6.8 out of 10

Norlane

Ranked 21st best suburb in Barwon
-38.0943051359346 144.349712001618
Great for
  • Schools
  • Medical Facilities
  • Cost of Living
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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
Jan 02, 2016

"Make your own luck"

I purchased a property in Norlane as a 26 year old single male in 2006. I lived in the property located close ish to the Robin Ave shops for 4 years. I had no trouble, my neighbours were great, friendly down to earth people. I find in life if you're polite to someone and smile you'll get the same back. So generally anyone who might not have met the snooty standards of the judgemental Norlane haters, just might give you a "g'day mate, how are you?" If you'd pull your head out of your backside and smile.

I had a great time renovating my home and turning it into a great looking weather board house. (Often neighbours volunteered to help!) Whilst there I used the corio gym and pool located close by, shopped at corio fair close by and commuted to Melbourne with ease for work. On weekends I was close to the surf coast and everything Geelong has to offer. Life was good while I was there!

Another good point about norlane is that it's closer to Melbourne than most of geelong. So if you're commuting or visiting Melbourne there's no crossing town to get going, basically it's just closer to Melbourne.

Visiting Geelong recently, I went to the mill markets in North Geelong and cruised around. It's on the up and if you set your home up comfortably and utilise the great things on offer around you there, life would be good. Create your own Luck.
Pros
  • Excellent Public Transport
  • Leafy & Quiet
  • Waterfront access
  • Great road network
  • Huge choice of shops nearby and just 10 mins to Geelong
Cons
  • Negative Stigma
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Depends on which part you're in"

There's been a few comments about Norlane, and it is a suburb with various parts, some good, some not so good. In my case in Norlane West, where my place is it is most certainly in a great area. Numerous shopping options are only a couple of minute's drive away, and we are advantaged in having the cheapest fuel in the Geelong area.

The Norlane West area is a fair percentage of private housing owned/bought by families and therefore the neighborhood is nice and established. Very quiet area here, with little traffic even though Thompson Rd is not far away. The traffic flows freely in Norlane, with probably the best road capacity in Geelong. The five main arterials in Thompson Rd, Cox Rd, Anakie Rd, Station St and Princess Highway..in addition to Bacchus Marsh Rd are all dual carriageway each side, and this makes coming and going from Geelong here very easy. It's just 10 minutes to the city, and compared to other areas with congested roads, we've got a good road network here.

Being single i can't really give a guide on schools, childcare and associated things like that but there are a few schools in this area, although in recent years a couple have been closed down and yet to be replaced. Shopping wise the Donnybrook Rd shops have a good mix of stores. Corio Village has about anything you could want there, and there's also smaller strip shops in Alkira Ave, Robin Ave, Labuan Square and Rose Ave. Not to mention the Bellpost Shopping centre as well. Huge choice for the shopper, and just a couple of minutes down Thompson Rd is also Separation St's shops. What's not to love there?

One thing that has to be said, is that a lot of the old commission housing areas especially East of Thompson Rd are being demolished and the 'New Norlane' project is coming on stream. For first home buyers this has to be seriously looked at, some are just up the road from the new hardware superstore, and can be got for amounts from about $240K. That's hard to top in an area which is only minutes from Geelong's CBD and has all infrastructure in place. Obviously the impending closure of Fords will have an impact jobs-wise, although it's hopeful that Avalon airport and possibly a Port in that vicinity will help out on the jobs front. But unlike some far-flung Melbourne suburbs where infrastructure is inadequate at least it's all in place here.

So, having lived here for over four years, i do feel that the negative connotations do paint a not totally accurate picture of the suburb of Norlane. I think if you get a nice area, (and i will agree there are parts with some questionable people around) you can enjoy the advantages of this area and pay a lot less than anything remotely close infrastructure-wise. I am certain no area as close as 60 k's from Melbourne can be obtained for the prices here, and honestly, the more people that discover what Norlane has to offer, the better the suburb will become. Certainly, it's a decision that i am happy i made back in 2010.
Pros
  • Huge choice of shops nearby and just 10 mins to Geelong
  • Great road network
  • Excellent Public Transport
  • Leafy & Quiet
  • Waterfront access
Cons
  • Negative Stigma
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Negative stigma keeps prices down but it won't last. This place is well serviced, Leafy, and less than an hour from Melbourne!"

Norlane properties are valued well below other comparable Geelong Properties mainly due to it's negative stigma but since moving in a year ago from Carlton I have found the place to be a wonderful place to live.

Public transport is excellent with North Shore railway station is a short walk away. There are also regular buses and extensive off road cycle paths down into town and up to Corio Mall.

Moorpanyal park has a small beach and overlooks Geelong Waterfront, providing a great backdrop for bbqs while the kids play in the extensive playground at the park.

I've met the neighbors on both sides, both of which are friendly. I moved in a Christmas and went to the Norlane Party down at Moorpanyal park where I met heaps of really interesting young families, students, artists and elderly people with great stories to tell.

This place is home to some of the most amazing gardens I have ever seen and has tidy streets of established shade trees.

The best bit is that my property, like many in the area, is able to be sub-divided, allowing me to pay off my homeloan even quicker!
Pros
  • Waterfront access
  • Excellent Public Transport
  • Leafy & Quiet
Cons
  • Negative Stigma
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
JohnS1
JohnS1 some of these positive reviews on norlane to me appear biased and possibly written by real estate developers or real estate agents trying to get people to move into this very trashy area called norlane. Public transport is woeful, buses not very often, a train to melbourne requires changing at werribee after a wait making it a long trip. The reason the properties are valued low is because norlane is a high crime, trashy area full of ferals and housos, hence the low valuations, simple maths. The streets are not tidy, most nature strips and front yards are overgrown, and have 1 if not more unregistered car wrecks sitting in them, almost every corner has a dumped old tv or someone elses trash tossed out on it.
2yrs+
Kizmck
Kizmck John, I urge you to take responsibility for your own happiness and not blame the suburb in which you live. Also, please refrain from being derogatory towards those who live in housing commission. They deserve a fair go just like anyone else. It sounds as though you have had an unusual experience in Norlane but please understand that yours is not the norm. I have never had to change trains at Werribee in over a year of regular travel and nor have I had anything stolen from my house. Like many properties in Norlane mine is sub-divisible and I may take advantage of that opportunity in the future but that does not mean that I would be miss leading about the place. In fact, the development going on in Norlane is good for the place and I am confident that it will continue to improve as time goes by.
2yrs+
LocalOldLady
LocalOldLady Well said Kieran.
2yrs+
JohnS1
JohnS1 are you a houso, otherwise why would be defending them, Yes I have something against those dole bludgers living off the govt and making the rest of us pay, and when those same houso types drive up and down my street on a dirt bike revving the heck out of it on a daily and nightly basis affecting me, and when you have a feral with a couple of dogs in the backyard barking incessantly non stop then, yes I begin to take exception to it. And when you see the local housos going down to the local bottlo at 9am to fuel up, and revving their v8's up and down the street, it definately has an impact of sorts, yes folks from norlane northshore railway station you do change trains). This area is rampant and full of druggies, dole bludgers, and just trashy people unfrotunately, look at some of the reviews on streets in the area from others and you can read their experiences going back to 2008, it's not just my opinion.
2yrs+
LocalOldLady
LocalOldLady Perhaps you should google Kieran and see if he comes up on the National List of Feral Houso's. While you're at it, check up how to spell "definitely" and the definition of "judgmental", "conceited" and "derogatory" and if there is still time, check out this page. http://zenhabits.net/a-simple-method-to-avoid-being-judgmental-yes-that-means-you/
2yrs+
LucyT
LucyT As regards the barking dogs:- Barking dogs don't worry me except inasmuch it always indicates that they're not being treated/looked-after as they should be: neglected, etc. RING the Council AND the RSPCA inspectorate. (and the police, though they're reluctant to deal with 'animal-related issues'. Sometimes you can get a good result from individual coppers or the station Snr.Sgt.
2yrs+
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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 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The Government are focused on building & developing our community - which is why I'm staying"

There has been a lot of government involvment over the past few years which is putting a focus on developing Norlane and helping it grow into it's "skin". I moved here many years ago and was thinking of moving closer to Geelong to be closer to my family which was a very hard decision considering how much I like my home. The improvement to the area over the last few years and the fact that it is considered Geelong's "Growth Corridor" has led me to the decision to stay where I am. There has been much stigma attached to Norlane & Corio over the years but if you have a good look around you will see a tidy, clean area. European immigrants make up a lot of the households and have often been here since migrating in the 60's & 70's. They keep their houses impeccably well with perfectly manicured lawns and gardens and well maintained homes. Also their neighbourly attitude makes you at ease that your home is safe while you're not there.
Norlane is 10 quick minutes away from the city, about 3 or 4 mintues to the new ring road which gives you access to the Great Ocean Road or straight to Melbourne with no traffic lights. Also our airport at Avalon is soon to become international! There are strong predictions that property in the Northern suburbs are set to boom very soon because of its position in all the goings on. Very exciting, I think.
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JohnS1
JohnS1 the area is not clean and tidy, the majority of residents are housos on centrelink not europen immigrants, 3 foot high front yard grass and a car wreck sitting in it are not what I call impeccably well manicured lawn or garden which is what every 2nd home ion this area has. A neighbourly attitude of stealing your shoes and sizing you property up for a breakin are not what I would call safe and at ease, which is the reality in norlane.
2yrs+
JoeG
JoeG SHe's a real estate agent --- her education is higher than the housos living in Norlane.... I don't honestly believe her motivation is because she's from the area,,,, it's really all about the dollars, as the real estate's need their commission from sales of houses to live.... in guess what? Better, more expensive houses in other areas other than Norlane, which they promote for the sake of the dollar and not the truth
Oct 20, 2015
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"An extremely affordable suburb to buy in."

I have lived around the area since 1977 and have seen the area change a lot. Norlane is a commission area that was built to house a lot of the Ford workers back in the days when Fords had thousands of workers. Over the years the Ministry of housing has sold off a lot of the properties to long serving/loyal tenants at great prices. These days the commission is tearing down hundreds of old weatherboard homes to make way for new unit and housing developments. If you drive around the area you will see many vacant blocks. There has been strong interest in the area by Melbourne and Interstate buyers because of the affordability and the average 5.5-6% return on your investment. There are also a lot of small time developers trying to make a buck buying corner and large allotments and building units at the rear or opting to redevelop completely. As with all cheap housing suburbs you get your share of inconsiderate neighbours but most are honest & hard working people. Corio Shopping Centre is near by and has just about everything you need. Confused many times with a Suburb called Norlane West which is still considered Norlane by Post Offices and all mapping. This area also has some older homes but has a large section that was built in the 70-80s that are the more solid European Brick Veneer home similar to what you would buy in Bell Park.
Not a bad area but keep your valuables secure, park cars off the street and always get someone to look after your home while you are away.
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JohnS1
JohnS1 some of these positive reviews on norlane to me appear biased and possibly written by real estate developers or real estate agents trying to get people to move into this very trashy area called norlane. Public transport is woeful, buses not very often, a train to melbourne requires changing at werribee after a wait making it a long trip. The reason the properties are valued low is because norlane is a high crime, trashy area full of ferals and housos, hence the low valuations, simple maths. The streets are not tidy, most nature strips and front yards are overgrown, and have 1 if not more unregistered car wrecks sitting in them, almost every corner has a dumped old tv or someone elses trash tossed out on it.
2yrs+
IreneH
IreneH Norlanes Roswell bus comes every 20min till 10pm on week days which is best service in geelong and I've been a train catcher geelong to melb for 14 years and never had to get off in Werribee to change trains.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Cheap to rent, Cheaper to buy"

If you are looking to rent in this area then consider buying. The houses are a steal!

I moved to norlane with my newborn son 10 months ago and we have had no trouble whatsoever. I live in a very good street. The only trouble i have EVER had were a couple of moron men yelling 'compliments' at me from their cars as they drive by me while im walking with my child.

There are plenty of parks, milkbars and other facilities for people with young and old children. Not to mention the bus to geelong city goes up melbourne road every 20 minutes so if what you're after isnt in your block you can jump on and be in the city withing three quarts of an hour.
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JohnS1
JohnS1 to get to Melbourne by train means changing trains at werribee and waiting another 30 minutes, try 1.5-2 hours getting to Melbourne, parks are run down and vandalised, local council do not maintain well, bus to geelong once an hour.
2yrs+
Dunloemanor
Dunloemanor Lived here since buying a new unit in 2010 in Norlane West, and to be frank, it's an ideal place to live. Very quiet this side of the suburb, and when you look at it, there are so many advantages to living here.

We have the cheapest fuel in the state thanks to having the Apco head office just down Thompson Rd, we have local shops in Donnybrook Rd that have great pizza in particular, we're just a couple of minutes from Corio Village or Bellpost shopping centre, and genuinely about 10 minutes to Geelong city.

Where else can infrastructure like this be available for the sort of prices houses are here? It's much faster getting around in the Northern suburbs than say Belmont or Highton due to all the main arterial roads being four lanes...namely Anakie Rd, Thompson Rd, Cox Rd, Station St and Bacchus Marsh Rd. Travel is a breeze here. There is no need to change trains at Werribee unless you need a met train to a western suburb of Melbourne, generally the trains that stop at North Shore or Corio will also stop at Werribee anyway en route to Melbourne.

And yes, to Melbourne, it's maybe 45-50 minutes by car to the Charles Grimes interchange (mind you, barring the regular Melbourne traffic jams). But it's also just a quiet friendly neighborhood here. Not an issue in the world, and indeed this is the only place in the last 15 years or so that i have yet to have something be damaged on my car!

I highly recommend Norlane as a place for first home buyers, with the New Norlane housing project coming on stream, you can get a house for under $240K...and unlike the far-flung new suburbs of outer melbourne areas, you've got everything here. That's the thing....it's one thing to move into an new estate, but many of them have woefully inefficient roads and public transport. I drove taxis in Geelong for over 10 years, and the Northern suburbs are just so easy to get around. It's really a great place to live, and despite the reports and indeed there are a few examples of ferals here and there, but to be frank you can get them anywhere. If you are polite to people, they will respect you in any case. But why try and pay $400K or more for somewhere in a daraway Melbourne suburb when right here, you can live in a regional city, be close to everything that matters, for 60% of the price.
2yrs+
LucyT
LucyT "Where else can infrastructure like this be available for the sort of prices houses are here?"
You obviously haven't had a look at the LaTrobe Valley. Ex-commission houses (VERY sound but poorly laid-out) can still be bought from below $100k up to about $130k ~ though recent ASKING-prices have been a bit cheeky. A 12%-15% discount is pretty-well automatic, and rental returns run at about 8%-12%
I'm currently sitting behind a 4.5 x meter-wide window with the sun streaming through it, looking at 60km views across the town and Lake Narracan and up to Mt BawBaw.
It's a solid 4-bedroom house, extended front and back near the top of the hill, with 60-yo gardens which I prefer to leave overgrown (rhodies, assorted fruit-trees, stone terraces, etc. (can't see the house from the footpath 10 metres away!)
I won't go on (andonandonandon!)
Point was it cost me $84k in 2009 ~ and, tarted up, would carry a price-tag of about $135k today.
In fact I'd sell it for that price UNtarted- up if you're in the market.
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