8.1 out of 10

Bacchus Marsh

Ranked 6th best suburb in Central Highlands
-37.6749105712536 144.432681458029
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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
Dec 19, 2011
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
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5
Aug 25, 2014

"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
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  • 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
Mar 29, 2014

"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
May 09, 2012

"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
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  • 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
Feb 22, 2012

"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
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
Jan 04, 2012

"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
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  • 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
Aug 31, 2011

"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.
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  • 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
Aug 11, 2011

"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.
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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.
Oct 26, 2012
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.
Nov 06, 2013
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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
Jan 29, 2011

"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.
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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
Sep 11, 2010

"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
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tykes20
tykes20 library now done and although the outside is not what I like the services inside are excellent
Jan 04, 2012
elecat
elecat 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.
Jan 17, 2012
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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 4/5
  • 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
Sep 09, 2010

"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. :)
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  • Retirees
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
Nov 10, 2009

""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!!!
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4/5
Sep 14, 2009

"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.
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