8.0 out of 10

Drouin

Ranked 8th best suburb in Gippsland
-38.1434438657373 145.815961710533
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Public Transport
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Feb 10, 2016

"Goodbye Melbourne, Hello Drouin"

Beautiful, quiet, undulating green hills. Friendly people and low crime. A twin town with Warragul means that between the two you can access almost every service you need. Some areas have the NBN already. People take care of their gardens and there is a great community spirit. Has its own successful cricket, football, netball, tennis and golf clubs. Only an hour to anywhere in Melbournes East (peak hour in melb aside) and an hour to the beautiful bass coast beaches. For the price, I would buy here over anywhere in the clogged up outer suburbs of Melbourne. Great for those who can occasionally work from home.
Pros
  • Great Schools
  • Fabulous golf course.
  • Plenty of retail outlets in Drouin and Warragul. Fountain Gate only 30 minutes away.
  • Rural lifestyle within acceptable range of Melbourne eastern suburbs for work.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Village atmosphere handy to most everything"

The best of both worlds. Set in the picturesque rolling hills of West Gippsland a relaxing lifestyle can be enjoyed whilst only being about an hours drive from Melbourne CBD.
Pros
  • Rural lifestyle within acceptable range of Melbourne eastern suburbs for work.
  • Plenty of retail outlets in Drouin and Warragul. Fountain Gate only 30 minutes away.
  • Fabulous golf course.
Cons
  • Can't think of any. Maybe doll up the facades of some of the shops in town to create more of a village atmosphere.
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 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"This is the life"

Charming township in a beautiful rural setting. We are only an hour from the beaches in Summer, an hour and a half from the snow in Winter and an hour from the city for shows and sporting events. Yet we are away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne's sprawling outer east. Drouin has a charming country town feel about it.
Pros
  • Neat well presented gardens along main street.
  • Great sense of community spirit with the annual Ficifolia Festival.
  • Fabulous golf course.
  • Plenty of retail outlets in Drouin and Warragul. Fountain Gate only 30 minutes away.
  • Rural lifestyle within acceptable range of Melbourne eastern suburbs for work.
  • Close to snow, sea and city
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
Ros Ros
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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"Lovely town!"

Really lovely town! It's nice, quiet, friendly locals, good public transport, beautiful restaurants and wineries. Perfect for winter time, we're so close to the snow and a 5-10 mins drive to Warragul. The only negative thing is there are no bike lockers at Drouin train station. I love riding my bike around the town and using the bike track but wish I could use it to and from the train station everyday. It's such a busy station and a lot of people commute to Melbourne for work.
Pros
  • Fabulous golf course.
  • Plenty of retail outlets in Drouin and Warragul. Fountain Gate only 30 minutes away.
  • Rural lifestyle within acceptable range of Melbourne eastern suburbs for work.
  • Close to snow, sea and city
  • good butcher near woolworths - always fresh
  • good medical centre and dentist
Cons
  • no bike locker at train station
  • limited bank branches
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
debrac2
debrac2 What banks does,it have?
Dec 03, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • 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+

"An excellent place to live"

Has everything a community needs. Great distance to Melbourne and fantastic medical facilities close by. Great golf course, bowls aned hockey.
Clean and green, close to snow, sea and East Gippy lakes.
What a spot! Reasonable property prices and a great choice to boot.
Friendly people have made this the right choice for us after our move from the city.
Pros
  • Close to snow, sea and city
  • Fabulous golf course.
  • Plenty of retail outlets in Drouin and Warragul. Fountain Gate only 30 minutes away.
  • Rural lifestyle within acceptable range of Melbourne eastern suburbs for work.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Not my cup of tea!"

Feels slightly old, dated architecture and hasn't worn well with time, gives the town a rather distant feel. There are some nice parts which are newly built but there are still the old houses that are refusing to come up to date! Not a lot going on in Drouin town, you need to get to Warragul, the next town over to get anything done, and even then that's not big enough to service most peoples weekly needs for shopping etc. Definitely need a form of personal transport to live here, public transport isn't nearly up to speed enough. Local doctors are very good as a big plus operating a late night facility to the community. Generally a town for retiree's, definitely not for young families with teenage children as there is nothing to entertain them. Some petty vandalism is probably catalysed by this fact as there is nothing to entertain the younger generation. We found there was a number of yobbish young adults between Drouin and Warragul, which makes the town seem quite foreboding to anyone settling into the area. Also as a small note, shops in Drouin seem sleepy and customer service is not a positive thing whereas Warragul town has a very much different charm and is quite nice for a day to wander around. Don't go to the bakery in Drouin, make your own 'fresh' sandwiches.... As far as Real Estate is concerned spruiking in this area is out of control, with some agents reporting it 'Close to the city with old town charm' It is k's away from the city and we didn't find the charm in the abundance they'd have you believe! This town won't change for at least a hundred years as the locals won't let it go through the transformation it desperately needs. As usual with most areas these days in Australia the locals have also noticed that other areas have had noteable price increases in properties. They have decided that Drouin should also have gone up in price, so beware, some sellers in Drouin believe that 3 bedroom wooden hut on half an acre they're selling is indeed worth double to three times what they paid for it a few years ago. As a rule of thumb, the price you see, immediately knock off thirty percent and negotiate down from there, that way you may buy something that's remotely close to it's true value.
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  • Retirees
bullyboy
bullyboy What a load of cobblers! So how long has it been since you arrived from England? Perhaps its time to go back.
Love always,
The Bully Boy
2yrs+
Hali
Hali Listen you snob, Drouin may not have the best night life, but if that is what you are after then what are you doing looking in country towns. I moved to Drouin four years ago and I can't imagine living anywhere else. It is full of good people, good schools and a wonderful community spirit. The people are fantastic and friendly and my children love their school and are very happy. And I feel that the reason the houses have not been updated is because some people like living in a town that has a bit of character and charm instead of looking like it was all built with leggo blocks! Drouin is a wonderful place to live it is very family oriented. I live on the main street right near the primary school and the main shopping district and I must say that it is more quiet and peaceful here than any other place I have lived. So I'm sorry if Drouin is not up to your high standards, but I think I speak for Drouin when I say that we wouldn't want anyone that is as stuck up and self important as you. Go back where you came from and let us keep our old world charm and peace without you.
Thank you
Hali
2yrs+
annom83
annom83 i would have to agree with you greynomad. not my cup of tea. there is a real bogan element in this town.
2yrs+
SharonArchibald
SharonArchibald Don't be fooled by the towns country charm. Sure the place probably has some nice people but it's also has some nasty trouble making gossipers. Just like most other towns. Be very careful who you invite into your home and life. I've been a resident hr
2yrs+
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"small but still accessible to the city"

Moved up from Pakenham 8 years ago onto a small parcel of land. Took me awhile to get used to but once settled realised its a great little town. Although Drouin doesnt boast the best in restaurants Warragul is only 10 min down the road. I like drouin because you can still find plenty of carparking around Xmas. There are also more cafe's and crafty shops popping up. On the down side rent is increasing because people are moving up here escaping the busy towns.There is plenty of childcare, realestates, schools, churches, supermarkets, bakerys,banks,pizza and fish n chip shops. There is a great country market once a month in beautiful Civic Park where you can find plenty of carparking. A great bike/skate ramp for the kids. Trains right in the middle of the towns CBD.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice if you want peace and quiet in the country and access to the city"

Nice place to live, people are friendly. Little or no violence. biggest issue might be bogan element and FWD element combined with jock culture. Nothing unusual for country towns these days. schools good and plenty of choice. Chow shopping is plentiful. abundant supermarkets, restaurants and nightlife is limited.
an excellent place to live. watch out...its growing.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
Babyboomer
Babyboomer Very peaceful, friendly town - refreshing change from overcrowded, popular Mornington Peninsula.
Losing the bogon element as property values increase and more people make the country change to acreages. Probably too quiet for teenagers but easily accessable to Melbourne by freeway or train. Great for young families, empty nesters and retirees. Quality restaurants and cafes and excellent choice of schools in the surrounding areas. A variety of supermarkets and retail shopping and close to larger shopping precinct in Warragul for cinemas and specilised retail needs. Overall a very nice place to live with beautiful views of Mt Baw Baw and commuting distance to large employment areas and the city for cultural entertainment. Definitely a 4/5 star rating.
2yrs+
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