Australia’s top suburbs for families and singles revealed

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Whether you’re looking to move or are just after a little purchase reinforcement after investing your life savings, here are the best suburbs to live in Australia, according to experts.

Following a survey conducted by Rent, resulting in over 57,000 reviews of Australia’s individual suburbs, renters rated their suburb for a range of features – whether it’s good for families, close to the CBD, accessible for public transport, good cafes and restaurants and so on. As a result, the best suburbs in Australia for families and singles have been named as part of a wider list, divided into groups to suit different lifestyles.

For example, in New South Wales, Wahroonga, 22km north-west of Sydney, has been named as the best suburb for families, while the inner-city Surry Hills is best for singles. In Victoria, north-west Aberfeldie is best for families and inner-east Collingwood for singles. 

This reveals an overall picture into liveability in Australian suburbs, with other categories listed for those suburbs ideal for a quiet- or conversely, vibrant lifestyle. The list provides a useful tool for prospective renters and homeowners with a better idea of what suburb will fit their needs.

Here’s a snapshot:

New South Wales

Top 10 hotspots for families:

  1. Wahroonga
  2. Katoomba
  3. Bella Vista
  4. Blayney
  5. Glen Alpine
  6. Hornsby Heights
  7. Rydalmere
  8. Booragul
  9. Corowa
  10. Eschol Park

Top 10 hotspots for singles:

  1. Surry Hills
  2. Darlinghurst
  3. Chippendale
  4. Bondi Junction
  5. Newtown
  6. Callaghan
  7. Potts Point
  8. Crows Nest
  9. The Hill
  10. Ultimo


Top 10 hotspots for families:

  1. Aberfeldie
  2. Clifton Hill
  3. Balwyn
  4. Canadian
  5. Mansfield
  6. Eynesbury
  7. Korumburra
  8. South Kingsville
  9. Warracknabeal
  10. Healesville

Top 10 hotspots for singles:

  1. Collingwood
  2. Abbotsford
  3. Prahran
  4. Richmond
  5. Fitzroy
  6. South Yarra
  7. Windsor
  8. Southbank
  9. Brunswick East
  10. Brunswick


Top 10 hotspots for families:

  1. Mansfield
  2. Upper Caboolture
  3. Buscasia
  4. Lammermoor
  5. Avoca
  6. Bahrs Scrub
  7. Mundingburra
  8. Pomona
  9. Seventeen Mile Rocks
  10. Childers

Top 10 hotspots for singles:

  1. Fortitude Valley
  2. Cairns City
  3. Brisbane City
  4. South Brisbane
  5. Chermside West
  6. East Brisbane
  7. Woolloongabba
  8. Townsville City
  9. Kelvin Grove
  10. Surfers Paradise

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