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Lifestyle Trends | Property Trends | Top Family Friendly Suburbs in Australia

20-07-2011 Best Family Friendly Suburbs in Australia

No matter what Australian city you live in, raising children can be enjoyed even more with convenient amenities like good parks and schooling. We unveil the most family friendly suburbs that let you and your family take advantage of the Australian lifestyle of sun, sand and wide open spaces.

Sydney - North Bondi

North Bondi is a quiet, residential suburb set back just several minutes walk from the popular and lively Bondi Beach. The suburb is well equipped for growing families with its abundance of playgrounds and parks that often boast vistas of the surf. Conveniently located in the heart of the Eastern Suburbs, the neighbouring Bondi Junction shopping district situated within a 2 km radius is easily accessible by public transport. North Bondi offers modestly sized townhouses or semis with gardens but living in this suburb is not cheap. This sought after area’s current median house sale price is $1,307,000.

Melbourne - Toorak

What Melbourne lacks in swimmable seasides, it makes up for in lush parklands. As real estate expert, Dion Besser puts it “Victoria is known as the park state for a reason”. The southeastern Melbourne suburb of Toorak is a rich and thriving community, with 6 parks to choose from. It is also the locale of 5 schools. While the suburb is synonymous with affluence, it in fact has an unusual mix of high, low and

medium density housing. Family outings can be had in Toorak Village – a shopping strip of bakeries, ice creameries and

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other specialty stores.

Adelaide - Henley Beach

Another popular beachside suburb and only 20 minutes from Adelaide's city centre, Henley Beach appeals to both young and old. Kids can engage in the sea's gentle surf which is also perfect for fishing. Henley Square is closeby where families can enjoy the multicultural dining experience or regular live entertainment in the summer. It is close to good schooling and offers affordable housing with a combination of middle to high end properties.

Perth - Ellenbrook

If you are looking for that sense of community, Ellenbrook offers a village atmosphere designed around parks, gardens and lakes. A suburb that has been in development for the last 20 years, Ellenbrook is now flourishing with many first homebuyers raising kids. Display homes, which were built in the early stages of the suburb’s inception, have now been transformed into kindergartens and schools. This successful development model is subsequently being copied in other Perth locations. Although somewhat isolated, Ellenbrook has reasonable transport links and the family can arrive in the city by car in 35 minutes.

Darwin - Brinkin

The Northern suburbs of Darwin are what local estate agent David Booth calls “the most affordable area” and Brinkin stands out as it is home to the Casuarina campus of Charles Darwin University. Brinkin is also well serviced by schools, parks and has a close proximity to Casuarina shopping centre, Royal Darwin Hospital and Marrara sporting complex, keeping the kids active on weekends. Stand alone housing is most predominant in this area allowing for larger families to live at lower costs.

Hobart - Sandy Bay

Immediately South of Hobart's CBD is charming Sandy Bay. It is the most famous suburb in Tasmania and houses the upper demographic of the state. Australian actor, Errol Flynn was a former resident here. It is a peaceful suburb with a very low crime rate, giving parents the ease of mind they need when it comes to the security of their children. Sandy Bay is home to a diverse community and is also the site of the Hobart campus of the University of Tasmania as well as several other schools.

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Sydney – Malabar

Rivaling Melbourne’s more green suburbs, Sydney’s historical and coastal suburb of Malabar has 9 parks covering nearly 41% of the total area. With current households lived in primarily by couples with children, kids can take advantage of the close-knit neighbourhood environment with the other children living in the suburb. Malabar has a small, quaint strip of shops and is slightly further south from the busier Maroubra Beach. Malabar beach, however, is a safer option with calmer surf.

Melbourne – Chadstone

Chadstone is not merely the site of its self-titled shopping mega mall. It is the perfect destination to construct a family home. The two to three bedroom housing that was originally erected in the 1950s and 60s were built small, yet on large blocks. Nowadays, buyers are demolishing the old houses and utilizing the land size to make perfect family homes. Kids can bounce around a ball at the local Waverley Basketball Centre while parents do their grocery shopping at the various farmers markets held in nearby suburbs.

Brisbane – Ashgrove

A young child’s delight can be found in Queensland’s inner city suburb of Ashgrove. Here, Dorrington Park provides slides, swings and a storytelling toadstool for children aged one to ten years old. Residents of leafy Ashgrove live mainly in unrenovated period homes on hilly terrain. Only 5km to Brisbane’s city centre, regular buses are a convenient mode of transport. They also commute to many growing retail and dining precincts in close proximity. Currently, the median sale price of houses in the area is $765,150.

 

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