7.2 out of 10

West Launceston

Ranked 20th best suburb in Northern
-41.4497706069224 147.125378365454
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

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 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic Place To Live"

I have lived in West Launceston for many years and it is a great suburb. Within walking distance of the city and everything you need. It has great views, friendly people and good schools nearby. Would recommend highly!
Pros
  • Close to city
  • Close to hospital & schools
  • Decent public transport system
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Highly recommend West Launceston"

Lived here for the past 6 years and LOVE West Launceston. Local shops, iconic gorge close by, good transport and close to town and easy access to major roads, parks and views. One of the best inner suburban areas of Launceston. Mostly middle class and friendly people, with a lot of families.
Pros
  • Close to city
  • Close to hospital & schools
  • Decent public transport system
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Getting worse and worse..."

More and more low rent, violent, abusive no hopers moving into the area all the time, to the point where decent people don't feel safe in their own homes. The Merrys Lane area specifically is getting particularly bad.

Don't get me wrong, there are good people too. Many of them low income, but still decent, moral, law abiding folks, but sadly the influx of thieving, drunken, frequently abusive, violent and threatening young bogans, who have absolutely no respect for other people or their property, much less for the police, have turned many areas into something akin to the worst parts of Ravenswood.

If you are considering moving to this area then do research the property and exact area you are considering moving in to, and then if you are lucky enough to find a peaceful area, just pray that you don't get new neighbours of the drunken, loud and confrontational bogan variety after you move in (as happened with us), as sadly that seems to be getting all too commonplace.

We have personally lived here for over 5 years, and the last 2 years or so have seen things just going from bad to worse, with the past year or so especially bad. In fact it is so bad we are looking into affordable alternatives ourselves, hopefully ones far from here.

As much as I hate to say it, I could only really recommend the area these days to students and others who aren't looking for truly long term accomodation, but just need a place while they study, or as a stepping stone towards somewhere better.
Pros
  • Close to city
  • Close to hospital & schools
  • Decent public transport system
Cons
  • Too many criminal and borderline criminal bogans
  • Increasing crime rate, particularly in relation to car theft and burglary
  • Russian roulette as far as liklihood of getting stuck with some truly horrendous neighbours
Recommended for
  • Students
5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees