If you’re ready for a sea change, it might just be time to move to the country. Ballarat has been named one of regional Australia’s most desirable places to live, and it’s not hard to see why.
Brimming with goldfield history and local charm, Ballarat has proven itself to be more than just a pretty country town for weekend getaways and school excursions. According to a recent report from the Regional Australia Institute (and the locals!), Ballarat is one of the most desirable places to live in regional Australia.
The report looks at population trends countrywide and explores where various demographics are shifting—and why. The report’s key finding shows that regional Australia gained more people than it lost to capital cities during the last Census, with Ballarat identified as a top destination for millennials.
So, why are young families moving to Ballarat?
Ballarat has been quietly blossoming as a cultural destination for a while now, with its art galleries, historical architecture and natural beauty of the country unfolding amidst award-winning wineries and a vibrant culinary scene. But there’s more to this vibrant country city than great food and wine. Exceptional public and private educational facilities including Ballarat Grammar, St Patrick's College, Loreto College and Federation University.
Contrary to popular belief, the Australian dream of owning your own home is achievable for young families — without sacrificing lifestyle. There are many new and desirable housing developments underway in Ballarat that offer millennials the chance to build their dream home while still taking advantage of the lifestyle offered by Victoria’s second-largest city. New estates like Lucas, Ballymanus, Pinnacle and Winter Valley Rise are offering a range of affordable lots. See our house & land packages for these estates.
Top tier healthcare
Ballarat has a vast array of cutting edge healthcare services available, including a bigger and better base hospital currently underway. The new hospital will upgrade operating theatres and the ability to treat an additional 14,500 inpatients each year. Expected to be completed by 2026. A wide range of specialist and aged care can be found throughout the greater Ballarat region.
Eat, drink and be entertained
Pull up a stool and drink a Mimosa at Ballarat's George Hotel after visiting the historic Regent Cinema. Choose from a wide range of family restaurants, bakeries and cafes throughout the city. New cinemas and entertainment areas in areas like Delcombe give you options right at your doorstep. Close by are a number of farm gate produce and vineyards in the surrounding region. Take the kids up to Learmonth and catch fresh trout for dinner. Ballarat is home to famous tourist attraction like Sovereign Hill and Kryal Castle.
With an expected population boost of around 20 per cent during the next decade comes an array of job opportunities ready to support this growth. The hospital redevelopment project alone will create 1,000 additional jobs, and the City of Ballarat is consistently adding to its workforce to support the growing community needs. And thanks to a boon in working from home situations, many younger couples love the opportunity to work remotely while still enjoying easy access to the Melbourne CBD—it’s only an hour-and-a-half drive or train ride away from Ballarat Station.
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