the other name of Sunbury is Scumbury . Well we have got some bad element in every suburb. So hows it living in Sunbury? How about the shops, transport, parkland and access to basic amenities?Also which part of Sunbury is a good part?I was told to avoid certain parts of Sunbury.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated as I am seriously considering.

Regards,

ASC
2yrs+
jvw
jvw I can only speak from my own experience and I love living here.
we are looking at selling up and moving but this is purely because we want a cheaper house so that both my husband and I dont need to work and it is honestly a very hard decision. if i can find something in my price range i will be staying but in saying that there are some very nice houses cheap i'm just looking at VERY cheap.
Where we are is a very quiet area apart from the occassional idiot tearing around one of the corners near by but its not very often so not a big deal at all.
It does get very busy in the town as everything is there but it seems to be more during peak times and on a saturday (but i usually do my shopping on a sunday).
I've seen very few 'scum' in my time!! Definitely is a lot of families around.
Good Luck!
2yrs+
asc
asc hi jww :

thanks for your reply. which part of Sunbury do you live in?

would be great if I know which parts of Sunbury are more preferable to live for families and which part to avoid ?

Regards,
asc
2yrs+
jvw
jvw i'm in Vineyard rise estate which is a smaller estate and probably not as well heard of as the others.
from what i've heard Goonawarra estate is one to avoid but i cant really say for sure as i dont go there very often.
2yrs+
nbeez
nbeez Goonawarra isn't too bad, its just that there are some housing commission houses inter-spread amongst the homes, and they can cause some issues, but overall, no worse than most suburbs
2yrs+
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  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live the dream"

We moved from Brunswick to Sunbury about 8 years ago, we built a nice new home on a large block with a pool and magnificent views over the township. Sunbury has allowed us to afford a dream lifestyle in terms of housing security (small mortgage), family holidays every year, and three of those being overseas and I can send the kids to a good school at an affordable rate. Even though the nightlife is nothing to talk about, pretty much everything else is there, cafe's, movie theatre, and pretty much most of the shops that you need. The bus is a bonus as it takes us to within 100 meters of our door in the Rolling Meadows estate and is direct to town, however more frequent services would be appreciated, especially when the train is electrified. Like every other suburb, there are things that could be improved, like more options for teenagers, a 24 hr emergency hospital, and better road access as the roads, especially at peak hour can get crazy. More shops away from town would be a bonus, including a new POST OFFICE!
Pros
  • Affordability
Cons
  • needs a hospital
  • Busy on the roads at school times
  • Still growing
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  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
11dagher
11dagher you would be awesome to have a beer with.
I hesitated at first because likewise, I moved from Brunswick to support my wife. I have not looked back though. Five years of bliss. And my 18 month old son is loving the surrounds of Rolling Meadows.
Let's have beer some time
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  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
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  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Country town close to the City"

The Electrification of the train line is currently being constructed and will improve regular services.
Sunbury is an old Country town full of street trees although the newer areas could do with more tree planting. There is a great deal of History to the town with some stunning old mansions and buildings throughout.Regular bus services connect to the Town Centre with plenty of shops but need more.
Schools eveywhere including Rupertswood Private. A new Public Hospital. Road access in and around town is good and improving.Most people work at Melbourne airport about 15 mins away or the City or the Industrial areas in the northern and western suburbs, 15 to 30 mins away.

Still reasonably affordable and probably very good value ie. it is not cheap but you get a lot for what you pay.
Pros
  • Sense of Character with all the old buidings
  • Lots of new shops
  • Affordability
Cons
  • Still growing
  • Busy on the roads at school times
  • Needs a bigger Library
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  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
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  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Sunbury the Negatives"

What I hate most about Sunbury is the railway line cuts the town in two making it difficult to get around. All the supermakets are in the centre of town so there is no such thing as just popping in for milk and bread. Expect it to take half and hour cause you may have to wait at the rail crossing while a train goes through. I now go to Gisbourne to do my weekly shopping as belive it or not its quicker. Getting out of town in the moring is a nightmare as there are only 3 ways out of town and all of them get totally blocked up because of school crossing (expecially around Sunbury College). It is a totaly traffic jam in the morinings. I get poor or now reception on my HD TV when it is raining or overcast, same with my wireless internet service. I also found Optus were the only one's that could give me a internet service on my laptop. Not have a very good report on Sunbury College either I found there is rampant bullying going on in and around the school. Local hoons like to hang out at the railway/bus stop which makes in very uncomtable to catch transport from there. Most of the resturant are average with a few notable exceptions. I am moving out now as I have been very unhappy in Sunbury. its a really pity ss the town its self is very pretty and my neighbours have been wounderful.
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shelliann
shelliann Sunbury used to be a great place to live many years ago until the teenagers started to gate crash parties and kick every letterbox in the town. We moved away many years ago to come to Qld and we've never looked back. The best thing we did was move.
2yrs+
LynneMcClean
LynneMcClean You obviously didn't get to the shops along Riddell Road, bridge over the railway line, may be a minor diversion but better than 30 minutes at the rail crossing. I have lived in Sunbury since 1997, and there have been at least 4 ways out of town since then that I know of. As for traffic jams around school zone the same could be said of a lot of them.
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  • Eating Out 5/5
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  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Lovely Family Lifestyle with the bush on your doorstep!"

I moved here 3 years ago with my young family from Brisbane and an almost identical lifestyle. It has been lovely and compares well with the relaxed laid back living, but still having the comforts of great local shops, food and entertainment. All they need here now is a Kmart and we would never have to leave town! We have met some wonderful families and made some great friends. Sure everyplace has it's fair share of crime and bored kids/teenagers, but I don't see it as being out of control at all. We are very happy here and glad we chose Sunbury as our home town, when we made the big move interstate.
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  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Only good if you have young kids."

Was once a small country town, though over the last 10 years it has grown into an outer-suburban satellite city, and what is come with that, is all the negative effects of such a sudden growth. I currently live in Sunbury, and as a young women I do not think it is very suitable for singles, and couples, and may only suit the young families. We have had our house egged before, and drunk people on our lawn before. Public transport is not that great for someone who does not drive, and commutes to the city everyday. There are only V-line trains do not go very often, once an hour during the day. The culture that has developed in Sunbury over the past years is what is bringing it down, with a lack of respect for property, and town culture. What was once a lovely small town, is now on the path to becoming another bad western suburb.
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Tari
Tari Idont agree with you I have never had my house egged and never had drunk people expt when I was a teen and had friends over for parties.What area do you live? like any place u have the dodgy spots but I've lived in the town down in brook st, up neer boardman stadium and now down neer the pool area never had a problem and Ive lived here 22 years
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  • Eating Out 5/5
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  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
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  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Sunbury"

I just love this suburb. Most people wake up to find kangaroos in their backyard. It is very quiet.I would say it is a bit like the country but then again it is not too far from the city
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  • 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 4/5
  • 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 5/5
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Magsmak
Magsmak Melbourne's best kept secret. Great place to live. Ticks all the boxes for all ages. Private and State schools, cinema, good shopping and great restaurants. Freeway close by and good train and bus services. Retirment villages and plenty of doctors, specialist, dentists, etc. Great Community health centre.
2yrs+
angiemca
angiemca I was born in Ireland and moved here with my husband and children 7 years ago. We bought land in Sunbury (Ashfield estate) about 6 years ago and built a nice family home so we're living in Sunbury 5 years. I have no negatives at all, we have all settled so well here and we love the place. Yes you get some ferrals but you get them everywhere.
2yrs+
GaneshD
GaneshD @angiemca.. Good to read your post here. We are looking at purchasing a block of land at Rosenthal estate which extends to Maiden drive in Ashfield estate. Can you please advise how safe is the ashfield estate especially around the maiden drive and the neighbouring streets
Jul 31, 2016
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