Are you a travelling to Melbourne and wondering where to stay? Have you considered the suburb of Glen Waverley? Glen Waverley, once a sleepy shire of vegetable farms and orchards is now one of Melbourne’s largest and most diverse suburbs. It is home to the recently renovated shopping haven, The Glen, and a collection of key business precincts. Whether you’re a business traveller, a student, a tourist or here to visit family, here are 7 reasons why you should stay in Glen Waverley.

1.A bustling multicultural suburb

The Kingsway precinct is the core of Glen Waverley life, a vibrant outdoor mall with an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants, hair salons and Asian grocers.

Here, you will find food choices from all over the world and if you stay at the IKON serviced apartments by Park Avenue, you will be at the heart of it all.

Step out of the foyer and you will find yourself within a bustling street of cafés. Grab an ice-cream around the corner, stroll down the pavement for a multitude of dining options, or cross the road to the Century Walk Village Cinema.

In Kingsway, places don’t shut down at 5 pm, so if you’re looking for food or something to do after dark, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Photo credit: The Glen Shopping Centre Facebook

2.Easy access to shopping destinations

Like shopping? You’ll be pleased to know that The Glen Shopping Centre (fondly known as The Glen) is 300 metres away from the IKON serviced apartments.

You can get there in less than 10 minutes on foot where you will find more than 200 speciality stores, including David Jones, Uniqlo and H&M. There is also a trendy outdoor dining precinct featuring popular eateries such as Miss Pickles 1971 (Mediterranean grill), Gami Chicken and Beer and late-night ramen house Shujinko Ramen.

For greater shopping adventures, you can head over to the even more extensive Chadstone Shopping Centre, just a 20 minute car or bus ride away, housing to big name brands such as Armani, Chanel and Coach.

Photo credit: UniBoom Facebook

 3.An Asian foodie haven

Kingsway is making a name for itself as an Asian foodie hub offering popular favourites such as Vietnamese noodles and Japanese ramen, but also lesser known gems such as yong tau fu and Penang Nyonya fish. Asian bakeries such as BreadTop dot the landscape alongside a variety of bubble tea shops.

You might also be interested to know that NitroLab and Black Flat Coffee Brewers are located just underneath the IKON serviced apartments so you can easily grab a cup of top-notch coffee on your way out.

Notable dining outlets in Kingsway include:

  • Grand Tofu for their assortment of noodles and stuffed vegetables.
  • Mocha Jo’s for coffee and a big breakfast.
  • YOMG for burgers, shakes and frozen yoghurt.
  • Hong Kong Dim Sum for their no-frills noodle dishes and yum cha dumplings.
  • Laksa King for great-tasting and good quality Malaysian cuisine.
  • The Black Toro for contemporary Hispanic cuisine.

4.Strategic location between the CBD and popular tourist destinations

Glen Waverley hits the sweet spot between the CBD and popular day trips you might want to make further out of Melbourne. If you stay at the IKON serviced apartments, the Glen Waverley train station is practically outside your door.

It takes 40 minutes to get to the Melbourne CBD by train or 25 minutes by car. If you need to go to other suburbs, there is a nearby bus terminal with 10 bus lines that can take you to areas such as Monash University, Chadstone, Springvale, Rowville and Clayton.

When you stay in Glen Waverley, you’re already half way to popular tourist hotspots such as Arthur’s Seat, Phillip Island, Healesville Sanctuary and the Mornington Peninsula, all of which can be reached within an hour or so by car.

Photo credit: Glen Waverley Community Facebook

5.Close to commercial business hubs

Glen Waverley is becoming increasingly popular amongst corporate travellers due to the rising number of commercial estates in the area.

The suburb is located close to business centres such as Clayton Business Park, Tally Ho Business Park, Nexus Business Park and Mulgrave Business Park, not to mention the new research and innovation precincts of Monash University.

There are a few good hotels to choose from in Glen Waverley but business travellers are finding it more convenient to stay in a short term rental house or apartment, which comes fully furnished. It’s also more economical as serviced apartments tend to reward travellers who stay for longer. For example, if you need to stay a bit longer, you can get a 3-month lease or a 6-month lease, which offer better rates and would be cheaper than staying in a hotel.

Photo credit: Monash University Facebook

6.Close to Monash University

Looking for student accommodation near Monash? Being just 4 kilometres away from the university, Glen Waverley is an ideal location for university students or their relatives. You could get a studio apartment or share a bigger serviced apartment with friends or family.

Everything you need is within easy reach: the Glen Waverley train station, the bus terminal, a multitude of Asian grocers where you can find a good selection of Asian snacks and ingredients; or instant noodles if you’re suddenly craving for a bowl of ramen in the middle of the night.

7.Coveted neighbourhood for migrant families

The South Eastern suburbs are a popular area for families because of their large blocks of land, good quality housing, parks and highly ranked schools. Many prospective migrants get a short term rental to investigate the neighbourhood and get a feel of the area.

From Glen Waverley, you can explore many other nearby and popular suburbs such as Rowville, Blackburn, Burwood, Mount Waverley and Mulgrave. Glen Waverley is home to top-ranking public and private schools such as Glen Waverley Primary, Glen Waverley Secondary College, Wesley College, St Leonard’s Primary and Caulfield Grammar.


Park Avenue offers great value serviced apartments and short term rentals in Glen Waverley. Our customer service team is dedicated to making your stay in Melbourne as easy and smooth-sailing as possible. When you book with us directly, you will enjoy better rates. For more information, give us a call on 03 9590 6170 or email info@parkave.com.au

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