Muswellbrook, NSW 2333

3(24 reviews)

Ranked 56th best suburb by locals in Hunter Region, NSW

Great for

  • Internet access
  • Resale or rental value
  • Neighbourly spirit
  • Peace and quiet
  • Safe and sound

Not great for

  • Nightlife

Who lives here?

  • Families With Kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers

Reviews of Muswellbrook, NSW

14th April 2022

"Great community spirit"

I’ve found the people of Muswellbrook to be very friendly, open and chatty. There’s plenty of things to do here as well. Not quite as much as a large area but it’s got a good amount of services.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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30th August 2021

"Quiet Town; Weigh Your Own Pros and Cons"

I lived in Muswellbrook for 5 years before moving away. It’s a nice quiet respite from city life; always enjoyed the drives nearby. Decent amenities (at least we have Big W, Aldi, Coles, Woolies) but we always drove out to Maitland for K Mart and drove out to Newcastle for the beach.
I did like Muswellbrook but as we had more kids (we had 1 when we first moved there), we felt like we always wanted to travel further to Singleton, Maitland, Newcastle for more. It started to feel a bit too isolated after a few years there. Struggled to find much for the kids.
We always felt like perhaps Maitland or Newcastle would have been better.
Air quality is not the best due to the mines. My newborn baby back then had bad asthma and we always had to take her to the hospital. Now she’s older and has no asthma issues after we’ve moved away. Of course, not everyone is affected. My older daughter who was 7 then was ok. Just saying we had that issue with our newborn then.
It’s a known thing not to leave your washing out at night as it gets way dustier from the mines at night time.
My take is, if you are from the city or like busier towns, Muswellbrook might be a little too quiet.
If you have to live in Muswellbrook,
Wollombi in the south side is a known area to avoid. Break ins, thefts, burn outs and at one point, even a riot.
The North side public school (Roger St) is the better public school and you can only get in if you live in the North side.

This is my personal experience and I do still have fond memories of Muswellbrook. It’s not all bad. I loved the views, the lack of heavy traffic and I did enjoy the peace and quiet for a while.

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24th November 2020

"Instant 5 Stars"

Muswellbrook is an awesome place, with numerous amenities and brilliantly placed buildings. You can look to your right and view the incredibly high mountains (very fun to hike) or look to your left and see the Honda dealership up the very top. We have multiple shopping areas, mainly the Woolworths building which is home to a lot of Muswellbrook classics (really good sushi, EBGames, etc,) and then the one closer to the outer rim, there are maritime services, dominos, a massive Harvey norman, Coles, Telstra, and Target. Everyone is really friendly and nice to socialise with. After a good 13 years of living and owning a family business there... you get to know quite a lot of people. 3-hour drive from Sydney too, by the way, really fast drive from country to city.

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sorpleo
sorpleo

As part of The Great Dividing Range, it's the RANGES, not 'mountains. Have you ever seen a real mountain? But, I agree with you on that one. I love looking at the ranges. Telstra has moved from the 'Coles' area and is now at the Woolworths shopping complex. That 'great sushi' place has people ruder than the locals! I persevered ignoring the rudeness, but refused to take it after 6 months of such behaviour! Have you ever been to Muswellbrook? WE DON'T HAVE TARGET, NEVER HAVE!! WE HAVE BIG W!!

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5th May 2020

"So much is wrong."

The dust being one of the main bugbears. But tv reception is another one. Around November/December, every year that I've been her, you lose TV reception. I've bought aerial extenders that are useless. Pretty stupid for people to talk about 'reasonable costs' when you have to pay out to buy a satellite dish!!

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"North Muswellbrook is a good area"

We live in the wine estate area in the North Muswellbrook over 3 years. It is suit you if your are looking for a quite and safe area for your family or retire life. Most people own their house here. You can see the children played on the street. The children can walk to the Muswellbrook public school. Neighbors are friendly. There is a nature reserve and dog play area. I like to walk on the nature reserve. Here is easy to go to the hospital, preschool, primary school, hungry jacks and Muswellbrook marketplace shopping centre. I'd highly recommend live in the North Muswellbrook if you are planning to move to here. Car is necessary.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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Rentals in Muswellbrook

"So glad we made the move!"

Such a clean, pretty town. Every type of restaurant you can think of, every grocery shop (Coles, Aldi, Woolies and IGA) Good shopping centres with Big W, nail bars, bargain shops etc.
Such affordable housing, both to buy and rent. Where else within 90 minutes of a major city (Newcastle) could you buy a good home under 200k?
Couldnt be happier and so glad we moved here!!

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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jimmyd3

Where did you move to ?

jimmyd3

I got bashed the other night out front of my place then another one joined in. Been threatened at another place. Had 4 break in attempts and ive only been here a few months

loul2

We bought a little place in Muswellbrook South, just off Wollombi road-We moved here last December. Haven't had a problem. Friendly, welcoming neighbours, but we just keep to ourselves and potter in the garden of our bargain abode. I'm sure I could find trouble if I went looking for it...but we stick to ourselves, enjoy the pubs, clubs and restaurants on the weekend and our garden that is blooming in the nutrient rich soil.
I have only ever heard bad things on this website...never anything in real life. And we are right near the so called "action/rough area" I think the old adage is very true... any place is what you make it, and with the opportunities here..We have made it an absolute Utopia!
Hope things improve for you, Jimmy.

rayleec

So sorry jimmdyd3, but this is so typical. People saying they never see this stuff just aren't looking! It's happening, and it's happening to good people! I hope you find somewhere safe!

loul2

Yes! Like anywhere, if you LOOK for trouble, you will find it! If you live peacefully and mind your own business, you have a far better chance of leading a serene existence.

rayleec

loul2 Sadly, this is NOT true. As I have previously stated, I am a quiet, easy going woman, NOT looking for trouble, but it made no difference. I DID keep myself to myself and it made no difference. I was recovering from PTSD which became full blown again living with those monsters. IF YOU ARE THERE YOU ARE A TARGET! Don't presume that because you haven't experienced the horror of living there, that it doesn't exist. IT DOES!!

rayleec

loul2 Need an example? It got so bad that I spent an afternoon yelling at the neighbourhood to leave me the f**k alone, that I keep to myself, that I never bother anybody, and to JUST. LEAVE. ME. ALONE!!!!! Made no difference, because monsters have no sympathy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

loul2

Mmn hmm. Say no more. I got the picture. Including from your incessant rants in previous thread.
Hope your now receiving the help you need. Far, far away from Muswellbrook.

sorpleo
sorpleo

loul2 - a nasty response. rayleec HAS had a bad experience and is just trying to warn people about the potential of being as 'unlucky' with neighbours as she has. Do you get so nasty with everyone who doesn't agree with you? I think it's you who needs the help you suggested!!

cliveh1

Yup. I don't think most people move to a place looking for trouble. There are exceptions of course, but I do think that some locals with nothing better to do like to pick on the "newbies" to let them know their place in the town's pecking order. Looking at Muswellbrook as an investment/retirement option...we'll see...

samanthag17

Not fair to say someone is looking for trouble. When I first moved to Muswellbrook, I rented a townhouse in the south. Always minded my own business (I had one child and was pregnant then so definitely wasnt interested in meddling in anyones business) but one of the units always had loud parties and one night, were fighting drunk outside near my car and throwing beer bottles. I then bought a place in the north side and found the environment a lot better there but yes lets respect someone elses experience and not put it down to them looking for trouble

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"A picturesque mining town with so many opportunities for bright people!"

Love Muswellbrook! Moved here from Sydney a year and a half ago because I REFUSED to pay 1.5 million dollars to live in a dog box and have bankers breathing down my neck for the rest of my life! Bought a gorgeous house, have made beautiful friends from all walks of life. LOVE the energy of this place. Love the fact that it's a mining town, as contentious as mining is! There are so many opportunities here for smart people who are willing to put the effort into regenerating this town, preparing it for prosperity well after the mining companies have left. There are interesting things to do, there are two major shopping centres, a great hospital, superb educational facilities, art galleries and artisans, winemakers, horses, cows, coal...olive groves!
The locals are either very wealthy or very poor which although not ideal, presents a wonderful opportunity for the right team of fabulous people to lift the identity and spirit of the local community so that our people become active constituents of the big-picture dreams that can be realised in a town like Muswellbrook.

I am looking to collaborate with such people! :-)

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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loul2

Hi Pi Chi! Are you still in Muswellbrook, and how are you finding it? Did you/Were you able to join any community groups to meet some new friends? We are looking at putting in an offer on a house this week..but a bit nervous after some of the reviews. As a Community Services worker, I like your outlook- " presents a wonderful opportunity for the right team of fabulous people to lift the identity and spirit of the local community so that our people become active constituents of the big-picture dreams that can be realised in a town like Muswellbrook." Have you had any fruition with this?

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

Quiet mining town, lots of space, lots of work, great schools

Great for

  • Endless employment opportunities
  • Affordable living
  • Good rental return
  • Tamworth is 150 km north, Newcastle about 100 km south

Not great for

  • Mining town

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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"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.

Great for

  • Endless employment opportunities
  • Close to major cities
  • Good rental return
  • Tamworth is 150 km north, Newcastle about 100 km south

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
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maer

What do you mean by it has a dodgy council estate?

Rae Cooper
Rae Cooper

In response to maer What do mean by it has a dodgy council estate?
Pretty sure they're referring to the housing commission area of Wollombi rd. Read my review and you'll get the full picture! rayleec

sorpleo
sorpleo

LMAO Rae - that explains a house I saw for sale in that area that was 'just' $100,000!! I was right, thinking the price tells you if the area is any good.

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"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

Great for

  • Tamworth is 150 km north, Newcastle about 100 km south
  • Endless employment opportunities
  • Affordable living
  • Good rental return

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
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"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.

Not great for

  • Expensive to live
  • People aren't friendly
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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.

rayleec

I agree! The area is full of people who are less than human, and a damn disgrace to the human race!!

sorpleo
sorpleo

I have never met such rude shop assistants as I have in Muswellbrook. They have the attitude that they're really brain surgeons, filling in in shops for 'pocket money'. They back pedal real fast if you challenge them, but damned if they remember ways of 'getting' you next time! (Like overpricing on an item. Check those dockets!!) I'm with Missy. rayleec, which area are you talking about?

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"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.

Great for

  • Endless employment opportunities
  • Close to major cities
  • Affordable living
  • Good rental return

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
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snazzy

Nice to hear! Wanting to know if the mines are noisy

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

snazzy

Another suggestion is to ask about entertainment and services that are important to you and see if they are available to you

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.

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.

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.

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.

rayleec

nelbhoy Not sure how long ago you made these comments, but I sincerely hope you decided to find somewhere in Scone and not Muswellbrook. People who are telling you it's not a nice place to live are not being totally honest - IT'S MUCH WORSE! It's a completely horrible place to live!! I was recovering from PTSD when I moved here and was looking forward to recovering in a quiet country town. By the time I left 2 years later my PTSD was full blown again and I literally nearly died my health got so bad. Muswellbrook may have some good decent people in it, but the drop kicks overshadow those few precious people, making it impossible to live there without drama of one kind or another.

sorpleo
sorpleo

A lot of people who work for the mines live near me. I notice not many stay for too long and move out again. I don't know if it's because they can't hack it - or the mines move them on for whatever reason. You might want to check the security and duration of the job offered.

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"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.

Not great for

  • Low socio-economic area
  • Dirty industrial town
  • Expensive to live
  • People aren't friendly

Who lives here?

  • Country Lovers
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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!!

Steve-R

Well said Kim

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.

rayleec

I agree MissyJane, the public housing people where I live and pay private rent have made my life miserable, despite me keeping myself to myself. Horrible, horrible, horrible bogans!

forever-homem

Thank you for these comments. You have helped me make the biggest decision of my life. MissyJane Good Luck.

birdieb

This seem like a nasty thread!, only supporting some of the sentiment from its original author. MMM, I might rethink Muswellbrook as a good investment.

cliveh1

Yes, really prickly thread. I've been researching a few small towns/regional centres for investment/retirement purposes, and the common thread from the locals seems to be :"If you don't fit in with our 'culture', then we'll treat you like sh*t". A bit more understanding and self-reflection would be nice from the locals, and maybe not too much self-indulgence and a bit more "getting to know you" would be in order for newbies. Dust seems to be a problem...

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"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.

Great for

  • Good rental return
  • Endless employment opportunities

Not great for

  • Expensive to live
  • People aren't friendly
  • Dirty industrial town

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • LGBT+
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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.

rayleec

The public housing dropkicks have completely taken over the Wollombi rd area, making it totally miserable for those of us who pay private rent or own homes here. "Rough types" doesn't even come close to describing how disgusting these people are!!

sorpleo
sorpleo

I've needed dealings in Singleton and can say how rude the people are there! A lot ruder than Muswellbrook, to be fair. Their coal dust is worse than that in Muswellbrook.

cliveh1

@sorpleo - interesting comment - that was an option we were looking at as well.

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"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!

Great for

  • Close to major cities
  • Endless employment opportunities
  • Affordable living

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
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sezzz

Last I heard Bunnings is going to Singleton not Muswellbrook.

snazzy

Like the gym. My town doesn't even have one!!

sorpleo
sorpleo

How old are these comments? Dick Smith went into liquidation quite some time ago! Many shops have closed

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"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.

Great for

  • Close to major cities
  • Endless employment opportunities

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glenk1

Hi looking to purchasr small how bad is train noise and dust many thanks

sorpleo
sorpleo

I've stated elsewhere, that many people who work at the mines live near me. I've noticed that all of them move on after 12 months. I don'tknow if it's because they couldn't hack it - or if the mines havemoved them on for their own reasons. Don't move here expecting secure full time employment without checking first about the job they offer you.

Hunstagamez
Hunstagamez

sorpleo, 8 tenths of people in Muswellbrook have been employed or living there for more than 4 years.

sorpleo
sorpleo

That's less that 8 tenths hunts. I've lived here over 7 years and seen many, many leave less than 12 months after they came here!

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"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!

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  • Affordable living
  • Close to major cities
  • Endless employment opportunities

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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.

Steve-R

Rixstr, ya hit the nail on the head buddy..well said buddy.

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!!!!!

shandy12
shandy12

Where is the beach??

rayleec

I don't know what part of Muswellbrook you live in, but the public housing people in the area where I pay private rent, are horrible, horrible, horrible!!! Every f'ing day it's something. I don't need to take my blinkers off and look around - I see how disgusting these people are every f'ing day. They make the rest of our lives miserable!!!

sorpleo
sorpleo

missyjane is right. inmate families do move here to be closer to inmates. I used to work for the prisons and know!

Hunstagamez
Hunstagamez

This review epitomizes Muswellbrook. Thanks Rixstr.

sorpleo
sorpleo

I think it's Rixstr who is in fairyland. NONE of what they described applied to Muswellbrook!!

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"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.

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sorpleo
sorpleo

There are no shoe shops in Muswellbrook - Big W only if you want shoes. No Just Jeans either. most boutique clothes shops have closed. LMAO. Yes, highlight the mines - but make a point of leaving out the filthy black dust as a result of them. Many people don't know/think of that part of it. AND there are many smart alec drop kicks coming in with employment in the mines. Earning good money, but have the attitude they're brain surgeons and treat/speak to you like crap.

Hunstagamez
Hunstagamez

Lmao coal dust, there is none. Check the PMI index, cleanest air you could want for a country town. Also, mines are outer-rim Muswellbrook, your clearly living dead-end if you're at a mine. Finally, what do you mean they talk like brain surgeons? Minies are just trying to do their job, who and why are you conversing with them?

sorpleo
sorpleo

Too funny Huntsagamez. The 'clean air' leaves a BLACK covering on my kitchen floor that I am forever washing. I wake up with black gunk in the corner of my eyes, that has gone into MY system and comes out later. Don't spread your BS mate, there are people out there who want genuine answers not your total BS!! No minies (NOT all, but most!) have an attitude of self importance that overides the rights of neighbours. Overlording with an insistence of silence yet have no qualms playing loud music at 1 am when they feel like it!! Frankly your BS and bullying tells me YOU work for the mines and are a good example of what I say!!

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"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.

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"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!!!!!

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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.

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!!!

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.

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.

rayleec

No - the rent is way too high for what you have to tolerate. Landlords have some bloody nerve charging what they're charging when you're surrounded by public housing and the tenants are such scumbags they make your life miserable!

sorpleo
sorpleo

absolutely raylee. I am totally with you.

Hunstagamez
Hunstagamez

Lmao coal dust, there is none. Check the PMI index, cleanest air you could want for a country town. Have you seen the prospering crops?

sorpleo
sorpleo

Too funny Huntsagamez. The 'clean air' leaves a BLACK covering on my kitchen floor that I am forever washing. I wake up with black gunk in the corner of my eyes, that has gone into MY system and comes out later. Don't spread your BS mate, there are people out there who want genuine answers not your total BS!!

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"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!!!

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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!!!

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.

sorpleo
sorpleo

cut it out with the coal/electricity BS. When you use solar - you get electricity!Without the filthy dust!!

Hunstagamez
Hunstagamez

This is one of the most resource-efficient towns around. Lmao coal dust, there is none. Check the PMI index, cleanest air you could want for a country town.

sorpleo
sorpleo

Too funny Huntsagamez. The 'clean air' leaves a BLACK covering on my kitchen floor that I am forever washing. I wake up with black gunk in the corner of my eyes, that has gone into MY system and comes out later. Don't spread your BS mate, there are people out there who want genuine answers not your total BS!!

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"MBK CITY"

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

affordable place

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