City of Merri-bek

A hot spot for cafes, arts, live music and shopping, with superb transport, school and sporting facilities, Merri-bek is the perfect blend of inner-city cool and family friendly facilities.

Renowned for its cosmopolitan shopping precincts in Lygon Street, Sydney Road and Barkly Square; bohemian bars, cafes, and restaurants; and thriving live music scene; Merri-bek is one of Melbourne’s most beloved municipalities. From the cool apartments of Brunswick and Fitzroy, to the family homes of Coburg, Fawkner and Pascoe Vale, Merri-bek caters to a wide range of lifestyles. Home to RMIT’s Brunswick campus, along with Coburg High, Glenroy and Mercy colleges, and dozens of excellent primary schools, Merri-bek’s educational options are top class.

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Inner-city living

The inner-city municipality has more than 100 parks, including the much-loved Coburg Lake Reserve and family favourite Brunswick Park, as well as several off-leash areas for pampered pooches. Merri-bek’s winning selection of sporting venues includes Coburg Basketball Stadium, Fawkner Leisure Centre, the Brunswick Baths, and Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre. High-quality healthcare is within easy reach, including Brunswick and John Fawkner private hospitals and a variety of specialist medical, nursing and allied health services. Enviably well-serviced by public transport, multiple train, tram and bus services and an extensive bike infrastructure keep Merri-bek residents well connected.

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City of Merri-bek


Batman, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Brunswick West, Coburg, Coburg North, Fawkner, Fitzroy North, Glenroy, Gowanbrae, Hadfield, Merlynston, Moreland, Oak Park, Parkville, Pascoe Vale, Pascoe Vale South and Tullamarine.

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*Data sourced from 2021 Census.
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Area attractions​


Coburg Lake Reserve
Gilpin Pak
Sunshine Lane
Sydney Road Street Party
Brunswick Music Festival
CERES Community Environment Park
Counihan Gallery Brunswick
Lygon Street

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A reliable snapshot of the property market in Merri-bek