5.7 out of 10

Sale

Ranked 4th best suburb in East Gippsland
-38.1051933085666 147.073269408263
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The most unfriendly place I have ever lived"

I have lived all over the world and when I arrived in Sale my temporary neighbour - we were renting - asked me why on earth out of all the places in Australia we could have chosed to live did we choose Sale? I should have listened and run a mile.

It is so unfriendly and I have been so lonely, I have friends all over the world and know I am not a terrible person so just can't understand why so many people just don't want to know you and feel they have the right to be downright rude.

There is absolutely nothing to do here unless you have a boat and can escape to the lakes in summer, but make sure you don't have visitors to entertain in the long, cold dreary winter.

Impossible to get a good job unless you are a in the health or mental health sector or unless you have come here to work in the RAAF or Oil/Gas sector.

If my review saves on person from deciding to live in Sale then I have done you a favour.
Cons
  • Always the same
  • braindead, blindfolded drivers,
Recommended for
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great, But do your homework,"

As a rule, I HATE living in town, i detest it with a passion, but due to health reasons i am left with little choice,

Dont get me wrong, Sale is a great place to live, i have been here for a number of years now and i have no intention of leaving anytime soon, I may still be here even after i pass on!!!!!!

If you want a particular item, and it is not here, it will be obtained for you in no time at all, some things here are cheaper than Ebay, so it pays to shop around,

There are a lot of streets here that are absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!! If you want Melbourne quality, but at a quarter of the price, LOOK HERE, 200-300K will buy you a very nice house,but i will warn you, the traffic here during the holiday season is Absolutely MENTAL, so watch out for that

I have found that MOST of the locals are willing to help you if need be,

BUT, DO YOUR HOMEWORK, if you are looking to buy of rent here, ask the locals where, DONT ask the real estate agents, they will tell you anything to get a sale, Door-knock the area that you are thinking of buying or renting, Scope out your potential neighbors,

Double check the street you are interested in, Some have quite a few undesirables who will defaecate on your front lawn without a second thought,

The unfortunate thing is that the local Police will treat you differently depending on where you live,

for example, if you live in Inglis,Brand,Hutchinson,streets, you be treated with respect and dignity,

If you live somewhere like Ruff, Ray, Picton, Rossetti, you will be treated like the scum of the earth, regardless of who you are,

If i could afford to sell my house and buy in one of the new housing estates, i would be gone in a flash,I try NOT to be racist or discriminatory, But its real difficult with the type of neighbors i have, I am tired of having a knife shoved in my face and racial taunts delivered by persons of original descent, not to mention the alcohol, We as subscribers of local voices are encouraged to be truthful when we offer our opinions, but if we are TOO truthful, our comments are removed and the problem ignored,

I am saying DO buy in Sale, its an awesome place to live, just do your homework,
Pros
  • Progressive and vibrant,lots of variety,
  • Too busy?escape to the great outdoors in minutes.
  • Want do you want or need? its here!
Cons
  • Flat out busy shopping areas (Madness)
  • SOME streets should be bulldozed
  • braindead, blindfolded drivers,
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Sale is a small town, which doesnt have very much."

Everybody knows everybody in this town, Sale is small but if you can convince yourself that it has everything you need then you will be alright. It has a small shopping centre that has major brands such as Woolworths, Target and Coles as well as a few speciality shops. After being here for a year - you get very bored of Target and all the shops - they never change. As for the main street, it has all the major banks, a fruit shop, sams warehouse, real estate offices, chemists and other small shops. Not much. If you are looking to go out on a friday or saturday night there are a few pubs/clubs - Jack Ryans, The Star, Kazbar, The Club Hotel - know as Ringers. Depending on what your into. If going out for dinner is something you like to do well you get very sick of the same food at the same resturant with the same people. It's a city that hardly changes. It has a McDonalds (24hr), KFC, Red Rooster and Subway are the major take away food places. If you are considering moving here you need to be good at convincing yourself that you can be happy and everything is here for you.
Pros
  • Nice and green
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Small
  • Always the same
  • Have to drive 50km for different shops
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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+

"A great place to grow up and bring up your own children"

Sale has some of everything for everyone, shops, movies, resturants, pubs/clubs, parks and playgrounds!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"All about Sale..."

How to describe Sale? It's a small town, where you'll have to wait two weeks to see a doctor, but you can get in any day to one of the 20+ hairdressing salons around town (and I'm not kidding, there really is that many.)

There are some lovely areas, such as Macalister St, around Lake Guthridge, and down along Lower Heart Rd and in the new development areas of Wurruk. But, of course, don't expect to find anything in these areas for less than about $350,000.

For first home buyers, you're normally limited to areas like Dawson St, North Sale and the north end of Wurruk - which, in their own right aren't too bad, but it would be wise to invest in comprehensive home and contents insurance and deadlocks for all your doors, if you know what I mean.

There are a few nice restaurants to eat at, but a lot of them tend to close down in the first 12-24 months of opening and be re-opened under new management, simply due to lack of clientele. However, there are some stalwarts which have been in the area for some years now, with very good reputations, including Wild Honey and Redd Catt (both in the CBD), Tall Poppy, The Star Hotel and Bis Cucina at the Entertainment Centre.

That's a highlight of Sale, for certain, is the Entertainment Centre. Located on Foster St, it brings a much-needed dash of culture to the area. Regular shows include performances from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, touring shows from Bell Shakespeare and the Melbourne Theatre Company, and stand-up comics like Jimoein, Arj Barker, Tripod and Ross Noble.

As for nightlife...well, personally I love it. I'm more a pub person than a club person, but that's not to include everyone's taste. The aforementioned places, Redd Catt and Bis offer a great selection of local wines and cocktails, but if you want to hit the town up, there's several pubs (Jack Ryan's Irish Bar, The Star Hotel, the Gippsland Hotel and the Crown Hotel) all within a few blocks of each other, with Kazbah and the Club Hotel (aka, Ringers) capping off the great Sale pub crawl.

As for other bits and pieces - there are several large parks that are great for walking and running, the most popular being the circuit around Lake Guthridge and Lake Guyatt. During the summer months, there are often outdoor fitness programs being run around there.

There's also the Gippsland Art Gallery, which adjoins to the Wellington Shire Council buildings. While you won't see collections from the likes of Van Gough, Rembrandt or Da Vinci there, what you will find is a fantastic showcase of art that is often from local artists, including Charles McCubbin and Annemieke Mein, offering a unique perspective to this gallery. It's definitely a must-see, with many exhibitions offering free entry.

There are three doctor's offices - Clocktower Medical, Ramahyuck and Mason House. All offer bulk billing, and there are a few specialist services, including hearing, podiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology. There is also a hospital - Central Gippsland Health Service, which covers the majority of your hospital needs - an A&E department, radiology, maternity, surgery and so on.

There's a small independent cinema with three screens, which normally screens all the big-name releases. However, if you're an independant French film buff, you may need to open a Netflix account instead.

Job opportunities are somewhat unique around Sale. We've got a relatively unique setting of being a regional town with several large industrial employers - East Sale RAAF Base and Esso Longford. Esso Longford is a link to the Bass Strait oil rigs, and employs a large variety of people - from cleaners and receptionists to engineers and first-aid officers. East Sale RAAF Base is also home to the famous aerobatic team, the Roulettes - who can often be spotted training over the skies of Sale, and make for a wonderful sight.

There is also a flourishing local dairy industry for anyone seeking work as a farmhand or sharefarmer, and also a timber mill at the nearby town of Heyfield.

Education wise, Sale doesn't do too badly. There are three local highschools which cover the trifecta of education - Catholic (Catholic College Sale), Anglican private (Gippsland Grammar) and Government (Sale College). For tertiary education, there is the large East Gippsland TAFE Campus, which is also in the process of offering associate degrees and diplomas through Deakin University. Monash University also has a campus at Churchill - about a 45 minute commute.

All in all, Sale isn't too bad a place to live in. It has all your basic needs (though for shopping, you're better off driving half an hour to the Latrobe Valley, to be honest), the majority of crime committed in the area is normally a drunken brawl between two het-up blokes, and it's quite a picturesque place with several parks. Sale would be a great place to retire to, or to raise a family in if you're looking to get away from the metropolitan area.

Sale isn't a great place, though, for young people or couples, since tertiary education is limited, and outside of agriculture and engineering, there aren't many other job opportunities.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 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
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A perfect place to relax"

Lovely town of Sale. People are very nice and they all know eachother. Great little caffes and restaurants around. beautiful lakes and beaches not too far away. Perfect for a family holiday or even to live. A little piece of country life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees