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Attention parents: These are the best suburbs in Melbourne for schools

May 2, 2018 10:00 am by Upside

If you’re sending the little ones off to school, there’s a lot to think about – public or private education, academic results, reputation, bullying policy, the list goes on. Add to that the issue of catchment zones and waiting lists and you’ve got yourself a logistical headache.

With this in mind, we’ve done the hard yards for you to pinpoint some of the Melbourne suburbs with the best public and private schools.

Best Inner-Melbourne suburbs for schools


Formerly a working-class suburb, Yarraville has undergone a rapid transformation in recent years due to it being just 6 km west of the Melbourne CBD. For working parents, Yarraville offers great accessibility to the city and a number of schools in the immediate area.

Princes Hill

Just 3 km north of the Melbourne CBD, tiny Princes Hill lies smack bang between Carlton North and Brunswick East and is the top suburb in Melbourne for proximity to schools. On average, residents have less distance to travel to reach a primary, secondary or special needs school – public or private – than any other suburb in Melbourne.

Best Northern Melbourne suburbs for schools


Just 9 km north of the CBD, Coburg is a family-oriented suburb with great parks and play areas for kids – including the Merri Creek bike path – plus train and tram connections to the city. The suburb is also home to some of the best schools in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, including Coburg Special Developmental School.


Bundoora, 16 km from the CBD, has a diverse choice of housing suitable for families and loads of outdoor activities nearby for the kids, like Bundoora Park’s family farm and Gresswell Forest Nature Conservation Reserve. It’s also near to a number of public and independent schools as well as La Trobe University and RMIT University Bundoora West Campus.

Best Eastern Melbourne suburbs for schools


Known for its leafy tree-lined streets and heritage housing, Canterbury is a little on the pricier side but certainly offers plenty of choices when it comes to good education. There are a number of primary and secondary schools in its vicinity, many of them consistently ranked as some of the top-performing schools in Melbourne.

Burwood East

Like nearby Canterbury, Burwood East is home to some of Melbourne’s top-ranked government and non-government schools, including Burwood East Primary School and Burwood Presbyterian Ladies’ College. It’s also considerably more affordable, with median house prices approximately half that of Canterbury.

Best Western Melbourne suburbs for schools


Although Tarneit is quite far out from the city at 25 km west of the CBD, it is well connected by local bus services and the nearby Werribee train line. Within the area are several highly regarded private and public schools, along with sporting clubs and shopping centres. Median house prices are also affordable at $520,000.


Since the 1990s, Werribee has seen rapid suburban growth and now offers excellent connections to central Melbourne by public transport or road. Parks and schools are also a dime a dozen, with many nearby government, non-government, and Catholic primary and secondary schools.

Best Southern Melbourne suburbs for schools

Ormond & Bentleigh

More affordable than neighbouring Brighton and Brighton East, Ormond and Bentleigh are well connected to the city by public transport and have plenty of nearby parks and play areas for kids as well as plenty of options for primary and secondary schools. Depending on your address in Ormond or Bentleigh, you might also fall in the catchment area for one of Melbourne’s top non-selected secondary schools – McKinnon Secondary College.

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