Wollert Suburb Guide
A leisurely 25 kilometres from Melbourne CBD, Wollert is a promising suburb with access to the very best of urban living, as well as the abundance of amenities the north region has to offer. Many opt for this growing neighbourhood due to it’s convenient location and potential for gorgeous at-home city views. And with a population that’s predicted to grow more than six times in size over the next 20 years, it’s a prime opportunity for first and young home buyers looking to invest in a steadily expanding suburb.
A gem in the north
Just 6 kilometres from the Hume Freeway, Wollert is positioned to make the most of quick and easy access to the CBD via convenient road links.
Historically an agricultural community, sheep farming was the dominant trade of the area in the 19th century, and a number of significant homesteads are still standing in homage to the area’s past — creating a visually intriguing landscape. Versatile green space, and an emphasis by land developers on healthy outdoor living, means many new estates in the new area have been designed to provide residents with easy access to parks, walking and biking trails, sporting facilities and fitness stations.
Balancing natural beauty with urban convenience
Wollert is the destination for those seeking an active and balanced lifestyle. Kinglake National Park is a true highlight of the area (and the state!), and is only a 35 minute drive for locals. Located on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range, you can enjoy scenic walks, thrilling mountain bike trails and picnics against a breathtaking backdrop of panoramic views of the city, Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra Valley and the You Yangs.
If you’re looking for some ways to tire out the kids, there’s the nearby FunFields Theme Park, with it’s epic rides and pools, or Plenty Valley’s TunzaFun Xtreme which offers rock climbing, laser tag, a 9D motion cinema and a tonne of arcade-style games. For something a bit more low-key (and free!) Aurora estate has various playgrounds and parks, where you can take advantage of Wi-Fi while the kids play.
Everything at your fingertips
The largest shopping hub in the area is the Pacific Epping Plaza, which is home to over 280 retailers including eateries, major chain stores and cinemas. Other local shopping options include Aurora Village, Epping North Shopping Centre and large grocery chains, such as Coles. If it’s fashion you’re seeking, in neighbouring suburbs you can also find Westfield Plenty Valley, University Hill Factory Outlet, Greensborough Plaza and DFO Essendon.
The Growling Frog Golf Course and Restaurant is a stunning spot for a hit of golf and a bite to eat, while Donnybrook Hotel serves up classic Australian pub meals. The Bluestone Cafe is another gem, offering authentic Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist.
The nearby suburb of Whittlesea is another fantastic food, entertainment and shopping hub. The Whittlesea Monday Market has become somewhat of a community hotspot, offering fresh produce, antiques, vintage collectables and much more. The meeting place of choice for both locals and tourists, it’s only a mere 18 minutes away for Wollert residents.
The perfect fit for families
In 2019, over $270 million of funding was allocated to schools all over Melbourne and as such, plans to increase educational opportunities in Wollert are in the pipeline. Already established and only a 10 minute drive away you can find quality options such as Harvest Home Primary School, Ivanhoe Grammar School and Edgars Creek Secondary College. The emerging Cooper Street employment precinct is another win for the area, bringing additional job opportunities as well as exciting new retail options.
Both Epping and Craigieburn Station are only 10 minutes from Wollert, making the morning commute a breeze for CBD workers. In addition, there are a number of infrastructure approvals in the works, such as a new and improved bus network, which will see connections to major hubs such as Epping Station, Pacific Epping and Northern Hospital. It’s also reported that the local Council has also been advocating for extended train lines, requesting that Lalor Station be extended to Epping North and Wollert to make travel even easier for residents.
While the heart of Wollert is still under development, exciting upcoming projects include a major town centre, including entertainment, accomodation, and employment, as well as additional primary and secondary schools. It’s a fantastic option for anyone wanting to live closer to the bustling city centre, while looking to get their foot into the property market.