Suburb profile: Blackburn, VIC 3130

Blackburn is a leafy suburb which is 17km east of Melbourne’s CBD.

Blackburn is home to a diverse range of property styles from modern houses and apartments, to Californian Bungalows and mid-century brick and weatherboard style residences.

Getting around in Blackburn is easy, with a variety of public transport options. There are two railway stations, Laburnum and Blackburn – which are on the Belgrave and Lilydale lines and buses connect Blackburn to Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre which features all the major supermarkets, speciality stores, cafes, Zone Bowling and a Hoyts Cinema.

There’s an abundance of local cafes and restaurants in Blackburn, giving a great choice of cuisines to residents, as well as a pub at the Blackburn Hotel.

Blackburn enjoys an abundance of parks and reserves, including Blacks Walk Reserve, a great place for a relaxed walk or a jog or for a bike ride. Black’s reserve starts at Blackburn Road you can make your way through adjacent parklands from there or to the Blackburn Lake. Blackburn Lake Sanctuary - one of the few significant remaining natural bush-land reserves in Melbourne with high-quality indigenous bush-land, lake and wetlands.

There are extensive walking-tracks, a Visitor Centre and a playground for the kids. Kalang Park – the trail to Kalang Park starts from Main Street in Blackburn.

There’s a wonderful walking track where you can enjoy the wildlife and Gardiner’s Creek – it’s a peaceful sanctuary in the middle of suburbia. Local residents enjoy walking the dog, but dogs must be kept on leash given all the beautiful wildlife in the area.

There’s an also oval ideal for sports and activities. Furness Park – Another great place to enjoy a walk by the Creek and immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Cootamundra Walk Playground is a great play area for confident climbers, there’s also a picnic area, set of swings and slides.

At Morton Park there are football and cricket ovals but also a playground at the eastern end as well as a bike park. Elmhurst Basin – with expansive areas for the kids to run and play and a playground - there's plenty of room to sit and enjoy a picnic with the family.

Sports & Gyms include: Blackburn Cricket Club, Blackburn FC, Blackburn Karate Club, Blackburn Tennis Club, Blackburn Vikings Basketball, Bounce Inc Trampoline Park, Cross Fit Blackburn, Curves Blackburn, Knockout Fitness & Boxing, Koonung Park Tennis Club, The Urban Fitness Club and Zap Fitness 24/7.

Local schools and education in Blackburn include: Aurora School for the Deaf & Blind, Blackburn Primary, Blackburn Pre-School, Blackburn Lake Primary, Laburnum Primary, New Hope Baptist Pre-School, Old Orchard Primary, St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Primary, St Luke the Evangelist School, The Blackburn Music Academy, Whitehorse Primary, Blackburn High and Deakin University is a short drive away. There are also several childcare centres in the area including Casa Bambini Blackburn and Starfish Early Learning Centre.

Great for:

  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green
  • Shopping Options

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees

Suburbs nearby:

  • Box Hill North
  • Blackburn North
  • Nunawading
  • Box Hill
  • Forest Hill

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