4.5 out of 10

Muswellbrook

Ranked 38th best suburb in Hunter
-32.3283940498279 150.876888820895
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
Jan 29, 2017

"Horrible place to live!"

I grew up in Sydney, but love the rural lifestyle, so I've lived all over Sydney, and all over NSW. The mid north coast was my favourite place, Coffs Harbour to Grafton area in particular. Great lifestyle, and the people are genuinely friendly and very giving. Neighbours look out for each other, even if they barely know each other, and on the acreages I lived on, you could go out and leave your door unlocked. Muswellbrook doesn't come any where near close!

I moved here to Muswellbrook in March '16 when I couldn't find affordable accommodation where I was, only to find that the area in Muswellbrook with affordable rent, Wollombi rd, is where all the Bogans live. Even keeping to myself doesn't deter neighbourhood hassles. Kids across the road came over with a spade and hacked up plants in my front yard, unprovoked and for no good reason. Parents were good about apologising, but still, it shouldn't haven't happened. Then a Cockatiel was stolen out of a cage in the back yard. Then a different kid across the road decided it would be fun one day to knock on my front door and run away. Saw him, called him out on it, told him off and to leave me alone. His mother screams and yells at other neighbours at least once a week, and her own family, every other day, with every second word starting with F. Loud parties that go into the next day, fights, screeching cars, and vandalism. Constantly picking up garbage off my lawn. I HATE feeling unsafe in my own home, especially, as I keep myself to myself and don't annoy anybody else. When I go into town just about everyone is friendly and helpful though, just not the people in my street, which I've taken to calling Boganbrook.

Shopping options virtually nil. One woolies, one coles, one big w, that's it for supermarkets and department stores, and there's no grocery shopping after 8pm for woolies, or 9pm for coles. And there are some products that are ALWAYS difficult to get, like my printer ink cartridges. Although, it's never really busy, even at Christmas. One pet/produce store and it's sadly lacking in choice of products, is expensive, and has short opening hours. No takeaway anywhere after 10pm. The Lucky Inn chinese restaurant has really good food though, and The Barn vet is very good.

Few choices for doctors. First time I waited an hour and a half past my appointment time. Second time I waited an hour and 3/4's past appointment time, but this time I noticed that in that time the doctor only spent 20 mins with 2 patients. Rest of the time he was in his office with the door shut, doing who knows what. Woefully inadequate way to treat your patients. And then when I did get in, my test results weren't back anyway even though my appointment was 3 days after when I was told they'd be back!!!

Unbelievable amount of pests in this area. First there was a fly plague - lasted for 4 weeks, with the constant drone of blow flies, and I went though about 2 cans of fly spray per week. Couldn't get out my front door, they were like a thick cloud right in the doorway, and didn't know how they were getting in all the time or where they were coming from. Then it was pantry moths, and cockroaches, and I've trapped about a dozen mice. Finally invested in ultrasonic pest control.

Bus does 2 trips per day, that's it! Good thing about having a car is that you can get from one side of town to the other in 10 mins and the traffic is never very heavy.

This is a mining town, so drive 10 mins out of town and you will see the rape of our countryside. The mining corporations have destroyed the landscape, it looks horrible, and as a Wildlife rescuer and carer, it concerns me how much of our wildlife had to die so these companies can earn lots of money for themselves. I know people need the jobs, but at what cost to our nature? And speaking of which, this town is not wildlife friendly. In 10 months I've only had 2 calls to rescue wildlife, and the owner of the property the local Flying Fox colony lives on, won't let us check for injured ones, or heat stressed ones on really hot days, so there would have been a big loss to the Muswellbrook colony on the 13th of this month. People don't realise how important they are to the environment, as they pollinate native fauna, and they're protected and endangered. Where ever I move to I volunteer with the local wildlife group, so it's been very disappointing living here in that respect.

When my lease is up, I'll be moving! And I've seen the response by other people to negative reviews, and you can say what you want. You're only re-enforcing what we're saying. The bad experience we've had, and the unfriendly and unwelcoming attitude of people like you, is the reason we're posting unflattering reviews!! So please, anybody reading this, also read the responses to these negative reviews and you'll get an idea of the less than nice character of some of the people here, straight from the horses mouth!!!
Pros
  • Very little traffic, short travel distances
Cons
  • Everything else
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"great family town - inexpensive to live here and there are heaps of jobs"

Quiet mining town, lots of space, lots of work, great schools
Pros
  • Endless employment opportunities
  • Affordable living
  • good rental return
  • Tamworth is 150 km north, Newcastle about 100 km south
Cons
  • mining town
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Bad Reputation - Good Investment!"

Muswellbrook is booming. It is a town reliant on the coal industry and with that comes dust, higher cost of living and large trucks. But if you can deal with these three things Muswellbrook is a fantastic place to live, raise a family and invest. I was born and raised in Muswellbrook and after a stint on the Gold Coast and in Newcastle I am excited to be moving back to the town. The idea that every person in Muswellbrook is unfriendly and rude is laughable - not to mention excessively insulting.

Muswellbrook has high rental returns as much of the growing population consists of high earners with much disposable income and in turn the ability to pay these amounts. If this was not the case the rental prices in the town would be much lower to suit the market. There are a variety of schools - Christian, public or private - that cater to the diverse population. As well as this there are many churches, social groups and sporting clubs that utilise the numerous sporting fields and halls.

Even though the town has a large variety of social clubs (book clubs, VIEW club, mothers group, ABA, bible studies, youth groups, etc) it is lacking in entertainment. There is not much to do for people without an imagination - it is a country town at heart. This is unfortunate and I do hope that in the future we will have a broader variety of entertainment options such as a cinema or bowling alley.

Muswellbrooks proximity to the Hunter Valleys many wineries, horse studs, as well as to Scone, Tamworth, Denman, Maitland and Newcastle ensures that residents have a full event calendar year round. If you get into the spirit of the region and attend Scone's Horse Week, Scone Grammar School's Fete, the rodeos, Denman Food and Wine Fest, the Muswellbrook Black Coal Cup Race day... the list goes on... you will never be bored and your quiet weekends will be a blessing!

Yes it's dusty, short on Westfields and has a dodgy council estate but overall Muswellbrook is a great place to be. There are opportunities for those willing to take them and once you get involved in everything the town has to offer you will never be bored.
Pros
  • Endless employment opportunities
  • Close to major cities
  • good rental return
  • Tamworth is 150 km north, Newcastle about 100 km south
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Seachange"

What do you say about a small country town who's no 1 industry is mining, dust yes dirty no friendly yes shootings no traffic no carbon monoxide no shopping you get by with what is here all major supermarkets expensive to live average to what you pay in Sydney. moved up here 9 months for work. Lived in Sydney in Merrylands let me tell you only shooting you hear about up here is when it is the kangaroos. To the doomsdayers ( missyjane ) liek they say in teh classics dont like it turn it off and same goes for living here, much prefer teh stress free relaxed lid back life of Country Muswellbrook tehn sitting on the M4 or M7 car park for 2 hours every day going nowhere. For those looking at moving up here if you are not sure my suggestion would be do some research or come and stay a week before you decide and commit
Pros
  • Tamworth is 150 km north, Newcastle about 100 km south
  • Endless employment opportunities
  • Affordable living
  • good rental return
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Muswellbrook, AKA Judgebrook"

Quite awhile back, I wrote a less than savoury review of this town, and everybody jumped down my throat for giving my PERSONAL opinion, which is what the review section is for.
I still feel the exact same way, if not worse about living here.
One can get used to the lack of entertainment, (even a cinema would be great, I am not a partygoer), one can get used to the dust, one can get used to most things. It's a small town like any other, BUT one can not get used to the people in this town. There are actually groups on facebook where the residents of Muswellbrook get together to put down other people, complain about everything, and gossip about everyone. It's called " Muswellbrook Community Vent...that won't be deleted".
I would definitely urge someone considering to move here to keep to themselves, unless you are of a gossipy, spiteful nature, then this place would do you good.
The locals of Muswellbrook have a VERY hard time letting others speak their mind as has been demonstrated in these posts. You will be judged here if you don't fit the mould, be warned. Get in, get your money and get out. It's no secret the locals despise the miners here. This is a sad little town.

Also, it doesn't have a low suburb rating for nothing.
Cons
  • expensive to live
  • people aren't friendly
snazzy
snazzy Maybe you shouldn't get so wrapped up in facebook. It is for people who have nothing better to do with there time. People do too much bullying on these websites.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Muswellbrook is a great place to live."

Those people who have nothing nice to say about Muswellbrook need to take the blinkers off and take a good look around. No matter where you go it’s what YOU make of it.
Shopping is easy here and if you cannot get what you need Maitland and Newcastle is just down the road so enjoy a day out!
The airport is close by along with the beach, lakes, bush, fishing, camping just to name a few. There are so many activities you can do that do not cost you anything, be creative.
Muswellbrook has several organised sporting groups and heaps of reserves or common areas with bike/walking paths. The town pool has both indoor and outdoor pools so swimming is all year round.
There is a hospital with a helipad and a medical centre which is also open on Saturday mornings. They also have doctors on call so you can walk in and wait without an appointment. Specialist care is again just down the road in Maitland or Newcastle and even Tamworth and Sydney.
The rail network can even take you right to the terminal of the Sydney airport.
You can be as involved in the community as you want but again you only get out what YOU put in.
As for the dust, I've lived in other parts of Australia and guess what? There was dust... can you believe that?
Someone commented on their feedback that trucks and traffic was a concern for them. What should one expect on a Hwy that leads from Sydney to Brisbane? How do you think every item, on a shelf, in a shop, gets there for us to purchase?
We think it’s a great place for the kids to grow up. Nice country feel with the city close by.
My only advice for those who cannot stand the place... leave!
Pros
  • Affordable living
  • Close to major cities
  • Endless employment opportunities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
missyjane
missyjane This review is incorrect, the airport is NOT close by. I frequently have to travel to the airport and the trip is close to two hours, one way. It might not sound like much, but when you are in the car, it is. I'm not sure what beaches are nearby, but I've never seen one. Newcastle is the closest. There is also a prison here, and a lot of the families and friends of the inmates live here. Also, "just down the road" in Maitland, is nearly an hour and a half. Prepare to be spending a lot on fuel. I'd hate for someone to read this review and move here based on untruths.
2yrs+
Steve-R
Steve-R Rixstr, ya hit the nail on the head buddy..well said buddy.
2yrs+
brookian23
brookian23 Yes there is a correctional facility here. It is low security . The majority of residents in this town in NOT the family members of the inmates. I've lived here for 16 year and know majority of people in this town and they are not related with the inmates!! get your facts right before you start bagging out this town!!!!!
2yrs+
shandy12
shandy12 Where is the beach??
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"I wish we never moved here."

When researching somewhere we could live, that was relatively close to my partner's work, it was either here, or Singleton. I wish now we had chosen Singleton.
First of all, when applying for rentals, we had a big runaround. When we finally got a home, our rent was exorbitant. We've never paid this much in rent before, and we're from the city.
There's a couple of "nicer" areas in Muswellbrook, but you will pay for it. (We are.)
Shops? One small shopping centre, that has a Big W, Woollies, and a couple of other small shops. There's a few shops in the main street, but if you try and venture out on a Saturday, forget it, everything is shut. Sunday too.
I don't even want to add up all the money we have spent in petrol driving to Mailtand or Newcastle to get things you just cannot get here.
The people, here, and I am talking about the locals, are very unwelcoming. Most are resentful to the mining families because of the money they earn, and will generally exclude you for not being a local.
The schools? Be prepared to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars in school fees if you don't want to send them to the local, as the primary schools are zoned, and you don't get a choice sadly.
Our house has dust on everything, every day. It's endless.
There are no cinemas here, no entertainment whatsoever, and the parks, (there's two) are not appropriate to take young children to.
Be prepared to take two hour drives to Newcastle should you want to do anything entertaining.
Overall, this is one of those towns that people talk badly about, and avoid, and now I see why. We can't wait to move.
Cons
  • low socio-economic area
  • dirty industrial town
  • expensive to live
  • people aren't friendly
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
kimbo-f
kimbo-f Dear MissyJane,
In so many words, and i speak for a group of ppl when i comment-"we also wish you had never moved here".
Maybe when you were researching somewhere to live- you should have typed 'fairyland' into your browser because that seems to be the only place you would be happy!
The rent is 'exorbitant' because people like yourself come to these towns only to gain a wage, not a lifestyle. I would much rather see the mines employ local people who have a love for this town, as i have!
Shops you say?? If you cant get enough from the local shops, which although minimal, have served the 20,000 happy muswellbrook locals for hundreds of years, have you ever thought of online shopping...? Just a thought to ease your frown & wallet- burning up your fuel & sparetime-which you probably dont have much of, considering you must work a full-time job to pay for the expensive schooling!!!
The locals are probably unwelcoming because if you voice your opinion as you have on here, they would be thinking the same as me...............if you are happy to live here, take locals livelihood & jobs, earn great money and still whinge about it- LEAVE!
In the meantime,take your time that your not shopping to dust your house, and maybe get out & mingle.............if you happen to come across some of the lovely, kind hearted, fun loving locals who are as passionate about this place as me & my family are- you may need to swallow your words!!
2yrs+
Steve-R
Steve-R Well said Kim
2yrs+
sezzz
sezzz I agree about the parks not being great for kids. The smaller country town we have moved to has no less than 4 child friendly parks all fenced to keep the kids contained and safe. Muswellbrook can't even provide 1 like that.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Town"

Have lived in Muswellbrook for 14 months now and are building in Muscle Creek. Fantastic place to live. Has everything you might need. I enjoy living here. The kids love the schools.
Pros
  • Endless employment opportunities
  • Close to major cities
  • Affordable living
  • good rental return
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
snazzy
snazzy Nice to hear! Wanting to know if the mines are noisy
2yrs+
heartsandstars
heartsandstars No. You definately CANNOT hear the mines. We have now moved into our new house in Muscle Creek and the neighbours are wonderful. Extremely friendly down to earth country folk and that's why I love it here.
2yrs+
heartsandstars
heartsandstars missyjane1- That suburb rating means nothing. All it means is people aren't bothered to read or comment on a particular suburb. Have a look at Branxtons rating. It is worse than Muswellbrook's and that place is booming. And NO dust. Take the rating with a grain of salt or dust as you will.
2yrs+
nelbhoy
nelbhoy Hi heartsandstars. Looking to move to Muswellbrook in a few months from UK. We are a family of 4 with 2 boys 5 & 7. After reading a few negative posts about the town (not just on this forum) we are getting a bit worried. I'm sure our worries are unfounded. Was just wanting to know if you're still in Muswellbrook and how things are going. Thanks.
2yrs+
snazzy
snazzy Hi nelbhoy, Just moved into the area. We decided to move to Scone instead of Muswellbrook and we love it so far. The people are very friendly and you can buy all your essentials plus more here. The people we have met say it is a great place to raise a family. If your children or yourself are sporty, almost all sports are played here. There are also a lot of other extracurricular activities available. We chose to move to Scone so we get less of the mine dust. So far there hasn't been any. My husband works in Muswellbrook and it is only 22km away. He has also seen a cloud of mining dust over Muswellbrook. Think of your children's health as well as your own.
2yrs+
snazzy
snazzy I suggest you phone a realestate agent in the area to start looking for somewhere to rent or buy. There is not a lot of realestate available. It took us almost 6 months to find a house big enough for us to rent in a nice area (we have 4 children, all at school).
2yrs+
snazzy
snazzy Another suggestion is to ask about entertainment and services that are important to you and see if they are available to you
2yrs+
heartsandstars
heartsandstars Hi nelbhoy,
Ummm......what can I say without sounding judgemental. After living here for over 2 years now, I'm just abit over the dust. Yes, the mine dust. The only real opportunities here are farming and mining and working in aged care from what I have learnt. I am going to study nursing this year and will have to travel nearly 2 hrs each way to get to Tafe in Newcastle. Not much of a variety in shopping. If I want things that are out of the ordinary, I have to buy it on Ebay or travel an hour to Maitland. I'm over it. I have to mop my floors every OTHER day because my feet become black from the coal dust. It's ridiculous. But, we made the decision to move here for work and we will stick it out for my youngest son who attends the best school he has ever been to. The Roger Street Public School is exceptional. Excellent teachers and beautifully natured children. Couldn't ask for a better school for my youngest. I would suggest you move to Singleton or Maitland. I have lived in both and are great places to bring up kids. Closer to amentities.
2yrs+
nelbhoy
nelbhoy Mmm, bit worried now about the whole dust thing as we have two young boys. Snazzy, we're actually looking at Muswellbrook because there wasn't much to rent in Scone. That would have been ideal because my job offer is based at Scone airport. heartsandstars, sorry that things aren't as you would like. Is there anybody living there with real concerns over their kids' health. Is it an issue? Thanks for your kind replies by the way.
2yrs+
heartsandstars
heartsandstars My 3 boys all have asthma an it isn't an issue ATM. But, O boy, our sinus' are stuffed. Literally. LOL. That's about it really. Scone has less in the way of shopping but is a lovely town. It is called "The Horse Capital of Australia". Alot of horse studs. Very elite area.
2yrs+
snazzy
snazzy Try ringing Pat Gleeson Real Estate on 02 64542626 he is a really good bloke and he will do his best to find you a house to rent . There has been a down turn in the coal mining and rentals are getting easier to find even more so if you only need a 3 bedroom house as the miners and the mining companies are after the larger houses to accommodate as many people as they can you could also look in Aberdeen it is half way between Scone and The Brook.
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"The untold truth about Muswellbrook."

