Looking to relocate from SA to Geelong - what suburbs are nice, close to beach and hospital?

What is the hospital like (im an ED nurse) and whats the building trade like (hubby is a carpenter)? I also have a young family.
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In geelong, There are many suburbs which are great to relocate but some of the best suburbs of geelong are following as :
• Belmont
• Scarsdale
• East Geelong
• Manifold Heights
• Jan Juc
• Leopold
• Newtown
• Clifton Springs

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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!


Hi Michelle - just read you review which was really useful. We are a young family living out near Mt Macedon and I desperately want to relocate to Ocean Grove or around that area this year.. Now thinking of Geelong. Where abouts are you as it sounds fab?. I have a 5 year old starting prep next year and a son in grade 4- so obvisously schooling is high on out priorty. I am also from the UK and have been here 5 years. I have found it really hard to 'fit in ' out here in the country and really want to find somewhere with young families and good community atmosphere Hope you can help!!! ?


Hi there - we are a very easy 10 min drive from Ocean Grove. Our area is more affordable than Ocean Grove is more well known that Clifton Springs/Drysdale as we are not a tourist destination, however we have all the facilities, and the campus of the public school (Bellarine Secondary College) is located with one in Ocean Grove and one in Drysdale, we are not far at all (it is a beautiful drive between. We do have a jetty and boat ramp if you are into fishing, but our beach is not a swimming beach, but you can go for a walk there. I have found over the years that we are a bit of a hidden secret and everyone that lives here wouldn't live anywhere else. To get to us you travel down Portarlington Highway - you go through Drysdale to get to Portarlington. It is a great place to live, and it is really nice to bump into people at the supermarket that you know through all the local activities. Very friendly place. We aren't as trendy or edgy as Ocean Grove or Barwon Heads, but we are more affordable, and I find the attitude much better here. You don't feel like you have to compete or keep up with the Joneses. I think it is a nicer place to be. Hope this helps.


BTW - my children are 8 & 9 in grades 2 & 3. We also have a few English families around that have moved here or surrounding areas that go to Drysdale Primary. Good luck. Best way to see is to come and have a look and see what you think. If it is easier you can catch the ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff (and bring the car) and we are 15 mins from Queenscliff. Explore the peninsula and you will find all towns on Bellarine are 10-15 mins of each other, so worth having a look around as there are more places I haven't mentioned here e.g. Pt Lonsdale, Indented Head ( but they are smaller gorgeous towns but don't have the facilities we do. Hop this helps.

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Waurn Ponds is a great suburb for families to retired.1 min to ring road to Melbourne about 1hr 10. Still only 15 min to the beach. 17 minutes to hospital good public and private schools, and shoping close by 5 min to 15 to centre of town. ED a large regional BUSY Ed. 20 bays, 4 resus, MH room, 6 fast track, 8 CDMU. Adult and Paed WR and 6 beds paeds. Full time educator. Growing area for a carpenter.

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