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#1 José

Posted 27 February 2020 - 06:12 PM

Hi! I'm looking to move in about 18 months. I was initially thinking of Geelong but am now wondering about ballarat.
I'll get a job prior to moving. Pretty confident that won't be too much of a problem.
So, im looking for advice about best suburbs in either city. Or suburbs to avoid.

Things im looking for- coolish climate.  I'll be renting so affordable rent is important. Prefer only up to $430 per week for 3 bedrooms.
Cafes close by would be nice. Good school for child with some additional support needs.
I think that's about it.

Keen to hear any experiences or advice.

#2 Soontobegran

Posted 27 February 2020 - 06:58 PM

My DD has moved back to Melbourne from Geelong and she was paying less rent in Melbourne for a bigger house than she had in Geelong.
Anything close to the city or in one of the more favoured areas will probably cost more than your price point unfortunately.
It is a very lovely city though with a real coffee culture.....especially in Geelong West.

Ballarat I think will be a little cheaper but it is also colder. Also a beautiful city.

Good luck choosing.

Edited by Soontobegran, 27 February 2020 - 07:07 PM.

#3 Sugarplum Poobah

Posted 27 February 2020 - 07:02 PM

Ballarat isn't coolish in winter -- it's freezing! Geelong can get cold too, but generally the coast has much milder nights.

Outside of that they have quite a different feel to me. Ballarat is a gold town originally without massive levels of industry. Geelong is a port city with a lot of industry, although that's declined in recent years which has caused issues in itself.

Both are cities with a diversity of cultural opportunities and a range of public and private schools. Don't have personal experience of the schools though so can't make any further comment on them.

Can't help you with Ballarat suburbs but in Geelong you particularly want to avoid Corio, Norlane and Whittington -- I'm sure other people will be able to expand on this. Geelong also gives you the option of coastal living either on the northern Bellarine or near the ocean.

#4 fruitfairy

Posted 27 February 2020 - 07:05 PM

Well it's certainly cooler in Ballarat.

I used to live there and my sister is in Ballarat and I know her adult kids have had a hard time gaining work and had periods of unemployment so I would be hesitant to assume it's a given. I would love to move there but I am so specialised in my field now I would never get work there.

Like all cities there are good and not so good pockets.  I lived in North Ballarat and Wendouree and both were great.  I would have a preference for Wendouree.  My sister is in Nerrina and that's nice but not close to anything at all, but it's definitely nice.

#5 Etta

Posted 27 February 2020 - 07:29 PM

Ballarat because Geelong is dragged down by the football club. It holds it back culturally.

But Geelong is closer to Melbourne by train. Ballarat is a good place to base yourself if you like going away on holidays - it seems closer to things as you can travel in any direction while in Geelong you can only travel north or west.

Ballarat is surrounded by some great bush if you like bush walking or cross country running. Geelong has the lovely coastal vegetation though.

#6 Murderino

Posted 27 February 2020 - 07:42 PM

For that rent you’d get something nice in Alfredton or Lucas in Ballarat. Those are both zoned to Ballarat High School and lots of primary schools around.

There are a few cafes there.

If your child’s needs are particularly high there is also Ballarat Specialist School right near the High School so close to Alfredton/Lucas. I have a friend who had two children go there and she raves about it.

Other nice suburbs are Lake Gardens, Ballarat Central and Soldiers Hill and of course Lake Wendouree (you won’t rent anything nice there for your budget).

Ballarat Central and Soldiers Hill will see you close to the CBD.

As for Wendouree (as opposed to Lake Wendouree) - mainly you want to be in the east of Gillies Street.

#7 WaitForMe

Posted 27 February 2020 - 08:24 PM

Personally I'd choose Geelong.

I've worked with people that commute from there to melb cbd, which opens up more work opportunities. Even if its a plan b or when the kids are older.

But mostly I just like it better there, which I know is of no significance to your decision!

#8 fruitfairy

Posted 27 February 2020 - 09:48 PM

View PostMurderino, on 27 February 2020 - 07:42 PM, said:

As for Wendouree (as opposed to Lake Wendouree) - mainly you want to be in the east of Gillies Street.

Yes, good point. I was that part of Wendouree. Not Wendouree West which had a 'name' back when I lived there in the early 90s and doesn't look like it has changed that much.

I think my niece was around Lucas area, can't remember the name of it but was nice and new.

#9 coffy11

Posted 27 February 2020 - 10:40 PM

We've just moved, but lived in Geelong for 10 years.  We lived between Geelong and Torquay which has some nice new affordable estates and close to Torquay beach which is beautiful.  There's so much new infrastructure now, shopping centres, schools etc.

Highton, Belmont are nice and have good schools.  My daughter went to Belmont High, one of the best public schools in Geelong.

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