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Hello,

I'm looking for some opinions from people who live in Vasse? We lived in Perth's Northern suburbs for 6 years then decided to come back to the UK. We have been in the UK for almost 5 years now but desperately miss Oz and are thinking about returning.

Before coming back here we had toyed with the idea of moving to the South West.  We now feel it is where we should have moved to. We are Australian citizens and have 2 children. Age 5 and 8.

What is Vasse like as a place to live? What are the schools like? Is there plenty of work? I am a registered nurse and my husband is a construction manager. Is there a nice community feel? Plenty for the children? 

We love the SW region so are already won over by that. We used to spend many weekends down there escaping Perth and city life. We know it is a much quieter pace which is what appeals to us for our family.

Thanks 😎

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I think the area is growing in popularity. I would rather be in Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup but Vasse is not that far away from those places and property might be cheaper.

There is a big new hospital in Busselton so should be work for a nurse. Contruction is booming and builders, trades are very busy.

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Vasse is a lovely area, with all the amenities you need, including a great little primary school and early learning centre. There is a Coles supermarket, weekend community market, cafes and restaurants, etc, and Busselton and Dunsborough are both just 10 minutes away. Vasse is preferable to Dunsborough in that it doesn't get over run with tourists every weekend, and 'Schoolies' championing their 'right of passage' every November/December. It is very much the gateway to the many wonderful wineries, breweries, art galleries, beaches, etc that are in abundance in the South West. I think you would be hard-pressed to find a nicer area to bring up your young children. 

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Thank you both for your comments. It is the amenities and close proximity to Busselton and Dunsborough which we find so appealing. It's good to hear positive opinions. It's such a lovely part of the world.

I had forgotten about schoolies mrsmac! We unwittingly ended up in Surfers Paradise many years ago at Schoolies week 🤦🏼‍♀️won't make that mistake again! 

Thanks again

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Vasse is the gateway to the SW as people have said, better option than Bunbury. Busselton health campus nearby. Good schools. 

Don't discount further inland (Bridgetown, Nannup and surrounds, get lots more bang for your buck and Vasse is pretty 'estate like'

Really depends what you're after lifestyle wise. 

Better prices south of Margaret River, think Augusta and surrounds. Obviously less job opportunities. Busselton is an hours drive from Augusta. There are little community hospitals in the small towns and aged care facilities needing staff. 

Construction manager? Hello, when can you start?!?! 

We currently live in Perth and actively planning a move to SW (like you always felt we should have gone straight there in hindsight) I'm also in healthcare. A nurse friend recently moved to Bridgetown and is LOVING it. If you like that pace of life and know what to expect I'd say it's a no brainer (If you can find work) 

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Forgot to say, long and short term rentals are rarer than rocking horse poo at the moment so you'd need to secure a property prior to arrival. Locals are struggling to find a place to live and the shire are considering all.options to ease the crisis. It's worse in the SW than in Perth. House prices are also rising fast. 

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On 26/04/2021 at 16:04, HappyHeart said:

Vasse is the gateway to the SW as people have said, better option than Bunbury. Busselton health campus nearby. Good schools. 

Don't discount further inland (Bridgetown, Nannup and surrounds, get lots more bang for your buck and Vasse is pretty 'estate like'

Really depends what you're after lifestyle wise. 

Better prices south of Margaret River, think Augusta and surrounds. Obviously less job opportunities. Busselton is an hours drive from Augusta. There are little community hospitals in the small towns and aged care facilities needing staff. 

Construction manager? Hello, when can you start?!?! 

We currently live in Perth and actively planning a move to SW (like you always felt we should have gone straight there in hindsight) I'm also in healthcare. A nurse friend recently moved to Bridgetown and is LOVING it. If you like that pace of life and know what to expect I'd say it's a no brainer (If you can find work) 

Agreed. I live west of Sydney,  yet the family connections are strong in South West WA, and so we are there on a yearly basis. We love Bridgetown, Nannup etc. As suggested some time ago, we have been constant visitors to the area since 2015 and have since been back many times. We have seen the area blossom.  

There may be community hospitals in the towns but realistically, Busselton Hospital, and Busselton itself, is the "capital" of the South West. Busselton health campus is key to WA Health, there being numerous health specialists at Busselton health campus who are also high up in WA health generally and work strategically on a state basis.

I agree that Vasse is an estate, and that may suit people however new housing is abundant elsewhere in the SW.

Schools range between fair to excellent, but it depends how much you want to pay. Some of the private schools in the Busselton area are at the top of the state in academic performance and in sport, music etc.  

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Just be aware that Vasse has drug issues like many areas in Australia and South West in general. It is a problem in small towns and I refer to meth. (ice) 

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