6.9 out of 10

Hamilton

Ranked 2nd best suburb in Western District
-37.7288858053 142.019180846
Great for
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Mar 10, 2021

"Strange place"

We moved to Hamilton in Sep 2020. Great place to live if you don't need a job. We have lived in several locations around Australia. And always been successful with employment, however in Hamilton it seems I am unemployable. I have been a successful tradesman and developed my skills to senior management but the only job I can get is cleaning toilets and stacking shelves, I cant even get a job in my trade yet they say they are desperate for my trade. The employers I have met are very rude and treat non locals like they are desiesed. The people I meet in managment positions have no people skills and would not last long if there position was in another location. Buisnesses make their own rules and justify illegal and unsafe practices as "thats just Hamilton " this town has crippled my family financially and made me lose hope of ever succeeding again. Came here for a better work life balance but all I got was longer hours than a city job for the lowest wages I have experienced since I was an apprentice 20 years ago. Nice town with everything to offer exept a real job. If your going to move here beware employment is virtually impossible and house rentals are non existent.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Sep 23, 2020

"GREAT PLACE TO LIVE"

HAMILTON is currently experiencing a property boom, yes you read it correctly , first one in a generation lol
So hurry up and move here to purchase the last remaining bargains that are still available (September 2020)
Very cold and wet in winter but spring and summer is bliss.
Everything you need is in town otherwise order online mobile phone reception is excellent.
Come and say hello, tell the locals Glen sent you, :-)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
2/5
Jan 29, 2021

"Fair place to live ( updated )"

Pro's- Good sporting facilities
- Lake Hamilton, Botanic Gardens, Cheap houses, Cooler weather, Great Art Gallery, library. .

Cons - 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.
New Mayor - good luck
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katek7
katek7 Please add yourself to the list of cons on this list and reason why the town is not progressing, another person whose sole focus is to dwell on the negative.
School facilities in this town at THAC & Monivae College are the best in the state, more educated and professional people are relocating to this town and vacating the city. As a town and district the town is screaming out for these people to come and call our region home and to help create positive change.
Well done on turning them away with your negative post.
If you have nothing nice to say (let alone making defamatory comments toward two named locals in this review please save your breath and run for council to create positive change.
Sep 30, 2020
katek7
katek7 * facilities among the best in the state
Sep 30, 2020
sallyf4
sallyf4 Well done for your dose of cancel culture and disallowing free speech. It's an open forum and I post my opinions, not yours. Secondly there is evidence provided both positive and negative. But you decided not to comment on that. That's your choice. And by the way, I assume you must be talking about the same Monivae college in this article. https://www.standard.net.au/story/1320791/monivae-college-sex-abuse-victims-to-sue-catholic-church/ You don't defame someone if you post information in the public domain.
Sep 30, 2020
glent2
glent2 Negative Nancy
Oct 04, 2020
glent2
glent2 And Debbie Downer, you two should both run for the Mayors job lol
Oct 04, 2020
katek7
katek7 No thank you Glen. I solely only commented to state that in order to encourage people to relocate to our great area that we should be providing positive reasons to do so, not dwelling on negatives. The town is filled with many brilliant people who are progressive and we should be welcoming individuals and new familys to the area not giving them reason to seek other small regional areas.
Oct 14, 2020
sallyf4
sallyf4 First of all this is not a PR website for the Southern Grampians Shire and Tourism centre. This is a review site and people don't HAVE to post positive comments if they feel, with evidence and in fairness, they should comment on something negative that might concern others. If Hamilton gets an oncology service, as Portland has, it will really assist those affected by cancer.
Oct 14, 2020
sallyf4
sallyf4 The best thing about Hamilton is the nature - Botanic Gardens, surrounding access to Grampians, art gallery, and lake.
Oct 14, 2020
glent2
glent2 Come on Sallyf4 slow down a little, I know covid19-eternity has had a negative affect on you but as a regional centre with a poulation of approx 10,000 residents Hamilton has got everything you need to live a great lifestyle. Name me another regional town in Victoria with a similar population that you feel is better and you can win a prize.
Oct 15, 2020
sallyf4
sallyf4 No worries. . Just have my slot and I give my view. That's what it's all about. If you think it's a great place and many do, for sure welcome your points. Since you asked, I will reply. In my view ( only ) Ararat has access to Ballarat on the train. House prices the same. Population similar.
In my view, Portland, the beach obviously, and oncology services, better hospital with air services. Passengers to Hamilton Airport not running. Dan Tehan, can't think of any major achievements in his time as member. I'm not having a cheap shot, I just can't think of any. Welcome to disagree.
Oct 15, 2020
glent2
glent2 Sallyf4 I agree Dan Tehan is a waste of space his best friends live in Glenthompson :-) thats why they got a telstra cell tower. Ararat full of Pedos, and too far away from the beach, Portland wouldn't even recommend it to my ex wife lol BTW why aren't you living in Ararat or Portland if you think they are better towns than Hamilton???
Oct 15, 2020
sallyf4
sallyf4 I think a few people on here take any negative points personally. People have a right to point out some negative aspects of living in certain regional areas. All towns have pro's and cons. Mount Gambier, great new internet project there, but very cold. Portland, amazing coastal scenery, can be very windy. Hamilton, Gardens nature, art gallery, but lack of transport connectivity, issues of distance and issues with hospital. Ararat, image from local corrections, positive is corrections provides employment. BUT.....this is the HAMILTON page and people are allowed to write what they think freely. Where I choose to live and my views of a town I know like the back of my hand are two different things.
Oct 15, 2020
sallyf4
sallyf4 And yes Glen, Dan Tehan is as you described. Well put.
Oct 15, 2020
glent2
glent2 Well then Sally Hamilton wins hands down, you can also let the public know how long you and your family have lived in Hamilton i am sure they would love to know the answer.
Oct 16, 2020
sallyf4
sallyf4 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-29/obesity-epidemic-community-based-solutions-key-to-success/11902898 Yes everything is fine if you bury your head in the sand. But if you identify issues and try to fix them, that's what generally attracts people to your town. Well done with the hard work in the above link and excellent improvement. Glossing over issues generally gets you nowhere. And I don't see how long anyone's family has lived anywhere stops them from forming a valid opinion.
Oct 16, 2020
glent2
glent2 Sally you are a third Generation Hamiltonian that's how fantastic Hamilton is :-)
Oct 16, 2020
sallyf4
sallyf4 Sorry I think you have me confused with someone else. My first name is not Sally by the way.
Oct 31, 2020
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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
2yrs+

"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.
Pros
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Schools
Cons
  • Could do with a few more bus services to and from Melbourne each day
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
linda-dyerl
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
2yrs+
sallyf4
sallyf4 Not sure airport is running at the moment. According to council website, "Council continue to advocate, and investigate options for, the return of a passenger air service to the Hamilton Airport. "
Oct 14, 2020
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4/5
2yrs+

"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.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees