|Area:||8.9 km (3.4 sq mi)|
|Location:||11 km (7 mi) from Melbourne|
|Local Government Area:||City of Boroondara|
|State District:||Kew, Box Hill|
Balwyn North is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 11 km east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Boroondara. At the 2006 Census, Balwyn North had a population of 19,968.
The North West part of the suburb is also known as Bellevue and the South East part of the suburb is also known as Greythorn.
Located in Balwyn North are several primary schools such as Greythorn, Balwyn North, Bellevue, Boroondara Park, St Bridget's and St. Bede's. Also, Balwyn High School is located on Buchanan Avenue. In addition, on Balwyn Road is Fintona Girls' School just south in nearby Balwyn. The main shopping strip is 'The Village' on Doncaster Road, east of the intersection with Bulleen Road.
Bicycle tracks connect with the Main Yarra Trail, along the Yarra River and the Eastern Freeway. Tram route 48 passes through Balwyn North, running along Doncaster Road and terminating at the intersection with Balwyn Road. A number of bus routes connect Balwyn North with suburbs such as Box Hill, Doncaster and Templestowe. Also, a number of freeway bus services have stops at the entrance of the Eastern Freeway on the northern edge of the suburb.
Balwyn North was one of the first Melbourne suburbs to be developed according to the pattern of postwar suburbia, with expansive, quiet residential areas designed as family homes and relatively few business districts.
Golfers play at the course of Freeway Golf on Columba Street, Balwyn North. The post-war residential character of the suburb is gradually being eroded by the demolition of original houses surrounded by trees and gardens. These are being progressively replaced by large multi-storey houses which occupy the whole allotment leaving very little space for gardens. Accordingly, there is a high rainfall run off with less ground area for the absorption of water for trees. Many of the initial residents planted native trees and shrubs which attracted birdlife, but this is gradually being eliminated by development.