Top 20 Safest Suburbs to Live in Australia
Safest suburbs in Australia were mostly located along the east coast. Image: Canva.
  • Peppermint Grove was the only WA suburb in the top 10
  • Most of the list comprised Melbourne and Sydney locales
  • Median prices were typically above $2 million

Australia is one of the safest countries in the world, ranking 27th on the 2022 Global Peace Index, and tenth for safety on the U.S. News Best Countries analysis.

The country is also home to some of the world’s safest cities, with The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) 2021 edition of the Safe Cities index ranked Sydney fourth behind Copenhagen, Toronto, and Singapore, with Melbourne coming in equal eighth with Hong Kong.

We have previously looked into the safest suburbs across Australia’s capital cities and some of Australia’s largest non-capital cities, here: Sydney, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth.

Top 20 safest suburbs in Australia

Rank Suburb Crime rate
1 Forestville (NSW) 1,008
2 Balwyn North (VIC) 1,024
3 Beaumaris (VIC) 1,055
4 Peppermint Grove (WA) 1,076
5 Turramurra (NSW) 1,087
6 Freshwater (NSW) 1,117
7 Mount Eliza (VIC) 1,132
8 Mount Martha (VIC) 1,141
9 Wahroonga (NSW) 1,159
10 Dover Heights (NSW) 1,160
11 Roseville (NSW) 1,186
12 Baulkham Hills (NSW) 1,200
13 Bulimba (QLD) 1,212
14 St Ives (NSW) 1,225
15 Castlecrag (NSW) 1,238
16 Nedlands (WA) 1,249
17 Beecroft (NSW) 1,256
18 Terrey Hills (NSW) 1,263
19 Mosman (NSW) 1,279
20 Churchlands (WA) 1,281

We have whittled down the safest suburbs in Australia* by restricting the search to metropolitan areas of a capital city, considering all forms of crime, using crime data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The crime rates in the above table are defined as the total number of reported crimes per 100,000 population.

Top 10 safest suburbs in Australia

We delved further into Australia’s safest suburbs, with the vast majority located within a 10 to 20 kilometre distance from the state’s capital city CBD.

Some exceptions included Mount Eliza and Mount Martha in Melbourne, located closer to the Mornington Peninsula.

Rank Suburb Distance to CBD (approx.)
1 Forestville (NSW) 16km
2 Balwyn North (VIC) 14km
3 Beaumaris (VIC) 24km
4 Peppermint Grove (WA) 12km
5 Turramurra (NSW) 24km
6 Freshwater (NSW) 17km
7 Mount Eliza (VIC) 60km
8 Mount Martha (VIC) 75km
9 Wahroonga (NSW) 30km
10 Dover Heights (NSW) 10km

Forestville (NSW)

The Northern Sydney suburb mostly comprises owner-occupiers at 80%, according to Domain, with a population north of 8,300. The suburb is also home to many families, Domain data shows 59% of Forestville comprises families.

realestate.com.au data shows the median price for Forestville is $2.06 million, with the price dropping some 10.9% over the past 12 months.

Asking prices for 2087, including Forestville

Balwyn North (VIC)

The suburb median is $2.3 million, according to realestate.com.au, with the suburb widely touted as a family-friendly locale, according to homely reviews.

The suburb is also heavily skewed towards owners at 81%, according to Domain, with a larger population of 20,406.

Asking prices for 3104, including Balwyn North

Beaumaris (VIC)

Owning a home in the suburb can start at just north of $1 million for a two-bedroom house, according to Domain, with a five-bedroom house median at over $2.5 million; unit prices go from $800,000 for two bedrooms to $1.3 million for three bedrooms.

realestate.com.au data shows a median price of $2 million for the suburb, a 7% downward trend over the past 12 months.

Asking prices for 3193, including Beaumaris

Peppermint Grove (WA)

The median house price for the West Australian suburb is $4.15 million, with a two-bedroom home starting at $2.4 million, according to REIWA data.

Data from REIWA also shows sales growth of 13.7% and median sales price growth.

Asking prices for 6011, including Peppermint Grove

Turramurra (NSW)

House prices for the suburb have also been on a downward trend, realestate.com.au data shows an 11% drop over the past 12 months, with the median price currently at $2.84 million.

Domain data shows the suburb has a population of almost 12,000, with the suburb mostly home to families, comprising 61%.

Asking prices for 2074, including Turramurra

Freshwater (NSW)

Families comprise a smaller proportion of the suburb, Domain data shows 46% are families, with 54% single. The data also shows a much younger population, with the average age between 20 and 39.

realestate.com.au data shows the median price for Freshwater is just north of $3.5 million.

Asking prices for 2096, including Freshwater

Mount Eliza (VIC)

The suburb median is $1.73 million, according to realestate.com.au, with the price moving down almost 3% over the past 12 months.

Another largely family-friendly locale, singles only account for 39%, with the average age from 40 to 59, according to Domain data.

Asking prices for 3930, including Mount Eliza

Mount Martha (VIC)

The suburb median is just shy of $1.53 million, with prices also on the down over the past 12 months, dropping 7.5%, according to realestate.com.au.

The locale is home to over 18,000 people, with owner occupiers dominating the landscape at 85%.

Asking prices for 3934, including Mount Martha

Wahroonga (NSW)

Homes here have also seen prices drop, realestate.com.au data shows the median is currently north of $2.5 million, but has dropped 76% over the past 12 months.

Domain data shows a three-bedroom house median is $1.76 million, with a five-bedroom around $3.25 million.

Units also fetch a pretty penny at $1.34 million for three bedrooms.

Asking prices for 2076, including Wahroonga

Dover Heights (NSW)

The family friendly suburb continues the trend of some 60% of the landscape home to families. Likewise, owners dominate at 80%, according to Domain data.

Prices for the suburb are significantly steeper than other locales, median prices for the suburb are close to $6 million, with realestate.com.au data showing the drop was only 5.7%, compared to the 7% or thereabouts for other Sydney suburbs on this list.

Asking prices for 2030, including Dover Heights

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* The data may be inaccurate or skewed for a variety of reasons including division (for example a crime per population for smaller suburbs will seem more substantial by percentage than for the same amount in a larger suburb), and other statistical anomalies not taken into account in these rankings.

** The analysis was completed using ChatGPT and may include additional errors.

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