The choice of short term apartments in Melbourne is almost endless. With Melbourne so geographically dispersed, the choice is even harder. This article tells you everything you need to know about Melbourne's geography, the best suburbs, plus the top 3 apartments for a short term stay in Melbourne.
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Melbourne is a large and geographically dispersed city. The central business district is reasonably compact, compared to major cities around the world, but it’s suburbs stretch for tens of kilometres in every direction. There are suburbs, considered part of Melbourne, which are 55kms from the city
centre! Each major area of Melbourne has it’s own unique style, community and culture. Knowing where to stay is about doing your research!

The CBD Isn’t Always The Answer

Most people unfamiliar with a city tend to look for accommodation in the Central Business District (CBD). Whilst there are a lot of short term apartments in the CBD, Melbourne’s city centre tends to have quite a few disadvantages. Namely, its louder, more polluted, less safe and doesn’t have abundant nature. Equally, due to the way Melbourne developed, many of the most popular attractions are out of the city. If you’re coming to Melbourne with your family, or want peace and quiet, and want to feel more like you’re at home, the outer suburbs of Melbourne are a smarter choice.

A great deal of the most lush, luxurious and family oriented suburbs are located in the East of Melbourne. In fact, the highest percentage of Melbourne’s most expensive and grand properties are located in the inner Eastern suburbs. Equally, the most popular shopping destinations are out of the CBD.

For those that know Melbourne, the suburb which strikes the best balance of proximity to the city, but also easy access to the broadest range of Melbourne’s attractions is: Glen Waverley.

Glen Waverley – The Best Balance for Short Term Apartments

Glen Waverley is a smart location choice when visiting Melbourne. It’s green, safe, has great shopping and transport, but most of all, has many different short term accommodation options – including fully furnished apartments, townhouses and units. Below is an overview of Glen Waverley attractions
and transport, followed by a broad selection of popular accommodation options. 

Glen Waverley – The Suburb With Everything

Glen Waverley is the envy of many suburbs because it has something for everyone. It’s main features include: 

  • The Glen Shopping Centre
  • Close to Chadstone Shopping Centre
  • Half way to the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Ranges – for nature and wineries.
  • With Abundant Public Transport

The Glen Shopping Centre

The Glen Shopping Centre stands tall along side any international shopping centre. It has many of the most well known international brands, the best of Australian fashion, as well as a variety of affordable options for the discount hungry.

CHADSTONE Shopping Centre

Chadstone Shopping Centre, known as “The Fashion Capital” has the largest collection of retail shops
under the one roof in Melbourne. It’s like a small city! With all the major international luxury brands, as well as many impressive local brands, it’s a must see for Melbourne travellers who love shopping. In addition to shopping, it has many restaurants and all the major business services. Having The Glen and Chadstone near by is a huge bonus.


Glen Waverley is the gateway to spectacular natural wonders and beautiful views. A short drive from outer Glen Waverley are The Dandenong Ranges. This beautiful mountain range has the popular Puffing Billy tourist train ride, spectacular views at Skyhigh Lookout and restaurant, and an endless number of nature walks. Equally, convenient, only 45 minutes from the Dandenong Ranges by car, you’ll find the world famous Yarra Ranges winery region. This beautiful area offers world famous wineries like ChandonYerring Station, De Bortoli and Rochford Wines.
Both of these locations have an abundance of picturesque walks, amazing restaurants, and the best of Australian wine.


Glen Waverley is at the centre of Melbourne’s most convenient public transport. The Glen Waverley train station, takes you directly to the city in about 30 minutes,  to Chadstone Shopping Centre by bus in about 40 minutes, and to the Dandenong Ranges in about 25 minutes by car.

Short Term Apartments vs Townhouses

People often assume that when visiting a city you’re limited to apartments for short term accommodation. One of the major advantages to staying in a suburb out of the city centre in Melbourne is that your choice of accommodation type is much greater. In the city, you tend to be limited to apartment accommodation. In the outer suburbs, like Glen Waverley, you have apartments, townhouses, units and houses from which to choose.
Best yet, the price for these larger accommodation options are, in many cases, the same price as something much smaller, without a view, in the CBD.  Townhouses tend to be in leafy and generous streets, and you can park your hire car in a garage attached directly to the building.

Park Avenue Accommodation Group

Park Avenue Accommodation Group is a long established and trusted name in Melbourne Accommodation. Managing numerous buildings and accommodation types, you are guaranteed a great short term apartment or townhouse for your trip to Melbourne. Below you’ll find a selection of the Top 3 accommodation options – based on popularity. If you can’t find what you need, be sure to contact Park Avenue Customer Service for assistance.



Townhouse Living With Apartment Prices
For those with a larger group or family and possibly a hire care, these Townhouses offer home comforts, with hotel convenience. Longer term guests will appreciate the outdoors in the large private courtyard, which is big enough for children to play in safe surrounds.Dining, retail and entertainment options abound, with The Glen Shopping Centre (with department stores and specialty retailers), Mulgrave Farmers Market and Century City entertainment complex all within close proximity.

IKON Glen Waverley


Short Term Apartment With Style
For a spectacular view of the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne and right near Glen Waverley Station and The Glen, Ikon Apartments are perfect for a short term stay. The apartments are beautifully furnished and styled for comfort, and all have sunny, private balconies. The kitchen in each apartment has been fitted with all the conveniences of home. This includes stone benchtops, electric ovens, dishwashers, gas stoves and full size fridges. open plan apartment. If you want the security and familiarity of a luxury apartment complex, Ikon is a great choice.

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