Kew VIC, Suburb & Moving Guide – TOP 5 Things To Know

At Glenferrie Dental, we have many patients who live in Kew.

We hope that this guide will help you learn more about Abbotsford, and we would love to welcome you to our clinic soon. We offer the following services for residents in Abbotsford:

Kew Suburb Overview

Kew is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 5 km east of Melbourne’s CBD.

Its local government area is the City of Boroondara. At the 2016 Census, Kew had a population of 24,605.

Kew used to be a city in its own right. But in 1994 the cities of Kew, Hawthorn and Camberwell were amalgamated to form the City of Boroondara.

The suburb borders the Yarra River to the west and north, with Hawthorn to its south and Balwyn to its east.

Kew has grown steadily since the early Bridge Road crossing development and is cited as one of the most prestigious suburbs in Melbourne.

Consequently, many of these residences now attract some of the highest residential resale values in Melbourne.

Kew is great for:

  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Schools
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Public Transport

Downsides of Kew:

  •  No train, only tram lines

Kew is great for:

  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • LGBT+

History of Abbotsford, VIC

Prior to the establishment of Melbourne, the area was inhabited by the Wurundjeri indigenous peoples. 

In the 1840s European settlers named it the Parish of Boroondara – meaning “a place of shade” in the Woiwurrung language. 

In 1838 Dight travelled down the Yarra from Heidelberg and decided to locate a water-powered mill on a site adjacent to the falls; the impressive three-storey mill opened in 1840. 

Is Abbotsford A Good Suburb to move to?

To answer the question if Kew is the right suburb for you, we have collated some reviews from current and past residents:

"One of Melbourne's best locations", Kew Reviewed by Sandro D. R.

Offering scenic tree-lined streets and a mixture of both period and modern homes, Kew remains a highly desirable central location to both invest and occupy. The suburb features some of Melbourne\’s leading private schools, vast parklands and Yarra bike tracks. It also offers multiple forms of transport into the CBD, a great selection of fresh fruit and veg shopping/restaurants and cafes, with my local being the very popular Ora on Pakington Street.

"Family Friendly", Kew Reviewed by locals.

After growing weary of the South Yarra crowd, I decided to head east to Kew for a change up and here\’s my two cents worth about this leafy suburb.


– The suburb is very safe and quiet at night.

– There are plenty of parks, and the streets are very leafy

– Apparently, schools are also quite decent here if you have kids

– Rentals are cheaper here compared to most other inner east/south-east areas


– Public transport is very poor throughout Kew as there are no trains and only two tram lines (48 and 109). The 40min commute to the city every day eventually got to me, and I decided to move.

– Not much really happens in Kew, its a very 9-5 office type of suburb.

"Great suburb!" Kew Reviewed by Peter L.

With a convenient location to the city Kew is a great area not only to live in but work in which i have for the past 7 years.

The trams into the city are fantastic, the eateries in the area are great and all amenities are just a short stroll away.

Kew is also a very safe area and great for families.

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