5.3 out of 10

Bridgetown

Ranked 14th best suburb in South West
-33.9761543647175 116.177624145924
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Childcare
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Nightlife
  • Cost of Living
  • Parking
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters

Reviews

3/5
Jul 26, 2016

"Bridgetown (a town for retirees)"

I do feel safe here and now have good neighbours and I would never move back to Perth (been here 8 years). However, be aware it is hard to get good well paid regular work, so don't come here if you are looking for a career as your options are limited, (unless you want to drive 100km to Bunbury each day). The cost of living is higher than Perth and other larger areas. Food is expensive at the local supermarkets and you have to travel for general affordable, clothing items. There are a lot of nice people here, however a lot of not so nice too! Houses are generally way over priced for what you get. I think it is a good place for people with young children or self funded retirees with plenty of money to get away for a break occasionally. Did I mention the trucks....they speed through town day and night without consequence!
Pros
  • Clean and green
Cons
  • not enough off leash dog exercise areas
  • Some of the worst drivers / parkers you will see anywhere!
  • Expensive groceries
  • No jobs
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 17, 2016

"Friendly and Relaxed"

Lived here for ten years. From the word go found the people friendly and welcoming. We have a larger social circle here than we had in the city. An easy place to live - great shops (two supermarkets and numerous small stores), medical centre with six doctors, hospital in town, good schools, always lots going on.
Pros
  • Welcoming and friendly
  • Diverse population
  • Clean and green
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • 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 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Good for a while....."

Bridgetown is a very pretty part of the world to live and is safe to raise a family. Basic services are available, however are costly and limited in supply. In particular grocery shopping is shockingly expensive and unaffordable. There is no public transport, no high school beyond year 10, no access to further education and the job situation is appalling. If a job is attained, expect it to be paid substantially less what would be received in the city. The town survives on outside people coming to Bridgetown for the idyllic lifestyle and then selling up property a few years later at substantial loss. Eating out has improved greatly in recent times and there is good access to "country pursuits". Medical practitioners here are incompetent. People are generally pretty good to one another and there is good community spirit. This is a good place for retireess only.
Pros
  • Clean and green
Cons
  • No jobs
  • Limited education opportunities
  • Expensive groceries
Recommended for
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Small Country Town"

Good bits - peace and quiet, cheaper rent than city, housing slightly cheaper. Cons - poor grocery choice + expensive, everyone knows your business and no job opportunities for young people or those with a bit of drive.
Recommended for
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Ideal town to take it easy in."

Bridgetown is about a 2 ½ - 3 hour drive south from Perth and is on the banks of the Blackwood River. The main industry here is forestry as well as a mineral company which has an open cut and underground mine as well as operating a mineral processing plant at nearby Greenbushes and employs about 300 people. Bridgetown has a good medical centre as well as a district hospital. There are also dentists, physiotherapists and a pharmacy. The town has a state and a catholic primary school as well as a high school which caters for students to year 10. There is a school bus which takes older students in the high school in Manjumup to complete their studies. There is a supermarket, butchers etc plus some smaller specialty shops in the town as well as a hotel. There is a swimming pool which is open during the summer months and other sports include golf, bowls, tennis and croquet. There are a number of bush trails for the bush walker. Bridgetown Jarrah Park is a great place for a family picnic with barbeques and picnic tables as well as toilet facilities. Buying a home in Bridgetown is still within reach of the average family.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
Emmaline
Emmaline There is no dentist in Bridgetown. The closest dentist (and Optometrist) is 45 minutes away in Manjimup.
2yrs+
shoegal
shoegal I'm with PAH123 in saying I am glad to live in Bridgetown, and feel glad to have found my home.
2yrs+
Sheddles
Sheddles I've never heard of anyone taking 45 minutes to drive the 35km to Manjimup. I drive from 10km south of Manjimup (where I live) to Bridgetown (where I work) every day and it takes me 35mins driving steadily. It's a lovely straight drive and only 20-25mins between the two towns. I would say a lot of people in the city would travel 20-25 mins to visit a dentist twice a year, wouldn't you?
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to be!"

I have been here 9 years and have never regretted a minute of it. I had always lived in cities so had nothing to compare it to but it has met all of my expectations, exceeded some. You earn the right to be accepted here by contributing. Volunteers play a huge part in the success of the community and if you join them you will have a home for life. I wouldn't change anything about Bridgetown, I came here because I fell in love with it and I am happy for it to move at its own pace.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Found our Home in Bridgetown!"

Bridgetown is a lovely little place where time moves slowly. Plenty to do here when you engage with the town's people and volunteer for community activities. Property is reasonably priced giving young families the opportunity to buy in rather than rent. Schools here are of a good standard and medical services are reasonable. Nature is right on your doorstep here. Wouldn't move from here - this town has become my home.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Nice Place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live here."

Lived here for just over a year, glad to leave the place.
Very 'clicky' and closed environment.
Locals are suspicious of anyone they don't know.
Doctors are rude and unacaring, no optometrist, no dentist, no psychiatrist, no IGA - closed down as it went bankrupt - have to go to Bunbury or Manjimup for Groceries. No rubbish service have to take own rubbish to tip and pay exorbitant prices. No post service, have to get PO BOx - even then, they send mail back whenever they feel like it.
Local person takes charge of all non-Aust-Post Parcels and if he does not like you, does not bother to tell you that any packages have arrived. Goods arrive damaged - if they arrive at all.
Local shops will only sell goods to you if they feel like it, many stores refused to sell items to us such as stck feed,, wood and hardware as they did not know us. or we were not land-owners. Restaurants overcharge and deliver sub-standard fare I could cook better myself.
shoegal
shoegal There are one psychiatrist, two psychologists, and the IGA has reopened, much to locals joy.
2yrs+
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