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  1. The Pom Queen

    Melbourne Suburb - Clifton Hill

    Clifton Hill is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is in the Local Government Area of the City of Yarra. Clifton Hill is located approximately 4km north-east of the Melbourne central business district and has undergone rapid gentrification in recent years. Accommodation in the suburb largely comprise of Victorian and Edwardian era dwellings. Hoddle Street bisects the suburb, dividing it into western and eastern precincts. The suburb is well served by parks and gardens, including Darling Gardens and Mayor's Park (western precinct) and Quarries Park (eastern precinct). An attractive local shopping strip is located along Queens Parade, on the border with Fitzroy North, consisting of mainly Victorian era shopfronts in a reasonable state of preservation. Dwelling density in Clifton Hill is significantly lower than the remainder of the former City of Collingwood, which also included the suburbs of Collingwood and Abbotsford. Transport Major road arteries passing through the suburb include Queens Parade, Heidelberg Road, Alexandra Parade and Hoddle Street. The region is served by the No.86 tram route along Queens Parade and Clifton Hill railway station, located just north of the corner of Hoddle and Ramsden Streets. The border between Clifton Hill and Fitzroy North is Queens Parade and Smith Street. Merri Creek defines the eastern border of Clifton Hill. The Eastern Freeway is one of Melbourne's most important freeways in terms of commuting to the city, connecting Alexandra Parade and Hoddle St in the inner suburbs, with EastLink tollway in Melbourne's east. It is three to five lanes in each direction, including an inbound "transit lane" reserved for vehicles with two or more occupants during peak hour. Linking North and South Hoddle St which runs beside Clifton Hill Railway Station is a major aeterial road. Hoddle Highway is an urban "highway" in Melbourne linking CityLink and the Eastern Freeway, allotted metropolitan route . It starts at the Eastern Freeway entrance in Fitzroy and heads directly southwards until reaching Citylink in Richmond, near the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and continues across the Yarra River and down to the Nepean and Princes Highways, at St Kilda Junction. This "highway" is also known as Hoddle Street north of Bridge Road, named after Robert Hoddle, architect of Melbourne's Hoddle Grid, and Punt Road south of Bridge Road, named after the punt used to cross the Yarra River before a bridge was built. This continues on through the congested four laned undivided South Yarra district before heading further south into Barkly Street, through the St. Kilda city centre before terminating at Marine Parade Clifton Hill railway station is a Premium Station in the suburb of Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It services the Epping and Hurstbridge railway lines and is located shortly before the junction of these lines. The station falls within the Metcard Zone 1 area. The station is located between Hoddle Street and John Street and can be accessed via either street. Tram route 86 is a short walk from the station. Adjacent suburbs Fitzroy is where creativity abounds from quiet, quaint and quirky shops to colourful street benches and footpaths. The cafes and bars along Brunswick Street like Retro and Vertigo are great places to sit and watch the world go by. At night the whole place lights up with tapas bars, Latin American clubs, pubs, comedy bars and jazz clubs. . You will see quaint and quirky shops, and eclectic art on offer in nearby studios, galleries and workshops, all set off by colourful public art street benches. Pick up bargain retro and recycled fashion, arty home wares, unique locally made jewellery or just a colourful bunch of flowers. Recreation and Leisure Dights Falls, Clifton Hill where the Merri Creek and Yarra River join is a short walk from ParkSide and is a favourite spot for kayakers and picnicers. Cyclists pass through the Collingwood Children's Farm on the Yarra River Trail which follows the Yarra River from the city to Dight's Falls, where it meets the Merri Creek Trail. This also forms part of the Capital City Trail. Studley Park is an extensive parkland which merges with the larger Yarra Bend Park, contains Dights falls and features within it a golf course, sports grounds, and small pockets of natural forest. Cycling: ParkSide runs alongside bicycle paths: Cycling in Melbourne is improving with the addition of marked lanes, shared footways, bike parking facilities and information about how to get about by bike. Major on-road bicycle network routes within the City of Melbourne include St Kilda Road, Royal Parade, Flemington Road, Swanston Street and Canning Street. Major off-road routes include Yarra River Trail which runs through Clifton Hill, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, Maribyrnong River Trail, Flemington Road, Dynon Road, Footscray Road, St Kilda Road. Local Landmarks Collingwood Children's Farm a delightful 15 minute walk along the river was established in 1979 by the local community with the support of the former City of Collingwood to give city children a taste of country life. It is located next to the grounds of Abbotsford Convent Arts Precinct and a Steiner School on a bend in the river. It is a fully functioning traditional farm, with animals, vegetable gardens and the rest. Fresh milk and eggs are for sale, and visitors are encouraged to help with farm work. The convent itself was home to a campus of La Trobe University for a while, but is now set to be developed for both commercial and for community use after protracted negotiations between developers and Yarra City Council. Hospitals and Universities in Melbourne There are around 30 public hospitals and 13 health service organizations in the metropolitan part of Melbourne. The Royal Melbourne Hospital is one of the premier institutions in the city providing tertiary health care and known for its various clinical research undertakings Clifton Hill’s excellent public transport both bus and train means you can get to the major hospitals within 10- - 15 minuts by these modes of transport. The Austin Hospital is a public hospital located in the Heidelberg suburb. It was founded in 1892 as a mental institution but later on became a hospital system in the 1960s. The Austin Hospital is known for its clinical researches and teaching services. It is part of Austin Health along with Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre. Other major hospitals in Melbourne include The Alfred Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Epworth Hospital. St. Vincent’s Hospital is a major private hospital located in the Fitzroy/Clifton Hill area. Street. Educational Institutions in Melbourne The University of Melbourne is one of the top universities in the country and the world. It is the second oldest in Australia and is a member of the lobby group “Group of Eight” as well as the Sandstone universities. The main campus is situated in the Parkville suburb very near Melbourne Central Business District and there is a bus that goes direct from Clifton Hill Railway Station a five minute walk from ParkSide Accommodation Melbourne. Other notable universities in the city include La Trobe University, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, Deakin University, Victoria University, Australian Catholic University and University of Ballarat. La Trobe University, RMIT, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria University are all close to ParkSide and public transport from Clifton Hill makes easy access to these major institutions. Schools close to ParkSide The Methodist Ladies' College (commonly referred to as MLC) is an independent, non-selective, day and boarding school for girls', located in Kew, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The school has two additional outdoor education campuses known as 'Marshmead' and 'Banksia'. Established in 1882 on its current campus by the Methodist Church of Australasia, MLC is now a school of the Uniting Church in Australia, and caters for approximately 2150 students from the Early Learning Centre (MLC Kindle) to year 12, including almost 100 boarders. The college is a member of Girls Sport Victoria, the Australian Boarding Schools' Association, the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), and the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. MLC offers students both the Victorian Certificate of Education and the International Baccalaureate. In 2001, The Sun-Herald ranked MLC third in Australia's top ten girls' schools, based on the Melbourne Girls Grammar School (also known as MGGS), is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school for girls, located in South Yarra, an inner city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Founded in 1893 by Miss Emily Hensley and Miss Alice Taylor, the school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 950 students from Pre-school to Year 12, including 90 boarders. Melbourne Girls' Grammar is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA), the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV), the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA),[2] and is a founding member of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV). Melbourne Grammar School, also known as MGS, or Melbourne Boys is an independent, Anglican, day and boarding school predominantly for boys, located in South Yarra and Caulfield, suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Founded on 7 April 1858 as the Melbourne Church of England Grammar School, the school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,800 students from Prep to Year 12, including 120 boarders from Years 7 to 12. Nearby Attractions Clifton Hill, ParkSide, is surrounded by parklands in particular Yarra Bend Park. At Yarra Bend Park, the largest area of natural vegetation near the City of Melbourne, the landscape varies from steep, wild river escarpments to open woodlands, formal parkland, playing fields and golf courses. It has over 16 km of river frontage, and superb views of the city and the Dandenongs from the higher areas. Yarra Bend Golf Course The Yarra Bend Golf Course is situated in Yarra Bend Park, Fairfield, only 4 km from the Melbourne CBD. The majestic Yarra River hugs the edges of this scenic course, providing picturesque views of the river and rocky cliffs. Well known as one of Melbourne's premier public courses for years, Yarra Bend features high quality greens and sculptured fairways Historic Studley Park Boathouse, Kew, is only 10 minutes from the city centre and offers visitors the opportunity to dine in the restaurant, relax over a lighter meal in the indoor/outdoor café, or have a light snack from the kiosk while enjoying sweeping views of the Yarra River and natural bushland. You can also hire row boats, canoes and kayaks from the oldest operating boathouse in Australia. MCG is only a 5 min train trip from Clifton Hill or bus from Clifton Hill Railway Station. The Fitzroy Gardens are 26 hectares (64 acres) located on the southeastern edge of the Melbourne Central Business District in East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The gardens are bounded by Clarendon Street, Albert Street, Lansdowne Street, and Wellington Parade with the Treasury Gardens across Lansdowne street to the west. The gardens are one of the major Victorian era landscaped gardens in Australia and add to Melbourne's claim to being the garden city of Australia. Set within the gardens are: • an ornamental lake • kiosk and cafe • Conservatory • Cooks' Cottage - a house where James Cook reputedly spent some years of his childhood (the cottage was in England at that time). • Sinclair’s Cottage (Visitor information) • Model Tudor village • Fountains and sculptures • Band Pavilion • the Rotunda • the fairy tree The Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne are botanical gardens located near the centre of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on the south bank of the Yarra River. They are comprised of 354,000 square metres (35 hectares or 87 acres) of beautifully landscaped gardens. They are widely regarded as the finest botanical gardens in Australia, and among the Brunswick Street has a great collection of eclectic clothes shops, bookshops, designer jewellery shops and interesting one-off boutiques. It is the heart of Melbourne’s bohemian culture with a range of galleries and a vibrant nightlife. The choice of cafés, restaurants, bakeries, ice creameries and organic outlets on this strip is amazing. Enjoy a stroll down the strip, lose yourself in the smell of fresh coffee with the only problem being which café to choose from! Art Galleries Clifton Hill is close to all of Melbourne major art galleries – it takes 8 mins by train to Flinders St where you find the National Gallery of Victoria Ian Potter Gallery RMIT Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi Gallery
  2. Guest

