Bush meets ocean in Anglesea
While Torquay may be the jewel of the Surf Coast, purists argue that Anglesea marks the spot where the Great Ocean Road begins. Anglesea is the page three girl for the unique coastal village life the Great Ocean Road is famous for.
Much like the community itself, Anglesea’s real estate market has a bit of everything. There’s plenty of modern wonders to move straight into and brick veneers ready for cosmetic updates. Or, if you’re feeling inspired by the last season of The Block, there’s still plenty of dinky fibro’s needing love, often going for good prices by coastal standards.
Although becoming scarce, you can still find residential blocks on the market in Anglesea. Strict Surf Coast Shire planning can make the new build process a lengthy one for the uninitiated.
Head over the top of the hill and you’ll find yourself in Point Roadknight. It’s home to one of the most magnificent beaches on the entire coastline, and some primo grassy house blocks with price tags to match.
Since it’s relocation, the Anglesea Primary School is a brand spanker with plenty of green space with an open plan classroom curriculum. The school is close to the retiring Alcoa Coal Mine, so it will be interesting to see what happens to the factory and land over time. Secondary school options are out of town – the closest is Surf Coast Secondary College in Torquay. Bus services from the local shopping strip provide access to all Geelong schools options. Most aren’t direct services, but there’s nothing like a few bus interchanges to build resilience in your teenage dirtbag. Anglesea has it’s own (soon to be rebuilt) Childrens’ Hub Centre which incorporates Kindergarten, Playgroup and Toy Library facilities. Occasional care is offered 5 days a week at the Community Centre from 9-2pm.
The holy trinity of country life – the footy, netball and cricket club- reign’s supreme in Anglesea, from junior levels through to a very credible senior league. Toddler to primary school age children can learn to swim in a heated indoor pool at the local caravan park. A well-known Karate program is also available for all ages. Other sporting pursuits will see you in the car heading to Torquay at best or Geelong.
If you’re want to avoid the urban sprawl of Torquay and give the bush-meets-beach thing a crack, Anglesea is a great option. It’s a pretty self-contained existence in this little borough if you have a young family. With kids who are a little older, you’ll find yourself in the car regularly. But fill up that recycled plastic coffee cup and relax. Chatting to your kids for 20 minutes on a regular basis may not be so bad.