7.7 out of 10

Lara

Ranked 19th best suburb in Barwon
-37.9685368592414 144.43355016514
Great for
  • Schools
  • Medical Facilities
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
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  • Singles
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Reviews

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 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • 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+

"Country Lifestyle But Close To Everything!!"

I have lived in Lara for more than 15 years and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. It is the perfect location for those wanting a relaxed, easy-going lifestyle.
Although Lara is growing, it will always have the Country feel to it. Only 45 minutes from Melbourne CBD and 10-15 minutes from Geelong CBD, Geelong is the perfect location for those who enjoy exploring the Coast & also the sights of the City.
The local's of the town are always very friendly, and all the shops/facitlies are very easily accessible when it comes to parking etc.
Lara is only a 5 minute drive from Avalon Airport which is expanding and becoming International in the near future.
There has also recently been plans approved for a new development containing a brand new supermarket along with several other specialty shops & a restaurant.
Lara is a popular place for commuters who work in Melbourne to catch the train to and from as it has lots of parking & the fare is cheaper rather than leaving from Geelong. The public transport is fantastic with buses running to and from Geelong hourly.
The price of homes in Lara are at a reasonable price for an average regional area. Rental properties are also reasonable but may seem a little more expensive than neighbouring suburbs like Corio/Norlane which hold alot of commission homes.
Lara is a clean, child friendly town which has been proven a great place to bring up a family.
I would recommend anyone thinking of making the move to consider Lara as their next venture.
Pros
  • Plans for New Development inc. a New Supermarket
  • 5 Minutes from Avalon Airport
  • Fantastic For Commuters to Geelong/Melbourne
  • Close to the shopping and facilities of Geelong, Werribee and Melbourne with a country life syle
  • Country Town atmosphere
  • Quiet and peaceful yet close to Geelong and Melbourne
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • 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 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Country town atmosphere & feel but close to Geelong, Melbourne & shopping"

A great little town that is so close to Geelong and only 30 mins (in non peak time) from the Westgate Bridge in Melbourne. Yes houses are a bit dearer in Lara when compared to some other parts of Geelong such as Corio etc but Lara has many benefits which people living in Melbourne and closer to Geelong don't have. It's got a real 'country feel' to it. I like the shopping area - if you want more shops then Corio Shopping Centre is only 10 mins away. I'm glad there are not too many shops in Lara as it would cause too much traffic and ruin the country feel. People are very friendly I've found since moving to Lara. There are a few 'yobbos' speeding around in cars (that may not even be from Lara) but the police do a good job keeping that under control. Close to Geelong but great for people like me that work in Melbourne. Less than 10 mins away from the Home Maker Centre on Melbourne Road Corio for shopping, Harvey Norman, Bunnings etc...10 mins away from Corio Shopping Centre. A new gym has been built as part of the home maker centre less than 10 mins away.
Pros
  • Country Town atmosphere
  • Quiet and peaceful yet close to Geelong and Melbourne
  • Close to the shopping and facilities of Geelong, Werribee and Melbourne with a country life syle
Cons
  • Do need a car as public transport is a bit ordinary
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+
Ok, but house rentals are to expensive
Cons
  • Over priced houses for sale and rent
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live."

Nice quiet town that is close to Geelong and Melbourne, Avalon airport only 5 minutes away and due to be developed into international shortly, would be great to spend 5minutes in a taxi and go anywhere you desire. Lara needs expansion of it's shopping center as it's Safeway is more like a small IGA store than a fully equipt supermarket. I believe it is due for expantion soon though. Everything esle is great in Lara!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"A lovely place to live... if you have a car"

Lara is a lovely community. It has plenty of parks and playgrounds, a good bakery and plenty of lovely walking/riding tracks. It is not somewhere I would recommend living if you do not own a car or are not fond of driving. The bus runs only about once an hour and the trains also run on a similar schedule (with the exception of peak hours) so it is very difficult to get around. Lara is situated about half way between Geelong and Werribee and it is an easy 15-20 minute drive to each. There is also very easy access to Melbourne city via the trains and freeway (but the trains are MUCH faster than sitting in traffic). If you love Geelong but work in Melbourne then Lara is the perfect town for you. It is also ideal for those who are looking for affordable properties in the Geelong area whilst avoiding rough neighbourhoods like Corio and Norlane.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 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+

"Great commuter town"

I work in Melbourne and my husband works in Geelong, so Lara is great for us. We are within walking distance of shops and train station which is incredibly helpful. Think the local shopping strip could be better and have more on offer (but this is also demand led), but it's great that you can get a decent coffee from the local coffee shop, and the deli and local fruit shop and butcher have great produce.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Country oasis great for young families."

only 35 mins from the westgate - lara is ideal for melbourne commuters.
property is expensive compared to Geelong, but dirt cheap compared to Melb city.
4 kinders, 3 primary schools, 1 high school but plenty of transport for students into geelong.
public transport to melbourne/geelong is great - trains leave every hour at least.
bus service to geelong is pretty poor.
atmosphere is very small town, community based - not much nightlife or eating - just takeaway (ciccio's pizza is great!) or pub bistro style. shopping is just essentials - safeway, post office, banks, chemist, butcher, grocer and a few gift shops.
very peaceful, friendly place to live!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees