8.0 out of 10

Whittlesea

Ranked 232nd best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.4582735801773 145.156561581123
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Safe & Sound
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
Sep 15, 2016

"Wide open boring"

Pros
  • Wide open space
  • 2 hours from Mt Buller
  • Family feel to it
Cons
  • Boring
  • Everything shuts early
  • Godings
  • No full size supermarket
  • Not much for teenagers
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
5/5
2yrs+

"Pretty Whittlesea."

As a young family we decided on making the move to Whittlesea. Not only is it affordable but the area is very pretty and has a lot of potential for investment and great living! We have lived here for two years and find the scenery, the parks and the space all within an hour to the city as ideal. For anyone who is wanting a bit of excitement there is Funfields a great amusement park along with the Whittlesea Show and country music festival held every year. There is a secondary college, two primary schools, lovely estates and a nice shopping strip covering basic essentials. Not to forget to mention a new dentist clinic a medical clinic and soon to be Mcdonalds and a bigger IGA. As there is always room for improvement in any town a recreational with a sporting and swimming facility will be fantastic as well as an Aldi Supermarket, perhaps a few more restaurants and a train line. As Whittlesea is in the corridor of most developed areas i am sure it wont take long till these things take place. As for now i am happy to call Whittlesea home!
Pros
  • Family feel to it
  • Quite Coutry Living without too much travel
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Has a nice feel"

We've been living here for a few months now. Its a nice change from South Morang/Mill Park with next to no cars doing burn outs every night!!. Local supermarkets are ok (2 of them), and will only improve once IGA extends its premises (currently under construction).
Transport as other have said is limited to bus, leaving approx every 45 mins.
Takeaway, couple of good fish n chips shops, couple of good chicken shops, Chinese restaurant, great bakeries, and a couple of pizza shops, one is better than the other, but I will not say which.

The people of the town seem very friendly always managing to give a hello or good morning etc.

The kids need more to do, as they do hang around town at times, with little or nothing for them to do.

All in all I love my new home. I am content that my children will grow up here, even if its a bit boring for them........Helloooooooo Whittlesea Council!........please give them more to do, a sports centre, indoor bmx/skate track.

We live in the newer area, gas, electrcity (you'd want to hope so lol), adsl1, adsl2 is not available on our street, (Telstra love splitting lines between homes these days).

Again a nice area that grows more on me each day I live here.
Pros
  • Quite Coutry Living without too much travel
  • Family feel to it
  • Community feel to town
Cons
  • Not much for teenagers
  • Transport
  • No full size supermarket
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great Place to Live"

Kinglake West is a great place to live. It is quiet and leafy. Properties in the area hold their value and continue to increase in value due to urban development in Doreen, Whittlesea and surrounding suburbs. Kinglake West is a pretty place and the locals are very friendly. Everyone you meet has time for a chat and nothing is too much trouble. Neighbours are like extended family. There is a strong sense of community spirit. Locals take pride in their properties and gardens. Kinglake West has bus transport and Whittlesea is only 15 minutes away. Kinglake West has a lovely bakery and cafe, antique dealer and local gym. There are a number of quality schools nearby. All in all a lovely place to live for a escape to the country that is still within easy reach of Melbourne.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A country town in a growth corridor"

Whittlesea is a safe area to live and work. After 8pm at night the streets are very quite. Not overly culturally diverse however has a good mix of country farmers and suburban folk. Two supermarkets in town carry most lines however you will pay a little bit extra in general than the big chain stores. Two fabulous hot chicken shops, Lilydale Chicken being my preferred shop. We have an excellent chemist and OPSM has just moved in across the road. A large medical clinic being constructed on Beech and Church St will add to the strong health services offered in Whittlesea. Ambulance has just been upgraded to 24hrs. Although the design of Whittlesea township is a little confusing with the Ambos out in the industrial area, CFA to be moved to Laurel St and the police building on the crn of Fir and Church St - better planning would have been to put all emergency services together. Whittlesea is sometime the forgotten child of its name sake council, with youth services probably lacking the most with things such as a gym, indoor pool and running track being services not offered yet. The council has capped growth of the town which helps to keep it a little special. Affordable nice homes. Public transport is a little light on with only buses running through town.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Cosy Country Community."

Whittlesea is a growing country town with a nice vibe. Great local identities and retailers hold together a strong community spirit with community services and an excellent local medical clinic and secondary college. Traffic on Plenty Rd can be very busy in peak times with new estates being built in neighbouring townships of Doreen, Mernda, South Morang and Whittlesea itself. Local restaurants are pretty ordinary, and public transport is limited to hourly bus services.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
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 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Country life close to the city"

Really friendly community, great for raising a young family. The town stores carry most things but if you can't find what you want the mega malls are not far away.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Don't miss this opportunity."

You would be hard-pressed to find a friendlier place to raise a young family. Large kid-friendly blocks and wide open spaces abound. Great walks and cycling paths criss-cross the area. Plenty of primary school options at your disposal. A close-knit and caring community to welcome you. Also consider the current real estate value for money. You can secure your part of the Australian dream for less than half the price of land in Melbourne's urban fringe, and a mere 15 minutes further up the road. Why saddle yourself with debt? All the advantages of a rural life within an easy commute of Melbourne. The smart money is buying here now because the pressure of Melbourne's unchecked urban sprawl means this gem can't stay hidden forever. Substantial government investment will continue in the area, meaning jobs, infrastructure and community-building. Will this be the place you tell your grandkids that you could have bought into for a song, but hesitated, and missed out?
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Whitlesea"

Whitlesea has developed quite a bit over the years. There are heaps of land estates also a good place for first home buyers
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Charming rural community"

Bordered by Clonbinane, Hazeldene, Pheasant Creek, Kinglake, Humevale, Arthurs Creek and Strathewen, Kinglake West was one of the towns substantially devastated by the Black Saturday bushfires earlier this year. A charming rural town with a small population of roughly 1500 people, Kinglake West is located in central Victoria, over 80km north east of Melbourne. It is a delightful community which would be well suited to retirees and families.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees