Consider Clifton Springs/Drysdale on the Bellarine Pensinsula - we are 20 mins from Geelong (which has the hospitals) on a very easy double lane highway with only three sets of traffic lights and beautiful scenery on the way. We have everything you need and a great community spirity - 2 supermarkets (including recently opened Aldi), post office, the 4 major banks, newsagency, general store, lovely little gift and clothing shops, cafes, a chinese restaurant, pizza/pasta restaurant, 2 fairly decent sized medical centres, pathology collection centre and 2 public primary schools, a catholic primary school, a public secondary college, the only co-ed catholic secondary college in Geelong and surrounding areas and a private college (Bellarine campus of Christian college) which goes from prep to Yr 9 (kids are bused to Highton for senior years). We are 10 mins from beaches at St Leonards, Ocean Grove & Portarlington & 15 minutes to Barwon Heads, Queenscliff & Indented Head. So we are a very central location for everything as well as lots of sporting activities for the kids. We have our own local football/netball/cricket clubs with beautiful grounds and facilities, we have a lovely lake, and world class wineries (Scotchman's Hill, Leura Park) within five minutes, an award winning restaurant in Australia (Loam) all with a friendly community atmosphere to boot - Have lived here for 16 years and wouldn't live anywhere else. And we have the most beautiful northern bay views to boot!
Curious to know which area of Geelong you decided on, gbencich!
If you are wanting Safety & Private Schools, then my first recommendation would be Newtown. Adjoining the city it has everything you could need. I live there myself.
$400-500 per week will get you a 3/4 bedroom and 1 or 2 bathrooms.
Great schools and conveniences and its about 5 mins from the hospital.
Maybe consider Lara. It's close to Geelong by road, all the major private schools have busses that come past the area (depends on the school), it's got a real 'country town' atmosphere which would be wonderful for raising kids, close to Geelong Hospital or even 30 mins away from Westgate Bridge in Melbourne if you need a major hospital down there. It's quiet, friendly and I find it very safe. You'd get a really nice place in Lara for $400 - $500 a week. Also Lara is only 10 mins from Corio Shopping Centre, and less than 10 mins to the home maker centre, Bunnings, Harvey Norman etc.. Just a suggestion! Good luck in your search.
Highton, the best family friendly area of Geelong. Community, everyone is friendly, street parties. Kids can walk to school, and the views of the river are to die for. Highton riverside precinct is the way to go!
I would love move to Geelong. I would love come member Ocean Grove Bowling Club and would love golf membership and I love walking to shopping centres like Centro or big shopping centre or into city and love happy hour food and drinks where do you recommend for suburb Newtown North Geelong East Geelong Torquay Manifold Heights Grovedale Geelong Jan Juc Highton Geelong West Ocean Grove Hamlyn Heights Belmont Indented Head Clifton Springs Norlane Price range $300k to $1 million my cousin she live Ocean Grove
They are all good answers. Give us a few more ideas about what you would need and like. Travelling to work, where and how? Wanting to mix with what sort of people/groups? A garden to relax in or to grow vegetables?
There is a regional train service to Melbourne but be warned, it gets overcrowded - that means a lot of people stand up or sit on the floor for 1 hour and 10 minutes every morning and night.
Buses are ok but not great.
I wouldn't really recommend students ride a bicycle to school unless very close to home - that message coming from someone who rode to school and college in Melbourne when traffic wasn't too bad. I still ride in Geelong, but it is quite dangerous. Best to ride on tracks in spare time. Great rail trails and river side trails and mountain bike riding and coastal rides on the Bellerine Peninsula nearby.
Not much influence from art and culture, it is an industrial town. Deakin Uni has a good reputation. Ballarat has the culture.
Beaches are fantastic and the tourism aspect brings life to the coastal towns. Teenagers can catch a but to the beach for the day easily.
Bush walk in the Brisbane Ranges or the Otways or along the coast.
All foods are available. A couple of European food distributors in Bell Park.
Sorry everyone reading this but I say this from many scary experiences previously living and currently working in the Northern suburbs - avoid the Northern suburbs- unless you like drama and chaos. Of course there are nice people there - but the overall culture and vibe are not enviable.
Armstrong Creek/Mount Duneed is a great place to bring up a young family as it is close to parks, school, shops and is only a short drive to the costal beaches.
There is a lot of developments going up and I have seen plenty of families moving into the area so that they can have that seachange they have been wanting!
The schools in this area have been highly rated as the best and you can choose from public, catholic or private which if is best suited to you and your family.
Roberta de la Torre
MacKenzie Lane Real Estate
I agree with Alesha Highton is the most family-friendly area of Geelong. Wide streets, great cafe's and restaurants, Black Basil Thai, (voted best Thai food in the region) Darriwill Farm, Two Sugars, 63 Degrees all amazing. The Barwon River walking/ cycling track is well worth a visit when you're in the area, Large kids playground area now near the Highton village, wide parking spaces and plenty of them. Access to multiple supermarkets, cricket nets, competition-grade tennis courts under lights, well-groomed football over where the Geelong Falcons train. Wider streets and established trees make this a great community to bring up children. The public primary schools in Highton are some of Geelong's best if not the best in the region. Highton is the destination to live for anyone studying or working at Deakin Uni or Epworth Hospital at only 3-5 mins away. If its access to a station you need, then South Geelong station is only 5-8 minutes away in a car from anywhere in Highton and free parking at the station so it doesn't get much more convenient than that. Let's face it you never want to live too close to a station for all the noise and traffic, but living within minutes means you get a great quality of lifestyle but no noise. Having lived in Newtown, South Geelong, Drumcondra, and now on a much larger block in Highton ( Old Highton still has blocks available at 600m2, 700m2 and 800m2 plus available which is what makes it great value and good for families. My suggestion, why would you live anywhere else.
(Drumcondra) or as its more commonly know North Geelong. I pay $300 for a 2 bedroom unit and all of my neighbors are really nice. I'm only 15 mins from the hospital and 5 mins away from Pakington street which I must say is the best street in Geelong. It has shops, cafés, a school (which I went to and can personally say its good), a library and the town hall. Its also got good public transport which takes you right to the city center.
Also just like to say good luck with the move...😀
I would be really grateful for more info re same - i'm looking for arty suburbs in Geelong too! Art, culture. I'm no snob but when i walk out my door i'd like a semi intellectual conversation with someone, where I am now is not very educated and I am not "stimulated" if you know what I mean. I cannot afford much, and have one child who would have to attend secondary school. To be honest, I can afford Norlane/Corio easily and have money to travel (which I love doing) OR find somewhere a little more stimulating in a less affordable suburb in Geelong and not feel the need to get away to find what I seek! BUT I do love my beaches and dog walks (runs around circuits, whatever), thought Whittington and the Rail Trail maybe for the runs - then drives in to the arty burbs or or or. See, it's v. confusing! Barwon Heads, even Portarlington are too far out of Geelong for me. I prefer an inner 'burb. Any ideas anyone? I have a dip in Acting, love blues music (yeah, i know, Ocean Grove but can't afford it), am a part time poet, and wouldn't mind dipping in to amateur theatre. Love art shows, music and other festivals, like learning, would do part time study probably.........cheers.
Im not sure move geelong from Ballarat or move to Melbourne got cousin in Ocean Grove and cousin Mentone Melbourne and Cousin Cheltenham Melbourne and best mates Yarraville Melbourne not sure what to do I love my golf and love my lawn bowls. Ocean Grove is really good bowls club and I love shopping 31yrs old do you think geelong or melbourne