7.1 out of 10

Bacchus Marsh

Ranked 8th best suburb in Central Highlands
-37.6749105712536 144.432681458029
Great for
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Childcare
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Country Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Something for everyone"

There is a way around anything it lacks. That is the beauty of Bacchus Marsh. The shopping here is fine, basically whatever you need you'll find. Can't find it? Meltons Woodgrove shopping centre is 10 minutes away. Done.
The schools are sufficent, and the grammar is fantastic, one of the most affordable private schools you'll find. However there is only one public high school and with the growth the town is experiencing they will need another one. So, fine for now, not 5 years from now. Access to Melbourne is great, Geelong and Ballarat too. It's a friendly place, you do get some backwards views, but that is changing as the town grows, and people won't bombard you with opinions anyway. Lots of sports and recreation available, and a very cute main rd. Trains are Vline which I love for comfort and cleanliness, they also run on time BUT unfortunately Vline services are hourly (morning and afternoon peak have more services so commuting isn't hard) and the trip can take 45 minutes if you are unlucky and have to stop for the Ballarat bound train because of the single lane. A very well presented town that is easy on the eye, and very affordable.
Pros
  • Affordable NICE housing
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Small and clean
Cons
  • Needs another High School
  • Train needs more services
  • Some people need to step out of the 50's
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Nov 24, 2016

"In desperate need of some uplift"

I probably won't stay in BM. I moved here 3 years ago for a tree change but honestly... I can't even find a decent place for a coffee or lunch without driving to somewhere like Trentham.
There is a beautiful Avenue of Honour and we should have something along there where you can sit out and view the market gardens and buy a wine and half decent lunch.
Shopping is virtually non-existent and the pubs, with maybe the exception of one, attracts tracky wearing yobbos. Shopping in Melton...well unless you need Bunnings...don't bother.
Come on Bacchus...lift your game. It could be great with all your local produce. The local go to cafe had 2 limp salads in a not so cold glassed area and then nothing but pies and focaccia, (i'm so over all that bread!) which all looked as if they had been there for a week. The other go to cafe has chairs that don't sit squarely on the floor and bent forks...a bit over that as well.
Pros
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Avenue of honour
Cons
  • Needs decent cafes
  • Needs to inject some style
  • Some people need to step out of the 50's
  • Social scene
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Oct 01, 2016

"An accessible 'country town'"

Bacchus Marsh still has a country feel about it despite being so accessible to the CBD by freeway (and Geelong), though I rarely want to leave. People are friendly and the shop owners & assistants are genuine and know your name. I've been impressed by Bacchus Marsh Primary School since our first tour and it hasn't failed to keep me impressed. My daughter is thriving. We need more retailers to fill up a few blank spaces in the centre ( and the centre needs a bit of a reno) and the main street but the retailers we do have are proffessional and helpful and I'm seeing improvements to the overall look all the time. There are quite a few eating places. My favourites are Indian, The local pubs and Baby Black for a good cuppa and great atmosphere and they're all walking distance to eachother. :) There's not too much traffic and it's beautiful and quiet. I love to breath in the fresh air and wish we had moved here sooner. :)
Pros
  • Affordable NICE housing
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Avenue of honour
Cons
  • Some people need to step out of the 50's
  • the roads are very busy around school start and finish times
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
elekat
elekat The retail has definitely improved with the new centre opening and a few other new retailers on main st and surrounds. Also, I love our 'new' library. The traffic however can now get horrendous..... a problem that isn't being addressed fast enough!
Sep 30, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 26, 2016

"Bacchus Marsh -"

I have lived in Bacchus Marsh off and on for the last 24 years. I have grown up here and have seen it's progression from a small sleepy town into something of a busy 'small town' it's really that simple. I attended Bacchus Marsh Grammar from prep to year 12 and absolutely loved it, it's a school i would suggest to any new residents, however there is a significant waiting list and most are listed at birth.
The avenue of honour and the strawberry, cherry, apples etc farms are a must see. Moon reserve is also a really pleasant walk, located near the highway at the end of the avenue.

The sporting clubs are also good, i would suggest Bacchus Marsh FC and Bacchus Marsh CC. Both play at Maddingley park, and although it still retains some charm, it has seen better, more beautiful days!
The town has also transformed with the additions of little lucky cafe and baby black cafe some years ago. They improve visitor access to the town and portray a friendly, relaxed vibe.
The food in Bacchus marsh is okay, i would suggest royal indians, thai, golden valley chinese, majestic is also popular and thats about it. The pizza shops are okay.

The nightlife is non-existent, the 'royal' a couple of years ago was very popular, however it was never a safe place nor was it a nice place to share a drink. The pub has now rightfully changed direction. The town is better for it. Generally residents commute to Melbourne to enjoy a night out.

Shopping in Bacchus Marsh is great for food, very limited in anything else, Melton is the next town and it has everything. Local residents have always said that BM is lucky that there is the Anthonys cutting so as to avoid the spread of Melton housing towards BM just as a side note.

People in Bacchus Marsh and Maddingley are always friendly, there is a great sense of community here, although i have not lived in Darley at all, there are some areas there to avoid!
There are also some infrastructural issues in Bacchus Marsh, roads are a little congested in peak times, theres one public school that struggles, a hospital that has had some real issues of late and vline which can frustrate commuters no end. Car parking at the station is also quite a nightmare.
Pros
  • Great private school
  • Avenue of honour
  • Sense of comunity
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Small and clean
Cons
  • Social scene
  • Car parking at station
  • Needs another High School
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Mar 05, 2015

"Has become quite busy"

This place has become a busy place to live, so many people have moved
here, it is now very busy, congested for some parts of the day, difficult to find parking, and because
It is situated in a valley it makes it even more congested. I have lived here 20 years and I have seen this place become a suburb so quickly, no longer a country town.
Pros
  • Affordable NICE housing
Cons
  • Needs another High School
  • the roads are very busy around school start and finish times
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
cherryblossom
cherryblossom How sad and vicious your comments are. I suspect you are the type of person who would feel happier living alone in the bush - far away from everything. 99.9% of people living in Bacchus Marsh can see it's beauty. Oh well, can't please everyone!!!!!
Mar 05, 2015
SamanthaK2
SamanthaK2 I have to agree with Kaden, i have been a resident here for 15 years and i have seen a huge significant change here. Kaden was obviously only giving his view, no need to attack him for it! especially a view from someone living here alot longer then most people. I find the main streets busy also alot of the time, reminds me of Lygon street, where i work. This town is still pretty but it has gotten way out of hand when it comes to how significantly it has grown, and it doesnt mean if we point this out then we need to live in the bush either!
Mar 11, 2015
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4/5
2yrs+

"Too cute!"

I have heard some say that Bacchus Marsh is getting big, but as someone who has always lived in metro areas of Sydney and Melbourne, I can say that I think the township has retained its country charm and is still quiet and beautiful despite the development of new estates in the area.
The locals are friendly and it's perfect for families.
My main concern is that people with low budgets will buy and build cheap homes to either live in or rent which will bring the quality of property and residents down. In terms of services, we need another public high school and it would be great of have some nice quality restaurants open on weekend evenings as the vinyl floors and staff who aren't of age to serve wine is not my idea of a nice dining experience. I think this would help the township as a weekend tourist destination as well.
The trains are good for now (my husband & I both commute to the city daily) but they should start planning ahead now to prevent congestion and overcrowding in the future.
Pros
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Affordable NICE housing
  • Small and clean
Cons
  • Needs another High School
  • the roads are very busy around school start and finish times
  • Train needs more services
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
2yrs+

"This place used to be great!"

I have been living here all my life until just recently. Suddenly everyone has moved here, it is busy and congested, polluted and a lack of parking facilities in supermarket carparks. More people are gravitating here and there is still lack of facilities supporting the growth, its just all about making money. No more country feel, this place has become more like a polluted stinking pit hole!
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Bacchus Marsh Lovely town"

Grew up here and went to school here loved it friendly people great schools fresh air nice town to raise family!
Pros
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Affordable NICE housing
  • Small and clean
Cons
  • Needs another High School
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live"

Despite what some people have said the medical services are excellent. The hospital is exceptional, never had to wait more than a few minutes to get seen. Probably because when I have gone there it has been an emergency and not just wanting to see someone because I have a cold.
Pros
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Affordable NICE housing
  • Small and clean
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A stunning country town, commutable to the city."

We chose to move from Box Hill to B.M. because we wanted an affordable house in a pretty country town. We got more than that! Everyone is friendly and helpful and their is a great community vibe. Each weekend we drive into the national parks and spa country which are on our doorstep. The fresh air is wonderful and scenery second to none. The town is family friendly and has a couple of good local pubs.The local council has agreed to develop a greenway extending from the town centre to railway station and to build a new library and learning centre. They are aiming to dres up the town centre and put in sculptures and barbie areas. BM will aslo be among the first to get the national broadband network. We will have the fastest internet access in Australia by Easter 2011. This is also a fast growing town with a lot of housing development.

If you want to live in a relaxed, affordable town, then consider Bacchus Marsh
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
tykes20
tykes20 library now done and although the outside is not what I like the services inside are excellent
2yrs+
elekat
elekat I LOVE the new library building! We've also got a few new shops in the main street that have really uplifted the look. Yes, Bacchus Marsh is undoubtedly growing but will keep its 'country feel'. I agree that High Schools will be in demand very soon and hopefully this will be addressed.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Good safe place to live where most people know someone from the town."

Pros
  • Beautiful surroundings
Cons
  • the roads are very busy around school start and finish times
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Brilliant"

We moved here from Essendon about 4 weeks ago and wish someone had told us about Bacchus Marsh sooner. We are very happy here.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Authentic Living"

Bacchus Marsh has so much going for it.. peaceful living with next to no traffic just 35 minutes to the cbd. Recent upgrades to the fast rail system and a brand new 200 million dollar 5km upgrade (thank you!) to the freeway makes us feel very grateful living here.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
pinklamington
pinklamington Be warned everyone... it does NOT take 35mins to reach the CBD. That's just ridiculous!!! It's an hours drive if you get a clear run. It can take up to 1hr 45mins on a bad run - I know because I did it daily for years up untill last year when I got sick of the drive and moved closer to the CBD. The V-Line train is about 45mins (with a couple of express trains that take 37mins)... there is just no way you can usually get into the city in under 50mins.
2yrs+
LennyJars
LennyJars 35 minutes IS ridiculous, but so is 1 hour 45 minutes! I work at Melb Uni and even in bad traffic it never takes more than 1 hour 30 minutes. Takes me about 50 minutes off-peak and usually about 1 hour 10 minutes in peak.
2yrs+
NickLapthorne
NickLapthorne Takes me 38 minutes from Bacchus town centre to West Melbourne (Dynon Road)
Jul 21, 2015
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

""Work in the city - Live in the country""

Finally, the Deer Park By-Pass has been completed, resulting in no traffic lights from Bacchus Marsh to the first exit ramp into the city. It now means that city workers can escape to a country town atmosphere without spending huge amounts of time in the car (or on the train).
Bacchus Marsh is a spacious town boasting 2 golf courses, it's famous road-side fresh produce which is located under the famous 'Avenue of Honour', and the gateway to the Lerderderg State Park. It is a proud town and takes it's local sport very seriously. A great place to raise a family or retire!!!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to escape"

Bacchus marsh is clearly one of few areas that has not been affected by the current trend in surrounding suburbs. The new estates mirror a lifestyle to be envied.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Ideal for sporting families"

A fantastic area for families, Bacchus Marsh has a lot to offer in terms of transport, recreation, sport and education. Located 50km west of Melbourne, this suburban area is home to over 13,000 residents and is situated along the Werribee and Lerderderg rivers. Traditionally a small local farming area, Bacchus Marsh produces a large proportion of the area’s fruit and vegetables. It also plays host to four primary schools, two secondary schools and a community college, and is home to two golf clubs, an Aussie Rules football team and cricket, netball, soccer and korfball clubs. Public transport in the form of trains and buses link Bacchus Marsh with Melbourne and surrounding towns, and the Western Freeway provides a link to both Ballarat and Melbourne. Other features of this area include an airfield, a state park with 4WD tracks and bushwalking, a gorge, a recreation park with picnicing facilities and the Avenue of Honour, which is an avenue of trees planted along an old main road from Melbourne in dedication to those who served in WW1.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids