6.8 out of 10


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Great for
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
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  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists



"On the surface, looks good"

I know Hamilton very well. I know people that retire there, thinking it has good services and cheap prices. Here are some insider's views. The hospital was one of the worst in the state. It's infant mortality rating was 80% above average in 2014.(https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/victorias-worst-hospitals-for-baby-deaths-revealed-20151020-gkdy82.html)

It may have improved but it has no Oncology ward, forcing people to go to Ballarat or Warrnambool. I had to get a mole cut out and in Hamilton I would have had to wait two months. I went to Ballarat and it was done in a day. I will write Pro's and cons below, but the upshot is, the hospital looks good but is not.

Pro's- Good sporting facilities
- Lake Hamilton, Botanic Gardens, Cheap houses, Cooler weather, Great Art Gallery, excellent supermarkets for its size. Local farms set to increase in value due to agricultural connections with Asia. Great Op shops. Some great teachers, and community members, volunteer workers. A really good community in many fields, especially sporting.
- Some excellent value for money with housing.

Cons - The people who run the town ( Councillors / news paper editor Richard Beks, / Local member Dan Tehan, are all retrograde conservative liberals who resist all attempts at change and are responsible for holding the town back. Read about Beks here, an excuser of sex abusers (http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/04/28/4225095.htm) this is the type of person who runs Hamilton.

The town has gone backwards in population. In 1996 Mount Bainbridge had around 700 students. Now it has 300 with primary students from another school combined. House prices, like Portland, are frozen in time despite most of Victoria getting some value increase. If you buy there, be prepared to wait if you need to sell/ Some people have their house on the market for 10 years or more. There is strangely an unusually high amount Cancer in the area ( according to a South African doctor at Hamilton Base. I think the infant mortality statistic says it all. Great place for older folk. Not so good if you are young. It's been held hostage by conservative religious types for years.

Good place to retire especially if you are churchy. Not great if you are young.
Other people may say it is a cheap place to buy a house. But when you figure the lack of capital gains, or backwards moving prices, and issues if you get sick, it may turn out to be an expensive place. I've always found it safe. Statistics however indicate since 2017 crime is up 45%, and that's similar to Ballarat. Drugs like ice are having a negative effect.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Best value for your dollar"

Hamilton has all the services you could need - hospital, TAFE, uni, schools, pool, skate park, lake, shopping centres, botanic gardens, sports ground, pubs, hardware stores, restaurants. It's close to the Grampians and Dunkeld, not too far from Warrnambool and the Great Ocean Rd and only a few hours from Melbourne by car or a quick flight by plane from Hamilton's airport to Melbourne or Adelaide. You can get a good house here for not too much money and with the falling house market in Melbourne and rising interest rates living in Hamilton really is the best value for your dollar. Escape the crazy mortgage treadwheel and live a peaceful country style life with all the ammenities you could need to bring up a family or retire. Oh and we both got jobs the day we moved here.
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Schools
  • Could do with a few more bus services to and from Melbourne each day
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  • Students
  • Country Lovers
linda-dyerl Hi leahvic just interested in your review we are thinking of moving to the area we are a couple in our forties. Just wondering if you have found hamilton a happy place to live and if job prospects are ok at the moment. Thanks
Jan 13, 2019
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"Home to giant wool bales"

Hamilton is home to five massive wool bales which house a museum, restaurant and retail outlets which pay tribute to the area's link to the wool industry. The town is also a great place to bring up a family with some of the best educational facilities in the state. It also has a beautiful botanic gardens and an art gallery renowed for its collections of silver, porcelain and glass and furniture. It is also a popular place for shopping and is the birthplace of Ansett Airlines. Sir Reginald Ansett launched the airlines in Hamilton in 1937. You can find out all about the history of the airlines at the town's museum dedicated to Ansett.
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