8.7 out of 10

Ararat

Ranked 3rd best suburb in Central Highlands
-37.2814025467 142.9210936655
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  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
  • Resale or Rental Value
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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 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Close to everything"

I came here some years ago because of proximity to the mountains. I'm a bushwalker so Ararat was the ideal starting point. I first rented here than bought a house...an old house that was affordable. Then I slowly did that house up with a view to selling but I loved it so much I stayed. I'm glad I did.
Pros
  • Close to some of the best scenery anywhere.
  • Affordable housing.
  • Hot summers and cool winters for those that like the seasonal changes
  • Employment - hospital, gasons, prison, ame, retail, hospitality
Cons
  • Friendly people
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great spirit"

We have found the people in the town to be very supportive and friendly and kind. And it's nice to actually know your neighbour's name.
Pros
  • Good services. Supportive and friendly people.
  • Employment - hospital, gasons, prison, ame, retail, hospitality
Cons
  • Friendly people
  • good work prospects
  • Local Prison expanding
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
talbo9
talbo9 When i lived there,,,,,I just wished my neighbors would leave me the hell alone,,
2yrs+
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Families and singles"

We moved into the area form Melbourne about 9 years ago and haven't looked back. The town has a sense of energy and it's easy to make friends. And if you want to be left alone that's cool too.There are some sophisticated clothing and gift stores plus a store that the blokes would love. Good supermarkets too. The night life has changed since we moved here. Our young adult single daughter moved here a few years ago and has made friends easily. She sings and there's a lot of good musos in the town that get together regularly.

Housing is still affordable and that's a very big plus.
Pros
  • Employment - hospital, gasons, prison, ame, retail, hospitality
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A great place"

Ararat is my home town and I love it. After University I hope to return there. Such a great sense of community spirit and support. Lots of balls, fundraisers, events to attend throughout the year. Good neighbours. Good Shops. Good Food. Good Friends.
Pros
  • Quiet but full of life
  • Employment - hospital, gasons, prison, ame, retail, hospitality
  • The Grampians
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"First impessions are deceptive."

Ararat is a good place if you are only there to visit, There are a lot of people who pass through and think it is a great place, but, if you only try living there for a few years, Shocking employment, unless you want to be a prison guard, Left the place 7 years ago, had to break my neck to do so, once that place has you, you may never leave,

at least half of that place seems to be a dumping ground for the socially unacceptable,
be real careful where you buy in that town, Avoid the lower end of town, "The Other Side Of the Tracks" is not a place for the meek or feeble minded, You will be chewed up and spat out,
make sure you have a good psychiatrist, you will need it after a while, Oh, and keep your lawyers card handy,

When you are there next, go up to One Tree Hill at night,(if you are game enough) take a look at the way the street lights are arranged, see if you can spell out the word "HELL"
Pros
  • Looks good in rear view mirror
  • there will be a by-pass built soon,
  • Very forgettable, Easy to get through town
Cons
  • Local Prison expanding
  • stuff all personal privacy or space
  • Same people EVERY day,boring.
Recommended for
  • Gay & Lesbian
Highonlife
Highonlife I guess it's like any place - you get out of it what you put in.
2yrs+
talbo9
talbo9 Im guessing your trying to sell your house?, Good Luck,,and as far as getting out of it what one puts in?,,,Oh how you are mistaken!
2yrs+
Highonlife
Highonlife I have to wonder at the unhappiness that drives you to make this comment a year after my post and suspect it has very little to do with the town and more do do with personal dissatisfaction with your own life. However, you've made your point and arguing against the opinions of others won;t change theirs.
2yrs+
talbo9
talbo9 If you are looking for an Awesome Little town,,Quiet and Really nice people!, Go have a Look at Apsley, Not far from the SA border, and still within striking distance of Horsham, (Fuel is cheaper in SA), Narcoorte is a strange place till you get used to it,,But a lot more there than Ararat,,,Less the Prison,,
2yrs+
talbo9
talbo9 Highonlife, It has EVERYTHING to do with the town,, and the Morons that keep carrying on about how GOOD the place is,,Hence the comment a year after yours, and as far as ones life is concerned!?!?!,, it has improved insurmountably since leaving, The Quality and hence Longevity has increased, Leaving behind the poor excuse for a "Town" and its excessive population of Humanoid Scum has to be the Best life choice i have ever made, In Short,, i am VERY satisfied with ones life,,,and arguing against My personal opinion,,,Sadly for you,, wont change mine,,Besides this is a Public Forum,,If you dont like the variety of differing opinions,,dont post your thoughts publicly!
2yrs+
Highonlife
Highonlife Maybe Ararat is a more pleasant place to live since you no longer reside here with your negativity and need to blame a place for your previous unhappiness. Incidentally, I'm not arguing against your opinion, which you are entitled to hold, I'm merely trying to bring balance to a baseless negative view. - such is my right in a public forum.
2yrs+
davdav
davdav I'm always a little bit nervous about moving to the country as there does seem to be a darker side to it that can be quite worrying. Also I've read that people want to know everyones business and if you don't fit into the local culture then you're given a hard time. Unemployment, druggies, crooks, baddies, crazies .. some areas seem to attract more than other areas..
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Supportive, Fun Community."

Great Place. Made the tree change 3 years ago and haven't looked back. Such a nice friendly place with great coffee! Kids love it too. Sport, fun, freedom ... big yards. Affordable housing.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Lovely Country town"

I find Ararat a lovely country town where everybody knows you. The people there are so laid back and are always willing to help out.Great place for those who love peace and quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"FANTASTIC PLACE"

Moved to Ararat 9 years ago expecting closed mind locals and cliques. Was so pleasantly surprised to find a friendly, welcoming, inclusive community. This place is so inspiring, the way the community rallies to raise funds for any worthy local cause (ie building a new hospital, blue ribbon, school fundraisers, ill community members, relay for life and other charities). All fundraising is always done in fun and innovative ways (ie balls, singing comps, dancing comps etc). The sense of community here is amazing. Shopping: Beautiful clothes stores, great places for coffee (the VINES breakfast, lunch or coffee is a MUST for anyone passing through), beautiful gift stores, book store and accessory outlets. Education: Choices of primary schools abound (private and public) - depending on your childs interests from sport to drama. One private and publice high school to choose from or Ballarat is only an hour up the road with plenty of choices. Social: WINE WINE WINE, the Grampians, nice eateries (people come from far and wide to dine at SICILIANS), plus all the fundraising activities, balls, functions - it is a blast. Affordable housing with large blocks (not hemmed in roof to roof housing). SPORT - football, cricket, tennis, swimming, cycling (velodrome), cross country running, little aths, auskick, basketball, netball. Western Hwy to Melbourne and to Adelaide, train and buses all stop here. Only a short drive to the coast, the city, the mountains ... perfect. Cold in winter Hot in summer (4 seasons). Lots of empolyment options - prison, hospital, AME, Gasons, Aged Care, retail, Abattoirs, local council, comunity health, DHS, disability services ... always an opportunity - and usually only a 5 - 10 min drive to work with very few delays. HEALTH: Well equipped hospital, private GP's, community health centres, neighbourhood centre, walking tracks abound, walking groups, ladies pushbike group, visiting specialists services, surgical procedures available locally. Lots of affordable child care options from private carers, family day care to accredited child care centres. A safe, happy, hard working community but in a very relaxed environment - retail shops are closed on a Sunday (apart from Target and supermarkets) - as they should be. Everyone knows what you up to but in a good way, you will know if your kids have been up to no good!! (just how we want it!). Neighbours look out for each other. A very supportive community. Make the move, it is the best tree change - and it only takes 2 hours to get back to the centre of Melbourne for a city fix!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Nice little sleepy country town"

Ararat is a nice little town in country Victoria that once serviced the gold rush. I visited this town on the way to Melbourne while we returned from Halls Gap. During our little visit to Ararat, we dropped by the Chinese Heritage Museum. Given that the museum was funded by Chinese, it pays tribute to a lot of the early Chinese who were part of the gold rush with plenty of issues raised on how they were treated and how they lived during that period of time. The museum allows you to pan for bits of gold in their little make-shift panning area and you get to keep any gold that you manage to pan. Unfortunately, I was not lucky and could not find any despite the staff telling me that there were a few specs added in the morning. I did not see anything else in Ararat but it has the vibe of a nice town.
talbo9
talbo9 Ararat is a good place if you are only there to visit, There are a lot of people who pass through and think it is a great place, but, if you only try living there for a few years, there is not a lot in the way of jobs in that town, unless you want to be a prison guard, Left the place 7 years ago and my life has improved dramatically

at least half of that place seems to be a dumping ground for the socially unacceptable,
be real careful where you buy in that town, Avoid the lower end of town,Next time you are there ask about the streets on "The Other Side Of the Tracks" then go for a cruise down there, you will see what i mean,

When you are there next, go up to One Tree Hill at night,(if you are game enough) take a look at the way the street lights are arranged, see if you can spell out the word "HELL"
2yrs+
Rainer L
Rainer L I did add a comment but it dissapeared. Perhaps too much of a negative question?
You know. It seems the more i research the more dirt surfaces about country living. It is almost as if one needs to weigh up leaving the bigger city hoping not to enter another frying pan. It is sad that seemingly are so many missfits out there spoiling it for retirees who seek a quiet live and ending up competing against such people who live the dream instead of working for a living where the jobs are. Guess they are enjoying early retirement taking up all thr good places oit in the country?
Jul 28, 2017
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