9.4 out of 10

Ballarat East

Ranked 2nd best suburb in Central Highlands
-37.5620376303581 143.878979993886
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  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Nov 19, 2017

"Hidden gem of the Ballarat region"

This suburb strikes a balance of all of the good things many would be looking for in a nice suburb to live:

- Is very close to the CBD (of Ballarat Central - with the v-line fast train to Melbourne from there, which can get you to Melbourne CBD in just over an hour on a good day!)

- Has heritage charm with beautiful old houses. Once upon a time Ballarat East's old houses were mostly looking worse-for-wear. These days, it seems like every second or third house is getting the complete makeover and restoration of former heritage glory under all that dirt! The streetscapes have changed as a result and there are increasingly more and more beautiful streets in Ballarat East!

- Good bus links, local/corner shops, and a few little cafes here and there, plus easy access to good schools in Ballarat East, North, and Central areas

- Not too far a drive from the big and new shopping/cinema complex at Delacombe

- Suburb is mostly leafy and has a nice feel to it, walkable to town

- Still affordable! This is a big one considering its close location to town. Rents and property prices are still reasonable, and I've heard of several people who have left Melbourne's suburbs where houses can be $800K+, for a house less than half the cost on a bigger block in a quiet street of Ballarat East. If your Melbourne job allows you to work from home even a couple of days a week; Ballarat's commute for the remaining days really doesn't take that long

- Some people are a bit grungy/dodgy (but you'll get this anywhere!), but most people I've met are lovely. There is a community spirit to parts/streets of the suburb

All in all I think this is a suburb on the up and up.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+
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 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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Rice Street

4.5/5
"Great, quiet area of Ballarat....."
-37.556303 143.881043

Stawell St

3.5/5
"Handy to town"
-37.554939 143.882966

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