    melbourne suburb guide

    Hi all, I have heard that there is a pdf version of the Melbourne suburb guide! Does anybody have one that they may be able to send to me? and are they very useful? Moving to Eastern burbs next year so the more info i have the better! Cheers.
  3. hi there ....my name is sam and i married to an ozzie with our little 7 month old boy!! any uk mums want to meet for a coffee/walk around centennial park? I miss english ways even though i have been here 9 years..... im 33 and pretty easy going but since i had my son I miss england.... but i cannot go back as we are pretty settled here with husband s job and his family ect..... my brother lives here and sister in NZ but i miss uk friends.....so any uk mummys want to come over to my neck of the woods for a cup of PG and a jaffa cake(ha ha not really) drop me a line!!:laugh:
  4. Hey all, I have got my 5 year residency visa and I am looking to move to Oz in Jan 2010 if not before!! I am looking to move to Brisbane and have no idea were to start... I am looking for a lively young suburub which has a real buzz. I play rugby so will be looking to join a rugby club. Also learning to surf so would be great if I was in driving distance from a surfing beach. PLEASE HELP..... Thanks guys
  5. We have a house available for rent in Jindalee, Perth. It is approx 30min north of Perth and 720m from the beach, which at the moment is under construction with cafes and restaurants, etc being built. It is located in an immaculate estate with many parks & playgrounds scattered throughout. Please see following link for info on Jindalee: About Jindalee Beachside - Jindalee Beachside - Residential Estates - Satterley Property Group - Land, Houses & Real Estate The house is a 4 x 2 massive open plan residence with queensize bedrooms, office/study, activity room, chefs kitchen with dishwasher, outdoor spa/gazebo, solid wood flooring throughout, home theatre, huge laundry, wooden decked undercover alfresco. The garage is oversize to accommodate high 4wd vehicles. The rent is $540pw and includes all garden & spa maintenance and also includes near new stainless steel fridge & freezer and large wall mounted 50" Plasma TV, however is negotiable should you not require these inclusions. Should you wish to see photos please email me at ckparkinson@gmail.com and I will send them through to you. Regards Claye
  6. Hi all, after reading a few of these threads it seems there are loads of people here with a wealth of knowledge and experience with Melbourne. We need to tap in. My girlfriend and I are moving to Melbourne in January and we have been trawling through property websites researching suburbs etc, to be honest its all become somewhat of a muddle now. We are in our in our late twenties with no children so at present we only have to think about ourselves. I wonder if someone will be able to advise us if our living accommodation and suburb choice is realistic, im not fussed if you are brutally honest. We're looking to live in Malvern in a 2 bedroom house / flat. Anything half descent seems to be at the $400 - 450 PW range, we would like to be fairly close to the city, given our age we still like to think that we can mix it with the best of'em so we dont want to be too far from the action. From looking at job search websites and registering with a couple of agencies it seems our joint income should be approx $140k PA. The sums seem to suggest that we would be okay but does anyone think we are being unrealistic with our choice? Cheers..........Mark & Caroline (now realizing that the move is getting very close).:wideeyed:
  7. We have been in Melbourne for 5 months now and are struggling to find a suburb that's nice, affordable, good access to the city, good for families etc. The suburbs that we have seen so far that we like (Glen Iris, Camberwell, Eaglemont, Ivanhoe, Bayside etc) are all far too expensive (well over $1m). We are professionals in our 30's living with a young child and one on the way and 'just' want a good area to bring our children up in. Our budget will be around 500-600k and are looking for a 3 or 4 bed house. I don't know whether we are trying to find something that really doesn't exist or whether there's a suburb we haven't heard of yet. Of all the areas that people have suggested, there are only 2 that are affordable and close to being somewhere that we get excited about living in. One is Eltham, which despite being 20k from the city is still 50 mins on the train, and Berwick, which is much further out but about the same train time, however I have heard nightmare stories about not being able to actually get on a train due to overcrowding. Driving into the city for work would take longer. We've also looked at Point Cook which is okay but a bit too new for our liking. We don't want a townhouse where the hosue is wedged onto the land but we're not looking for something flash either. Can anyone suggest any areas or are we dreaming?
  8. Petals

