8.0 out of 10

Sunshine

Ranked 238th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.7955389441076 144.829451554656
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Geography is destiny, but the centre needs a clean-up first"

Sunshine in 2013 finds itself at the very centre of the growing western suburbs of Melbourne. When the Regional Rail Link is operational in 2016, all train lines to the west of Melbourne will converge at Sunshine station and the proposed rail link to Melbourne Airport is also planned to pass through Sunshine station. In addition, the centre of the suburb is only 12km from the city and the train trip to Melbourne Central station takes 20 minutes exactly. Geography is destiny and Sunshine's day is coming.

Because of all of this, the State government & local council better get development in Sunshine right then because its town centre definitely needs it. As many here have noted, Sunshine town centre is in dire need of improvement. Hopefully the government planners can get it right this time after the previous disaster of the Docklands and what is currently happening in the Melbourne city fringe with all those grey residential towers popping up. Cross fingers that Sunshine benefits from these mistakes...

The town centre is very multicultural and many of the immigrant communities have come to Australia very recently. By this I mean Indian and African, plus a few others like Burmese. I think many of the more middle-class locals must avoid Sunshine town centre - you rarely see them there. I think this might due to the fact that the town centre really has little to offer them. There is nothing even slightly up-market in Sunshine (except possibly The Granary café) and for this I blame some of the real estate agents who operate out of the best shop-fronts in the Sunshine town centre (yes John Kontek, I'm thinking of you). Hopefully when the new commercial developments being planned are built, like the Foundry & the new Council office tower + library, these real estate agencies can move into them and some nice restaurants can then move in to the lovely old buildings.

However, living in the area is quite a different thing altogether than walking the streets of central Sunshine. Only a few blocks away from the town centre and you can find yourself in a pleasant, largely green and quiet suburb, and very old. You can see it was quite a genteel place once and no doubt will be again. There are many lovely old homes that have been renovated and more that are being renovated. It is not very busy traffic-wise and there are increasing number of cycle lanes and on-street bicycle parking is being put in in the town centre. Walking around Sunshine is pretty OK but pedestrian access points across the train lines need attention.

I think by about 2017, after the Regional Rail Link is built and the new commercial and residential developments like the Foundry have been established, Sunshine will really kick on. Poor urban design from the State government and Council could ruin that chance though, so I think they really need to concentrate on building a Sunshine that is very walkable & cycleable and concentrate on amenity and street level improvements. As I said before, cross fingers!

As it is, Sunshine is a great place to move into if you want a nice, decent-sized old home that you can fix up, raise your kids and spend time at home. It is still affordable to buy and it – and its surrounding suburbs like Albion – is among the last of the old suburbs of Melbourne that are still relatively cheap.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Cons
  • Needs more restaurants
  • Seedy Central Shopping Area That's Unattractive and Uninviting
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
ShellOz
ShellOz Absolutely spot-on, Swozzle. Although, the main reasons you don't see this middle class local in Sunshine town centre more often is
1) the delays being caused by works on RRL. From Sunshine West, it's often easier and much quicker to go to Coles in Ardeer than try to get to Woolies in Sunshine.
2) For a very middle class all-day breakfast on the weekend, Ancheto is on my side of the tracks and has better coffee!
2yrs+
ShellOz
ShellOz Oh, and totally agree about the real estate agents creating dead spots in gorgeous prime locations
2yrs+
todds
todds Great review. Love the potential of Sunshine. The increased offering of infrastructure is a huge positive for Sunshine long term
2yrs+
stevenc3
stevenc3 New VicRoads building going up near to train station now (clark street)... also new apartment building going up across the road from Derrimut Hotel/Bristro... things are heating up.
Dec 14, 2016
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 18, 2017

"Sunshine? More like SCUMSHINE."

This is my opinion as I have lived here.
Cons
  • Scum
  • Bogans
  • Junkies
  • Undervalued
  • Needs more restaurants
  • Not enough nightlife
  • Seedy Central Shopping Area That's Unattractive and Uninviting
  • overvalued
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 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • 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
Dec 14, 2016

"Best decision ever."

Bought a house 3 years ago for 350k. Most recent rate notice 600k!!!... similar valuation on bank re-mortgage evaluation... never been robbed... never been harassed... great variety of food, asian, indian, african, kebabs, some western... but not alot... cheap pub/bristro food next station.
Pros
  • Transport
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
Oct 06, 2016

"8.0rating for sunshine?"

