Blackburn is a leafy suburb with significant bushland parks to relax in. This family-friendly area features numerous schools, spacious homes and good access to neighbouring Box Hill.


Situated 17kms east of the city, Blackburn is a great area for families – there are plenty of sporting facilities and schools, and some amazing bushland parks like Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, with its indigenous plants, walking tracks, wetlands and community events. There is some local shopping but bustling Box Hill is just next door, too.


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Blackburn has plenty of room to breathe, so it’s the perfect spot for families – you’ll find a lot of older and established couples and families living here, but you’ll also find a lot of older single people who are loyal to the area.blackburn blog 1

Every member of the family will be happy as a clam in Blackburn. Spend the weekend on the walking trails in Blackburn Lake Sanctuary or Blackburn Creeklands Park, then wind down (or wind up) with a cup o’ joe at Nuts About Coffee. You can go shopping at North Blackburn Shopping Centre or head to nearby Forest Hill Chase and while there’s no shortage of excellent restaurants in Blackburn, Box Hill is not far for a major Asian eating odyssey.

There are plenty of primary and secondary schools in the area, as well as sporting clubs and decent public transport by rail and bus.

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You can find enormous, sprawling homes on bush-landscape blocks in Blackburn, from architect-designed luxury homes to more modest, charming post-war houses and classic 1970s rumpus room family dwellings with space for everyone.blackburn blog 3

You’ll also find some impressive contemporary double- and single-storey townhouses, and there are smart new apartment developments starting to sprout in the area, especially on Whitehorse Road.

Blackburn is ideally situated for those wanting a family lifestyle without the urban crush – there are bushland parks, spacious homes with big yards and schools aplenty, but this eastern suburb, just 17kms from the city, is also right next door to bustling Box Hill and the shiny shops of Forest Hill Chase.


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