    Cheltenham Melbourne Suburb

    Cheltenham is a nice suburb of Melbourne and has a small shopping centre, there is the beach side of the suburb and the other side the dividing of the suburb being the Nepean Highway. Near to the shopping centre is Southland Shopping Centre which is a very large shopping centre and traverses over the Nepean Highway. The train on the Frankston line stops at Cheltenham and it would be about 40 mins to the city. Housing in Cheltenham is older maybe 30 years plus and a lot of the houses would need renovating that come up for sale. Its a popular area. Cheltenham is not that far from the Moorabbin Airport and if buying in the area one should check to see if the property is in the airport zone before entering a contract to buy. This can affect the price of property as a lot of people do not like aircraft noise. Its a regional type airport not one where large planes are used. There are plenty of golf courses around the area. Good private and public schools are in the area. Nearest hospitals would be Sandringham and Monash Medical Centre Clayton. Its easy to access the bay beaches from Cheltenham about 15 - 20 minutes.
  9. Guest

    Guess the suburb!!!

    You have to guess the suburb with the following clues ! first one to get it right gets a chickin click off all those who got it wrong !!! CLUES: >The suburb is situated north of the river. >The first letter is W. >A road in the suburb is aloe court . this should be easy !!!!!!!!!! from courtney...x:jiggy:
  10. Can anyone recommend any suburbs which has new builds in? We wanted to rent a property in Subi but the detacthed properties are out of our price range ($700 max per wk). So we are now open to ideas as to where to live. We would pref a newish property, dont care about schools but want a safe area which is commutable to CBD, has bars, cafes and restaurants close-ish. DOnt mind SOR or NOR as i dont really know what the diff is apart from location lol. Ideally would of liked to be close to either Freo or Subi but we are now open to ideas? Anyone? Thanks Emma x
  11. Hi all and thanks in anticipation. We keep changing our minds of where we would like to live on the Gold Coast.:wacko: For all those who have been to the GC and all those living there, would you please tell us where you would go to, and reasons why, if you had to leave your home tomorrow and move somewhere else on the GC? Our kids will be 14 & 17 when we get there. once again, thanks Andy:goofy:
  12. Hi, I’m coming to Melbourne from the UK for interviews with Brightstar, which are on Tues 14th and Wed 15th April, and am looking to move out there permanently. I arrive on Saturday 11th but unfortunately my friend who lives in Melbourne isn't going to be around so I'm going to be kicking my heels for a few days. Is anyone around that weekend who fancies a few drinks and a bit of chat to get the lowdown on the city? I'm thinking of moving to Carlton/Brunswick/Fitzroy/Richmond/St. Kilda and would love to get people's options. About me: I'm 28, professional bloke. Likes socialising, hot airballooning, all sports, good restaurants and cafes. Cheers all Kris
  13. Hey Everyone, I guess you read a lot of these posts but i am in real need of some advice. My partner and I have just has our move to Sydney confirmed. We maybe over there as soon as June. We will both be working in North Ryde hopefully. As it's quite soon I am currently unsure of whether we will be able to get out there and have a look around before we move. So i was wondering if anyone could give me any pointers of where to live? We will be renting at first until we find our feet. We are a young couple I am 30 my partner 25, we are looking for somewhere that is a relativley easy commute to North Ryde, a nice area with maybe a few bars & resturants and not too expensive. I know its a big ask and there are a few boxes that need ticking. I don't expect to get everything I'm looking for but I guess those are the characteristics of my ideal place. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Miss Moth xxx :twitcy:
  14. Petals

    Melbourne Suburb Lanwarrin

    Langwarrin is quite a large suburb on the eastern side of Frankston and is covered by the Frankston Council. Its a leafy suburb with different size blocks of land from small to large acreage blocks. Its undulating land. Wiki link Langwarrin, Victoria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia It has two shopping centres, one with a Coles Supermarket as anchor and another having a Safeway supermarket as achor. Barettas is the local drinking hole and my dd works part time there in the gaming room. I have not eaten there but understand from a friend that the meals are very nice. Langwarrin is also close to the Karingal Shopping Centre in Frankston which is not bad for food shopping, two Safeway Supermarkets, cinemas, gym all the usual things that we need to keep our lives on track. They have walks around Karingal in the mornings for those people who find it terrifying to walk outside :smile: I go the physios in Langwarrin and they are excellent and I can always get an appointment. There are several large medical practices in Langwarrin. Dame Elizabeth Murdoch College is in Langwarrin formerly Langwarrin Secondary College and I know a couple of former students who liked the school. There are primary schools, churches and catholic primary school. Soccer club is large in Langwarrin. Tennis all sports are catered for. Pindarra is a very nice estate in Langwarrin but I understand it has a covenant which runs with title to the land saying that people who live there are not allowed to have cats. So anyone interested in property on that estate would need to read all documents thoroughly to see that they are happy with the conditions. Langwarrin is close to Frankston so a lot of people travel to the train station to access the CBD.
  15. Petals

    Melbourne Suburb Edithvale

    I lived in Edithvale for eleven years and we only left the suburb because we wanted a lot more land. We were very happy there. Its very flat at Edithvale and the suburbs around it are Aspendale, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Bon Beach, Carrum, Patterson Lakes. All within ten minutes. Its on the Frankston to CBD train line however there is limited parking at the station. It has older houses on large blocks of land probably fifty year old houses and its very expensive to live on the beach side of the rail line and Nepean Highway. A lot of the houses there have direct beach access. My friend has a gate right on to the beach from her house. I spent a lot of time at Edithvale Beach when my children were young and it was great for them. There is a shopping strip and supermarket at Chelsea and a very good library. There are two catholic primary schools St Josephs at Chelsea and St Louis De Montforts at Aspendale. My children went to St Louis de Montforts for a couple of years and it was a very good school. There are kindergartens in Edithvale and Aspendale and Public Primary schools in both areas. The nearest high school is at Mordialloc. The private schools which are in the vicinity are Kilbreda Catholic Girls School, Mentone Grammar, St Bedes Catholic Boys School, Haileybury, St Leonards. I attended Aspendale Medical Clinic the whole time we lived there and received very good care there. I shopped at Parkmore shopping centre mainly as it was closer although Mordialloc has a large Safeway store and numerous shops as well. Its not that far to go up to Southland.
  16. Petals

