8.5 out of 10

Medowie

Ranked 24th best suburb in Hunter
-32.7413186451946 151.847521933549
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Parking
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
May 12, 2020

"Living in Medowie"

I’d like to give the review of Medowie that I wish I’d read before I moved here. This is based on my experience only; others may differ.

Firstly, I love Medowie. I have lived here for 6 years. I love the large, rural blocks. It is fantastic for a family. I love the 30 minute proximity to Newcastle or Nelson Bay. I love the convenience to the airport (10 mins), and the ease of bus routes to the shops, or stockton ferry if you need it. I love the bush setting, black cockatoos and other wildlife.
But, it’s what I don’t love that is more valuble to you when researching, so as to decide if Medowie is right for you.

What I don’t love about Medowie...
- the mosquitos!!
I was aware that mosquitos were bad in the housing Estate area I was looking to buy in due to a friend already living there. At the time, I dismissed this as fine, and underestimated how much this would impact my life. I presumed it might be seasonal - it isn’t. They are better in winter but still very much around. At my place, they are so bad, we keep mosquito nets on our bed all year round. We waited 5 years, hoping it might improve but eventually had to install a patio screened enclosure to actually be able to use the patio. However, whilst we can happily use this area now, this screening has made it hotter in summer, so there are trade-offs.

Before the enclosure, the mosquiros were so bad, they would swarm, sitting on our patio sliding door screens (or any doors) waiting to get in when we opened the door, around 20-30+, no joke! We have to use repellent all year round we go outside, which ironically impacts how much we use our half acre block backyard. My husband has had diagnosed ross river virus, and possibly the rest of the family too, just not diagnosed. It is a health hazard. I think a large contributor to this problem is the swampy bushland of Medowie (a major appeal) and the clay soil which impacts drainage in the area. When looking to buy, check out surrounding houses to see if they have screened enclosures - if so, it will be a good indicator as to mosquito problems.

Still, if you are happy to constantly live with applying repellent, killing mosquitos inside (think squashed on walls, roofs, then constantly having to clean off) using mosiquto nets on beds (annoying to sleep with) and not be able to swim and lie by your pool for very long due to mosquitos swarming, then this might be OK for you to live with.

However, the next issue is the major deal breaker for me...

- the air quality!
In many of the older parts of Medowie, and even in the Estate I’m in (built in early 2000s), the blocks are larger and almost all have a wood fire heater, for heating the house. These things are not included (possibly banned?) in the newer houses in a couple of the newer 2015 onwards estates in the area. The burning of wood releases so many carcinogens and volitile organic compounds into the air that it really impacts air quality. In some Australian coucils, such as Canberra ACT, these have been banned from install in houses due to the health hazards.

As an asthmatic, I had been aware through previous use of and exposure to these fire heaters how deterimental to my respitory health these are , but had dismissed this as a non-issue when buying my house. It had a fire heater, which I knew I’d never use but figured the surrounding ones would be fine, as i’d be inside in Winter anyway. This is where I was also wrong.

Due to the larger blocks, residents of Medowie not only use these fires inside, but they also like to regulary burn all the green waste and fallen gum tree sticks in regular bon-fires, that it contributes to poor air quality from autumn to spring. I was also unlucky in that i have neighbours that like to use their fire heater non-stop between End March to October, only stopping when the weather gets back up to about 25 degrees on average during the day. Unfortunately being able to control neighbourhood use of these things is impossible without a wider ban, so this has been a area of sufferance.

It means that for about 8 months of the year, I have smoke infiltating my house. I certainly cant hang washing on the line. My infant son and I have constant respiratory infections, which has led to two hospital visits for him with bronchialitus. I have asthma attacks regularly. We can’t go outside and play much in winter due to poor air quality. The extent of this has recently been made evident with a dyson air purifier which confirms off-the-charts numbers of harmful particles if I open my door in winter. I need this running constantly. For me, the air quality issue is one that means after 6 years of perserving with it, I will have to move (probably leave Medowie entirely). If you are looking to buy in Medowie, and air quality is an issue for you, make sure you look at surrounding houses and whether they use wood heaters. Consider a newer estate, more expensive but better for your health.

Newer estates also have potentially better drainage (flooding can be an issue - our garage and shed flood), more footpaths for safe walking and parks for playing unlike the older areas in Medowie. The lack of footpaths really is another issue.

- Noise pollution
This is by far the least concerning of the issues mentioned (for me). Yes, there is a lot of Jet noise, plus commercial airliners. The jets are particularly loud on weekdays when conducting exercises. This can be loud and will also impact your decision to go outside - in conjunction with mosquitos and air quality. However, in my opinion, this is more tolerable and very loud jet activities only occurs for specific times (it’s not bad every single day). Not ideal but this is one i can live with it. It is also fun to see them fly past. The airport only operates from 6am til 10pm, so noise doesn’t impact sleep. The commercial noise depends on wind direction for take off/landing, so varies a lot as to the impact to residents.

