Melbourne has been voted the most liveable city in the world by The Economist a whopping seven times, and it’s not hard to see why! Whether you’re into sport or shopping, dining or dancing the night away, there’s something for everyone in Melbourne – even nature lovers.
Looking for a little slice of green in the ever-growing urban sprawl of the Victorian capital? Here are our top 5 suburbs for nature lovers in Melbourne…
Wide, tree-lined streets lined with stately properties oozing class and charm characterise this prestigious suburb, located just 5 kilometres from the city centre. The suburb is full of amazing parks, none more impressive than Hays Paddock – good luck dragging the kids away from this playground paradise!
There’s also Victoria Park, Stradbroke Park, Studley Park and Willsmere Park, not to mention the expansive Green Acres Golf Club. Families love Kew, as some of Melbourne’s best private and public schools are close by, and there are ample sport and recreation facilities. It’s also popular with Melbourne’s rich and famous, with the many politicians and sports stars making it their home – little wonder the median house price is $2.057 million!
In the Dandenong Ranges, 36 kilometres from the CBD, Olinda began as a logging settlement, before growing into a thriving semi-rural suburb on Melbourne’s eastern outskirts. If you love a good bloom, check out the National Rhododendron Garden, or if bushwalks are your jam, take a stroll through the Olinda State Forest. With plenty of antique shops, art galleries and restaurants, it’s also a thriving cultural hub. The median house price in Olinda is just $695,000, making it an affordable suburb for nature lovers in Melbourne.
With its quirky café culture and rag-tag array of eclectic residents, Warrandyte, 24 kilometres from the CBD, is a great suburb for nature lovers. Tucked away a little off the beaten track, yet still close enough to the shopping centres in nearby Ringwood, it’s a real hidden oasis in the north-east.
Nestled in a lush spot where several gullies converge, the Yarra River flows through the suburb, while Mullum Mullum Creek winds around its western fringe. On the weekends, take the kids to explore the old mining shafts in Warrandyte State Park, or to marvel at the wildlife at Currawong Bush Park.
The area has been on the rise for some time, and it has become one of the more expensive locales in the outer suburbs.
With green spaces, walking trails and a big ol’ lake, Albert Park is an inner-city oasis just perfect for nature lovers in Melbourne. There’s no better spot in the CBD to take a relaxing stroll with the pram, or lay back in the sun with a gourmet picnic and a good book. Property prices reflect the allure of the area, with the median currently $2.135 million, although apartments offer a much more affordable entry point into this spectacular suburb.
Be warned though – in March each year Albert Park Lake becomes the site of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, so you’ll be trading lakeside bliss for the whirr of racing engines for a few days!
If you like the feel of the country with the convenience of the city, Eltham may be the suburb for you. Not far from Warrandyte, Eltham is a fantastic neighbourhood for nature lovers to call home. There’s a quaint community farm the kids will adore, and the local parks boast lakes with ducks to feed, and an amazing miniature railway you’ll have to drag them off!
While Eltham doesn’t have direct freeway access, meaning commuting can be a pain, the idyllic setting is deemed more than worth the hassle for those locals who can’t work from home. Furthermore, with a median of $920,500, it’s more affordable than Warrandyte, without sacrificing any of the country feels.
Nature lovers in Melbourne, don’t forget to check out the best suburbs for nature lovers in Sydney too!