    Melbourne Suburb Frankston

    Frankston is the gateway to the Mornington Perninsula and is a designated transit centre. This means it has facilities which are used by the wider community around it and people travel into Frankston from all directions. The electrified train line starts at Frankston to the City. Its a regular service although with the curren operators it does get a lot of cancellations. Being the beginning of the line you will always get a seat going into the city in peak hours but probably not coming back for quite a few stations. In peak times there are express trains which do not stop at all stations and therefore the journey is quicker (one hopes so sometimes its not the case though as they all sit outside Flinders Street waiting to go in). Some trains go through the city loop and some do not. You can purchase tickets at designated shops around the place and also from the manned station at Frankston and there are ticket machines. Our transit police are not friendly and its a good idea to read the signs on the train. Putting feet on the seats will get you a heft fine if you are caught. Also not validating tickets. I do not find the trains comfortable but modern stuff is uncomfortable. Frankston is a mismatch of places to live. North Frankston is not considered desirable by lots of people considered roughish but this is not entirely true because it is flat so that anyone who needs to live on flat lives there. Its close to everythng and property is cheaper there. South Frankston is desirable as is Olivers Hill and Gould Street. Expensive housing. Anywhere near Frankston High School is desirable as its a good school and people need to live in the zone for their children to be able to attend it. There are other high schools as well and I believe a lot of children also do very well at them. Lets face it it all comes down to what God gives us to use for a brain anyway. Housing off Heatherhill Road, is ok as well especially at the top. Back of Karingal is quite steep and there are a lot of houses up there that have magnificent views of the bay. Also Whistlestop Estate has houses with great views of the Bay from one of the Courts in there and large houses have been built to take advantage of it. Peninsula Gateway is a nice estate all half acre properties in there. Tahnee Lodge has very nice houses but will be close to the new Frankston Bypass which might cause noise problems in the future. Station can be a bit rough due to the people who use it from everywhere and there are druggies around but now they have a police shop across the road this has helped to keep undesirables away. Also the classical music they play in the subway deters them for some reason they do not appreciate this music. The shopping is good in Frankston and its the second busiest shopping centre in Melbourne although not one of the largest, its just the catchment around Frankston is very large. There are over 100,000 people in the City of Frankston and the population of the Mornington Peninsula also uses its facilities. A lot of British people live in Frankston and its not a lot of eastern or asian people have chosen to settle there. Plenty of churches, schools, private schools, private hospitals, main public hospital for the area, Monash University and TAFE college are in Frankston. There is a large bulk billing doctors clinic in Frankston on the corner roundabout where the library is situate. Frankston has a wonderful support service for pensioners and people who need help and they are lucky to have great amount of staff to carry out these services. My mum used to live in Frankston and had weekly cleaner but since Moving to the Mornington Peninsula its fortnightly as there are not enough people wanting to do this type of work. Frankston is really great for the elderly. There are many gyms in Frankston, swimming pool, cricket club, tennis club, footy club, baseball club, croquet club, bowls, golf courses. It has everything. Lots of places to eat out. The Arts centre is very good and has lots of overseas stars, opera, ballet, plays etc and is very very good. If you have a child who plays an instrument the Peninsula Youth Orchestra is very good, my daughter played with them for several years. Anyone who needs to know anything else about Frankston kindly ask.
  17. Guest

    New Suburb forums

    I have added an additional forum under each individual states to specifically discuss suburbs in each state. The states section can be found here:- Australian States & Territories - PomsInOz Forum Thank you Ali for the suggestion! Tim
  18. ali

    suburb sub-section

    Hi , Tim has added a subsection for each state were people can write about the suburbs. Can I suggest a new thread in that section for each suburb e.g. Claremount, Rockingham, Joondalup etc., so that people can find information easily on the areas they're looking at. All comments about the suburbs I'm sure will be appreciated, names of schools in the area etc., Thanks in advance to everyone who'll contribute Ali x
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    Melbourne Suburb - Toorak

    Think of Melbourne, think of stylish hotel accommodation, cosmopolitan cafes, superb restaurants, designer shops and bargain shopping. Your thinking 'High Fashion' at South Yarra, 'Rich' Toorak, 'Off Beat' Prahran, 'The Famous' St Kilda Road. A diverse area of Melbourne which something for everyone! Toorak and South Yarra are the most expensive suburbs in Melbourne, particularly Toorak. They don’t overlook the ocean, or the bay, and for most parts not even the river. Residents don’t have great views of anything. But they do enjoy a great position and it is home to Melbourne’s wealthiest. People buy here because of the proximity to the city and because there are more boutique designer stores, art galleries, antique shops, eateries and beauty salons than in any other suburbs in Australia. Toorak in particular has the biggest and best homes in Melbourne. Situated around busy Toorak Road, there's picturesque parks and gardens speckling the suburb, such as the historic Victoria Gardens with inspiring statues and the unique ecosystem of the Urban Forest. The homes are individually designed on large blocks with lots of trees and colourful gardens. Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club as well as the exclusive Royal South Yarra Club are close by. South Yarra’s neighbours include the beautiful Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens, Fawkner Park and across Queens Rd the Albert Park Lake. The MCG and Rod Laver Arena are within walking distance. Roads In Melbourne the city link and freeways mostly move the traffic very smoothly. Toorak Road is busy with trams and cars competing for the road. Off the main roads the streets are quieter. Nearest airports Tullamarine which is 30km or 20 minutes drive Nearest Rail Toorak Station, Hawksburn Station, South Yarra Station, the last is only two stops from Flinders Street. Buses Met buses criss-cross the area as well as private bus companies Trams Run along Toorak Road. Melbourne is well served by public transport. Hospitals Melbourne is at your doorstep Retirement Villages None in Toorak, some in nearby Malvern Police Stations Prahran Dogs This is a dog friendly area. There are many off leash areas Shopping: This is a shopper’s paradise. The streets (especially Toorak Road and Chapel Street) team with interesting shops of all kinds from small boutiques to large chain stores. If you need an unusual ‘something’ chances are you will find it here. If you want to spot visiting celebrities, chances are you’ll see them here. Most shops are on the main streets but there are some interesting spots in the side streets too. Toorak village has designer boutiques, delis and cafes and behind the main road an off street parking area also accessing a large Safeway Supermarket Attractions Fawkner Park: Extending over 41 hectares, Fawkner Park offers both a peaceful retreat and a wealth of sporting activities to South Yarra. Fawkner Park is roughly rectangular in shape and crossed by a series of straight paths lined with avenues of Moreton Bay Figs, Elms, Poplars and Oaks. The park also boasts two art-deco brick pavilions dating from the 1930s, a tennis club with six synthetic courts Sidney Myer Music Bowl: The hugely popular Sidney Myer Music Bowl is a large grassy amphitheatre. The main feature is the impressive 'sound shell' roof that projects sound. Being Melbourne's premier music venue, it has hosted everything from Jack Johnson to Pearl Jam and the New Zealand opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Come Christmas and it becomes the place to listen to Carols by Candlelight. Chapel Off Chapel: is the City of Stonnington’s premier arts centre. Great performance venues and gallery spaces, in and over the foyer, make Chapel Off Chapel the first choice for those seeking out the best of Melbourne arts. Audiences love the Chapel for many reasons - stylish surrounds, friendly staff, a great bar and the excitement of getting up close and personal with the arts. Herring Island: Accessible only by boat, Herring Island, 2.8ha in size, is just 3km from the city, and the only substantial island in the Yarra River. This informal parkland has provided the inspiration for curator Maudie Palmer to develop a concept in which artists are commissioned to create site-specific sculptures. Created from natural materials such as stone, earth and wood. Schools in and around Toorak Primary Toorak Primary School Our Lady of Lourdes School Catholic Primary The King David School Armadale Primary School St Catherine's School Girls ** Loreto Mandeville Hall** Secondary The King David School Lauriston Girls' School St Catherine's School Girl ** St Kevins Catholic Boys ** Loreto Mandeville Hall** Further Education University of the Third Age Stonnington University of Melbourne Deakin University ** Top Ranking Schools
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    Melbourne Suburb - Sandhurst

    Sandhurst is one of the most exclusive suburbs for golfing in Victoria as well as being home to the PGA of Australia. Sandhurst is in the south-east of Melbourne CBD, approximately 35 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD. Access to major regional centres such as Bayside, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula or Narre Warren should only take ten minutes. The beach and boating facilities of Patterson Lakes and Carrum are only 5 minutes away, at the end of Thompsons Road. The local area is well serviced with a range of family and community facilities including public and private schools, shopping centres and medical services. Sandhurst was originally part of Carrum Downs, however, like most new suburbs in Victoria, once a development has taken off they create a new suburb. The Sandhurst Development Sandhurst Club is unlike any other residential development in Australia. Apart the impressive array of club facilities and services you'd expect from such a quality project Sandhurst Club also boasts some truly special and unique features. Residents become an actual member of The Club entitling them to have an active involvement in the future of their community. A cutting edge communication network incorporating security system for all homes provides peace of mind and real benefits to residents that are simply not available in other suburbs. Best practice environmental initiatives add to the physical appearance of the estate and the standard of living of all residents. Then there's the ClubLINKS concierge programme which offers a standard of service that will make you feel like your living in a holiday resort all year round. ClubLINKS Concierge Services As a resident your unique ClubLINKS card entitles you to all the benefits of ClubLINKS providing a range of member services with convenience and choice. Like a concierge in your pocket your ClubLINKS card allows you to book recreational facilities and 'to your door' services, gardening, cleaning, pet minding and other domestic services as well as allowing you to golf or dine at other high quality clubs nearby or far. There's no need for cash, just put it on your ClubLINKS card. Specially negotiated prices for all services including home insurance and selected retailers also means you'll get the best deal around. Home of PGA In a historic and unprecedented move, The PGA of Australia relocated its national headquarters to Sandhurst Club in 2006. This includes the PGA’s Centre of Excellence Golf Learning Centre and its PGA Junior Development Program with established world leading teaching and training facilities that will promote tomorrow’s champions as well as those new to the game. Sandhurst Club members will also benefit from the expertise that the PGA brings to the game of golf. The decision to call Sandhurst Club home reinforces the quality and reputation of Sandhurst Club – a venue the PGA is proud to be associated with. Along with the superb facilities and two championship standard courses having the PGA permanently based at Sandhurst Club will ensure that this is one of the premier golfing venues in Australia. Facilities Sooner or later in life, our decisions are guided by quality of lifestyle. Unprecedented in Melbourne, the concept of club living at Sandhurst is all about creating a better lifestyle for its members. It also takes the idea of community to a whole new level. All at once providing a sense of escape, and a sense of belonging. As well as the Clubhouse with its bars, licensed restaurant and members lounge, Sandhurst Club has a Health Club with a pool, aerobics room, gymnasium and Tennis courts. The commercial precinct also provides cafes, community services and possibly serviced accommodation and convention facilities. Not to mention the national headquarters of the PGA of Australia and its impressive golf facilities including golf retail shops are located at Sandhurst. Security Although there is not a high crime rate in Carrum Downs or the surrounding areas, we all know that people feel more relaxed knowing that there is security on site. We understand that the wellbeing of your family and the security of your property are some of the most important factors dictating where you make your home. That’s why at Sandhurst Club we’ve developed a state of the art security system throughout the estate. Best of all you would hardly know it exists unless you need to use it. Your peace of mind is assured with a clever mix of human and electronic security. Security monitoring 24 hours a day provides assistance and monitors activities in the estate and within every home. Discrete technology such as closed circuit TV also protects club premises and property. Resident Members Every property owner is a Resident Member of Sandhurst Club. This entitles them to a wide range of benefits and privileges that serve to protect and improve, over time, the physical amenity and standard of living of owners and residents. The objectives of the Club are to: 1. deliver cost of living savings to owners and residents 2. establish an advanced e-community 3. highlight public recognition and awareness of Sandhurst Club 4. optimise utilisation of facilities 5. develop financial self-reliance. Cutting Edge Communications As a resident of Sandhurst Club you will be the first to benefit from Australia's first private residential optical fibre network, placing the development at the cutting edge of communication technology. Provided by ClubLINKS Utilities the communication network has up to 100 times the capacity of existing telephony infrastructure and is 25 times faster than cable connections. With faster communications and more capacity than existing commercial infrastructures residents will benefit from lower costs and the potential for future access to services such as movies screened direct to their home, bill payment, security monitoring, home office and free-to-air TV. Our IP Telephony services, delivered via IP Systems private network, offers state-of-the-art telephony services for residents. Those Residents working from home have an unheard of flexibility thanks to ClubLINKS Utilities' Telephony. Cheap calls and discounted rentals provide estimated household telephony savings of 18%. Recreation Paths A unique characteristic of Sandhurst Club is the extensive network of off road recreation paths that weave throughout the estate. Most houses have direct access at the rear of their property to a pathway that allows them walking, cycling or golf cart access to the village precinct and most areas of the estate. You and your children will be able to move around freely in a beautifully landscaped environment safely removed from vehicle traffic. Nearest airports Tullamarine which is 70km away Nearest Rail Merinda Park, 5km Dogs There are so many wonderful places to take your dog. There is a dog friendly beach at Carrum which is 5 minutes away. You also have the Dogs Victoria KCC Club (UK equivalent to the Kennel Club). KCC Park consists of 74 acres owned by DOGS Victoria situated at 655 Westernport Hwy, (between Thompson Rd and Hall Rd), Skye. It includes fenced off-lead areas, a dam for doggy swimming and a large indoor and outdoor areas used for on-lead exercise, obedience and other training, breed conformation shows and dog sport trials and competitions. There are also barbecues and picnic tables that DOGS Victoria and Companion Dog Club members can use any time the park is open. There is a cafe and canine museum. Schools in Sandhurst Primary Although there are no schools on the Sandhurst Estate, there are 7 primary schools within 10km, the closest primary school is 2.6km away Secondary Although there are no schools on the Sandhurst Estate, there are over 10 Secondary Schools within 10km, the closest being 2.9km away.
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    Melbourne Suburb - Lyndhurst

    The suburb of Lyndhurst is located in the Council of Casey and is approximately 34 km south-east of Melbourne CBD, its location is just north of the Mornington Peninsula. Lyndhurst is 10 minutes from the beach and 20 minutes from the Dandenong Ranges Rainforest. Lyndhurst is afforded good access to Melbourne via the M1 and the South Gippsland Highway and will benefit from the recent opening of the East Link Freeway. Whilst most of the surrounding suburbs to Lyndhurst have undergone a large amount of residential development during recent years, Lyndhurst remains relatively underdeveloped. Lyndhurst is a very fast and upcoming suburb and is becoming the suburb of choice for professionals wanting to move out of the city. Within Lyndhurst there is a limited supply of vacant residential lots for sale, particularly when compared with the surrounding suburbs, this was recently highlighted when people camped out overnight to purchase land on the new Marriot Waters Development. Lyndhurst is made up of new estates and some stunning architectural designed display villages. These include the Fig Tree Estate, The Rise, Mellington, The Avenue and the new development of Marriot Waters. Surrounding Amenities Lyndhurst is well serviced by surrounding amenity including numerous retail facilities and shopping centres located in adjoining suburbs. Some of these major retail facilities include Amberley Park Shopping Centre – Narre Warren South, Casey Central Shopping Centre – Narre Warren South, Fountain Gate Shopping Centre – Narre Warren and the closest being the recently opened Lynbrook Village – Lynbrook. Within the City of Casey there are also eight hospitals (both public and private) located in the suburbs of: Berwick, Dandenong, Clayton, Bentleigh, Mt Waverley, Noble Park and Dandenong North. Lyndhurst and surrounds offers a diverse range of first-class education choices, including a childcare centre and pre-school, Lynbrook Primary School, Lyndhurst Secondary College and Narre Warren South College, offering primary to Year 12 education. Within only 10km lies a broader range of educational options: St Leonard’s College, St Margaret’s School, St Peters Catholic College, Haileybury College and the Berwick campus of Monash University.There is also a plethora of childcare facilities within the vicinity of Lyndhurst. The Lyndhurst area is also well serviced with recreational facilities including a Golf Club, Tenpin bowling, a BMX Track, a Basketball Club, an Indoor Sports Centre, a Soccer Club, an AFL Club, a Cricket Club and a Gymnastics Club. There are plenty of lakes and reserves as well as children's outdoor areas and BBQ facilities. Transport Infrastructure The Lyndhurst area is well serviced by transport infrastructure. An existing railway station is located in close proximity at Merinda Park and a new station is set to be developed at Lynbrook. The area is also well serviced by a comprehensive bus service. Being located only moments away from the Monash Freeway ensures that the Melbourne CBD is easily accessible. The new Eastlink opening will further reduce travel times for residents of the Lyndhurst area. Plans are currently underway to open a new train station in Lynbrook between 2011 – 2016. The new station will feature: • a bus interchange and taxi rank • long-term car parking on both sides of the railway line plus short-term (kiss and ride) parking. Initially, approximately 250 spaces will be available with scope to expand the car parking as demand increases • two 160 metre long platforms on either side of the railway lines and including tactile tiles and security fencing along the length of the platforms • passenger shelters and seating • ticket machines • timetable and passenger information displays • closed circuit camera surveillance and emergency telephones • covered walkways, ramps and stairs • bicycle facilities. Pedestrian and bicycle access to the platforms will be provided via the existing underpass. Until then the nearest train station is at Merinda Park 2km away. Demographic Trends As at the 2006 Census the suburb of Lyndhurst had a median age of 30 years of age. This places the median age of Lyndhurst well below that of the Greater Melbourne Area and demonstrates that this is an appealing, emerging growth area that appeals to younger families. The median household income within Lyndhurst was $1,319 per week. This indicates that disposable income may be moderately high in the area when compared to the Greater Melbourne median household income which was $1,079 per week over the same period. At the time of the last Census the average household size within Lyndhurst was 2.9 persons per household which was slightly greater than the 2.6 persons per household which was recorded throughout Greater Melbourne. This would be due to the fact that traditional residential style development like houses are predominate in the area as opposed to units and townhouses. The suburb of Lyndhurst contained 141 dwellings at the time of the 2006 Census and nearly all of these dwellings were houses. In relation to dwelling tenure houses which were being purchased made up the greatest proportion of dwellings (65%) followed by those being rented (24%) and the remaining 11% being fully owned. Throughout the Lyndhurst suburb the most prevalent household type is couple families with young children living at home. Population As at the 2006 Census the population of the Casey of which Lyndhurst is part, was 213,556. This result represents a population growth rate since 2001 of a very strong 4% annually or 7,496 persons annually. This result reflects substantial population growth during the last five years. The population of the suburb of Lyndhurst was 408 persons as at the 2006 Census. This population figure has increased by an impressive 14% per annum since the 2001 Census. This strong population growth, whilst being from a low base number, helps to demonstrate that Lyndhurst represents a growth market. Population projections undertaken by the Victorian Government during 2001 suggested that by 2016 the population of the Casey City – Cranbourne SLA would be 97,134 persons. This will reflect average annual population growth over the 10 year period from 2006 of 3.7%. Property Market Price growth in the Lyndhurst housing market has been strong over the last five years. Between 2002 and 2007 the Lyndhurst housing market has achieved average annual price growth of 5% with the median price increasing from $254,300 during 2002 to the current 2007 median price of $318,000. This statistic indicates that the suburb of Lyndhurst is significantly more affordable than most areas of Greater Melbourne, as at the end of the September 2007 quarter the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) recorded that the median house price for Greater Melbourne was $431,000. Sales activity in the Lyndhurst housing market has increased significantly over recent years with only four sales being recorded during 2002, with this increasing to 28 houses being sold during 2007. During 2007, 47 vacant residential land sales have been recorded in Lyndhurst for a median price of $154,000. The median price for a vacant block of residential land suburb profile 2008 SUBURB PROFILE has increased by 8% annually between 2002 and 2007 which represents a total value increase of $50,000. It is anticipated that the limited supply of vacant residential land in the suburb will have a positive impact on this market within the next two years. Rental Market The Victorian Department of Housing indicates that the median weekly rents for property located in the Casey Council, as at the June 2007 were as follows: a two bedroom unit achieved $190 weekly rent, a two bedroom house achieved $193 weekly rent and a three bedroom house achieved $230 weekly rent. Over the last year rental growth in this market has been strong with two bedroom units experiencing growth of 8.6%, two bedroom houses experiencing growth of 6.9% and three bedroom houses experiencing growth of 9.5%. The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) reports that the residential vacancy rates in Melbourne were consistently low during 2007. At its lowest point the rental vacancy rate was 1.2% and at it highest 1.6%. It has now been two years since Melbourne’s vacancy rate was under 2%. This increase in rental income and low vacancy rates represent strong market fundamentals and as such investors are being encouraged back into the market.
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    Melbourne Suburb - Lynbrook

