6.7 out of 10

Creswick

Ranked 14th best suburb in Central Highlands
-37.4184088191197 143.896143307824
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Schools
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 27, 2017

"Medium town with plenty of diversity for all and very close to Ballarat"

Nestled in a valley with plenty of water and forests. Great diversity of community activities and groups. Nearly all sports catered for both organised and open to do what you like such as horse riding ,mountain biking ,walking and fresh water natural swimming. Beautiful heritage buildings with wide streets. Great for outdoor activities such as gold panning and detecting.
Pros
  • great childcare
  • really good public transport
  • Great outdoors
  • Great schools
  • Community spirit
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • 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 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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
Apr 18, 2017

"Life's a breeze"

Creswick is a wonderful town with a country feel. The place where everyone knows your name... when you shop, or walk down the street. Full of friendly helpful country people.
Affordable, great schooling options, wonderful healthcare - with Ballarat hospitals only a few minutes away, and amazing community groups and activities, largely aimed at the pre retirees and retirees, as well as families. Sports are all covered for the kids.
I've lived in many areas in the district, but this is by far the best!
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Great schools
  • Terrific shire
  • Community spirit
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Apr 16, 2017

"Be local or be outcast"

The people of Creswick pride themselves on community spirit (read: shunning "outsiders"), supporting local businesses (gossiping about how well they are doing and shunning any business that doesn't fit their idea of what it should be doing regarding opening hours, menu, prices, staff etc etc), and pride in the town (whinging about things they don't agree with and everything must be their way).

The local busy-bodies of this town make it almost unbearable. Seriously. Even if you've lived here for years, unless you agree with their every whim and get involved in sporting clubs and community events, don't expect to be accepted. They are malicious and cruel.

Honestly the town itself is beautiful, the shops are lovely and the space and housing make it a great place to live - if only a few of the "locals" would keep their opinions to themselves.

The main street is always busy and there is quite a bit to do around the town. Only 15 minutes from Ballarat and 25-30 from Daylesford. Housing is affordable and resale value would be pretty good.

In a nutshell - great town, crappy people.
Pros
  • Great schools
  • Terrific shire
Cons
  • The "locals"
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 16, 2017

"Love Creswick"

We have lived in Creswick for 12+ years & love it here.
It's quiet & peaceful. It's close to Ballarat & Daylesford but far enough away as well. The train is great & makes it very easy to get to Melbourne.
The child care centre, kindergarten & schools are all fantastic.
There are plenty of places to eat out with 2 great pubs & a number of gorgeous little cafes. The supermarket has everything you could need & the butcher, bakery & fresh grocer are also great.
The Creswick Market is a definite must do & there are plenty of local courses run by the Neighbourhood Centre & Railway Workshops.
St George's Lake, Creswick Woollen Mills, Tangled Maze & the new splash park are also great local attractions. There are plenty of bike tracks & walking trails through the forest too.
Yes there are local politics but it doesn't have to impact your world if you don't want it to!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 16, 2017

"Mostly Good"

Well, I did get a surprise to see such angry reviews from a couple of folk, who have clearly are/were not happy with Creswick. So I thought I'd put my two bobs' worth in. Creswick is a town of over 3000 people, so I don't think it's very fair to paint a picture of the entire town consisting of twisted, miserable and nasty souls! I have lived her for over 20 years and haven't noted anything as dramatic as what is suggested. I do think that at times there is rivalry amongst groups who may have differing views of how the town should progress but my opinion is that this is waning. There are some great things happening in Creswick, such as the recent announcement of big spending on mountain bike trails. Which brings me to one of the great points about Creswick. It's in an enviably pretty location, with lovely surrounding forests and bushland. If you like walking, running or riding in natural trails there's plenty available. There are three primary schools, two kindergartens, an excellent medical centre, community health centre, two nursing homes and small hospital. St George's Lake is a fantastic spot for a walk, picnic or even a swim in Summer. Calembeen Lake is also popular for the same. Creswickians and others enjoys the once-monthly market, regular movie nights at the local amateur theatre club and many other clubs and activities. As a small regional town, Creswick is not the place to move to if you're a nightclubber. Having said that, there are places to eat at night, one with regular live music, and Ballarat's eateries are only 15-20 minutes away. If you have something to do in Melbourne, you can be there in 1.5-2 hours, which is not too gruesome. If you're feeling beachy, you can be at the Geelong-based beaches in around the same time. I think it's utterly pointless reviewing people as others have attempted. Personally, I've had no issues with anyone and don't expect to. I can say that I have wonderful neighbours and have met many friendly and interesting folk here.
Pros
  • Great forests and bush for exercise
  • Good health facilities
  • Quiet lifestyle with good proximity to Melb
Cons
  • Not much variety in terms of shopping
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Apr 16, 2017

"A Malicious, Horrible Town."

Couldn't agree more with gadget's comments. Have personally experienced everything they have written, and I know of a lot of people that have experienced it themselves as well. They destroy innocent people's reputation's. They seem to take pleasure in destroying people. Do your self a favor and stay far away from Creswick!
Pros
  • Not much
Cons
  • Everything else
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Apr 16, 2017

"Amazing small community"

What can I say moved here about five years ago with family and couldn't live anywhere else now ...tight and caring community and very diverse great foodies hub and peaceful which we love the most Creswick is a terrific town
Pros
  • Great schools
  • Community spirit
  • Terrific shire
  • Can be cool in summer
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Dec 09, 2015

"A sick town - full of angry, hurt, repressed people."

Think of a country town, one that has no community spirit and adult people behave like begrudging children to each other. Local people do not resolve any differences they have by diplomacy, but resort to a 'pay-back' mentality, that usually involves lying, cheating, manipulating, stealing, spreading malicious rumors, breaking property, domination, intimidation and violence towards each other. As an 'outsider' who has lived in town for several years, I find it a strange place, where people have no sense of solidarity to others. Initially people were nice, up until they thought I had 'sided' with an enemy, which was completely confusing to me as I didn't know who was fighting who. I made friends with other new people. However they became entwined into fighting as well. It's a dog eat dog town, that isn't accepting of difference or individuality and the level of caring for anything other than oneself is extremely poor. They don't care about local history, don't care about the environment, don't care about knowledge and new ideas, it's a backward place. Not a nice place to live for anyone who wants to feel safe and positive about anything.
The movie 'Salems Lot' was shot here and ironically the lead character narrates about a town similar in the beginning of the movie, about what kind of town to expect Creswick to be. Then the character finds out it's full of vampires and I laugh at the irony and similarity I feel about the real town...full of people who attempt to suck your life juice - not blood, but self-esteem.
Community groups become cliches that operate to oppose other community groups and achieve a 'battle win', but achieve nothing but a continuation of a sick syndrome. This is why nothing gets done in the town.
After being in town for a while, I came to see all sorts of potential, however the general negativity eventually erodes anyone with hope.
Creswick can have 4-5 months of grey overcast cloud cover with no day of sun-shine. And then may only get nice days intermittently between November to March some of the time. Most of the time its cold and grey, however never seems to swelter in 40 degree heat. If it gets hot, then its only for half a day, before it cools. Good for an escape from the heat of the rest of Australia, but still probably one of the worst places to live in Australia in my opinion. Not a place that propagates mental health. I seriously warn anyone thinking about moving here.
Pros
  • Can be cool in summer
Cons
  • Everything else
TanS
TanS Hi I was just looking at creswick as it looks like a nice country town not too far from Daylesford or Ballarat I was wondering is it really that bad, was excited about maybe moving there until I read your comment,thanks
Feb 27, 2017
kateb15
kateb15 Oh get a grip. Its a lovely town. Full of lovely generous people. The above person has some kind of personal gripe or vendetta and an an axe to grind. She's full of bile and resentment. Her problem. Its a great place to live!
Apr 16, 2017
rf3
rf3 Creswick is an awesome place to live. It's quiet and peaceful. It's not too far from ballarat as it's only a 15 minute drive but that's the right amount of space to have from ballarat.
Apr 16, 2017
rebeccam12
rebeccam12 We moved to Creswick a little over a year ago and have had only good things surround us. The people are friendly and helpful. My husband and I both volunteer in the community with Hepburn Health and Neighbourhood House and we are active with U3A. It's unfortunate the person above had such a bad experience, but I have lived on 3 continents and I find that you generally get back what you give. The only reason I would give Creswick a bad review would be to keep it small and keep folks who have personal agendas out!
Apr 16, 2017
kateb15
kateb15 Totally agree. This person is so wrong. I am also in U3A rebeccacam12. We may meet one day at some kind of event.
Apr 16, 2017
susanc15
susanc15 A pity this person has had such a bad experience. We moved up from Melbourne 3 years ago and immersed ourselves in the community, finding it a friendly place, central to a lot of other friendly places. Good health care, education, shopping and eating out. I hope others will not be put off by these negative comments. Give it a go...You'll love it!
Apr 16, 2017
gadget
gadget Well I hope no one has the same experience from Creswick as myself - this was my concern and was why I posted. My opinion was based on both my experience and the experience of many others - You hear the disgusting stories. The attitude and propensity toward aggression and threats of violence has been uniquely a Creswick experience for me and others. Does make you think whether there is an environmental reason - like whether the above average contamination of arsenic in local people, an end product from gold mining days, has had some effect on how people operate. My opinion still stands and is not laced with personal gain of any sort. I am not hoping to paint a false picture of Creswick so that my property sells at a higher price, or I get some other kick-back in attempting to 'market' Creswick to the unsuspecting. Some have mentioned the forest and bush - well the most photogenic place WAS a natural rock waterfall that was horribly replaced with a unsightly flat concrete wall/dam and the best mountain biking areas were destroyed when the forest was clear-felled. What natural bush exists is seriously dilapidated. Also, there is a real lack of democracy in the town - the only local news will not print anything it deems as 'political', council members are 'elected' from being unopposed and many of the power people and professionals do not live in town, but come from Daylesford or Ballarat...and also, most strangely, local 'community' groups are set up, run and dominated by individuals who use them to shockingly dictate an arrogant will onto others and are completely unable to hear or listen to anybody. No...you WON'T love it!
Sep 20, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
2yrs+

"Charming little Victoria town"

Creswick is a lovely little Victorian town.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids