8.3 out of 10

Cape Woolamai

Ranked 5th best suburb in Gippsland
-38.5532574715097 145.350472335201
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Childcare
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Best options for beachs"

Cape Woolamai is the perfect beach location. Easy access to a child-friendly bay beach on one side and a world class surf beach on the other. There is a real family feel to the suburb with many young families choosing to live here. Also, the best pizzas ever!
Pros
  • Beaches
  • Quietness
  • Safety
Cons
  • Traffic (getting onto the main road)
  • Services (supermarket, doctors, etc.)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A choice"

There are two very different types of reviews on here. The ones that are selling their homes & the ones that are adverse to anyone living in the area that doesn't suit their own lifestyle. I will try to be straight forward & non bias. Cape Woolamai appeals to anyone who either loves to surf, swim or walk on the beach, be it a safe bay or a sometimes wild ocean. There are really no other reasons that would influence your move here anymore greatly. The housing is slowly turning toward the updated beach style, with a bit of quality. There are still far too many holiday & permanent homes & gardens that are left unmaintained & are depreciating the look of the area overall. The main road into the town is dull & unappealing. The services are low, but those that do exist are making a real effort to service locals & tourists alike. It is a lifestyle choice to be in this town and, if yours is a laidback & non-judgemental choice to be in a natural & ever-changing environment, then you could love it here too. You don't make that decision based on what is NOT here already, you make it because you love it for what it is, as I do. My advice is to stay a few nights in Cape Woolamai in both peak & winter seasons, walk the beach, surf or swim & utilise the local shops. If you haven't fallen in love with it in this time, then you probably need to continue your search.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Pros and cons"

Cape Woolamai, like the whole of the Island is a great place for a holiday, but to live permanently there, some things need to be taken into consideration before you read all the other 'glowing' reviews by those wanting to sell/rent their homes to you.
Pro's - Great surf, quiet and peaceful (for 9 months of the year), inexpensive to buy (not rent).
Cons - very busy in summer with homes being let out to whoever pays, so your neighbours over the holiday season could be lovely old retirees or a footy team up for a huge week of partying. no natural gas and big electricity bills compared to metro/suburban melbourne, shops and services that are hardly open over the late autumn to spring period as holiday makers are the main source of income, lack of quality child care and general services (schools etc), no public swimming pool, a dodgy public hospital in Wonthaggi (30 minutes away), not much for kids to do as the wildlife parks are used fairly quickly, some ugly fibro holiday shacks, basically no public transport...
dont mean to sound too negative but these things must be taken into account before you take the plunge (or seachange as it is called these days).
Recommended for
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Cape Woolamai"

Cape woolamai
where do i start, i am writing this review as i feel the other reviews have been put on by people in desperation of getting an extra dollar for the house they are selling, the all seems a little "perfect place to live", in saying that the place is nice, the beaches are awesome and cape woolamai has world class waves. the suburb is a majority of holiday/holiday let houses which are used mainly on weekends, there is a typical set of questions asked by the locals around the island and it goes like this.... local shopkeeper- "do you live here mate" holiday house owner - "yeah" local shopkeeper - "what part time or permanent" holiday house owner - "nah mate, just part time"... yeap people are are a funny bunch who are desperate to say they live on phillip island.
the suburb has a airport right next door to it, check the maps, so if your thinking of buying a weekender be aware the planes and helicopters take off early, now that they have skydiving here as well on weekends. yeap we have lots of wildlife here, the Bass Coast Shire Council say that VIC Roads does not take animals into account when it designates a speed zone so they put roads through the middle of nature areas and then refuse to drop the speed limits to a suitable speed that may help save the lives of these animals, take a look around there are dead animals everywhere, and they call it a nature reserve, its a disgrace the way we treat the animals here...
the weather is great in summer, sea breezes in the arvo cool the place down, in winter its cold wet and windy, the grass is green and the soil is sandy. the water is bad tasting, and no natural gas on the island, so you need to buy bottled gas, if you have gas appliances.
the place is a extremely busy area for around 6 months of the year and in the middle of winter its a little quieter, our local speed camera man is now here two times a week because of the amount of complaints of ridiculous speeds being used in our streets. the other thing you will notice is the amount of rundown two and three bedroom fibro cement homes which are not good if you have a nice house next door to it, its bad for the eyes and bad for the neighbours, maybe one day they will all go, but i doubt it.
It is what it is, but its far from perfect and yes i live here
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Amazing family escape"

Cape Woolamai is a hidden gem. A fantastic family escape. Two great beaches, nature reserve with amazing views, local shops etc. Other than PORTSEA, there is no other town that has both a calm water swimming beach and a wild surfing beach within the one town. And you pay one tenth the price for realestate.
Cape Woolamai is an amazing place. Check it out!
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
Indo
Indo only 1 of 2 towns that have calm water on one side and wild on the other? you left out sorrento, blairgowrie, rye (about the same price as wooly) and flinders..
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
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
2yrs+

"THE Melbourne escape..."

Trees, safe beach, friendly locals, fresh air, surf beach, necessary shops, bike riding, swimming, fishing, pristine nature walks....all within 1.5 hours of Melb...need I go on?
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Absolute peace and tranquillity"

Where else can you be within walking distance of a gorgeous, safe and sandy swimming beach as well as a wild and boisterous surf beach. Add to that the wildlife and unspoilt wilderness of the Cape and you have a place to die for.
Everyone looks when a car goes past because it is so uncommon.
A place to refresh the soul and lift the spirit.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
puppydog
puppydog hmm, not sure where you lived in cape woolamai, but to be honest your review is false there are that many tourists in the area over the end of spring all through summer and most of autumn, its a frustrating area, beacuse people come down and trash the town and run riot in the area, unless you lived in the one of about three courts in cape woolamai, the place is ridiculously busy, and busy with people that don't care about the wildlife so the place has dead animals that have been run over by cars because they are to impatient to slow down to get to the beach, and the airport is guaranteed to wake you up very early saturday and sunday morning with planes and the three helicopters taking off and landing right next door to estate, on another note, the beaches are beautiful and the surf is great, its just a shame all the events that are on throughout the year spoil it for the people who live here, im not selling or buying a house, i love here and the reviews i saw here may be someones opinions, but they seem false to me, you only have to look at the width of the main road in to see that the road is set up for a lot of traffic, as a bonus if you choose to live on woolamai beach road, you can have motorbikes speeding past your house at at least 150kmh in a residential zone, yeap, its so "uncommon" to have a car drive past that there are speed cameras set up around twice a week because the locals are sick of the amount of speeding fools who continue to to get over excited and drive 100kmh plus in a 60kmh zone on there way to the beach.
surely this review was written by someone desperate to sell there house, if your thinking of buying in cape woolamai, come check it out, because every review i have read is false in my opinion.
2yrs+
Wooly
Wooly Hmmm, Puppydog... there's Cape Woolamai, and then there's Cape Woolamai....!
Yes, if you live on the main Cape Woolamai Rd, of course you will have busy seasonal traffic...like any main tourist road. And yes, near the airport you will get tourist helocopters.
I'm talking about the hidden gem part of the Cape, that is the safety beach side.
I own a house there, have absolutely no intentions of selling, have a view of the Westernport Bay heads, have ocean gulls flying overhead, and, if we are unlucky, have 3 or 4 cars drive past along the esplanade every day. Our neighbours are fabulous and everyone knows each other and helps each other out.
Like every beachside area, there are no doubt hoons and undesirables, however I have found they tend to reside on the ocean of Cape Woolamai rd, back near the airport, and they tend to complain that the helicopters are noisy and that there are cars during summer visiting the beautiful place that it is.....
2yrs+
Indo
Indo The esplanade section of cape woolamai is great but how many people looking to buy/rent are going to buy there?, not everyone as it is the most expensive part, and the beach on the westernport side is basically unusable at low tide with the mud flats anyway, so i think the review is a little misleading also.
2yrs+
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