People are very violent. Many offensive behavior in shopping centre and train station. How could sunshine receive these positive comments? I lived in sunshine for three years and cannot wait to leave. Lots of crime and people throwing trash everywhere. The only good thing is these cheap asian grocery you can found on the main street. If you consider buying house in sunshine, I suggest you visiting their shopping centre and library and see how barbaric people can be. It's cheap for a reason.
stevenc3
stevenc3 Chining - wow, your comments are nasty... you leaving, is probably one of the best things to happen to sunshine... we don't need snobs around here.
Dec 14, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 21, 2015

"Diamond in the rough"

When I tell people I've lived in Sunshine, it's mostly met with a cringe and a groan or wide eyed 'why?!?!' To those people I say, take a walk on the wild side. Sunshine has more to offer than meets the eye, with schools and universities close by, as well as a newly renovated station that will take you to the city in 25-30 minutes and all amenities nearby with cost of living at a reasonable price, there's a lot this suburb has to give. There's also lots of local places to eat and shop at, and even the occasional festival. Many will say Sunshine is a dangerous suburb or feels unsafe which is a shame because this bad reputation is hard to shake off, however locals will tell you how loveable Sunshine is, and they won't fight you on it, promise!
Pros
  • Transport
  • Close to the City
  • People
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Cons
  • Bad Reputation
  • Undervalued
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
TomT2
TomT2 Great reviews. Sunshine ranking top 100 liveable suburb in Melbourne nov 2015
Nov 16, 2015
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PC PC
1/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
Jul 16, 2015

"Sunshine is cheap for a reason...."

Unsafe suburb
Pros
  • Transport
  • Close to the City
Cons
  • unsafe
  • crime
  • Needs more restaurants
  • Not enough nightlife
  • Seedy Central Shopping Area That's Unattractive and Uninviting
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
TomT2
TomT2 Sunshine not cheap now you can't find good house for under $ 600000
Nov 16, 2015
GeorgiaC1
GeorgiaC1 That's right Tom, house prices are very high in Sunshine, recently breaking the $1m mark and there's a reason for that...Sunshine is a great place to live. Puneet needs to do his homework before spouting off untruths like high crime rate. Sunshine certainly does not have the highest crime rate in Melbourne, the highest in 2015 were Prahran, Richmond, Collingwood, Altona and Frankston. So don't listen to people's perceptions and prejudices but look up more recent VicPol stats and get your facts right. Perception is not reality. BTW the CBD of Sunshine is fantastic for a suburb on the inner city fringe, that's why it's Vietnamese restaurants are part of Melbourne's Food Festival. One of it's restaurants was voted runner-up to the best Pho in Australia in 2013 by Feast Magazine and only two or so weeks ago Ka Pies in the CBD won the best pie in Australia from 1700 entries. Sunshine also has the most significant industrial and labour history in Australia, the full name of the Award Wage is the Sunshine Harvester Award which came about from events that happened at the Sunshine Harvester Works, the biggest company in Australia before BHP came to Australia. The Sunshine Harvester and Header Harvester machines invented in Sunshine revolutionised wheat harvesting in Australia and around the world. George Kirby lived and ran the Sunshine Cinema with his son Roc Kirby. Roc, by the way, started Village Roadshow. That's why Sunshine has the biggest Village Megaplex in the Southern hemisphere because he wanted to give something back to the suburb. Also John Flynn who started Flying Doctor Service was headmaster at Sunshine Primary School and I could go on. So to all the Sunshiner's out there if someone rudely bags the suburb you live in to your face if it's on whether they like the place or not that their opinion but if they claim it has a high crime rate compared to other suburbs ask them where they get their facts from and ask to see the figures or better yet just...ignore them.
Jun 23, 2016
PC
PC To anyone reading above BS just go visit and experience it for yourself. Train station after 6pm turns into a prison camp(scary as hell). Theres more to it that I cant type here but the whole neighborhood just feels weird. Further, ask any shopowner in Sunshine shopping centre how disgusting it gets during weekends. Sunshine is just not rite place to raise a family. Thats just my experience.
Jun 23, 2016
Sean Spencer
Sean Spencer What a load of nonsense, I doubt PC has been anywhere near Sunshine in the last 2 years
Jul 23, 2016
stevenc3
stevenc3 Sunshine station unsafe? Oh you must have a phobia to colour.... to much yellow, brown, and black kids (yes kids, they are not hoodlums)... is it hurting your eyes.
Dec 14, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jul 14, 2015

"Sunshine Kid Now An Adult"

I'll lived in Sunshine for the last 20+ years. I moved here when I was 10.

Never been beaten, robbed stabbed or anything.

Went to Braybrook College, and graduated from Uni and got a boring white collar job sitting at desk all day.

All I gotta say is that. SUNSHINE is not that bad.

The area is changing quite alot. Brimbank Council is going to move Sunshine. More office workers in the area means more coffee, cake, and sandwich bars. There's apartments been being built now. More educated and whitecollar people are movig to this area. Sooner or later this place is going to end up like caulfied.
Pros
  • Transport
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Needs more restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Sunshine- About to rise"

Sunshine is a western suburb that has a huge amount of potential, it has infrastructure being added and it looks to be a suburb that will become a gateway for the majority of main points across victoria. It is having roads and public transport added to ensure easy access to the airport and CBD, with it being only 15 minutes currently to the CBD and with the new train potentially only 15 minutes to the airport. It is also only 11kn out of the CBD so it makes it incredibly easy to get in and out of the city, and an affordable option for those wanting close living without paying an exorbitant amount. If more money is put in to cleaning up the council areas and local hangouts, it could have a rapid change quickly.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
Cons
  • Needs more restaurants
  • Not enough nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Peaceful place to live! Developing! lot of opportunities!"

it's a great suburb 12 min driving to CBD, modern Sunshine station, nice people, restaurants with delicious food, affordable home, close to everything. We are Aussie family who have moved here from Clayton for 3 years and we never regret!
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Cons
  • Undervalued
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"I really like Sunshine!"

Like some of the other reviewers, I was a bit skeptical when my husband suggested we look in Sunshine. But, as we toured around Sunshine I was pleasantly surprised! Well kept tree lined streets, and lots of facilities (shops, medical etc). Sunshine is extremely multicultural, and I love that, if you don't, you won't! I don't actually find the central shopping area seedy at all, but I suppose that's all subjective, I come from a big multicultural city (not in Australia) and I think it has a nice vibe about it!

I haven't seen any anti-social behaviour since I've lived here, and I walk to and from the station everyday and peruse the shops. Of course every area has problems, I think Sunshine has a bit of a litter problem.

Lets be real guys, Melbourne has an extremely low crime rate. It is overall very safe, in all of it's areas, including those with the "worst" reputations. Honestly, I think most of the social problems that exist in Sunshine (as in those other 'reputation' suburbs) likely take place in people's own homes (domestic violence etc), as opposed to against strangers.

We love our little street, we live in a court where most of the residents have lived there for 10+ years and own their homes. They've been really welcoming. I think Sunshine is on the up, with lots of new people moving in and a really friendly vibe about the place. About half of the people I meet on the street say hi, how nice is that!
Pros
  • Multicultural
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
Cons
  • Litter
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live"

My partner and I recently purchased a three bedroom house on Chapman St for under 500k. The restaurants are great lots of quality restaurant options (indian, malaysian, vietnamese) for good prices. Decor isnt often great but most restaurants avoid that dingy feel. Our neighbours are great and I often have little convos over the back fence, not intrusive. It takes about 22mins to get to the cbd, about ten to Highpoint, Sunshine city centre has most stores you would need, everything essential plus Bunnings and JB hifi. There is an abundance of green space many well taken care of parks with lots of childrens equipment. Many streets are wide and tree lined.

In our six months here we have not encountered any crime. The station always seems to have PSOs around and feels safe for my female partner who frequently gets back at 8-9pm weekdays. I was sceptical when my partner said 'why don't we look in Sunshine?' because of the bad rep. The reality for us has been an above average suburban experience. There are a couple of good cafes doing breakfast on weekends.

Sunshine is culturally diverse and if you're a closet racist you're unlikely to feel comfortable. Sunshine is also economically very diverse. I've seen a few $1000 prams being pushed around and a number of beaten up Hyundai Excels (which cost about the same). The Sunshine cbd has plenty of asian groceries and fresh produce markets, it also has those staples like Safeway and Aldi.

Probably the worst thing about Sunshine is its reputation. It's not an Ipod suburb like Brunswick or Fitzroy, in terms of rep its probably in with West Heidelberg and Melton (not that there is anything wrong with those suburbs per se). The reality is different from the rep for us and many friends from the Eastern suburbs who can't afford out that way and have made Sunshine home.

This is why people should consider Sunshine- 3 bedroom fully renovated period house, generous North facing backyard, 2 bathrooms, walk in robe and ensuite, own driveway, friendly neighbours, great food, convenient shops, great access to public transport all for under 500k.
Pros
  • Great parks
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
Cons
  • Not a 'cool' suburb yet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Students
dragonclaw
dragonclaw The reality is Sunshine is undervalued given its reputation, but I believe gentrification is on the way. Sunshine is a hotspot when it comes to naming suburbs within 15km of Melbourne CBD where you could still buy properties less than $500k.
We bought a 4 bedroom property back in 2007 for less than $300k. So just imagine how affordable it was back then! The property you bought for under $500k would be worth more than that after gentrification!
2yrs+
claireholden
claireholden I agree- we've never encountered crime in Sunshine during our two years, either. I also find that the multicultural suburb is really well assimilated. I feel a lot of warmth and respect for the new migrants who have arrived in Sunshine who are friendly, polite and family-oriented. There is no room for "chips on the shoulder" in Sunshine; it's like all of us who are here, realise how lucky we are. Beyond the emotional fondness, the decision to buy in Sunshine is a great financial move; our house has just received a valuation from the bank, and it has gone up in value 16% in two years. Let's all live in Sunshine and be happy and get rich!
2yrs+
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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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Thank god for positive people"

Hey guys, I'm so happy I have read great reviews about sunshine. I have lived here for 10 years and have a wonderful community and sence of well being. We have bbq's in our court in December and all the neighbours get on well. My area isnt overly populated with houses and in fact I see the city sky scaper over my balcony which is valueble when New Year's comes around. I often drive by the heritage houses and would love to do reno on one. Going to the city is 10ks it's a breeze.....especially for work.
Pros
  • Need well known shops like Harris Scarf, sportsgirl ect, our demographic's need it.
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Not enough nightlife
  • Needs more restaurants
  • Seedy Central Shopping Area That's Unattractive and Uninviting
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
chining
chining my negative review of sunshine was deleted.
Does streetadvisor only allow positive review of sunshine?
do you seriously believe sunshine is a good suburb?
2yrs+
Sunshinelocal
Sunshinelocal Chining - would you consider St Kilda, Richmond, Port Melbourne to be 'good' suburbs? 20 years ago you wouldn't wanted to have lived there, but as our population grew all these so called dodgy suburbs became gentrified and are now hugely popular. With Sunshine being so close to the city with great public transport links, it will soon change & become a popular area - I've been living here 6 years now & slowly but surely the place is changing. Would love to hear your thoughts on why Sunshine is so bad
2yrs+
dragonclaw
dragonclaw Chining I've been living in Sunshine for the 6 years. I moved here because it is close to the city yet affordable. It is undervalued given its reputation. Maybe you just have to wait and see what happens after gentrification.
2yrs+
stevenc3
stevenc3 Chining - wow, your comments are nasty... you leaving, is probably one of the best things to happen to sunshine... we don't need snobs around here.
Dec 14, 2016
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Potential and growth are coming"

I grew up in sunshine, in the heritage listed area, in a house on graham St, about 20 years ago. my mother still have the same house, I'm there regularly, and honestly, it's quite a good little place.
I disagree that child care is an issue, my daughter is in a child care centre in sunshine that is good and they have plenty of vacancies, as well as lots of family day care operators. Schools are also not an issue, and sunshine primary has a good after school and holiday care program.
There are questionable folk and areas of sunshine, however you can live a pretty harmonious life here if you know your place. What I mean by that is that yes, there are junkies, but there are also junkies in fitzroy which is almost smack bang in the cbd, and as long as you don't walk right up to them and call them junkies to their face, they leave you alone.
There is a little pocket of middle aged to older alcoholics that hang outside the bottle shop near the derrimut pub. They are harmless and one of the older males is actually quite a gentleman, escorted me to my house very late one night, to ensure I got home safely and asked for nothing in return. We chatted very amicably along the way and he was happy enough to wander away after I'd left his company.
This place has amazing food, perhaps not an astounding variation of it, but some of the food you find here is some of the best in the western suburbs.
Being so close to the city, night life is really not a huge deal. There is there derrimut hotel which does pub meals, the cinemas and mambo's cafe right near it which are open late and are amazing. But with night life also attracts negative attention and people so that's a bit of a plus to me to not have much going on at night.
House values are rising in the area, and heritage overlay is expanding, however I am not to question the councils knowledge of the heritage condition of some houses, as I know that they are easily led in that place.
The suburb is quite beautiful in its own rough and tumble way. With pricier housing comes a more sophisticated (at least, less drug fuelled) crowd so patiently biding your time will pay off in this suburb.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Schools
Cons
  • Undervalued
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Close to everything!"

