Welcome To The Neighbourhood: Ballarat

Welcome To The Neighbourhood: Ballarat

If you’re seeking a lifestyle beyond Metro Melbourne that boasts a wonderful community and is perfect for first home buyers, families and downsizers, Ballarat is a must have city on your list!

Ballarat is Victoria’s third largest city, and home to Australia’s Number 1 real estate office: Buxton Ballarat. Many people are flocking to this gorgeous area due to the fantastic real estate opportunities and attractive lifestyle that it offers, whilst only being approx. one hour and 30 minute drive away from Melbourne CBD. Filled with fantastic history, fooderies, galleries, schools, and a wonderful community feel, you’re bound to feel right at home as soon as you arrive. 

Why is Ballarat becoming such an attractive area for Melbourne residents to flock to? Buxton Ballarat Directors, Peter Burley and Mark Nunn shared that “without question, one of our key drivers has been the easy access and proximity to Melbourne - you can jump on the train and still be in the Melbourne CBD in just on an hour, not dissimilar to many commuters from the outer lying suburbs of Melbourne metropolitan area - but we are so, so much more affordable. 

Combine that with state-of-the-art facilities such as Mars Stadium, wonderful hospitals, outstanding education and huge employers such as Mars, McCain Foods, IBM, and so much more, the choice is easy.”

 If you’ve considered making the move to Ballarat, we’ve put together a short suburb guide to help you decide whether this area is right for you.

Ballarat Area Guide

Parks & Recreation

What you cannot deny is that Ballarat has a rich community culture, with Peter and Mark sharing that with “the space, parklands, sporting facilities, world class tourist attractions…there’s simply no better place to be.”

Most Victorians would know of the popular Sovereign HillKryal Castle and Lake Wendouree, but there is so much more: Art Gallery of BallaratBallarat Botanical GardensBallarat Wildlife ParkBridge MallGold Museum, a variety of local markets – the list goes on. No matter what you enjoy, you’ll find it in the Ballarat region.

Cafes & Restaurants 

For foodies, your appetite will always be satisfied with the fantastic offerings you can find right across Ballarat and beyond. Restaurants, wineries and bars such as Michael Unwin WinesMoon & MountainMr Jones Dining and Underbar offer tantalising food and drink menus, whilst popular hot spots like Hop TempleMeigasThe Forge Pizzeria and a huge range of pubs offer locals the great atmosphere and foodie favourites you can never pass up on.

And you can’t forget about brunch – you really are never too far from a great café when you’re in Ballarat.

So, in a nutshell, if top-notch food ranks high on your list of must-haves when moving, you can put a big tick next to Ballarat.

Ballarat Area Guide


Like any other city, Ballarat is full of great school options for primary, secondary, and tertiary students. The region is home to private schools such as Ballarat Clarendon College and St Patrick’s College Ballarat, and public schools, including Ballarat North PrimaryDana Street Primary SchoolBallarat High School and Woodmans Hill Secondary College.

You can also attend and study a range of tertiary degrees and diplomas at Federation University Australia and ACU at their Ballarat campuses. So, if finding an area where fantastic education is offered across the board is important to you, you can certainly trust Ballarat to deliver. 


And last, but certainly not least, Ballarat has amazing properties and real estate opportunities in the CBD, and across popular, and growing suburbs such as Lake Wendouree, Mount Clear, Canadian, Invermay, Soldiers Hill, and Lucas.

Period homes, homes on acreage, land to build your dream home – All terrific options for first home buyers, downsizers, house flippers and those looking to upsize for their growing family.

The Buxton Ballarat team has seen phenomenal growth over the last 18 months with an impressive number of buyers flocking to the beautiful city to ‘escape the Melbourne rat race’… With a median house price of just $630,000 for Ballarat Central compared to Melbourne at $1,022,927, almost double or triple the land content for families – why wouldn’t you want to move here?

Buxton Ballarat always have a variety of properties to suit all types of buyers, and you can keep up-to-date with their listings on our website, or across their Instagram and Facebook pages.

Ballarat Area Guide

If you’re thinking of making the move but want to learn more, you can contact the Buxton Ballarat team any time for their guidance and real estate assistance:


5331 4544

632 Sturt Street, Ballarat



Ballarat has seen major growth over recent years in our music and arts culture, and also our food industries with some impressive boutique bars, restaurants, food eateries, cafes and coffee shops that would rival any of Melbourne’s top spots.
Peter Burley - Director
Born and bred in Ballarat, I love it here.