Melbourne’s ‘Mega suburbs’!

Key points

  • Reservoir is the largest suburb in Melbourne
  • Gilderoy is the smallest suburb in Melbourne
  • The are 12 suburbs in Melbourne with over 10,000 houses

Glen Waverley Railway StationMost weeks when the highest volume of auctions are listed, the suburbs of Reservoir, Glen Waverly and Mount Waverly come out near the top.

Auctions may well be a popular method of sale in these suburbs but their appearance in the list is more likely due to the fact that they are three of Melbourne’s largest areas.

Melbourne’s progressive growth over the past 180 years has seen suburbs planned and developed in many different ways. Sometimes geography provides natural borders and sometimes the common ownership by one developer provided the impetus for the naming or borders. Sometimes names and borders have even moved.

As a result Melbourne suburbs vary from 13,741 houses in Reservoir to 18 in Gilderoy. At more than 67km from the CBD the small ‘suburb’ of Gilderoy is more representative of it being a town than a considered decision to create a small suburb.

There are 12 suburbs in total that have more than 10,000 houses. Each is bigger than medium-sized regional centres such as, Mildura, Shepparton and Warrnambool and without outlying suburbs.

Those 12 suburbs are Reservoir, Frankston, Glen Waverly, Berwick, St Albans, Pakenham, Point Cook, Werribee, Mount Waverly, Hoppers Crossing, Craigieburn and Sunbury. Interestingly many of those were once separate towns which have now expanded considerably as they have become more proximate to the cities outer edge. As many of those are still being developed they are likely to grow further.

The vagaries of place naming and suburb size become even more obvious when the case of Croydon is considered.  On its own, Croydon is a large but not massive suburb with 7,293 houses. But once neighbouring Croydon North, South and Hills are considered, its size grows to 12,446 houses.

When buying in larger suburbs it is therefore sensible to consider where specifically a home is as factors such as distance from a train station, park or school may vary considerably. The form of housing may vary as well.

Robert Larocca
CoreLogic RP Data Victoria Housing Market Specialist

About Robert Larocca

Robert Larocca has built a profile over the past eight years as an expert on the Victorian residential property market. He worked for the REIV both directly and as a consultant over 8 years acting as a spokesperson, managing its research department and public policy. He has been a media and government relations consultant and spent a decade working across the three levels of government including as a Councillor and Mayor in the City of Moreland. He has well developed leadership skills in the not for profit sector and has been the Chairperson of CERES Community Environment Park for 9 years.

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One Response to Melbourne’s ‘Mega suburbs’!

  1. Yare April 9, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    suburbs with easily available public housing is which ones please

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