John Fawkner College is located 12 kilometres north from Melbourne’s city centre, just off Sydney Road in the suburb of Fawkner.

This is a suburb less than half way between the city centre and the outer fringe of metropolitan Melbourne’s suburban spread. Housing in the nearby suburbs of Coburg, Brunswick and Reservoir have become expensive in recent years, changing the demographic character of these areas. The suburbs surrounding the school are Fawkner, Coburg, Reservoir, Brunswick, Hadfield, and Campbellfield.

The College is in the municipality served by the Moreland City Council. Fawkner is essentially a residential suburb, settled during the middle decades of the last century. There are manufacturing and industrial areas as well, particularly to the east of the school and near to the Merri Creek. The area is served well by the Fawkner Leisure Centre and Community Library, as well as being close to Kangan Batman TAFE, Melbourne Polytechnic and La Trobe University.