7.6 out of 10

Trentham

Ranked 12th best suburb in Central Highlands
-37.4067213992534 144.311999401008
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Schools
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Country Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

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

"Country town, still commuting close to Melbourne"

The better pockets of Trentham are the larger blocks further out of the main township. There, you may enjoy the tranquility of the countryside and still make use of the amenity that Trentham township has to offer. Buying opportunities are becoming fewer as all the prime pieces of land parcels that remain gradually get snapped up .. and good luck finding acreage further out because it's in short supply. There are still some good bargains to be had closer to town, but that's if you're ok with the quarter-acre-block-mentality and your fence abutting the next door neighbors' toilet piping, etc. The town itself has a few key areas of appeal. Namely, the 'country feel' as you coast along the main streets. But other aspects of it that are nice include the regular farmers' market, the Cosmo, the foodie options keep getting better, the supermarket has improved recently, the air is certainly as fresh as you can get, the parks are great, Trentham falls is close, lots of walking tracks, lots of wildlife and bird life in general, the people are friendly and there is a good community vibe to the place. Some amenities could be improved upon but it is certainly an up-and-coming country locale, in my opinion. (Side note: I am not a local, but wish I was!!! ... perhaps one day... if one of those larger blocks out of the main strip become available ...)
Pros
  • It's 'country' and everything that entails - fresh air, great produce, living on the land
  • An hour from Melbourne CBD by car ... closer than the Dandenongs!!
  • The sense of peacefulness you get from being there
Cons
  • Vermin: mainly rabbits and mice
  • No trains :(
  • Not enough land available
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Feb 04, 2019

"Perfect for a tree change"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5
Jan 11, 2019

"Great for foodies and country lovers"

Trentham is a lovely country town. It is only 90 minutes from Melbourne, 15 minutes to woodend and Kyneton. It is a town well worth a visit. Not only is it picturesque, it has some of the best restaurants, pubs, bakeries and cafes in the area. If you like art, food and a beautiful location Trentham ticks all the boxes.
There are some splendid country walks starting in Trentham too.
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Nov 30, 2018

"Happy resident"

I live in Trentham and have really enjoyed living here since moving from Daylesford to be a little bit closer to work in Woodend. My drive to work is only 15 minutes and is a really pleasant drive through gorgeous surrounds. My neighbours are friendly and have lived here for several years. There are plenty of nice places to get a good coffee and there are some great hotels and restaurants.
My parents also live in Trentham and have been really happy here for years. They really enjoy walking and there are some great walking tracks in and around Trentham such as the domino rail trail and the wombat trail.
Overall I think Trentham is beautiful place to live. It's clean and green, safe and what I really love is that it's a growing area with some really nice, enthusiatic and interesting people.
There is a local footy club, a kinder and a primary school. For secondary schools there are bus services to Kyneton where you have a choice of Kyneton secondary school and Sacred Heart. I shouldn't forget to mention the yearly spud fest. This is a really fun event for the town - definitely worth a visit.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5
Nov 30, 2018

"Country life"

I have lived in Trentham for just over 2 years now. It's clean and green. There are markets, restaurants, hotels and cafe's. I can drive to the station in 15-20 minutes. It's great to get away from the hussle and bussle of city life. I have never had any problems. Loving country life.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Nov 30, 2018

"Beautiful country town in Victoria"

We have lived here for several years and are just in the process of moving into our brand new house. Can't wait. So far we have really enjoyed what Trentham and the surrounds has to offer. Never had any trouble just been enjoying the area and living in the country. The good thing is thst we are only a 25 minute drive to Woodend or Kyneton. Daylesford is not far at all so when friends stay we have plenty of places to visit. Our new neighbours are delightful and really friendly. The kids enjoy going out on their bikes and exploring the wombat state forest. It does get cold here in winter but so do many places in this area in winter. My husband commutes to Melbourne from Woodend 3 days per week and works from home 2 days. Our friends and relatives love going to the local cosmopolitan hotel. East Trenthsm is also really nice. They have the pig & whistle and plum tuckered inn. Definitely worth a try. For any visitors there is the beautiful St Clare in East Trentham that caters for events and is also a hotel. There are lots of really nice air bnb places in and around Trentham. I think there is something for everyone if you like the country life.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5
Nov 30, 2018

"Great Eateries and Great Cycling"

This small country town packs a lot of punch. It has several great cafe's and hotels. The red beard bakery is definitely worth a visit.
I'm into cycling both road and mountain biking and there are some really great routes. The wombat state forest has some superb mountain biking trails. I'm hoping that there will soon be a new cycling trail going all the way from hanging rock through woodend, tylden, Trentham and then on to Daylesford. This will be great for the locals but also boost tourism to the area too.
It's certainly is a beautiful part of victoria and not too far from Melbourne.
2/5
Nov 29, 2018

"A nice town but concerns from the EPA about Chemical Contamination to land and underground water from Trentham wood preserving factory"

I agree with some of the things Angelw1 says in this. There are also concerns of safety and health. I live in Trentham. Some of the locals are full of self importance and do not understand nor respect personal boundaries, they can be intrusive who seem to want to assert their control over individuals who just want to be left alone and keep to them selves. Yes there were health issues and concerns with Koppers Arch the wood preserving factory using chemicals and complaints were made to EPA. This Trentham factory has also been mentioned in other web sites as one of the worst. We developed breathing issues from problems breathing in strong chemical smells in the air which we reported to the EPA. Yes smoke is an issue as some of the locals have very little consideration from constantly burning wood and polluting the air into their neighbours and again causing breathing issues. We want fresh air not my neighbours smoke. Yes, there were real estate developers who themselves have been unethical including burning of debris from their building and property/building developments including plastic and did not bother to let us know ( as the adjacent neighbours) that they were planning to burn - their selfish and ignorant behaviour.

Most of Trentham falls within the Hepburn Shire and this Council is prejudiced, unsupportive, creates exclusion, inadequate and most unprofessional from mostly rude Officers. Which is all unacceptable and illustrates their lack of equal opportunity - They're horrible. So there are all sorts of offenders in Trentham. Charlotte27 you're in denial. And as to your comment that a person has "mental health issues" you are actually prejudiced your self and the fact that you use his health as a weakness to his/her argument and shame a person is actually an indication of how backward you really are. Current reports from the media say that in rural and regional Victoria mental health issues are higher, including higher rates of suicide. Again Charlotte27 this shows how ignorant you really are of local and regional/rural issues. Why don't you support people with mental health issues instead of shaming them ?

Charlotte27: "anglelw1... deluded...mental health issues". This is an insensitive comment you've made because mental health issues including higher suicide rates are in regional/rural communities. Suicides have actually happened in Trentham in recent years. Some of them written about in local papers eg. the death MH. So these individuals have partners, families, mothers, fathers, children, brothers sisters, friends, work coleagues in Trentham. People are trying very hard to bring about more awareness of mental health issues in regional/rural Victoria and suicide prevention as shown in the media. We care about them so don't shame them.

"deluded" local EPA issues and concerns are true. Pollution and contamination issues/concerns are true and long known by the EPA eg. wood preserving factory of Station Street. 5x Housing estates and more property/building developments elsewhere in Trentham is true and a fact. Charotte27 its actually you thats "deluded" because you lack such awareness including truth and facts. If you don't care, WE CARE !

These reviews and comments are good because people can read about the attitudes of people in Trentham. They can read how narrow minded or ignorant people can be of such local or state issues/concerns and there are people in Trentham who just dont' care and represent a small minority of Trentham.

i don't agree with you charlotte27. Please stop with your continuous abuse in shaming people. Stop censoring them and let them express their concerns. angelw1 had guts and courage to write it. I don't care if this person had 6 heads and 12 arms growing out of their body - the persons concerns in the review are valid, there are offenders in Trentham and they're not held accountable without criminal consequences. The person has raised concerns about Contamination in Trentham. This person is not "deluded" because Contamination from wood preserving factories has been really well documented by the EPA and others for years/decades. So now that I've read this type of information from EPA, it's brought about more awareness to myself. I agree that Contamination of this type, carcinogens are poisons and make people seriously sick. It's a concern to myself, family and to my lovely friends of Trentham. I know that there's others in Trentham who also have expressed concerns about the chemicals and contamination of this Trentham factory and such storage places. We're not going to shut our eyes about such chemicals used in this town (which is what you're doing). I care that Trentham is a lovely town, and there's lovely people in it and I care that everyone including my family and Trentham friends, nature, animals, pets etc are safe and not made sick from exposure to this type of contamination, these chemicals and carcinogens, to the land and to the underground water. And underground water is what's been running out of most peoples taps in Trentham. Charlotte27 I actually think you're one of the offenders mentioned in the review, and you are supporting such other offenders.

