Local Insights – Brunswick

By Natalia Smith on 26 Jul 2013
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Only 4kms north of the CBD and close to The University of Melbourne, Brunswick is home to a large number of students and young couples. The area is particularly well-serviced by public transport, with buses, trains and trams connecting residents to surrounding areas.

Brunswick is notorious for its slightly grungy arts scene and ‘hipster’ culture. However, the council’s ongoing redevelopment plan is increasing family appeal.

Family Appeal

Families in the Moreland area benefit from over 100 playgrounds and 430 parks and reserves, including the famous Princes Park, home to Carlton Football Club. 

There are eight local primary schools and two secondary schools, while larger city schools are easily accessed by public transport. Brunswick Secondary College is known for its arts curriculum and consistently places in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge.


Brunswick residents come from diverse backgrounds and make a point of celebrating multiculturalism. Several large community events take place throughout the year including the Brunswick Music Festival and Sydney Road Street Party.

Community Facilities

Moreland City Council places a large emphasis on creating an active community. Several sports clubs exist for residents of all ages and local sports facilities are undergoing major renovations.

Of these, the Brunswick Baths has been fitted out with new indoor and outdoor pools and a children’s wet area and play pool. The adjoining gym has also had a complete refit, with new cardio and resistance training equipment and a purpose-built group fitness class suite.

The local library, which is currently also undergoing renovation, offers a number of services including computer classes, special interest book clubs and ‘Reading and Rhyme Time’ sessions for younger members.


The after-hours atmosphere in Brunswick is incredibly varied. Sydney Road and Lygon Street offer everything from pubs and beer gardens with live music and weekly trivia nights, to lounge jazz and poetry readings.

Restaurant selection is just as varied. Many of Melbourne’s best ‘Cheap Eats’ listings sit alongside hatted restaurants, including the highly acclaimed Albert St Food and Wine Store.


Shopping in Brunswick is eclectic. The main shopping strip on Sydney Road is a combination of vintage boutiques, wedding dress stores and particularly well stocked op shops and antiques stores.

For everyday items, Barkly Square shopping centre houses Coles, Woolworth and Kmart alongside local fresh food retailers, pharmacies, bakeries and newsagents.

About the Author

Natalia is an avid writer with strong interests in property, home and lifestyle and current affairs. A recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) from the University of Melbourne, she is currently working on her first novel. In her spare time Natalia enjoys engaging with Melbourne's arts and crafts scene and getting involved with her local community.

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