There are some really good value properties that have been sold in Sunshine recently. You'd get a good house for $400k. Zone 1 train, 15 mins by road to Docklands/Vic Market (no Tolls), lots or bike paths, Village cinema's, some good cheap food options, infrastructure projects in flight (upgrade station/bus terminal, upgrades to Anderson Rd rail crossings, park improvements).

I'm hopeful the negative stigma associated with the area and will change over time however the reality is there are a lot of low income housing and there are social issues that need to be managed as a part of that. There are some really nice pockets though around the Matthews Hill area and the Railway Station Estate (Morris, Couch, Benjamin & Chapman) which has a heritage overlay and there are some really nice period homes from the late 1800's and early 1900's.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Needs more restaurants
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  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5
2yrs+

"Stay away from this place!"

Drunkards and druggies everywhere......at the shops, at the station, etc.

Sunshine certainly doesn't live up to its name!
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  • Transport
  • Close to the City
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Tb3020
Tb3020 Sorry you seem to be contradicting yourself; in your post on Sydenham you said: "There is a bit of crime here; cars can be seen smashed at the station car park....but I suppose this sort of stuff is common in many suburbs" Huh? So crime at the Sydenham Station and other suburbs is 'common' but crime at Sunshine Station is "stay away". How does this make sense?
2yrs+
Matt_Costa
Matt_Costa There just seems to be more in Sunshine...........just don't feel safe there!
2yrs+
Tb3020
Tb3020 So your comment comes down to a feeling...I think some people come from pretty sheltered backgrounds or read too much Herald Sun, watch too much a Current affair if they believe that any of Melbourne suburbs, incl Sunshine are that bad. I have experienced other western countries crime rates and they make your comments seem inaccurate. I have lived in Sunshine for years, and have never had any trouble or seen any trouble. With PSOs now at Sunshine station, a Station rebuild & upgrade, and upgrades to Sunshine CBD, these areas will look and 'feel' even better. Ironically, if you google Vic crime rates 2011, 'crimes against the person' are slightly higher in Sydenham than Sunshine. I think people should think before throwing stones, instead of running areas down and damaging their reputation and that of the families who live there.
2yrs+
dragonclaw
dragonclaw Matt you could have said that to other suburbs as well. i don't know if you said it because you're a local in the area. I lived in Ringwood for more than a year and I did'n't feel safe there either. We moved to Sunshine because it was close to city and affordable.
2yrs+
TomT2
TomT2 This comments for sunshine 20 years before , I doubt this guy ever been in sunshine
Nov 16, 2015
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great!"

Good little pocket, esp in Mathews Hill. Period homes well maintained & leafy streets. Good neighbors who look out for each other and excellent public transport. Brimbank Council is making some good announcements, but we need more action after years of neglect from their predecessors. The improvements to Parks in Sunshine (Eg Buckingham Reserve $2m redevelopment and $0.300m playground at Tom O'Brien Reserve, are good examples) is good Council work so far, as is $3.2m Hampshire Square redevelopment. If developments like these keep going at a solid pace, plus the Sunshine Station redevelopment via Regional Rail Link, Sunshine will continue to develop as a suburb. Convenience in public transport alone via a clean redeveloped Zone 1 station (work to start Oct 2012) will attract people.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Needs more restaurants
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  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Rough diamond..."

We bought a 1940s cottage that is a short walk to the shops, pool, cinema and station. It only takes 30 minutes from Sunshine Station to the CBD and it's set to improve with the Regional Rail-link. As for cafe culture, there's some positive signs of the gentry creeping into Sunshine with The Granary and Cafe Ancheto, but otherwise... I love it for a hearty bowl of Pho, and $3.50 Bahn Mi. I believe it's Melbourne's best kept secret and in time, it will become one of the best investments.
Pros
  • Cheap & healthy food
  • Library
  • Undervalued
  • Transport
  • Close to the City
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
Cons
  • Reputation (but this is good, as makes it affordable!)
  • Not enough nightlife
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"A Classic, Old World Inner Suburb That Could One Day be Fantastic"

I've lived in Matthews Hill for nearly two years - it's quiet and leafy with lovely period homes and the train station on the doorstep. However, where I live - and the fact I work in the city - allows me the luxury of rarely having to go to the Sunshine shops. Downtown Sunshine is by and large ugly, seedy and devoid of anything interesting to do or buy (although there are some good cheap restaurants). It's a shame really as Sunshine has so much potential. It's full of attractive period buildings - including some wonderful Art Deco - has nice parks, is close to the city, is multicultural in the true sense and has great public transport. I also feel safe here despite its reputation and often catch late night public transport home. It's the first place I've lived where I haven't needed a car, and in a decade will probably be the next Yarraville. But for now...well at least I can be smug in the knowledge that when its time finally comes I got in here when property was cheap.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
  • Many Attractive Period Homes and Public Buildings
  • Close to the City
  • Leafy with Well Maintained Parks and Gardens
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Not enough nightlife
  • Seedy Central Shopping Area That's Unattractive and Uninviting
  • A Bad Reputation it's Struggling to Overcome
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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 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+

"Stress-free suburb to live in, not much traffic, beautiful tree lined streets in matthews hill pocket"

I love how Sunshine is so close to the city (12kms!), plenty of multi-cultured eateries, friendly down-to-earth residents. Cafe culture is starting to spread here!
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
Cons
  • Undervalued
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  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Rough around the edges"

Sunshine needs a good polish up, is it an uncut diamond? well it has many ingredients like being central to the west of melbourne, good access to freeways, close to the city and highpoint shopping centre and good sized home blocks. Although many properties are not owned by the occupants, many housing commission homes so the landscape isn't all that appealing, a bit of a concrete jungle and the shopping district is a bit rugged.
Pros
  • Transport
  • Schools
Cons
  • overvalued
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Full of Character. Has great potential"

I lived in Sunshine for six months having moved from NSW. I came there knowing it had a bad rep, but I've grown up accustomed to areas with "reputations," the price was right and the house I was living in was very well renovated. Sure there is crime. My car was burgled on my first night. Another late night a man attempted to mug me at the train station but failed when other people came to the rescue. But even so there are also some amazing people, especially the older generation who are very friendly and have a lot of great stories to tell. I think this is a suburb which will gentrify with time. There's a lot of loitering youth hanging around the station but it just seems like they're bored. Perhaps there needs to be more affordable/free community activities for them? I do love the multiculturalism of Sunshine. There's so much character. So much amazing cheap food from all over the world, and the vendors were really friendly even if I didn't speak their native language. The shops are plentiful and ever expanding. I found the pubs to be not my thing. I didn't spot a single nightclub or live music venue around apart from The Granary Cafe which has some good entertainment. The public transport is great in the day but terrible in the evening. Getting to the city is really quick by car or train - about 15 mins either way. If you want your kids to grow up in a safe and quiet suburb then this is may not the place for you. However if you're looking for an affordable place with plenty of character then you might really like it there. I must admit: even though it is a bit rough cut, I do miss it a bit.
Pros
  • People
  • Transport
Cons
  • Not enough nightlife
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Might appeal to some"

Sunshine being an older more established suburb has some nice clean areas however the dirty rundown pockets overshadow sunshine. There is a lot of crime and tension with the large numbers of government housing and different opinions on lifestyle requirements. Sunshine is in closer proximity to the city and therefore contains more traffic. Shopping is average as harvester shopping complex is the main area for retail therapy. The pool facility is great and the schools are of high standards. Walk the streets at night at your own risk; perhaps walk with your large dog. Area probably would not suit families with young children.
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JaneYoung
JaneYoung I totally agree with your comment, Yogi.

I was driving home on the Ballarat Road (Sunshine) at 2 am few days ago after picking up my partner from city. It was so dark out there and I did not turn on my high beam. I did not see a shopping trolley in the middle of the road until I was a metre way. Fortunately, I could avoid it. I cannot believe who threw the trolley on the main road. It taught me a lesson to use a high beam when I drive in the dark (as I have never used high beam when I drive).
2yrs+
Leafy_Area
Leafy_Area Too much crime for my liking
2yrs+
TomT2
TomT2 Living here for 15 years never trouble with crimes
Nov 16, 2015
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Get in now before its too late"

My partner and I moved to Sunshine from an inner city bayside suburb a year back. In Sunshine we were able to buy a period home within 10 minutes walk from the train station (zone 1), 5 minutes walk to the local park/tennis courts and less than 10 minutes drive into Footscray or Yarraville. Sunshine is only 12 kilometres from the city (that's the same distance as Box Hill from the CBD) yet the real estate is so undervalued! We like our neighborhood - it's really multicultural, and there are good community services (heaps of schools and lovely local swimming pool) and excellent public transport. The only thing it's really missing is a good pizza restaurant!
I would highly recommend buying in Sunshine!
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beelove
beelove Yes I like living in Sunshine too. So multicultral and people are mostly sweet and humble. I agree there is not much in the way of restaurants but luckily we are not far from Yarraville, Willie or if going to Willie might as well go into city as it really is quite close (after the peak hour traffic dies) - ie going in for dinner (weeknight even better)
2yrs+
yogi
yogi Spent a lot of time in sunshine and Braybrook going to school there. I was a much safer and quieter area 10+ years ago. The increase of government housing has made sunshine into a geto at nights and certain areas a bit seedy during the day. Yes there are many facilities and the pool is great however the crime rate in the area is deffinatelly a big let down. As time goes on it's getting worse.My wife had a kinfe pulled out on her and mugged at lunchtime in the centre of Sunshine. It's the pits
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Love Sunshine"

As someone who moved from Yarraville (and who has lived there from the moment i was born), i was quite hesitant in investing in Sunshine due to the suburbs reputation, but ended buying an investment property on Monash Street 5 years ago (and which now has doubled in value) and was overall so happy (close to all major freeways, 15 kms to the city, major shopping centers and cinemas) that i ended up buying my current residential property in Sunshine West.
Neighbors are great, street is quiet and local transport is excellent, broadband internet connection is great, overall i would recommend investing in Sunshine hands down, you wont regret it
Pros
  • Schools
  • Transport
  • People
Cons
  • Undervalued
  • Not enough nightlife
  • Needs more restaurants
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Sunshine,Victoria"

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TomT2
TomT2 Sunshine ranking best of 100 liveable suburb in Melbourne 7 nov 2015 moved from 204 in 2011 to 97 this year .
Nov 16, 2015
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"ITs Great"

I am living in Albion and found its great. Ture there is lot gov housing but thats not a big problem. there is a lot of nice ppl living here. I think it is not safe any where in melbourne after 11pm. There is not enough Police in Victoria according to Victoria Police but state gov spending 1.1 billion on myki and other less important things.
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yogi
yogi You must be one of the lucky one's in Albion as the police have just released the crime stats and is said that every 2 houses out of five have been robbed in the last five years. You must be keeping your security up, well done. It's nice to hear your happy and glad you have not become a victim.
2yrs+
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  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Matthews Hill - Sunshines Hidden Gem"

Its a hidden gem the streets that surround matthews hill big blocks great park and great if you have dogs. Never in my wildest dreams did i think i would love living in Sunshine.
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Best Streets in Sunshine

1

Victoria St

4.5/5
"A beautiful street, with friendly neighbours"
-37.790941489 144.8366338786
2

Couch St

4.5/5
"One of Sunshine's best streets"
-37.7946058855 144.826538859
3

Morris St

4.5/5
"Very Nice Suburb, Great Street"
-37.792963225 144.8335602935

Unranked Streets in Sunshine

"Very beautiful street - everything about it"
-37.7989498858 144.821484519

Jessie St

4.5/5
"A great place to live"
-37.7902413946 144.8416745582

Anderson Rd

1.5/5
"Not the Best"
-37.79389 144.82641

Hill St

4.5/5
"Hill street - What a Gem!"
-37.7912864135 144.8383550863

McGrath St

4.5/5
"Wonderful, peaceful & quiet little street with great neighbours!"
-37.78663 144.84142

Benjamin St

4.5/5
"Heritage listed and only 11kms from the city"
-37.7935096401 144.8314429348

Union St

3.5/5
"Quiet street with lovely neighbours"
-37.7891485643 144.8443793131