There is no need to convince the locals – we are all well aware of how lucky we are to live in an area with fresh air, wide open spaces, a good choice of great schools for our children to attend and a lovely rural feel. But for those considering moving to the area here are our top ten reasons to make the move to Warragul.
Location, Location, Location!
Warragul is literally in a location sweet spot. Travel one hour south and you’ll be at the beach, one hour north and you can visit the snow and one hour east will see you in Melbourne. Warragul is surrounded by beautiful, green, rolling hills with the Strzeleckis to the south and the Baw Baws to the North. It is located on the main train line and on a clear morning you can hear the cows mooing and the Magpies warbling from the middle of town.
If leading a more sustainable lifestyle and supporting local producers is on your want list then Warragul is the place for you. Many stores in town focus on supporting local producers with Lean and Green and Baw Baw Food Hub stocking local produce including Gippsland Jersey milk. Every third Saturday morning you can visit the Warragul Farmer’s Market and buy fresh produce straight from the producers themselves, and from October through to March the Warragul Arts Market showcases stunning offerings from local artisans.
House and land prices in West Gippsland are still at affordable levels compared to Melbourne and suburbs with many people selling up in the city to be mortgage free in Warragul. Many choose to commute and often report that their commute time is more than bearable compared to the commute through peak hour in the city. Block sizes are still generous with blocks available in Copeland’s estate from 500m2 to 2400m2.
Great Cafes and Restaurants
Café culture is thriving in Warragul. Visit the town centre any Saturday morning to see the cafes bustling. We are lucky to have amazing cafes such as Mainstreet and Stella’s Pantry (a well stocked deli also!) for consistently awesome coffee. If you are looking for somewhere to treat the kids you can’t go past Frankies and if healthy offerings are your thing there is Earth Market Café. If restaurant dining is more your thing, dine at Hoggett Kitchen for exceptional food made from local produce. For something a little more gastropub-like chef Leigh Marino at The Courthouse won’t let you down or try Three Brothers and an Oven for pizza, burgers and gelato.
There are so many wineries to visit in the area you’ll need to make a concentrated effort to get to them all. With many having produced award winning wines and the region being known for producing particularly impressive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, you will be spoilt for choice. Our picks? Cannibal Creek Winery and Ripplebrook Winery And if you are keen for a night in, visit The Press Cellars where Stu and Margot are sure to steer you toward your perfect bottle.
And plenty of choice. Warragul is lucky to boast many great schools, both public and private, early learning, primary and secondary. The private schools have the added bonus of being highly affordable when compared to their city counterparts. Warragul & District Specialist School is also a boon to the local community, catering for students with mild to profound intellectual disabilities.
Warragul has produced many outstanding sportspeople including AFL footballers, boxers, cyclers, MMA fighters and Olympians. You’ll find every type of sporting club you can think of from football, netball, basketball and soccer to swimming, karate, dance and cheer. Our sporting culture is strong with winter Saturday mornings seeing plenty of the population at sporting fields and netball courts, and you can guarantee the town will be quiet Friday nights before footy finals!
Thriving Arts Community
Warragul and surrounds are blessed with a thriving creative and performing arts community. Being home to the West Gippsland Arts Centre, the region’s major performing arts, cultural and community centre, locals have access to world-class performances without having to travel to Melbourne. The Baw Baw Arts Alliance is a local group who work to promote, facilitate and encourage, a vibrant and creative arts environment the community and programs such as Open Studios, allowing the public to visit home studios where amazing artworks are created.
The Warragul Leisure Centre with an outdoor pool, indoor pool and kid’s pool plus basketball courts and creche, West Gippsland Hospital, many parks and playgrounds, community gardens, retirement homes, walking tracks, sportsgrounds, netball courts, childcare centres, gyms and more can all be found in Warragul. We are lucky to have fantastic health professionals including Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Myotherapists, Psychologists, Podiatrists, Orthodontists, Optometrists, Audiologists and plenty more.
The sense of community is alive and well in Warragul. There is a strong urge to help and support each other whether it is collaborations between local businesses, providing assistance to locals in need or supporting locals in achieving their dreams. Many community events are held throughout the year providing not only entertainment but also the chance, through participation, to support the community as a whole.
Warragul is an amazing township with plenty to offer. If you are considering a move to the area Heywood and Co. would love to assist with finding the perfect home for you and your family.