Wallan is a lifestyle-friendly suburb, 45 kilometres north of Melbourne’s CBD. Wallan is set amongst the farming country of north-central Victoria, with a backdrop of the Great Dividing Range — so it’s easy to see why many Victorian families are choosing to move to Wallan for its proximity to the CBD, and its country town feel. This has seen Wallan become the fastest growing town in the Shire of Mitchell, and one of the fastest-growing towns in Victoria.
In 2018, Wallan had the highest increase in property prices in Australia with local homes adding a staggering 36.8% of their asking prices in just 12 months, according to research from CoreLogic. New house and land releases have brought new shopping, schools, and entertainment to the community, making it a desirable and affordable option for those looking to purchase their first home close to the CBD.
Looking to move to Wallan? We’ve got you covered. In this suburb guide, we answer all of your burning questions about this growing suburb.
The traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri and Taungurung people, refer to the area as Wallan Wallan meaning a large circular place of water.
European history states that the area was named after the Wallan Wallan pastoral station owned by Major John Boyd in 1839. The town was surveyed in 1853 the town’s first hotel was opened, followed shortly after by a school.
The area is a volcanically affected landscape, with quarry materials rather than deep soil – which made it less suitable for traditional crop farming like areas further north such as Kilmore. Grazing of cattle and timber cutting were the main trades, and in 1872 a railway line from Melbourne to Seymore was opened that ran through Wallan.
For most of the twentieth century, Wallan was a rural village that traffic passed through on the Hume Highway and then continued to cross the Great Dividing Range, however following the Hume Freeway opening in 1959, Wallan was bypassed.
Dreaming of a life in the beautiful Victorian countryside, away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD but still close enough to commute? Wallan could be the best move you ever make!
The Wallan lifestyle offers you a quiet and safe place to call home, with a great community atmosphere full of young and growing families. Current Wallan community members refer to Wallan lovingly as the “best outer Melbourne suburb” and a “beautiful area with great community spirit”.
The combination of country town living and modern city comforts have made Wallan a popular choice for professionals and families with young children. Over 80% of residents are owner-occupiers, meaning they are interested in contributing to a growing sense of community.
Affordable house and land packages in Wallan make it a great option for first home buyers who are wanting to enter the property market without having to settle on their choice of home or sacrifice their existing lifestyle.
Wallan is located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in lush landscapes where you can spread out and breathe in the country air.
Of course, we all want to decrease our travel time to and from work, and spend more time with friends and family. It’s hard to believe that the train from Wallan to the CBD takes under an hour, and even less on weekends.
Public transport is described by the locals as being “excellent and very strong for such a small population.” There are three bus services to Wallan and the train is efficient and costs the same as the metro rates. Wallan train station is well connected with the V/Line train network on the Seymore line, and there is also a town to station connecting bus service for peak hour commuters to save you driving and parking at the station!
With it being only a 10-minute drive to Kilmore, a 30-minute drive from the Inner Ring Road, and just 40 minutes to the airport what more could you want!
Wallan is a wonderful place to grow up in, with kids surrounded not only by wide open spaces and lush landscapes but also a whole host of great local schools. There are five primary schools, one secondary school, and one tertiary institution in the area. There are both local public and private schools, as well as free early literacy programs at the local library to help the little ones develop a love for learning.
Wallan Primary School is known for its excellent standing and is highly regarded in the community. It has served the community for more than 160 years, and it aims to provide a positive and inclusive learning environment where all learners strive for their personal best and experience a sense of achievement. The schools’ motto is “Working Together for a Better Future” and this sums up the local community values perfectly.
Kilmore (just a 10-minute drive) has private schools Saint Patricks Primary and Assumption College. A range of nearby football, netball, soccer, and tennis clubs means that kids will connect and make friends for life while staying active and outdoors.
Many of Wallan’s shops have been standing for generations, meaning they are a thriving part of the community they serve. There are great choices for local stores, providores and gourmet fresh food specialty shops, small bars, restaurants, and cafes as well as a mix of the major supermarkets. There is a planned retail and community precinct set to provide even more options for locals in the future to be spoilt for choice.
There are multiple medical centres and general practitioners in the town to cover all your healthcare needs, as well as a local library and a popular aquatic and fitness centre.
Located right on Wallan’s doorstep is the Goulburn Valley, with the picturesque towns of Kilmore, Seymore, Nagambie, and Kinglake synonymous with culture and culinary excellence – think award-winning wineries, country pubs, gourmet produce, and rich gold mining history.
For those more interested in the great outdoors there is a range of activities including the famous Wallan golf club, a boat adventure on the lake or a fishing expedition, even a leisurely horse ride! The perfect way to explore the undulating landscape is on one of the myriads of walking trails, trailing through landscaped reserves, meandering creeks, and lush wetlands where you can spot local flora and fauna.
One Wallan community member notes “there are so many wineries, and even small producers of honey, cider, and cheese very close by. Historical and community groups are actively working hard to ensure the community is stronger than ever.”
The demographics of Wallan’s population of just over 12,000 is composed of various cultural groups hailing from England, New Zealand, Italy, Malta, Macedonia, Samoa, and South Africa. Its population skews to quite young, with a median age of 32. Over 80% of its population is employed, and the majority of which are working in the food and beverage and industrial sectors.
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