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About Bacchus Marsh (postcode 3340), a small country town approximately 60 kilometres (45-minute drive) north west of Melbourne boasts that ‘country town feeling’ together with style and a sense of relaxation. The small town is located mid-way between Melbourne and Ballarat and is best known for its fertile valley comprising fruit and vegetable orchids, gardens and lush pastoral fields. In fact, the town is traditionally recognised for its large production of the region’s fruits and vegetables. The 193-square kilometre town is home to 20,992residents and sits within the Moorabool Shire council. The town is recognised as the largest rural area in the local government of the Shire of Moorabool. Getting There Getting to Bacchus Marsh is easy with the town being a short 40-minute drive from Melbourne via the Western Freeway. Alternatively, for those who prefer a more leisurely entrance into town, Bacchus Marsh is served by the V/Line VlocityTrain. The V/Line train takes approximately one hour. The V/Line train accepts Myki. Alternatively, paper tickets can be purchased from V/Line directly at the station. Getting Around Town For those who love the outdoors, Bacchus Marsh has plenty ofvalleys and gorges ready to explore. Take a walk through Lerderderg Gorg or Werribee Gorg or spend the day exploring the Long Forest Nature Reserve. The town is also home toplenty of walking and cycling trails which lead you on a journey through town. Bacchus Marsh has a number ofheritage listed sites including, but not limited to: Bacchus March Avenue of Honour, Blacksmith’s Cottage and Shop, Manor House and Bacchus Marsh Police Station and Old Lock-Up. Many of the walking and cycling trails take you on a trip through Bacchus Marsh’s heritage listed sites. What Else to Do For those interested in the history of Bacchus Marsh, take an emotional trip down the Avenue of Honour, the last remaining avenue of Canadian Elms in the world. These Canadian Elmswere planted in 1918 to commemorate those veterans who served in the First World War. These trees are recognised as the ‘gateway’ into Bacchus Marsh. For those who want to feel involved in the town's fruit and vegetable production, fruit picking is the option for you. It is advised to call ahead to secure your fruit picking adventure at either Naturipe Fruits Pick Your Own and The Strawberry Forrest. If you're lucky enough to be visiting Bacchus Marshin November, be sure to visit the fruit picking festival where the main street of town is transformed into a festival style fiesta filled with market stalls and live entertainment. For those who prefer to feel as though they haven’t left the city, nestled within the town is the Bacchus Marsh shopping precinct best known for its well-balanced mix of big label stores interspersed among boutique stores. Feeling as though you’re in the heart of the city has never been so easy with this shopping precinct which boasts beautiful goods and local artisan products.
Guest posted a topic in Aussie ChatHi Everyone Having tried my best to google out the answer to the my dilemma regarding the best possible suburb to stay in Melbourne in our particular circumstances, I thought it would be best to have the opinion of the people who have stayed there or are themselves researching about this subject currently. I am presently staying in New Delhi, India. I would be moving to Melbourne with my family, including my wife and two girls, aged 6 and 4, some time in September. This was a difficult decision to make. The kids have got used to a big social circle of family and friends and rarely a weekend goes by without a get together, party or night stays. They are busy on weekdays with their swimming and tekwondo classes. I explain this because the most important of my wife's and mine concern is the possibility of outright rejection of the new environment by our kids, who might feel a sudden vacuum, coming from the ever happening schedule back home. I and my wife would both be working 8 to 5. Her workplace is Footscray and I would be working at Gelnroy and St. Albans, probably splitting my days of the week between the two. I have been warned about the northern and western suburbs by acquaintances in Melbourne, but I think I have no choice to move anywhere east or south of the city, as it would substantially increase the commuting time. Can someone please suggest the best suburb for us considering: We want to spend minimum time traveling (preferably less that 30 minutes for my wife and 45 minutes for me), so that we are able to spend the maximum possible time with the kids, and maybe take them to any extracurricular activity in the evening. We want the kids to accept the new place, which I think would require a family friendly place, good schools, extra-curricular activities such as sports, nearby parks etc. We would both be traveling by car, so proximity to public transport would not be a consideration. Rent would not be a prohibitive factor. Multicultural (or to put it another way, racially tolerant). Dominant professional class (not the most important criteria). Based on these criteria, I figured that Williamstown, Moonee Ponds and Essendon might be a good options for us. Other options, less favorable in terms of proximity to workplace are inner-northern suburbs Kensington, Parkville, Carlton, North Melbourne, but nothing east of Fitzroy. Can anyone suggest the best suburb for us in the given circumstances and also suggest if any other suburbs within 30 minute commute from Footscray in peak traffic hours. Thank you in advance for your help. Piyush
Wow, wow, wow, wow Arrived 6am on 1st May 2009 and despite lack of sleep on the flight we were buzzing with excitement. Picked up hire car and drove (using sat nav of course) to Werribee South where we were staying in a cabin until we found a house to rent. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. We sorted out how to find the best places to find work, ie recruitment agencies and which newspaper and visited several Real Estate agents to arrange viewings on houses over the weekend. We thought we would find it hard to rent as we had never rented before and didn't have references from past landlords but we use mortgage statements and work references etc and also suggested we pay an extra couple of months rent in advance. We secured a brand new house, 4 beds double garage and huge garden. Next on the list, buy a car. Cars are expensive compared to UK but we looked up Crazy Robs who we had found on the internet prior to leaving UK and despite shopping around, bought a car so we could return the hire car. They were so helpful, thanks guys. Also over the weekend we needed to buy beds as we weren't having them shipped over with the rest of our furniture. We visited Werribee Plaza and they had a bedding display. Whilst talking to them, they mentioned that the company requires a delivery driver, so on sunday we visited the shop, enquired about the job for hubby and ordered bedroom furniture, to be delivered the following Friday. Visited Iramoo Primary school which is about a kilometre and a half from the house and enrolled the children on Tuesday 5th May to start the following Monday, they have settled in well and are happily making new friends. Just need to find job for me now, but I have to get my qualifications verified first, so that's my next task when they arrive from UK. Despite only being here for a little over 2 weeks, I can honeslty say that I love it here and the only thing I am missing from the UK is family. But we talk often and have been in contact via webcam, although using mobile broadband is not ideal and there can be wuite a bit of interference and slow networks, but hopefully that will improve once we get the landline connected. So to all of you waiting for visas or departure dates, hang in there it is well worth it, I love our new home. Karla xx