    Lynbrook is a picturesque estate set amongst a stand of 300-year-old river red gums. Lynbrook is a community that delivers numerous housing choices. It is a very popular up and coming suburb South East of Melbourne, approximately 40km from the city. The main access to the city is by the Monash Freeway to the North, and the South Gippsland Hwy from the South. Lynbrook is a relatively new suburb and has taken over part of Lyndhurst. It was developed in 1994 and it is expanding rapidly. In 2005 there were 1,750 households, approximately 5,200 residents and a total area of 1.85 square kilometres. The first primary school opened in January 2005 with an initial enrolment of 175 students. In 2008 they now have 550 students and expect this to peak over the next 5 years. A site has been set aside for a Catholic primary school to be built in the future. A maternal and child health centre was constructed by Casey Council and opened in early 2006. This centre also includes a pre-school kindergarten for the growing number of children in the area. Just recently opened on Harris Street is the ABC Childcare Centre. Lynbrook is surrounded by parkland the largest being the Banjo Paterson Park, a large recreation reserve, surrounding a lake. It has many paths for walking and cycling, a barbecue area, a large children's playground, open spaces and a football / cricket oval. The oval is home to the "Lynbrook Lakers" cricket team which fields a number of adult and children's cricket teams in the local league. However, they are soon to join forces with Lynbrook Primary School who are having a new oval developed along with changing facilities. Transport Plans are currently underway to open a new train station in Lynbrook between 2011 – 2016. The new station will feature: • a bus interchange and taxi rank • long-term car parking on both sides of the railway line plus short-term (kiss and ride) parking. Initially, approximately 250 spaces will be available with scope to expand the car parking as demand increases • two 160 metre long platforms on either side of the railway lines and including tactile tiles and security fencing along the length of the platforms • passenger shelters and seating • ticket machines • timetable and passenger information displays • closed circuit camera surveillance and emergency telephones • covered walkways, ramps and stairs • bicycle facilities. Pedestrian and bicycle access to the platforms will be provided via the existing underpass. Until then the nearest train station is at Merinda Park 4km away. Lynbrook has two bus stops one on Lynbrook Boulevard and the other on Henry Lawson Drive. Lynbrook Village Lynbrook Village Shopping Centre opened in March 2007. Lynbrook Village features a 3,700sqm Coles Supermarket and Liquor outlet along with 33 specialty stores, and a free standing Red Rooster. The shops include a Coles Supermarket and Liquor land, a butchers, bakers, chemist, ANZ Bank, Fruit and Veg shop, florist, travel agents, newsagents, gift shops, beauty parlour, video library, restaurant, real estate agents, fish and chip shop, Chinese restaurant and many more. Lynbrook Boulevard is also the home to the recently opened Lynbrook Medical Centre. Although you can purchase all your supplies from Lynbrook Village, you can’t beat the 5km drive up to Fountain Gate Shopping Centre in Narre Warren. More information and photos can be found here: Moving to Melbourne: Lynbrook Suburb Guide
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    Melbourne Suburb - Cranbourne