The truth is Muswellbrook is great for single miners who are looking to stay / live close to work. My husband works in the mines while I work in a admin role in town. Child care is really hard to get and expensive. Rent is very expensive for what you get. Not much of a choice in schools. Yes mining is on the towns door and we are forever cleaning the dust off things. The highway running through the middle of town devides the town and don't "consider living on the southern side of the highway" my neighbours tell me "thats where the jail is". I am told this is the forum that you paint a really positive veiw of town in order to sell your house, hence the reason for all the great reveiws of Muswellbrook. But this is the truth. I wished we bought in Singleton like everyone recommended when we first came to the area.
Pros
  • good rental return
  • Endless employment opportunities
Cons
  • expensive to live
  • people aren't friendly
  • dirty industrial town
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
sezzz
sezzz The jail is out north heading Scone way. But a number of 'rough' types live in south Muswellbrook, its cheaper and considered the bad side of town, though the government housing people are trying to spread them everywhere by building apartments all over town and relocating the south residents. And before anyone gets cranky yes i know some very nice people who live south and there are some new estates there as well now so the area has got a better name now than it did say 10yrs ago.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"An easy life in a booming town"

I have been living in Muswellbrook for 3 years now, from suburban Sydney. There is currently a big resources boom meaning employment in the area is very positive for people who want to work in mines, or mining related industries (such as boiler makers). It's a very easy life in Muswellbrook, being central to Newcastle and Tamworth means weekend drives are always fun. We also like to visit the local vineyards, olive groves and cheese factory for tastings and meals. The arts centre always has an exhibition on worth visiting too. I have read other reviews here saying the coal dust being a major problem in the town, and yes my house does get dustier than when I lived in Sydney - however I am breathing in a lot less carbon monoxide from being stuck in city traffic every day. As for the shopping in Muswellbrook being a dissappointment, I certainly get by very easily with the shops that are here and when I want something special it is an excuse for a drive! My only compaint about shopping here is I wish the smaller retailers paid more attention to providing good customer service. I hear the rental market is very tight at the moment, and with the big employment boom I would recommend invertors considering purchasing property in Muswellbrook.
Pros
  • Close to major cities
  • Endless employment opportunities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Can't wait to leave.............."

I have now lived in a number of places in NSW and I tell you living in Nyngan is better than here! I don't feel safe. I don't like my kids breathing in all this coal dust. We are unable to drink the tank water because of the coal dust....Shopping is the worst. Needed to ring my mum who lives in a smaller town to see if she could get me a white school shirt for my daughter. Rent is starting to be a bit of a joke. Yes there was a shortage but right now there are 62 houses/units up for rent ummm. Landlords wake up to yourselves. The cost of living is huge so if you are making the money it is going to be eaten up around here. I feel for the people who were born and raised here who are not in the mines and have everyday jobs. They are struggling. There is a huge turn over of people in this town which does not say alot about the place. Can't wait to leave...................120 days to go!!!!!
jdw
jdw I was raised here, am not in the mines, have a normal job, and I like it just fine, and I earn plenty without having to work in a mine.
2yrs+
brookian23
brookian23 This is a mining town. Yes there will be dust. if you were not aware of this before you moved to a mining central area then that's your own fault.. Remember before you bag out muswellbrook, coal produces 84% of Australia's electricity! Good luck without it. Stop being so small minded & make the best of what u have and where you live!!!
2yrs+
snazzy
snazzy How is the cost of living different here to anywhere else in NSW? I'm sure electricity rates are the same , food is the same, gas and phone are the same, The running cost of a car would be cheaper than the city as you would not be commuting to work. I can't comment on rentals or rates but I assume they would not be too different to those in Sydney.
2yrs+
jdw
jdw I wil admit petrol is higher, about 20c per litre than to maitland, but really, if 20c a litre is gunna make that difference to you, then go somewhere else to buy it.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A great town to live"

Great place to live and on the up. Muswellbrook is getting a cinema, Bunnings and already has Harvey Norman, Big W, Dick Smith, Woolies, Coles and much more shops.. Has a lot of choices of gyms in town including Anytime Fitness 24Hr gym.

Good pubs, Golf Club and much more.. Muswellbrook is on the up up up!
Pros
  • Close to major cities
  • Endless employment opportunities
  • Affordable living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
sezzz
sezzz Last I heard Bunnings is going to Singleton not Muswellbrook.
2yrs+
snazzy
snazzy Like the gym. My town doesn't even have one!!
2yrs+
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CJM CJM
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
MH2 MH2
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Nice country town that is affordable but are steadily going up due to growth."

I just read some of the negative reviews from people who temporarily calling Muswellbrook home. I have lived in Muswellbrook for 3 years from the coast of all places. I too have lived in many towns and Muswellbrook is pretty good. People complain about the retail therapy lacking but Muswellbrook is a country town so there is no Westfield shopping centre, but we do have Big W, Coles, Woolworthes, Franklins, Best and Less, Reject Shop, Harvey Norman, Just Jeans, Williams Shoes, Boutique clothing shops plus many many more just to name a few. If these do not suit your needs Singleton and Scone are 1/2 hour away with more choices or 1.5 hours you can be parked in the Westfield shopping centre in Newcastle. Muswellbrook has a friendly country atmosphere, people will say hello and chat to you when out, neighbours will introduce themselves when you move into their neighbourhood or they move into yours. There are many school choices in Muswellbrook there are two primary schools and one catholic primary school, there is one High school but 10 minutes down the road is the Catholic high school at Aberdeen or if you would prefer from K-12 is Scone Grammer School which has buses from Muswellbrook and is half an hour away. Many families also find the convenience of Newcastle University being only 1.5hr away handy as well. There is public transport of a bus service here in town as with the CityRail Hunter train line which goes all the way through to Scone but allows you access to Newcastle and even to Sydney Central Station by swapping trains at Newcastle.
Muswellbrook is going ahead steadily in property prices due to growth of industry. There are lots of mines in Muswellbrook with one new one due to start in December and also the largest BHP mine is expanding its coal production as well.(The coal dust problem someone else commented on is not where near that bad where I live but he may live next door.) There is a new power station about to be built as well to add to the two that are already here. These are not the only industries in Muswellbrook it is very diverse. As the town grows there will be more things that will come to town.
The only area I would not reccommend living is any street off and including Wollombi Road. This is where it is a bit rough. Other than that it is not different to other towns.
Muswellbrook is a nice place to live I have lived many worse places in Australia. It has everything you need and anything else is all within reach. There are loads of jobs and lots of money to be made.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Future Growth Centre"

Having lived in many locations Australia wide this town is a delightful alternative to many of the more remote mining locations. It has a diverse society and offers much to those who are willing to accept this. I live in a great street with concerned and friendly neighbours who are willing to look after our pets while we are away. Property investment is offering high returns as new mines start and others expand.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Well..."

Do you like the smell of mines in the morning (or evening, or any time really)? Do you enjoy the thrill of crossing a busy highway with trucks flying by mere centimetres away from you just to get to the bank because council keeps putting the much needed bypass off? Do you want to travel over an hour to find good shops? After a high school with major truancy problems? Like living in a place with a correctional facility with all the families and friends of those on the inside? Want people to come visit then have nothing to do and nowhere to go? Then Muswellbrook is the place for you!
It sure wasn't the place for me!!!
brookian23
brookian23 remember that smelly coals produces your electricity and there is thousands workers risking their life everyday in that " smelly" coal mines to keep your tv running!! Think of the bigger picture!!!
2yrs+
sezzz
sezzz Yes my husband works in one of the smelly coal mines. But I and even he object to there being so many allowed to be operating in the same area at the same time. We moved two hours away so we can breathe freash air and he travells to work.
2yrs+
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"MBK CITY"

Recommended for
  • Singles
kjb kjb
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Good family life here, affordable living and 3 hours to sydney be quick if you wont to buy!"

affordable place
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Unranked Streets in Muswellbrook

Adams St

3.5/5
"Great street, suburban family area."
-32.2752290549 150.8899709928

George St

4/5
"Great spot in town - quiet but walking distance to shops, only traffic is at school drop off and pick up"
-32.26579 150.8959
"Heritage in a mining town"
-32.27703 150.88628

Clifford St

4.5/5
"nice n quiet..real close to the golf course"
-32.2728692246 150.8931128798

Rosella Cl

4.5/5
"Awesome place to live.."
-32.285971 150.944387
"This street is a nice place "
-32.2857099802 150.8948750686

Brentwood St

4.5/5
"Close to Muswellbrook Hospital and local store"
-32.26506 150.89857