8.1 out of 10

Alfredton

Ranked 5th best suburb in Central Highlands
-37.5560465416758 143.807143159961
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Alfredton is one of the best areas in Ballarat"

Alfredton's popularity is not accidental: there's a reason why it has achieved this! But there are two parts of Alfredton to be aware of - 'old' Alfredton, mainly subdivided in the early 20th century and generally ending at the intersection of Cuthbert Rd and Kallioota St/Hume Cres. 'New' Alfredton begins after this junction and ends at Dyson Rd, where Lucas begins.
Both sections of Alfredton are quite pleasant but traffic in the newer parts can be a problem, particularly in the mornings. But compared to traffic problems in Melbourne, the issues in this suburb are quite trivial! It is an easy drive to the centre of Ballarat, and two dedicated bus lines service the suburb: the 15 (Sturt St West) and 18 (Alfredton) lines. It is also possible to catch a 16 (Lake Gardens) bus, but it is only practical if you live in the section of old Alfredton closest to Gillies Street. It is quite feasible that a new bus service may be required to accommodate new residents of Lucas, and therefore run through Alfredton, but this could just mean either the 15 or 18 are modified to run into this new suburb.
Many schools are in easy reach, both public and private. Some of Ballarat's finest secondary schools are a short distance away, including Ballarat High School, Loreto College (all girls), St. Patrick's College (all boys) and Ballarat & Clarendon College (co-ed). Ballarat Grammar School is also in reasonable proximity.
Traffic can be sometimes noisy on Learmonth & Gillie's streets (larger trucks, cattle trucks) but these aren't numerous enough to be a major issue.
Shopping is reasonable in the immediate suburb, with Aldi and some strip shopping located in old Alfredton. The newer part of Alfredton also has some strip shopping, and a newly completed shopping complex (containing a Woolworths and Wilson's Fruit & Vegetables) in Lucas means higher order shopping is not far away.
Pros
  • Matured streetscapes
  • Arch of Victory
  • Avenue of Honour
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Safe quiet community - somewhere social capital is easily obtained"

Great place to live if you want to be close to the city without having to live with all of the negatives of city life. if you put an effort into getting to know your neighbours you will be kindly rewarded! all of whom i have met are lovely people who want to get to know you and look out for one another. You feel safe all of the time! with new developments in the works for community hubs and shopping areas Alfredton is fast becoming the best area in ballarat.
Pros
  • Great area to raise a family
  • less than 7 minutes to the CBD
  • Close to elite schools
Cons
  • nothing significant, only trivial issues that would be expected in the best of locations
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Nothing here, not a great neighbourhood"

I just sold a place here. There are very few facilities, just lots of generic new build houses, and very little neighbourly spirit - you will hear bass music thumping through your walls more often than not. Yards tend to be small. There is a nice park area in the middle where kids can play, there are buses to town. If having a brand new shiny house is important to you then this is the place, but if the surrounding neighbourhood matters, I would reconsider.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Too much demand on services available."

Due to the population growth of Alfredton the schools, kindergartens etc. are at bursting point (if you are able to have your child accepted).

Sporting clubs, scouts etc. unable to cope with the numbers wishing to join.

Traffic conditions very bad, frequent blockages - this has not been helped by further developments.

Need car to attend to medical, shopping etc. needs.

So ... if you are willing to travel for school, sporting, shopping, medical etc. it is O.K.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great people and quiet place"

Best spot in Ballarat by a mile, schools are close and its a lovely quiet spot only 7 minutes from the centre of town.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees