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Suburb Guide: Wollert

Suburb Guide: Wollert

Posted on: 16th July, 2021

Wollert is a family-friendly suburb just 26 km north of Melbourne’s Central Business District and only 6 km north of the established suburb of Epping.

With a population just shy of 10,000 people, this suburb has been tipped by several experts as an ‘up-and-comer’ with huge growth forecasted in the coming years. Why it is so is easy to see, as the location is convenient for commuting, located so close to established suburbs and has a pipeline of new infrastructure slated for the area. Building a new home in Wollert is a fantastic opportunity for those wanting to be a stone’s throw away from the bustling city centre while looking to get their foot in the door in the competitive property market at a reasonable price.

History of Wollert

‘Wollert’ is a Woiwurrung word given to the area by traditional Indigenous custodians of the land.  ‘Wollert’ literally means ‘where possums abound’, and the wide-open grasslands and many small waterways were home to the Woiwurrung tribes for thousands of years before European settlement.

The suburb of Wollert first came into existence in the 1830s and was primarily a sheep-raising and farming community for the following decades. Several large properties were purchased to be subdivided and allocated to ex-servicemen in the 1840s to be used for farming. The area then ventured into the dairy industry and was a significant player in the dairy production of the area—supplying the Melbourne market well into the 1960s. Wollert is home to the largest brickmaker in Australia, the Brickworks Limited plant, which has almost 2000 full-time employees.

Neighbourhood

The population is currently just shy of 10,000 people, which, however, is set to boom in the coming years as a multitude of housing estates have been approved for the area. These estates have house and land designs to suit different demographics, especially young professionals, young families and first home buyers.

The area is perfect for those seeking an active outdoor lifestyle, with the natural beauty of Kinglake National Park and the Great Dividing Range close by for all your weekend activities. Picture tall forests, rolling hillsides and an extensive network of walking tracks and other facilities for all fitness levels. There are vantage points with scenic views, and the area is home to hundreds of species of native flora and fauna—allowing you will be truly at one with nature just minutes away from your new home.

For those more interested in structured outdoors, there are two world-class golf courses nearby, multiple tennis courts and tracks for cycling and motorbikes. There are local waterways for fishing and boating, picnic facilities and outdoor barbeque galore. For those with little ones, the nearby FunFields Theme Park has rides and pools or the TunzaFun Xtreme with laser tag, 9D motion cinema, an arcade full of games and even rock-climbing walls!

Commuting

Wollert is located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in lush landscapes where you can spread out and breathe country air.

Of course, we all want to decrease our travel time to and from work and spend more time with friends and family. Wollert’s handy location gives it great commuter access, delivering workers to Melbourne CBD in just 40 minutes. Tullamarine airport is a convenient 25-minute drive.

The commute to the nearby established suburb of Epping is just a 10-minute drive, where you will also find multiple retail and dining options. This is also where you will find the local train station that will take you into Melbourne in around 40 minutes, making the morning commute a breeze for CBD workers. Alternatively, Cragieburn station is also just a 10-minute drive from Wollert and will connect you with Melbourne CBD in around 40 minutes. The local council has been lobbying the state government to extend the train line to Wollert, so the future for commuting is looking bright.

There is also a new proposed bus network slated to connect Wollert with the surrounding areas. There are three routes planned to increase public transport options for the area, and the focus will be linking Wollert residents with Epping station, Pacific shopping centre in Epping and Northern Hospital.

Schools

Wollert is a great place to start a family and young families flock to the area in recent years.

There are multiple primary schools available within an easy drive of Wollert, including Glowrey Catholic Primary School and Harvest Home Primary school. Ivanhoe Grammar School is a coeducational school servicing from early learning through to year 12, with two separate campuses. There is also Edgars Creek secondary college, accessible via a short drive.

Additionally, the state government has approved plans to increase educational opportunities in Wollert, with these large-scale infrastructure works expected in the coming years.

Convenience

With a pipeline of new infrastructure slated for the area, Wollert will be a convenient and desirable place to call home once complete. The exciting upcoming projects include a major town centre, with multiple entertainment choices, retail and specialty shopping, new schooling from early childhood to primary and secondary schools and different accommodation options. There are also two more localised town centres focused on daily shopping needs.

Community facilities will include local sporting reserves, great green spaces in the form of parks and walks and large areas naturally landscaped to make outdoors accessible to all parts of the community.

Local employment in the area will be boosted once this project is complete, but in the interim, there are plenty of options available at nearby established suburbs, like Epping. The emerging Cooper Street employment precinct is an exciting win for the area and is planned to bring additional job opportunities, as well as great new retail options for locals.

In the meantime, while the town infrastructure is being perfected for the coming generations, there are currently three major shopping centres within a short drive of Wollert—Pacific Epping Shopping Centre, Westfield Plenty Valley and Greensborough Plaza—and two factory outlets—one at University Hill and one at Essendon.

Community and Culture

Currently, the city of Whittlesea has a market open from 8 am–1 pm. It includes around 120 stalls that sell everything from fresh locally sourced produce, children’s toys, clothing, vintage goods, homewares and accessories and more.

The close-knit community also hosts multiple events throughout the calendar year, such as fundraisers, markets, trivia nights and multicultural events.

 

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