7.3 out of 10

Trentham

Ranked 10th best suburb in Central Highlands
-37.4067213992534 144.311999401008
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Schools
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Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Professionals
  • Singles

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Country town, still commuting close to Melbourne"

The better pockets of Trentham are the larger blocks further out of the main township. There, you may enjoy the tranquility of the countryside and still make use of the amenity that Trentham township has to offer. Buying opportunities are becoming fewer as all the prime pieces of land parcels that remain gradually get snapped up .. and good luck finding acreage further out because it's in short supply. There are still some good bargains to be had closer to town, but that's if you're ok with the quarter-acre-block-mentality and your fence abutting the next door neighbors' toilet piping, etc. The town itself has a few key areas of appeal. Namely, the 'country feel' as you coast along the main streets. But other aspects of it that are nice include the regular farmers' market, the Cosmo, the foodie options keep getting better, the supermarket has improved recently, the air is certainly as fresh as you can get, the parks are great, Trentham falls is close, lots of walking tracks, lots of wildlife and bird life in general, the people are friendly and there is a good community vibe to the place. Some amenities could be improved upon but it is certainly an up-and-coming country locale, in my opinion. (Side note: I am not a local, but wish I was!!! ... perhaps one day... if one of those larger blocks out of the main strip become available ...)
Pros
  • It's 'country' and everything that entails - fresh air, great produce, living on the land
  • An hour from Melbourne CBD by car ... closer than the Dandenongs!!
  • The sense of peacefulness you get from being there
Cons
  • Vermin: mainly rabbits and mice
  • No trains :(
  • Not enough land available
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jun 13, 2017

"Deceptive Little Town - not what it appears to be"

Trentham is a country town, that has recently had a lot of commuters move into it chasing the dream of a tree change. I am not sure who is writing these other reviews but the largest employer in Trentham is not an Alternative Lifestyle Magazine who moved to warmer pastures in Broome but is Koppers Arch, who produce wood that has been treated with CCA (Copper Chromium Arsenate). It's a known carcinogen and liver cancer, is a common problem but don't mention it to the locals, who have been living here for generations, because its JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. The factory is right in the middle of town and there have been several incidents already - children admitted to hospital for breathing problems when there was a leak, miscarriages, cows dying of drinking poisoned water, liver cancers, premature deaths.
The town is also notorious for pedophiles. and Rainbow Bird and Monster Man is a 2002 Australian documentary film tells the story of a Trentham boy's abuse, and when he returns to his hometown in 1995 to have his abuser charged and despite having a confession from the abuser himself, the police typically refused to initiate criminal proceedings. Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated story and really it's too gruesome to get into the dirty secrets of this town but let's say that it goes all the way to the top.
It's incredibly cold in Trentham and a number of the new houses were built on reclaimed land and not surprisingly have mould problems. In Winter, the place is completely covered in smoke. So it's not ideal if you have breathing problems. Some of the locals think burning pvc isn't so bad either. We had a plumber throw in PVC piping into a bonfire. The roads are dangerous and there is no shortage of sad stories of people losing their lives on them. Definitely not a place you want to be commuting from and there is no choice with public transport, which is literally non-existent with a bus in the morning and evening. Bushfires are a huge problem in Summer.
As for being gay, while we were there we saw a gay couple buy and sell up because of the intolerance. Similar story with racism. In fact, even a couple that bought the IGA were literally run out of town because they dared to challenge the status quo and didn't want to be robbed blind by employees and locals stealing stuff from them. The locals will tell you that you aren 't really a local unless you have a grandparent buried in the local cemetery. It's a funny old town. Now it has a hipster coffee drinking and cafe culture that rubs shoulders with the true blue locals that will find any opportunity to put newbies in their place.
The best bit of advice moving in, that I was given, "Keep to Yourself". Pity I didn't listen.
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Trentham Weather and Climate Information"

Trentham is a cool country village in the central ranges of Victoria midway between Woodend and Daylesford. Summers are usually pleasant with the temperature often approximately 8C cooler than Melbourne. Summer nights are usually pleasant for sleeping. Late autumn to mid spring months are wetter than summer and it isn't unusual for Trentham and the immediate area to receive 120 - 180mm in one or more of these months. Snow and sleet is recorded on average 12 - 13 days a year and nights of -4C in winter aren't unusual.

The link provides the climate summary for Trentham, with some records dating back to before 1900...
http://www.aussky.com.au/trenthamareaclimaticave.pdf

There is a live weather station in town which updates the current conditions every 5 minutes
http://trentham.bsch.au.com/Trentham/Current_Vantage_Prop2.htm

There are 2 buses from Trentham connecting to Woodend train station each day, the trains from Woodend to Melbourne are frequent, reliable and well patronised.
Pros
  • Woodend train station 23kms away with regular services to Melbourne and Bendigo
  • Close and friendly community feel
  • An hour from Melbourne CBD by car ... closer than the Dandenongs!!
  • The sense of peacefulness you get from being there
Cons
  • No natural gas supply
  • Only 2 buses to Woodend per day
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Gay?"

This is the prefect place for same sex couples to raise a family, be it children or pets. Great for those singal gays looking for peace and quite. Melbourne is 1 hour by car or VLINE bus runs many times a day taking you to and from Woodend or Kyneton train stations. The only thing missing from Trentham is gas. Leaning on electored government officials may help get the gas piped here. P.S make sure you buy in Trentham before.
Pros
  • An hour from Melbourne CBD by car ... closer than the Dandenongs!!
  • It's 'country' and everything that entails - fresh air, great produce, living on the land
  • The sense of peacefulness you get from being there
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"A tree change still close enough to work in Melbourne... the best of both worlds"

Trentham is a small village that seems to be growing, while still maintaining a country feel. There is a brand new school and a feeling of community spirit.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5
2yrs+

"Small, alternative town"

A small town which has become popular for its alternative lifestyle practices, Trentham plays host to an alternative lifestyle publishing company which is one of the biggest employers in the area. Boasting the highest single-drop waterfall in Victoria, Trentham Falls, the area is also home to the Coliban River, several hot springs, an Aussie Rules football team and a golf course. Based roughly 90km from Melbourne and 70km from Ballarat, Trentham has a population of over 600 people and sits between Lyonville, Spring Hill, Woodend, Bullarto, Greendale, Darley and Korweinguboora. Given its Irish heritage, Trentham throws big St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids