Newtown. Born to rule.
Ab Fab’s Patsy to Geelong West’s Eddie, this old girl shows little wear from the ravages of time. In fact, she seems to improve with age, and with more Bollinger too no doubt. Newtown is home to Geelong’s old money and there’s plenty of it in this gentile, leafy and quite sprawling suburb. Geelong is highly regarded for its excellent secondary school options and Newtown is very much the college belt.
The Geelong College senior campus, Sacred Heart College and St Joseph’s College are all located off Aphrasia St. One street over on Noble is Geelong Grammar’s Bostock House ELC. The Geelong College prep campus (including ELC) is based in the western parcel of Newtown abutting Herne Hill. There’s still the odd bargain to be had here, and some large blocks located around Elderslie Reserve. More modern and expensive homes dot the Newtown Hill from its crest overlooking the valley, to the steep sloping blocks flowing into the Barwon River north of Aphrasia St.
Further downstream west of Shannon Avenue are 60’s and 70’s era homes at entry-level Newtown prices. These are less conveniently located to the chi chi shops and café’s at the river end of Pakington St. But what you lose in amenities you gain in open space and riverside parkland. The Barwon River walking track is a thing of beauty, and it’s a very short drive or half hour walk out of the valley when people watching and flat white’s are calling.
Competition is fierce for places at St Roberts Primary School and Chilwell Primary. On Aberdeen St, Newtown Primary is blessed with some large open playing fields. St John’s Lutheran School rounds out the private primary offerings.
Geelong and South Geelong stations are walking or cycling distance from much of Newtown. It’s a short walk into town for those working locally in Geelong’s commercial heart. Boom Gallery, a regular famers market, Balliang Sanctuary and some quality pubs, cafes, kinder options (Bond Street is glorious) and numerous child-care options make this a burb with plenty to offer families and the well heeled at large. And that’s all before meandering across La Trobe Terrace to Kardinia Park when the leaves start falling to watch the mighty Cats play at home.
Combining recreational options with stately period homes on substantial blocks boasting beautiful established gardens, it’s easy to see why Newtown has long been considered the premier suburb of Geelong. You’ll have less change in the bank from a Melbourne relocation than you might in other Geelong suburbs. But financial compensation won’t be top of mind when living in Newtown anyway. Prestige addresses include, but are not limited to, Noble, Mercer, Buckland, Virginia and Laurel Bank.