5.2 out of 10

Paynesville

Ranked 5th best suburb in East Gippsland
-37.910233424355 147.712351561932
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jul 03, 2017

"Small Minded."

Pros
  • Access to great water recreation facilities
  • the fishing!!!!
Cons
  • Most people who move to Paynesville soon move away again.You work it out.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Apr 03, 2016

"You arent just another face here"

recently moved to Paynesville from Melbourne and it was the change i needed. was welcomed by the town immediately and dont just feel like a stranger walking around. its nice to see the same people on a daily basis and im lucky i have not had any of the bad experiences that other reviewers have had. moving to the country can be scary but im sure once you get here you will see its worth it
Pros
  • beautiful scenic walks
  • wildlife everywhere
  • no traffic
  • Access to great water recreation facilities
  • the fishing!!!!
  • Welcoming and inviting people
Cons
  • Needs more restaurants but this is slowly improving
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
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 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Relaxed and friendly..The place to be!!!"

Just a beautiful spot..the construction of new homes says it all really, clearly more people want to live here!
Great fishing and not too touristy, still has that small town feel.
Pros
  • Great internet!
  • the fishing!!!!
  • reasonable rents
  • Access to great water recreation facilities
  • Welcoming and inviting people
  • Safe and trouble free
Cons
  • whingeing people on websites
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Friendly Welcoming and lots to attract young families"

I am so glad I did not read all those horrible comments before relocating here permanently!
We are a young growing family who have found nothing but kind neighbours, friendly locals, more parks than any other town of its size and locals who have welcomed us and involved us in social events.
We are from an area with similar demographics both socially and economically and have found that Paynesville has a huge amount to offer us as a family. There is family day care and ocassional care available with a number of long day care options in nearby Bairnsdale. The kindergarten is one of the best I have come across and the local school runs many fantastic programs that many private schools fail to provide.
If you are a friendly, welcoming and community minded person you will love Paynesville and will be treated well, just like anywhere else. Any place is what you make of it, but when you have access to the lakes, the snowfields, excellent infrastructure and a strong community it certainly helps.
The one thing we have found challenging is that wages in the East Gippsland area in general seem to be significantly lower than we are used to and with Paynesville catering primarily to reasonably funded retirees and tourists it is cheaper to shop 'in town' - Bairnsdale. This is slowly changing with the rapid increase in young families, illustrated by the increase in Kindergarten, Preschool and Childcare enrolments over the last 12 months.
Pros
  • Welcoming and inviting people
  • Safe and trouble free
  • Excellent parks/playgrounds
  • Access to great water recreation facilities
  • Great internet!
  • reasonable rents
  • the fishing!!!!
Cons
  • Average income levels in East Gippsland are significantly lower than expected.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
jimorth
jimorth What a nice change to see a sensible and informed comment on Paynesville. It is a great place to live as long as you are a progressive peerson who is looking for a family environment to raise your kids. Those of us who enjoy Paynesville can only hope the negative ones move away quickly so we can get on with our happy lives in this very friendly communal village..
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Paynesville pretty but ugly"

Very much run be elderly locals and full of the biggest mozzies in Victoria. Just becareful of complainers the town is riddled with them, poor primary school and costly, everything shut at 7.30pm and the oldies don't want to see any changes, so no opportunities for young families. Childcare is a joke may a well just leave your kids at the zoo. Very pretty but very nasty people and racist.
Pros
  • Access to great water recreation facilities
Cons
  • Town is dieing due to a select group of locals.
  • Don't go near Newland arm they have there own select town comitee select by them
  • Needs more restaurants but this is slowly improving
jimorth
jimorth Boobies --- your kids can have a fantastic time in Paynesville making use of the fantastic water facilities.
I am sure your kids would be very content at childcare as they would at least get a break from your pathetic whinging.
I don,t think the residents of Paynesville will be losing too much sleep just because you don,t like the place.
Suggest you pack your bags and go where you can whinge to your hearts content....... maybe the Simpson desert.
2yrs+
izzycleo
izzycleo As someone who has utilised the childcare centre for 2 years for my 2 children, I have to say I found the staff nothing but warm and caring towards all children and parents, let alone tireless in their comittment to out-of-school hours fundraising activities (without pay). I have never heard a bad word said of the school either. And no changes to the town? A least half a dozen new shops and a new supermarket opened in the last 6 months in a town of around 4000 people qualifies as change to me.
2yrs+
jumpingjack
jumpingjack Just how is it that paynesville is pretty but ugly? Poor use of grammar and petty complaints..A few complainers shouldn't give the whole place a bad name, get over yourselves and give the town a break, it's not trying to be anything it's not..Work it out--its not the gold coast..
Look at all the things Paynesville has going for it-u couldn't find a nicer place to be if you tried..
2yrs+
Jimmyhird
Jimmyhird Geez 4000 people paynesville grew fast,I lived in paynesville for 6 year and have only recently moved, paynesville is a quite old fishing town that is ran by a select group of locals. Lovely summers but freezing in winter, not the best place for young families low wages, high rental prices considering wages in the area,house prices are still way to high considing the economic climate in the eastern states, the lake is fantastic when it not full of blue green alge every summer. I did enjoy living there but lack of opportunity made us move west the differents is amazing, childcare is poor in the area no way near enough and expensive.
2yrs+
Jimmyhird
Jimmyhird Or yer is the mozzie capital of Australia they ever have there own local disease
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"What a hole....."

After moving to Paynesville for an early retirement after years of planning I can't even begin to explain how disgusted we were in the locals. They are on average (there were a FEW exceptions of course) Racist, gossipping, lying, manipulating, greedy and down right nasty.... We left Paynesville so disillusioned with human nature that to this day we still have not recovered fully. Do not retire in Paynesville!!! The peple there will break your heart and your spirit. You only need to read the comments of "jimorth" to get a sniff of how nasty these town folk are.
Pros
  • Access to great water recreation facilities
Cons
  • The locals ruin what should be a wonderful place...
  • Needs more restaurants but this is slowly improving
  • Town is dieing due to a select group of locals.
jimorth
jimorth You should catch up with Boobies and you can both cry into your Liptons tea. Being a much younger person, I find the Paynesville lifestyle fantastic. Where else can you get great watersports, sandy beaches ,good restaurants, a great little village pub and no traffic.
2yrs+
Jimmyhird
Jimmyhird Jimorth defends paynesville like his commission depends on it.
2yrs+
Jimmyhird
Jimmyhird Have you left east gippland mate, the country is surrounded by proper beaches, not lake foreshores,
or sorry in new estate agent lingo beaches.
2yrs+
jimorth
jimorth Sorry Jimmyhird --- I do not contract paintings on comiission, I sell direct to the public and mainly at Australian art shows.You must have me confused with someone else living in lovely Paynesville.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Fishing village with relaxed lifestyle"

Paynesville is a relaxing place to wind down .It has magnificent access to the lakes and rivers which offer watersports of every type -- fishing, sailing, skiing,swimming, kayaking etc.
The people are laid back as they are either living permanently in Paynesville or a holiday.
Paynesville is within easy driving from Bairnsdale which offers good shopping and restaurants.
Pros
  • Access to great water recreation facilities
Cons
  • Needs more restaurants but this is slowly improving
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
boobies
boobies Family mate you must be joking right. You must have your house for sale or you sell them. Try some honesty.
2yrs+
jumpingjack
jumpingjack Fantastic place to live.. Cheap rentals, laid back people & Fantastic fishing.. Note to all whingers--If you don't like it here, do yourself a favour and ...MOVE
2yrs+
Jimmyhird
Jimmyhird Thats a bit pushy jumpingjack I though people in paynesville were relaxed and friendly according to your amazing 5 star rating, you don't seem like you either.
2yrs+
jumpingjack
jumpingjack just sick of those who complain and run the town down-we are relaxed and friendly. It is a beautiful place to live but you cant please everybody. Whatever..
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful Views and Weather"

Paynesville is a Beautiful place to live, there are views of the lake all along the main shopping strip, rentals are fairly cheap, a new community centre, great chemist and of course great for all those that love boating and water sports. There are great walking tracks with beautiful scenery. The negatives are, with the exception for all those over 40 (majority of population in Paynesville) it leaves very little to desire when it comes to entertainment, hospitality and the cost of both. Out of the 4 restaurants and 2 cafes and 2 take away stores only one cafe is reasonably priced and the other cafe has quite good food. No one changes the menu...ever, the prices compare with melbourne prices or dearer, and the food is terrible to shocking. And to top it off except for two places the customer service none existent. Its as if they are doing us a favour by letting us spend too much money on terrible food! One place does not serve water and forces customers to pay for bottled water (completely illegal!)
Some locals are friendly others are quite rude and antisocial. Despite this we love living here, and the over 40's do have a closer nit community and seem to forgive the standard of hospitality in the area. Who knows in ten years this could be a great place to dine but at the moment its quite limited.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
jimorth
jimorth The Rowens are contradicting themselves. They first say the restaurants are no good but then say they leave little to desire !!!
It can,t be both.
2yrs+
Jennyj
Jennyj We would love to move to paynesville but are a little worried about the mozzies . Please tell us the truth are they really as bad as people say
2yrs+
jimorth
jimorth The mozzies are not as big a pest as the people who are so negative about Paynesville.
Mozzies can be controlled by sprays --- not so easy with the pesty people who should move away and let the people who enjoy Paynesville get on with a relaxing lifestyle.If you are a positrive go getter type of person who loves a great holiday environment then go to Paynesville..
2yrs+
Jennyj
Jennyj We live in bright at the moment , so know all about the holiday environment. Went to paynesville last year and fell in love with it . We really are looking forward to moving down there, I was just trying to get the truth on the mozzie situation
2yrs+
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