Lara is situated just outside of Geelong and south-west of Melbourne, around 60 kilometres from the CBD. It is popular with families seeking a more relaxed lifestyle, as well as those who want to be able to access Geelong, the surf coast & the city whenever they need to.
There has been steady population growth over recent years – in 2006, 11,551 people lived in the suburb. This increased to 14,264 just five years later.
A large proportion of properties in Lara are owner-occupied – 77 per cent in 2015 – although there are plenty of rental prospects for anyone thinking of moving to the region.
Among the benefits of living in Lara is its stunning scenery and access to facilities, as well as a fantastic location between the 2 largest cities in Victoria; Melbourne & Geelong. It is found just 15 minutes from Geelong, at the gateway of the famous surf coast & Great Ocean Road via the Geelong ring road – so enjoying the great outdoors and finding the services you need go hand in hand.
There’s something for everyone
Lara is a place where anyone can feel at home. The lifeblood of the area is Lara Centreway, where you will find a recently developed shopping centre with a Coles supermarket, a host of cafes and retailers, Safeway, pharmacy, travel agent, newsagency, post office and doctor’s surgeries.
Also located centrally is the Lara train station making life very easy for commuters. Planned upgrades are a transit interchange, overpass and lift, pedestrian link to the station, expanded carpark and retail premises providing shelter, light, surveillance and an active edge.
Many families choose to raise children in the area, thanks to its provision of schools and outdoor spaces. Austin Park is a popular place to visit and is in the midst of a major upgrade, bringing barbeque facilities, landscaping, an amphitheatre, skatepark and playground – perfect for spending some quality family time and is sure to host many community events in years to come.
As for schools, the likes of Lara Secondary College, Lara Primary School, Lara Lake Primary & St Anthony’s Primary will ensure your children fit right into their new surroundings. For pre-school aged kids, there are many kindergartens, day care centres & play groups.
Close-by, Avalon Airport has become a major player in air travel with a view to further expand their international sector. A rail link from Melbourne, directly to Avalon airport, will also bring more job opportunities and growth to the area. Lara Lifestyle Village is for over 45’s and offers a fun, friendly, gated environment where hip & happening Villagers can get as involved with the lifestyle community as they like.
Among the benefits of living in the village, picture a huge Clubhouse, indoor heated pool, tennis court, bowls, billiards, theatre, library, spa, workshop, bar and arts and crafts room – all wrapped up in a secure Village!
Choosing property in Lara
Regardless of the type of property you have your eye on; Lara has a number of options that are sure to suit your needs.
Lara has expanded over recent years, with the likes of Grand Lakes Estate offering new opportunities for buyers and renters. There are also major plans underway to expand & develop the town by creating “Lara West”, a suburb all its own, where new estates are in the making and perfect for first-time buyers, investors, families, retiree’s or anyone hoping to make the most of the local lifestyle.
Geelong- LARA- Melbourne Train Timetable – Click here for the current Train timetable from Geelong to Melbourne
Lara- Geelong Bus Timetable – Click here for the current Bus timetables from Lara to Geelong
Lara Community Centre – Click here for further information & upcoming events in Lara