Otherwise, the people, the shops, the community are all great. It is a growing area with great potential. I hope they get a public high school in the future, plus expand the commercial area at the shops. Unfortunately the issues noted are ones you aren’t neccessaily aware of until you live here. I suggest spending as much time in the area before buying, to get a sense of noise, air quality, mosquitos and if you can live with it. If you see flooding, water loggged areas, smoke, mosiquitos when inspecting houses, don’t ignore it like i did- it won’t improve. Just decide what is best for you and if you can live with it long term.

I will be sad to leave Medowie myself, but it us untenable due to issues raised. I trust this is a useful review in helping you decide what works for your situation.

Cheers.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jul 04, 2019

"Medowie is a great place to run a small business either from home or from the Medowie Sports and Business Centre - Medowie Business Hub"

We decided to build our business in Medowie as it is the 'growth corridor' of the Hunter. Centrally positioned in Port Stephens, close to the M1 Pacific Highway, very close to RAAF base Williamtown, Aerospace Centre, Newcastle Airport and between Nelson Bay and Newcastle city, making it very easy to get anywhere in the region and beyond. Our sports and business facility offers a Hub for locals and visitors to enjoy a multitude of services for families and retirees including: 24 hour Gym, American Diner/Cafe, Squash Courts, Serviced Offices, Business Services, Physio Therapy, Nutritionist, complimentary health, martial arts academy, dance and planning an indoor Aquatic Centre. Lots to look forward to in Medowie!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"My Retirement town"

We purchased our home here to be near work and also as a "Hub" to access other areas. Medowie is virtually central to Port Stephens and all it has to offer. It is only a 20-30 minute drive in any direction to access almost anything you need in the way of shopping, holidaying, relaxing and sight-seeing. The Hunter Vineyards are a stone's throw away for concerts etc. Newcastle/ Maitland for vehicle purchases. Salamander Bay and Raymond Terrace for those groceries and specialty shops not available here.
The minimum amount of hustle and bustle here lends itself to living a relaxed and quietly enjoyable lifestyle. The odd loud party once in a while is expected yet they aren't that often to become annoying unlike other towns I've lived in. The residents are approachable and friendly, friendships are easily established as well.
Most people have their dogs on leads when walking them. In the years we've been here there have been no water restrictions as we have the Grahamstown Dam quite close which supplies our water needs. The weather is great and the area is usually punctuated with the aromas of BBQs on weekends.
Traffic is light in comparison to other towns and cities and is usually well behaved with minimal accidents. Cycling is a safe pastime around here and walking is easy on well made footpaths in the newer part of town.
All in all, Medowie is a nice quiet place to live and to feel 'at home' in yet it lends itself to being a great home base to explore the rest of the NSW Central and Mid North Coast areas from with the newly upgraded Pacific Highway being only minutes from here. Newcastle Airport is close by and it offers services to most of Australia.
We'll be happy if Developers leave Medowie OFF it's hit list and let us remain the nice country like recluse we are.
Pros
  • Proximity to Newcastle/ Hunter Valley
  • Secluded enough to be country lifestyle.
  • As yet no close density or highrise residential development.
  • The excellent Primary Schools
  • The natural bush and native animals
  • The people
Cons
  • Roads need some dire attention in places.
  • Medowie Rd needs to be confined to vehicles 5 tonne and less.
  • There is talk of confined mass residential areas by some developers
  • No High School
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Country Lovers
HelenD2
HelenD2 can you please identify which would be the newer part of town ? a couple of street names for example, or boundary of this area ? and has there been any more discussion (recent March 2015) of any developers considering Medowie for mass residential ? Thank you.
2yrs+
ChatD
ChatD camron is there so no
2yrs+
lisat13
lisat13 Medowie does have a high school in Medowie Christian School which is now a Prep - Year 12 campus . It's a safe, caring and well performing school with modern facilities and innovative programming.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A nice place to live"

Medowie is a lovely town, surrounded by bush with Wallabies and Kookaburras everywhere. The shopping centre is sufficient with bigger shopping centres only 20 mins drive away.
The primary schools are wonderful and even the kids say so!
The people are very friendly and kind and they make Medowie a lovely place to live.
Pros
  • The people
  • The excellent Primary Schools
  • The natural bush and native animals
Cons
  • No High School
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"a family town"

medowie is a place i call home and will not move out of it. a place where you always see a familiar face at the bilo or picking the kids up from the schools. beautiful scenery and wildlife. great streets and its a place where you always talk to your neighbours. A+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees