North East Melbourne
Spend time soaking up the eclectic buzz of the North East, and unwind with leisurely walks through leafy parks
Live to the north of Melbourne’s city centre, in an area packed with abundant green spaces and a diverse blend of ethnicities. Living in suburbs like Northcote and Preston, you’ll be a short drive from La Trobe University, University of Melbourne and RMIT. After class, explore Northcote High Street, where you can admire beautifully preserved Victorian buildings like the grand Town Hall and quaint shopfronts that give the area its character. Duck into stores like East India Company to buy a couple of quirky decorations for your new home.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, dive into the North East’s international foodie scene. Try tip-top enchiladas and tacos at Gringo Vibes Mexican Cantina, or delicious Southeast Asian curries at Sukhothai Restaurant. From Vietnamese pho to Turkish pizzas, it’s all on offer here. After, meet up with your friends for coffee in cool cafés like Barry.
When you need some time away from your books, head out to explore the area’s stunning parks and miles of cycle trails. Head east and you’ll hit the sweeping Yarra Valley Parklands, a leafy stretch of greenery following the course of the Yarra River.
Make your way past the wetlands and waterways, stopping to join a kayaking excursion or to go fishing for your dinner. Then, you can head to All Nations Park to spend the rest of the day relaxing in the sunshine. Northcote Plaza Shopping Centre is nearby, where you’ll find everything from fashion boutiques to gift shops.