Charlotte27 "compared to nearby Woodend which is filling up with new housing estates" ? I don't agree with you on this because Trentham is filling up with new housing estates. Fact: there are more than 5 housing estates in Trentham, 1 Gunyah, 2 Groves St, 3 Mulcays Rd, 4 Blue Mount Rd, 5 Falls Rd etc. And there have been newish property/building developments in just about every street in Trentham. And there are current property developments including Market St, Victoria St, Albert St, High St etc etc. These developments/housing are very easy to see, all one has to do is open their eyes when driving or walking around or view the permits online. That's a lot of housing for Trentham, a small country town of a population 1,180 . There are big, large, larger blocks in other regional housing estates.
charlotte27
charlotte27 rtew yipcw. I think you should stop and think for a minute. Last night you sent me an abusive msg then deleted it. If anyone has problems it's you. I really hope this ryew yipcw person gets some help. I've still got the msge if the homely moderator would like me to forward it on to them? I think Trentham is a great and beautiful place to live.
Nov 29, 2018
rtew yipcw
rtew yipcw Charlotte27 "compared to nearby Woodend which is filling up with new housing estates" ? I don't agree with you on this because Trentham is filling up with new housing estates. Fact: there are more than 5 housing estates in Trentham, 1 Gunyah, 2 Groves St, 3 Mulcays Rd, 4 Blue Mount Rd, 5 Falls Rd etc. And there have been new developments in just about every street in Trentham. And there are current property developments including Market St, Victoria St, Albert St, High St etc etc. These developments/housing are very easy to see, all one has to do is open their eyes when driving or walking around or view the permits online. That's a lot of housing for Trentham, a small country town of a population 1,180 . There are big, large, larger blocks in other regional housing estates.
Nov 29, 2018
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4/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Nov 29, 2018

"Trentham"

I moved to Trentham with my young family 5 years ago. Having lived in the macedon ranges and hepburn shire for over 10 years i love what the area around Trentham has to offer. There are some really nice towns in the area to visit, excellent winerys, it's a great area for outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking, walking etc.
If you need to go to Melbourne then getting the train from Woodend is ideal and only takes just over an hour to Southerncross.
There us no natural gas in Trentham so most people have wood heaters during the colder months. When i lived in Macedon a few years ago it was the same. Lots of my friends in Woodend also have wood burners durung the winter months too. I suppose if gas does come through then people will swap over to ducted heating eventually. You really have to visit Trenthan to appreciate it's beauty. There are some great pubs and restaurants in Trentham we really are very lucky in that respect. I love the cosmopolitan hotel and the plough and have had to some great family get togethers there. Several friends love the area and are considering building here too.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
Jan 19, 2018

"Great country town just 15 minutes from woodend"

Trentham is a great place for families. Not only is it a beautiful area to live...It has a primary school and for secondary schools there is Braemar in Woodend or Kyneton for Sacred Heart or Kyneton secondary school. The roads are quiet for cycling and walking. It has a regular farmers market, great cafes and eateries. There are many established artists in Trentham. Trentham has many fine eateries including acclaimed chef Annie Smithers' du Fermier and 3AW's 2014 Pub of the Year - The Plough @ Trentham, and Redbeard historic bakery (an artisan bakery). Trentham is a welcoming town bursting with renowned community spirit. All this is only a little over an hour from Melbourne, 20 minutes from Daylesford, Woodend and Kyneton where V/Line services can have you at Southern Cross Station in about an hour. Plus you get much better value for money when it comes to property in Trentham compared to nearby Woodend which is filling up with new housing estates on tiny blocks. What more could you ask for?
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
rtew yipcw
rtew yipcw Trentham, Victoria. I agree with some of the things Angelw1 says in this. I live in Trentham. Some of the locals are full of self importance and do not understand nor respect personal boundaries, they can be intrusive who seem to want to assert their control over individuals who just want to be left alone and keep to them selves. Yes there were health issues and scares with Koppers Arch the wood preserving factory using chemicals and complaints were made to EPA. This factory has also been mentioned in other web sites as one of the worst. We developed breathing issues from problems breathing in strong chemical smells in the air which we reported to the EPA. Yes smoke is an issue as some of the locals have very little consideration from constantly burning wood and polluting the air into their neighbours and again causing breathing issues. We want fresh air not my neighbours smoke. Yes, there were real estate developers who themselves have been unethical including burning of debris from their building and property/building developments including plastic and did not bother to let us know ( as the adjacent neighbours) that they were planning to burn - their selfish and ignorant behaviour. Most of Trentham falls within the Hepburn Shire and this Council is prejudiced, unsupportive, creates exclusion, inadequate and most unprofessional from mostly rude Officers. Which is all unacceptable and illustrates their lack of equal opportunity - They're horrible. So there are all sorts of offenders in Trentham. Charlotte27 you're in denial. And as to your comment that a person has "mental health issues" you are actually prejudiced your self and the fact that you use his health as a weakness to his/her argument and shame a person is actually an indication of how backward you really are. Current reports from the media say that in rural and regional Victoria mental health issues are higher, including higher rates of suicide. Again Charlotte27 this shows how ignorant you really are of local and regional/rural issues. Why don't you support people with mental health issues instead of shaming them ?
Nov 28, 2018
charlotte27
charlotte27 Why don't you move? Or do you just love wallowing in your own misery?
Nov 28, 2018
charlotte27
charlotte27 There are unfortunately some people that just love to suck the life out of the good things out there. These are the people that dont know how to have fun. These are the people that are so entrenched in the bad things that there isnt any room for the good things to grow.
Nov 28, 2018
charlotte27
charlotte27 If You Were Any More Negative You Would Collapse Into A Black Hole.

Some people are so negative that they collapse into their own negative feedback loop where everything they see is viewed in a negative light. Dont let them suck you down into their dark abyss. They cannot see any light from outside because they are stuck in a giant gravity well of their own negative thoughts and emotions. This kind of person doesnt form overnight, but at some point, they collapse into their own negative space, never to return. They suck away your energy and give nothing back. Keep your distance from them lest you get sucked down as well. If anyone lacks guts it's you!
Nov 29, 2018
rtew yipcw
rtew yipcw Charlotte27 "compared to nearby Woodend which is filling up with new housing estates" ? I don't agree with you on this because Trentham is filling up with new housing estates. Fact: there are more than 5 housing estates in Trentham, 1 Gunyah, 2 Groves St, 3 Mulcays Rd, 4 Blue Mount Rd, 5 Falls Rd etc. And there have been new developments in just about every street in Trentham. And there are current property developments including Market St, Victoria St, Albert St, High St etc etc. These developments/housing are very easy to see, all one has to do is open their eyes when driving or walking around or view the permits online. That's a lot of housing for Trentham, a small country town of a population 1,180 . There are big, large, larger blocks in other regional housing estates.
Nov 29, 2018
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Trentham Weather and Climate Information"

Trentham is a cool country village in the central ranges of Victoria midway between Woodend and Daylesford. Summers are usually pleasant with the temperature often approximately 8C cooler than Melbourne. Summer nights are usually pleasant for sleeping. Late autumn to mid spring months are wetter than summer and it isn't unusual for Trentham and the immediate area to receive 120 - 180mm in one or more of these months. Snow and sleet is recorded on average 12 - 13 days a year and nights of -4C in winter aren't unusual.

The link provides the climate summary for Trentham, with some records dating back to before 1900...
http://www.aussky.com.au/trenthamareaclimaticave.pdf

There is a live weather station in town which updates the current conditions every 5 minutes
http://trentham.bsch.au.com/Trentham/Current_Vantage_Prop2.htm

There are 2 buses from Trentham connecting to Woodend train station each day, the trains from Woodend to Melbourne are frequent, reliable and well patronised.
Pros
  • Woodend train station 23kms away with regular services to Melbourne and Bendigo
  • Close and friendly community feel
  • An hour from Melbourne CBD by car ... closer than the Dandenongs!!
  • The sense of peacefulness you get from being there
Cons
  • No natural gas supply
  • Only 2 buses to Woodend per day
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • 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 5/5
  • 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 3/5
2yrs+

"Gay?"

This is the prefect place for same sex couples to raise a family, be it children or pets. Great for those singal gays looking for peace and quite. Melbourne is 1 hour by car or VLINE bus runs many times a day taking you to and from Woodend or Kyneton train stations. The only thing missing from Trentham is gas. Leaning on electored government officials may help get the gas piped here. P.S make sure you buy in Trentham before.
Pros
  • An hour from Melbourne CBD by car ... closer than the Dandenongs!!
  • It's 'country' and everything that entails - fresh air, great produce, living on the land
  • The sense of peacefulness you get from being there
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"A tree change still close enough to work in Melbourne... the best of both worlds"

Trentham is a small village that seems to be growing, while still maintaining a country feel. There is a brand new school and a feeling of community spirit.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5
2yrs+

"Small, alternative town"

A small town which has become popular for its alternative lifestyle practices, Trentham plays host to an alternative lifestyle publishing company which is one of the biggest employers in the area. Boasting the highest single-drop waterfall in Victoria, Trentham Falls, the area is also home to the Coliban River, several hot springs, an Aussie Rules football team and a golf course. Based roughly 90km from Melbourne and 70km from Ballarat, Trentham has a population of over 600 people and sits between Lyonville, Spring Hill, Woodend, Bullarto, Greendale, Darley and Korweinguboora. Given its Irish heritage, Trentham throws big St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids