9.2 out of 10

Thornbury

Ranked 24th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.757687898283 145.00814984276
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Mar 01, 2021

"How much more do you need?"

Reading the previous reviews its hard to add any more that can influence you on visiting or moving here.
One major plus is that you do not need to be car reliant you can get to the high st where all manner of restaurants bars will be happy to take your hard earned!
Great mix of people which shows what the attraction is to the area from live music to a theater and even our own picture house.
Want easy access to those great sports stadiums or City entertainment . Get the train to the Cbd (20 min) and you can jump of at the MCG or marvel stadiums both on the Mernda Line. Bloody excellent!
You have Preston market for a great range of fresh food just a km away and all the usual supermarkets and yes you will need a car to hump it back home.
Take a walk down to Merri creek it goes on for ever.we take the dogs for a walk there. I'm not up on the quality of schools but seem to be plenty around.
Northcote 9 hole golf course is within easy reach .
House prices are on the up and up here . A lot of Californian bungalow about which look great and add to the overall atmosphere of the neighborhood, some owners have gone that bit extra and planted there own garden on the nature strips in front.
I lived in London for 27 years where I was always aware of our safety/security a kind of 6th sense if you like here I can tell you I feel at home with no worries I know all of my neighbors sometimes I forget to lock the car, bugger, its still there in the morning!
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Apr 12, 2021

"Superb location with pleasant residential streets."

Great public transport, absolutely no shortage of places to eat and drink. Cafes, eating places and bars are full and busy every day/night of the week with locals plus others drawn to the area from further out. Really nice streets to walk, lovely gardens, renovated homes, lots of people walking dogs, jogging and meeting friends in the park. Great for apartment living, there is possibly an over-supply of apartments in Thornbury and Preston. The vibrant Preston Market just a few minutes away by train or tram, I love walking there though! Northland Shopping Centre, Bunnings Fairfield also handy. Excellent public transport makes it very tempting to never use your car and an Uber to the airport is a cheap 30-ish min trip. I have lived in Thornbury since 2003, coming from country Victoria I have found Thornbury a great suburb for big city life, especially the last 10 years which has seen the apartment and hospitality industry boom. I will admit Thornbury is an inner-suburb so do not expect anything in the way of relaxed pace of life. Thornbury is city living and you will really appreciate that camping/road trip.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Sep 02, 2020

"Welcome To Thornbury"

Thornbury is known for the High Street shopping area in Thornbury Village, which serves as the centre of the suburb. A lively environment is created by the presence of restaurants, cafes, bars and the suburb’s rich alternative music scene. Cyclists can also take the Merri Creek Trail and Darebin Creek Trail for beautiful views of nature. Thornbury is 7kms from the Melbourne CBD with various tram routes connect Thornbury to Melbourne CBD and St Kilda.

Anna Molinaro, Property Manager OBrien Real Estate Blackburn
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Mar 04, 2020

"EASY LIVING"

Thornbury has been an up & coming suburb for many years now. Easy access into the city, close to public transport & shops. Enjoy the life style. Went to Thornbury High School great High School, able to take all abilities of learning & will showcase you.

Max Hodder - Real Estate Agent - Woodards
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 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 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Loving Thornbury"

Absolutely loving life in Thornbury. Having moved here from leafy Park Orchards I appreciate being able to stroll 300-400 metres in any direction and end up on a tram which gets me to the city in less than 30min. If that fails, I can jump on a train and go to my office in town (door to door) within 25min.

There are cafes, bars and restaurants of the highest quality all along High Street. There are great parks and bike paths - my favourite being along the Merri Creek. There are good primary schools and an up and coming public school in Northcote High. House renovations - particularly to some of the old Californian Bungalows that are prevalent in the area - makes Thornbury even more attractive.

What I love the most however is the diversity of cultures. The suburb is a mixture of hipster, professionals, young families and older europeans who settled here decades ago.

Loving Thornbury.
Pros
  • Parkland
  • Shopping
  • Schools
  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
Cons
  • Cost of Living
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Thornbury, Green, Clean and not at all mean."

Thornbury has become home and really welcomes people from all over Australia. A bit like Morley in WA, this combination of primary schools, shopping districts and excellent public transport options supplies all most people need.
With a friendly disposition, Thornbury is single, couple and multi-cultural friendly. Fast broadband and excellent park areas, round out the appeal. A good shopping life help with the Northlands shop close by.
I've lived in Thornbury for almost 4 years and find my neighbours live a quiet, happy existence. At times High Street has a bit too much traffic and the tram rides can take a while but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages to being a single person in a very cosmopolitan area. Living in Flinders St offers a great deal of peace and parks.
Pros
  • Parkland
  • Shopping
  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
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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 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+

"Thornbury is the hidden gem of the North"

There is just everything here. Great parks, trendy new restaurants and bars and some very beautiful houses. It is becoming more expensive as the demand increases, but it is still affordable in some parts. We love taking the dogs to Pends parks, which is dog friendly, and there are always families playing on the swings, or singles baking in the sun. A great community feel.
Pros
  • Community feel
  • Parkland
  • Schools
  • Shopping
  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Trendiest Suburb in the North: Great for families, and great cafe's and restaurants."

We have been living on Thornbury for over a year now and we love it. The people here are very friendly, and we had heard abut "Thornbury Village" before, but when you live here you realise that it actually has that village feel, only with some amazing places to eat and great coffee too. Thornbury is well into its gentrification phase of suburb growth but is much more affordable then Northcote and there are some very pretty streets to consider.
Pros
  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
  • Parkland
  • Schools
  • Shopping
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
2yrs+

"I dislike this place so much"

I grew up here and we were robbed so many times that I have a crazy fear about being home alone. I am so happy I moved out.
TedS
TedS Not sure how long ago you lived here, but property prices have pushed most of these bad apples out of the area. Many of the apartment blocks are being snapped up by developers who are building townhouses for professionals. I think that the Thornbury you used to know and the Thornbury today are very different. It has gentrified in many ways, not free of crime like all suburbs, bot certainly a safe place to live now.
2yrs+
chromatical
chromatical Yep it's definitely changed a lot. Same with most of the North it's nothing like it used to be.
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"Great suburb"

I have lived in Thornbury for 7 years and have loved it. Close to transport, cafes, city, parks, bike tracks, restaurants...the list goes on. The pocket between St Georges Road and the Merri Creek is great for families as it has larger blocks, leafy streets and an overall serene feel.
Pros
  • Parkland
  • Schools
  • Shopping
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
2yrs+

"Great Friendly Suburb"

I have lived here for two years. Thornbury is one of the quieter inner northern suburbs. Green, leafy parks galore. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs. The cafes serve fantastic coffee and breakfast. Most of the pubs are pretty tame: locals can often be spotted drinking local brew from tap and listening to local live bands. I enjoy that kind of thing. Public transport is amazing. There is a bus, tram or train station on virtually every corner. However I will note that the trams currently aren't good for people with mobility issues or prams because they all contain a flight of narrow, steep stairs. For an inner city suburb, the streets are very safe. However Thornbury is a very expensive suburb to live and rent in. But, if you can afford it, or.... can't afford it but don't mind sharing a house with a whole bunch of other broke hipsters.... then this is the place for you. The best part is that it's so close to virtually any amenity you could desire. Yet it is still very quiet and there's a sense of peace with the locals. Great place for a quiet inner - city lifestyle.
Pros
  • Parkland
  • Schools
  • Shopping
Cons
  • Cost of Living
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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 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+

"Excellent Suburb"

Although prices are higher than the average Melbourne suburb, they still are well below what they should be. An incredible suburb. Plenty of schools, plenty of parkland, plenty of childcare places, shopping is served along High St, Station St and Northcote Plaza, Nightlife is perfect ... Hop on the train at Croxton or Thornbury and you are in the CBD in 10 minutes.. Perfect!!
Pros
  • Shopping
  • Parkland
  • Schools
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  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Conveniently close to the CBD but far enough away!!"

Having lived in the suburb for 12 years I have seen it improve in leaps and bounds. The amount of fabulous cafes and quality shopping that have sprung up over that time is unbelievable. It is a suburb with fairly low density living yet it is only a short distance from the CBD. It has an abundance of parks and reserves which is unique when living in such a large city. It has good local shopping with a good coffee, a quality hairdresser, beatician or medical/dental service just a short distance away. Transport is excellent with services by trams, trains and buses. It has a friendly feel and is great for people of all dynamics - families, singles or professional couples. I have lived in a variety of suburbs but Thornbury is the place I CHOOSE TO BE!!
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Inner city sanctuary"

Thornbury is an inner city haven surrounded by parkland, close to amenities and well serviced by transport. An abundance of schools, shops, a variety of restaraunts and open spaces. It is within easy reach of the city and has nearby Darebin creek, Merri creek and the Yarra providing rough borders. The community is both diverse and friendly.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Location,Location"

I just love Thornbury. It is close to everything. Public transport and schools. Short distance from the city. Great shops along High street and good restaurants. Multicultural Suburb. Housing prices are very high in value but bring a good return
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3/5
2yrs+
4/5
2yrs+

"Super location with everything close by"

This is a nice spot that has a lot to offer.
Public transport services the area well so you can get around easily and getting into the city is a breeze and quick.
Around the area there are plenty of coffee shops and cafés so you can get out for a nice cup of coffee, or perhaps Sunday brunch without having to go too far afield.
If you want to get out for a night out there are some great places close by.
For the cyclists there are cycling tracks close by and there are some good parks around the area for the runners.
There is a good coverage of shops so you can get everything you need easily in the local area.
The area has a number of schools for people with school age kids.
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Best Streets in Thornbury

1

Fyffe Street

4.5/5
"close to every amenatie with ample parks"
-37.753030524 144.9813109456
"Ballantyne Street"
-37.7577911658 144.9936462672
3

Comas Grove

4.5/5
"Relaxed quiet spot, close to amenities"
-37.7521562598 144.9853134365
"Wide street in an upcoming suburb"
-37.7572754865 145.0090824948
5

Lewis Street

3/5
"Lewis Street"
-37.757145713 144.9846987194
6

Harold St

2.5/5
"Harold street"
-37.7551649581 144.9848763043

Unranked Streets in Thornbury

"Great neighbours, excellent variety, multicultural low key place"
-37.7614555623 145.0018288339

Hill Street

3.5/5
"Hill Street, Thornbury"
-37.7547688071 144.9836058892
"close to amenities, attractive period homes, property hot spot."
-37.758737147 145.0266087602
"Great Suburb but Expensive to Buy in the area"
-37.7543077694 144.9850538893