By EyeiceGood day all.
I have been offered a job in Bacchus Marsh but would like to live as close to Melbourne as possible and commute to work daily.
I would therefor like to know what suburbs, I suppose western, would be good options for me? Obviously looking at proximity to a train station with a direct line to Bacchus. Safe suburbs are key as I hear there are youth gangs out in the west making an appearance.
I was looking at Footscray. Can anybody offer any information surroundthing this suburb? Or others that might be appealing?
Thank you in advance.
By The Pom Queen
Springvale South is a suburb located 24 km south-east from the CBD of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and is part of the City of Greater Dandenong.
As at the 2016 census, Springvale South had a population of 12,768, with an area of 2.7 km² (7.1 sq mi). The postcode of Springvale South is 3172.
There is a lower level of migrant settlement in the suburb than in Greater Dandenong, and a high proportion of the residents are Buddhist.
71% of residents speak a language other than English, which is higher than the average of 64% for Greater Dandenong, and 20% of Springvale South residents have a limited fluency in
speaking English. The major religious faiths are Buddhism (38%), Islam (3%), and Hinduism (2%).
Property Median Price Rental and Sales
Springvale South has a median house price of $720,000 and a median unit price of $441,000. Compared to the same period five years ago, the median house price has increased 78.8%. The median cost of renting per week is $380 for a house and $324 for a unit.
Springvale South offers Government primary and secondary schools in the suburb, as well as a Buddhist school.
- Athol Road Primary School is a Government Co-ed Primary School which offers
education from Prep to Grade 6 and has 367 students.
- Keysborough Primary School is a Co-ed Government Primary School which offers education from Prep to Grade 6 and has 488 students
- Spring Park Primary School is a Government Co-Ed primary school, which offers
education from Prep to Grade 6 and has 329 enrolled students
- Keysborough Secondary College is a large Government Co-Ed Secondary School with 1707 enrolled students and offers education from Years 7 to 12.
- How Nghiem Primary School is the first Primary school in Melbourne to be founded based on Buddhist principles, it is Co-Ed and offers education from Prep to Grade 4,
with a total of 15 students.
Springvale South has the Springvale Plaza conveniently located on Heatherton Road which has ample parking. Included is an Aldi, a pharmacist, restaurants, and a few other specialist shops.
There is also a small shopping complex on Springvale Road which includes supermarkets and takeaway food places.
Springvale South has two bus routes which are operated by Ventura Bus Services
- Route 814 - Springvale South via Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre
- Route 705 - Mordialloc - Springvale via Braeside, Clayton South
There is also Springvale train station which is located on the corners of Springvale Road and
Springvale station is on the Pakenham and Cranbourne train lines which are operated by Metro
Trains. It takes about 45 minutes to travel to the Melbourne CBD by train from Springvale South. Springvale South is in Zone 2 in the Melbourne Metropolitan Public Transport Zones
Things To Do
● Burden Park a great place to take the kids and family for a day out. The park features a castle-themed playground, BBQ facilities, toilet facilities, bowls and tennis clubs, with
● Sandown Greyhounds A popular and fun place for singles, couples, pensioners and
large groups alike, whether you fancy having a punt at the races, or just want to have a
nice lunch, Sandown Greyhounds is a great day out.
● Bounce World is located at Springvale Indoor Sports Centre and is fantastic indoor
inflatable fun for all ages. It includes a cafe to relax with a coffee while the kids bounce their
way through an inflatable activity park.
● Wat Khmer Temple is a Cambodian style temple with decorative aspects outside the
temple, and a must-see attraction located on Springvale Road.
By The Pom QueenBrighton
Apart from the prices of property what isn’t there to love about this luxury bayside town.
Brighton is an exclusive family Suburb only 10km from Melbourne’s CBD with stunning beaches, fantastic views of the city, boutique shops and some of the best schools in Melbourne no wonder so many people long to call it home.
Brighton is home for some of Melbourne’s most wealthiest people, Shane Warne, Frank McGuire and Chris Judd are amongst the celebrities you will bump in to when taking your morning stroll along the beachfront or drinking your coffee in one of the beachside cafes.
Brighton is home to around 23,253 people with a median age of 45. The average weekly income is $2,410 per week.
The most common ancestries were English followed by Australian then Irish, Scottish and Italian.
The occupation of over 61.8% of Brighton’s residents was listed as management and professional.
The historical Brighton Bathing Boxes we discussed above are one of the most visited sites in Melbourne and can be found along Dendy Street Beach. If you like going back in time why not take a visit to the Brighton Baths Health Club established in 1881it is now a multi purpose health club which incorporates a stunningly presented outdoor sea pool, steam rooms, gym and a café/restaurant with views over the bay.
When it comes to shopping you will be spoilt for choice. Church Street is home to over 200 stores which include gourmet café/bars, fashion, beauty and homewares. Brighton even has its own intimate cinema.
When it comes to healthcare everything can be located along Church Street with Brighton Medical Centre being a one stop shop for all your medical needs. Do you need your eyes checked over, if so you will be spoilt for choice with Specsavers, OPS and locally owned optometrists there to help you chose the right glasses. You can also find a dentist, skin clinic, pathologist and cardiologist within walking distance.
Nightlife – The majority of residents in Brighton are happy to stay at home or take one of the four coastal strolls along the foreshore. If you don’t fancy cooking then why not visit one of the many eateries along or surrounding Church Street. A couple worth trying are The Groove Train and Vivace a popular Italian on Bay Street.
Fancy a cold beer then the Half Moon is Brighton’s well known local pub and family restaurant.
When it comes to education you really can’t go wrong with Brighton being home to some of the most elite schools in Melbourne. The good news is you don’t even have to pay to attend private schooling with the state schools having great reputations. For primary school take a look at Brighton Beach Primary, it is a small government school achieving great results. The same can be said for the state secondary school “Brighton Secondary College”.
You can also find a number of specialised schools like the Japanese School of Melbourne or the Adass Israel School close by.
If Brighton ticks all your boxes but the financials don’t measure up then why not take a look at Brighton’s sister Suburb Brighton East. The median price for a 4 bed property to purchase is $1954,000 and a rental will cost you around $980.
Brighton and Brighton East are separated by the busy Nepean Highway but if you don’t crave for the beach on your doorstep then it could be the perfect solution.
By The Pom QueenBeaumaris
Another affluent suburb on the Port Phillip Bay Coastline which is popular amongst the Upper Class. It is located on a headland that surrounds the majority of the suburb. Beaumaris is only 23km from Melbourne CBD or 10km South of Brighton however the median house price is a lot more achievable unless you are trying to get a foot on the property ladder.
The population in 2016 was 13,349. Of which 72.6% were born in Australia, y.3% England and the remainder split between China, Scotland, New Zealand and South Africa. Just like Brighton, the workforce is predominantly White Collar workers with only 3.3% being manual labourers.
Nearly half of the property in Beaumaris is owned outright with no outstanding mortgage. In fact over the last 3 years property prices have risen by over 35%.
You will find that the majority of residents are lobbying to keep the natural history and architecture of Beaumaris as well as protecting the green open spaces that currently exist. In fact in 2017 they were successful in changing the council plans for the Councourse Village Square managing to keep the area in its natural state instead of installing play equipment, shelters and lighting.
Beaumaris is a suburb that is popular with stay at home mums who can be seen taking a morning stroll along the cliff tops or sipping coffee in the village.
Beaumaris has a lovely village square called the Concourse Shopping Centre, this can be found off Reserve Road. Here you will find a Super IGA, Cafes & Restaurants and a large number of boutique stores.
Don’t worry if you are not within walking distance of the local shops you will find a central car park which adjoins a large shady reserve that fronts Reserve Road with lawns and picnic tables. Other corner stores can be found along Balcombe Road.
If the local stores don’t have what you are looking for then don’t panic just up the road, 3.5km or 5 minutes car journey is a shoppers paradise with 129,180m² of shops and restaurants not forgetting the 16 screen multi screen cinema complex at the Westfield Southland. Southlands as it’s known to the locals is home to over 400 stores, 3 department stores and 3 supermarkets.
You also have Chadstone Shopping Centre a 20 minute drive away or the DFO Factory Outlets and Costco in Moorabbin just 10 minutes away
So with the beach and shopping on your door step what more could you ask for. No wonder the women choose to stay at home and let their husbands work.
Once the weekend comes the beachfront of Beaumaris comes alive with young and old enjoying the coastal scenery and fantastic beaches. It is also here where you will find Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary (RPMS). At 115 hectares in size, it stretches over 3 kilometres along the coastline between Table Rock Point in Beaumaris and Quiet Corner in Black Rock, and 500 metres out to sea. It is ecologically valued for both its diverse marine life and migrant and resident bird populations.
Families spend hours playing amongst the rock pools or snorkelling in the shallow waters. There is ample car parking with refreshments being served at the iconic beachfront Ricketts Tea Rooms which have been part of the Beaumaris foreshore Reserve for over 50 years. Nearby there is ample parking and shady lawns with picnic and BBQ facilities.
Even though you are within a stones throw of Melbourne’s most elite schools one would be a fool to overlook the two local primary schools.
Beaumaris Primary School and Beaumaris North Primary School. BPS has the better reputation of the two but personally I would say they both rank higher than other state Primary schools in the area.
Secondary schools could be a little more difficult. If you want an average school then Sandringham College (this is the zoned secondary school for Beaumaris)will be absolutely fine, otherwise I would look at Kilbreda Catholic College in Mentone or the more exclusive Firbank Grammar in Brighton which is also a combined school meaning it caters from prep to year 12. Although the fees can reach into the high $30,000 once your child reaches year 12.
By Sarah76When I was asked why I loved Australia, my mind instantly thought of the weather, the glorious sun shining for most of the year and the golden sandy beaches. But Australia has become so much more than that to me, it’s become my home and the people here have become my community.
Don't mistake me for saying the coastline isn’t one of the most glorious things I have ever seen, especially at sunset but there is so much more here to see!
When I moved to Australia seven years ago I thought I’d be here for a year or two, earn some good money and go home again. But here I am after all this time settled into a beautiful home and engaged to an Australian!
My experiences in this beautiful country have taken me all over the state of NSW, up to the scorching Gold Coast and Brisbane, down to the creative and artsy Melbourne and to the nation’s capital on a regular basis, even smaller coastal towns such as Coffs harbour
The drive to Canberra is one of the best ways to see a bit of everything!
Starting in Sydney you see the hustle and bustle of the city life, the long stretching highways, the build up of traffic, the different cultures through the western suburbs of Sydney, and then suddenly the long highway takes you into the wide open air!
You are cruising along at 110km looking at beautiful bush land, wide open fields with kangaroos bouncing around and suddenly you feel like you’re so far away from the city! When arriving in Canberra it’s like being in a small coastal town with no coast! The people here are so friendly and relaxed, willing to help you with directions or a flat tyre or anything you may need!
Below is a picture I took on my most recent visit to Canberra from my hotel room.
I also have a silly picture of my first journey to Canberra in 2011 when I first arrived in Australia and this is taken at The Great Dry Lake George. Which is exactly what it sounds like, a big lake that is no more and now lays a sometimes rain filled sometimes dry for the kangaroos to lay around on!
Speaking of kangaroos, all those little grey specs are kangaroos!
The people are one of the biggest reasons I stayed here, as well as job opportunities!
The people of Queensland that I encountered were so relaxed it was like they were on permanent holidays, the shops were wonderfully quiet and the tourist attractions were what we expected! The theme parks on the Gold Coast are a must visit for anyone travelling to this part of Australia!
Young and Old will enjoy their time here with plenty of shops and attractions as well as rides for thrill seekers. Below is a picture from my most recent visit to the Gold Coast in the evening
I have also a picture of the tropical hotel I stayed in
The people of Melbourne were so different to anywhere I’d seen before, they are outspoken, passionate and proud and LOVE their coffee and coffee houses!
The place is beautiful with art everywhere, interesting places to visit and of course a beautiful coastline as well! I didn't have much time to take pictures of all the wonderful art while in Melbourne as I was too distracted with the sights to get out my phone but I have two pictures one from the Aquarium we visited and one from the river bank we ate our lunch on.
Where I live in Sydney is very multi cultural, it’s very diverse in shopping and eating facilities and this acceptance of everyone’s cultures is what makes it home to me now!
Here is a photo from my balcony
The other reason I stayed as mentioned before is the job opportunities. Here in Australia you can be whatever you dream of being, from a teacher to a builder, from a nurse to a road worker, every single field you can dream of has an entry level position where if you work hard and succeed you have so many opportunities to climb the ladder and grow as an employee. The government here also helps greatly with training and development options.
Or if you already have the qualifications they are recognized here and you can go into a position higher than entry level. All the jobs I have had here in Sydney have paid me well, and rewarded me for my hard work. If you have the right attitude towards work then Australians respect that.
I haven’t been “home” to New Zealand in a very long time and as I look into the future the reasons to go back dwindle, as each day I build my life here with more confidence and love for everything I’ve come to know here in Australia. And yes the sunshine is wonderful but the people and opportunities are more wonderful!