    Cranbourne is a fast-growing suburb located ideally situated just a short drive away from the many coastal attractions of the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Bay, as well as being on the main route from Melbourne to Phillip Island. It is 49 km south-east of Melbourne via the M1 and the South Gippsland Highway and is situated at an elevation of 50 metres above sea-level. The combined population of Cranbourne and Cranbourne South, in 1991, was 19,137. It is now part of the City of Casey. History Cranbourne has become a dormitory area for Melbourne as the metropolis has expanded although dairying continues to be important to the rural hinterland. Sand and gravel quarrying is also conducted and the town itself supports light engineering and building industries. Prior to European settlement the area is thought to have been occupied by the Boonwurung Aborigines. The first white settlers, the Ruffy brothers, arrived in 1836. They later opened the Cranbourne Inn. As the result of increasing settlement a townsite was reserved in 1852 with some allotments being offered for sale later that year. However, an allotment survey did not occur until 1856. It was conducted by Surveyor Foot who is probably responsible for the present name which was inspired either by Viscount Cranbourne, the son of the Marquess of Salisbury, or by a district of the same name in England. It was proclaimed a town in 1861. In 1860 a number of meteorites landed in the area. The largest, at 1.5 tonnes, was then considered the world's largest. A major cattle market was established at Cranbourne in the 1870s, aided by the arrival of the railway in 1887. A market gardening industry emerged after World War I with the arrival of Italian immigrants. While suburban housing developments characterize the Cranbourne of today, the original town had a long history, having first been settled in 1836. The region has strong agricultural roots, with a large cattle market established in the area soon after settlement, and more recently, Cranbourne was the location of one of Melbourne's major market gardening industries from the early 1900s. A few of those market gardens still remain, situated south of the city and in the neighbouring communities of Clyde and Devon Meadows. Facilities Cranbourne offers a large and modern commercial centre which lines the wide boulevard of High Street (South Gippsland Highway) and includes the Centro Cranbourne Shopping Centre which features around 100 retail outlets. Cranbourne has had a long history with the horse racing industry, having held its first meeting in 1867. These days, the modern racecourse and adjoining training complex are popular facilities, hosting the Cranbourne Cup and other carnivals. It is also the home for Greyhound Racing. One of the major tourist attraction in town is the 363 hectare Royal Botanical Gardens which include wetlands, woodlands, walking tracks, picnic and BBQ areas. The 11 hectare Australian Garden, located within the grounds of the Botanical Gardens, showcase the diverse plants and landscapes of the country. An unusual attraction within Cranbourne is a meteorite display. Situated within the park on the corner of the South Gippsland Highway and Camms Road (opposite The Settlement Hotel) are full-scale replicas of meteorites that landed in the area in 1860. The largest, at 1.5 tonnes, was then considered the world's largest. Schools Cranbourne offers some of the best schools in the area these include: Primary St. Agatha's Catholic School, St. Therese's Catholic Primary School, Marnebek School, Cranbourne South Primary School, Cranbourne Park Primary School, Cranbourne West Primary School, Rangebank Primary School, Courtenay Gardens Primary School, Cranbourne Primary School, Cranbourne Specialist School. Secondary Lyndhurst Secondary College, Casey Grammar School (Cranbourne Christian College) ** St. Peter's Catholic Co-Ed College ** Cranbourne Secondary College ** Chisholm Institute of TAFE also has a campus in Cranbourne, to the city's east. To cater for the growth in Cranbourne several primary schools have been proposed. ** Best Schools in area Sport and Recreational Facilities Australian Football/Cricket There are 8 Australian football/cricket ovals available at J&P Camm Reserve (2 ovals), the Donnelly Recreation Reserve (2 ovals), the Clyde Recreation Reserve (1 oval), the Lawson Poole Reserve (1 oval), the Junction Village Reserve (1 oval) and the Glover Recreation Reserve (1 oval). Seven of the eight ovals each have a synthetic centre cricket wicket, whilst the E.G. Allen Oval at the Cranbourne Racecourse & Recreation Reserve has the only turf centre wicket within the Cranbourne Area. Rugby There are 2 rugby fields at the Lawson Poole Reserve (1 field) and the Clyde Recreation Reserve (1 field). Football There are currently 3 football fields available on the Cranbourne Racecourse & Recreation Reserve. There is a Soccer Club on O'Tooles Road, the club is called Casey Comets Football Club. Athletics There is an athletics track (grass) at Lawson Poole Reserve. Basketball and Netball There are 6 basketball courts available at the Terry Vickerman Centre at the Casey Indoor Leisure Complex (shared netball). There is a netball court the Glover Recreation Reserve (1 outdoor court). Tennis There are 20 tennis courts available at Cranbourne Tennis Club, Cranbourne Racecourse & Recreation Reserve (6 porous); the Clyde Tennis Club, Clyde Recreation Reserve (4 plexipave); the Devon Meadows Tennis Club, Glover Recreation Reserve (4 porous, 2 asphalt); and the Cranbourne South Tennis Club, Morning Mist Recreation Reserve (2 artificial grass; 2 plexipave). There are an additional 8 courts (sand-filled artificial grass) available inside the Terry Vickerman Centre at the Casey Indoor Leisure Complex. Aerobics/Fitness/Gymnasium The Cranbourne Indoor Pool, Beach House Fitness and Cranbourne Fitness Centre offer health & fitness facilities. Golf There are 3 golf courses privately owned and managed: Amstel Golf Club (public course). Rainfurlie Golf Club (members course). Cranbourne Golf Club (public course). Gymnastics A club-based gymnastics program is available at the Cranbourne Park Primary School. Horse Riding and Racing Club-based horse riding is available at the Morning Mist Recreation Reserve. There are other privately owned and managed facilities, such as the Briars Equestrian Centre in Clyde. Both Cranbourne greyhound and harness racing clubs are on Grant Street. Lawn Bowls Two lawn bowls club facilities are available at the Cranbourne Bowls Club (Cranbourne Racecourse & Recreation Reserve) and the Cranbourne RSL Bowls Club. Shooting Shooting facilities are available at the Cranbourne Dandenong Pistol Club (Cranbourne Racecourse & Recreation Reserve). The Cranbourne RSL Gun Club (Thompsons Road, Cranbourne North) was demolished in late 2006, the Victorian Deer Association now meet at Akoonah Park in Berwick. Skating/BMX There are skating and BMX facilities available at the following locations: Merinda Park (outdoor skate park). The Shed (indoor skate park). The Shed is managed and fully supervised by the Salvation Army. Closed down in 2008 due to poor business. Swimming Due to open in 2009 is the new $37 million Cranbourne Aquatic and Leisure Centre This will be Australia’s leading aquatic and leisure facilities for family fun and fitness. The CALC will have something for everyone combining all the fun and excitement of waterslides and splash park, with leisure pools, 50 metre lap pool, hydrotherapy pool, spa, sauna and steam room, and fully equipped gymnasium.
  24. Hi Thanks everyone for your advice on this site, we are just narrowing down options!!! We are drving from Sydney to Brisbane, staying at various places including 2 days on the Gold Coast. Then have just over a week in Brisbane, we have seen a couple of places to rent in Wynumm/Manly that are in our price range, and fit the bill with the amount of bedrooms etc. Also seen a couple of 3 bed apartments in central Brisbane. Leaning towards the suburb as we have 3 kids, two of which are small and thought that they might enjoy it more if we were nearer the coast , playparks, paddling pool etc. and we are not too far from Brisbane. Any advice on this area, anyone live there?. We thought that the City Centre would be great for the adults but the kids might prefer the burbs!!! Any advice and information on Wynumm would be great thanks. Need to make a decision soon, as its only 4 weeks to go and as yet we only have the first few nights in Sydney sorted out - gulp!!!! Julie
  25. Here are some links I found useful while trying to pick a Brisbane suburb to live in. Maybe this could be made a sticky? I also shamelessly stole the following list of things you might like to consider while making your decision: Will you be commuting to the CBD? If so, will you be driving or public transport (train, bus, river ferry - citycat)? [*] What is the maximum time you're willing to travel by car/public transport during peak hour? [*] Are you more of a big block of land in quiet suburbia kind of person or small block in happening inner city suburb person? [*] Do you only want to look at brick houses or would you consider wood queenslander style housesl? [*] Do you really want to live near water or the beach? [*] Do you work in an area where jobs would be available all over (teaching for example)? [*] What is your budget range - if you want to tell [*]Are you bothered about what local Brisbanitesthink of the area or do you want to make your own mind up? There may be areas which Brisbanites consider: Fashionable, upmarket areas - may be more expensive Unfashionable, but still good areas - may be less expensive Really make a list of priorities - that will help people to help you to decide rather than just selling their own suburbs! By the way did I say Graceville is nice! Brisbane City Structure Map: http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/bccwr/lib181/stratmapa3_a_jan08.pdf Brisbane Land Usage Map: http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/bccwr/lib181/cp001_jul08.pdf Conservation and Recreational Areas: http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/bccwr/lib181/stratmapa3_c_jan08.pdf Brisbane Movement System Map: http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/bccwr/lib181/stratmapa3_d_feb04.pdf Brisbane City Plan 2000: City Plan 2000 document - Brisbane City Council Future Plans for Brisbane Suburbs: Chapter 4 - Local plans - Brisbane City Council Statistical Portrait of Brisbane from 2001 census: Statistical Portrait of Brisbane (Brisbane's Regions) Some Cycle Route Maps: Bikeway maps - Brisbane City Council http://www.transport.qld.gov.au/resources/file/ebbff54793c4908/Principal_cycle_network_plan_map_08.pdf South East Queensland Principal Cycle Network Plan Public Transport Timetables/Route Planner: TransLink - Public transport information PDF about Brisbane Flood of 1974 (inc. flood map): http://www.bom.gov.au/hydro/flood/qld/fld_reports/brisbane_jan1974.pdf Cheers, Nath