8.2 out of 10

Healesville

Ranked 210th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.6213175284611 145.549515432736
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  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
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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 4/5
  • 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
Jun 21, 2016

"a small town with a country feel and still within distance to Melbourne"

Quiet country style town
Pros
  • Queit
  • not much traffic (except on weekends)
  • affordable
Cons
  • Yarra Valley Shire - not nice to deal with
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Why live anywhere else"

I ended up in Healesville by accident almost 30 years ago. Met and married my husband and have bought up two beautiful daughters here. They both started at kinder and went all the way through to VCE at the Healesville schools. Both have university degrees now. I was a bit of a gypsy before I came here but I could not think a any place in Australia that I would prefer to live. The locals are lovely, the schools are good, there are 3 doctors surgeries, a good dental surgery, and emergency/after hours clinic and a small, bush hospital.(more than most towns). We are about 25 mins from the train station with only three sets of lights to get through, a bus service that takes you all the way to Melbourne or Alexandra and if you know the way, we are only about 45 to 60 mins from the airport (offpeak). There are parks and sporting facilities, rivers for fishing, bush tracks for walking, riding or cycling. Too many restuarants and eateries to mention. The list goes on and on. Truly, I seldom leave the town but if I have to, I am always glad to see the mountains in the distance because it means I'm nearly home.
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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AnnaK2
AnnaK2 Sounds like such a lovely place.
If one had to work in melbourne, what would the commute be like?
2yrs+
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Tourist town not geared up for locals."

Moved here 6 years ago. Like most, I was wearing rose-coloured glasses! Beautiful place, full of quirky charm, but live here! No casualty department, (had to drive 45 minutes to nearest ER in Ringwood for child with broken arm at 10pm!) No decent footpaths (goat tracks are slippery and unsafe in winter) in the East end of Healesville. No public transport in the East end either. (Hospital end of town) Only one High school, if you want private school, Lilydale is closest. Kids catch bus at ridiculous times with no bus shelters here for them to not get drenched! You want to buy something like an oil filter for your car? You have to drive to Lilydale. One main supermarket, Coles has very little in ranges for gluten free, vegetarian, etc. Vegies etc are often stale and starting to rot. (Must admit they have started to listen to the complaints!) IGA is small and expesive.
Youth crime is VERY high here, as they are bored stupid. Nothing really for the average kid to do here. One skate park is often under water. One indoor pool is too small to allow a decent play and people doing laps are squished into two lanes only. Outdoor pool is only open for a short few months in summer and closes at 6pm daily!
Log trucks barrel through at all hours since the bushfires. Bikies, car clubs and tourists come through on Sundays, so prepare for lack of parking in Coles! No cinema to speak of. (only two shows a week and usually an Art house type fim. You fold the chairs and put them away!)
Positives? Beautiful scenery. Beautiful scenery and some more beautiful scenery! If you like wine, then this is a great wine area. Not too far from Melbourne. If you are fit, well, and have a decent car and don't mind lack of facilities, then this is a nice place to live.
I wouldn't recommend for teen families. Probably empty-nesters, retirees, artists, or those who wish a weekender.
I wish I had done my homework before I moved here! Fair armed is fair warned!
Neets
Neets I know many who have lived in Healesville for years, yes there is no ER but thats why you become an ambulance member.
The reason most people live here is to get away from the hustle & bustle, if you want to be near shops etc then I do not advice to move to healesville, but if you would like to be part of a friendly community and would love some peace & quiet I highly recommend living here!
2yrs+
Morza
Morza This sounds like the lament of an 'URBAN GREENIE' . Healesville has just as much to offer as the Dandenong Ranges and more. Your comments are unreasonable and we know families in Healesville, with teens, who have plenty of job opportunities and are rebuilding and renovating rather than move. The bus services to the private schools drop them off from point A to Point B and.... they've worked out how to use an umbrella! Toughen up princess : )
2yrs+
Junipergirl
Junipergirl I was trying to give an honest appraisal in the WHOLE of the town not just one issue. Since my post, there is now underway development of building a huge complex including a state of the art cinema and shopping centre.
Neets, I am an ambulance member and called one in an emergency and was told there were none local to get in the car and if got worse to call Lilydale on the way. I found that amazing. Since that time, though, a new ambulance service is on its way to being built. There is now a new medical service offering out of hours service, which is fantastic.

I wrote in August 2010, and was very much an advocate in getting some things changed here in Healesville, I am proud to say things are changing!

Morza, I feel your attack on me unwarranted as at the time of writing those issues were valid. My son did not go to a private school and there are still people my end of town who have difficulty getting a bus, this too is in the works but progress is slow.

Youth crime is still fairly high, but since the installation of our new police officer Wayne Williams and his tough stance, this is starting to become a thing of minority and not majority. Again, there is in the works a 24 hour police station, very much needed in this area.

I came here after a life threatening cancer, and a violent ex-husband, I take umbrage at your rant I need to 'toughen up princess'
I enjoy Healesville immensely and am very happy to live here, especially now after many years of the locals getting the above done, we can all live in less fear, have more facilities aimed at the locals, rather the tourist.
I tried to show an honest and informed point of view.
I meant to not offend anyone.
2yrs+
Morza
Morza Thanks for the more balanced update Junipergirl.
2yrs+
possume
possume thanks for telling both sides :)
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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 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Friendly and welcoming country town"

Healesville district's history combines with beautiful Yarra Valley scenery, attractions such as wine tastings at the many vineyards and numerous sporting activities to produce a unique tourism area which while easily accessible from Melbourne's metropolitan areas at the same time offers peace, quiet and relaxation.
We have recently returned from Queensland to live on an acreage property near Healesville. We find the people in the area to be welcoming and friendly while at the same time there is plenty to see and do. We are now wondering why we went to Queensland in the first place, especially considering what this beautiful part of Victoria has to offer not just to tourists but also its residents!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
2yrs+

"Just About to Move to Healesville"

WingeingPom
WingeingPom We have been in Melbourne 2 weeks and after much driving around found Healesville - and agree it is very much like an english village. We come from East Sussex - Ashdown Forest in the UK. Healesville is very much like England with it's beautiful green countryside and views to die for, lovely parks and vibrant feel to it's village. Although we haven't moved in yet what we have experienced so far has been much friendliness from the locals and look forward to sampling life there. It's a very lovely part of Victoria.
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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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 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 5/5
2yrs+

"You don't have to be a tourist to enjoy Healesville"

Healesville really has it all. Just a short picturesque drive from the city and you have it all - spectacular mountain views, fine wine and dining, museums, art galleries, the sanctuary, bush walks - just to name a few. Not to mention country cafes and pubs, music concerts, outdoor cinema and markets. There is something for everyone.

What is there not to love about Healesville. A friendly country community with all the convenience of the city (minus the traffic, noise and stress). I couldn't imagine living anywhere else.
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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+

"Easily the best place to live... bar none!"

I have lived in this town for the majority of my life. It is - in one word - PERFECT! Great people, magnificent views and ideally located in a valley with mountains cradling our community. The people here always smile and say G'day as you walk down the street. The parks are clean with a friendly air where families hold picnics and there is ample room to spread out - even during Grape Grazing!
There are a variety of different housing types and areas, from small hobby farms (5+ acres) to townhouses and units, which is ideal for all different home owners. The only problem with Healesville is in the high demand for rental properties. It has been this way for many years, but more so in recent times.
On weekends, again particularly during events such as Grape Grazing, there can be a lot of traffic and it is best to book accomodation prior to coming to the area rather than risking their being a place to stay when you get here.
We hear often that the township itself is very comparable to small English villages and there is a lot of ex-U.K. residents that have recently relocated here.
I have visited many cities in Australia, being from Victoria it is common to want to move to Queensland, but I simply love this town so much that I can't ever see myself permanently leaving. It's just that perfect!
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