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About Warragul

Warragul’s vibrant town centre is surrounded by picturesque, rolling green hills and dotted with ornate 19th century architecture and heritage-listed buildings. Its high rainfall and lush soil mean Warragul is home to some of Victoria’s richest agricultural land and a thriving dairy industry. All this, at just an hour and a half by car from Melbourne, means a move to Warragul would allow you to enjoy the beauty, tranquility and sense of community that country life has to offer, with all the convenience of a bustling major city nearby.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Warragul Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.

 

2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 

 

3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 

 

4. Engage with the community

The Warragul region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.

 

5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Warragul region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!

Population

TBA

 

Distance to Melbourne

121km

 

Surrounding towns

Drouin and Moe.

 

Housing

Median house price: $432,000

Median house rent: $330 p/w

Median unit price: $298,450

Median unit rent: $270p/w

 

Arts, Culture and Events

The West Gippsland Arts Centre is the region’s major performing arts, cultural and community hub. It hosts a diverse and exciting range of live shows, concerts and performances all year round. Warragul also boasts countless small, independent galleries and studios dotted around town and throughout the surrounding region.

Food and wine scene 

Thanks to its robust agricultural and dairy industry, Warragul has a strong foodie culture with a focus on paddock to plate. It hosts several exciting festivals throughout the year including the Palate of Passions Festival and Harvest of Gippsland. But you can indulge your love of fine foods all year round with The Gourmet Deli Trail that takes in a network of farms, vineyards and local producers and covers much of the surrounding area. For dining out, locals love the modern Australian menu at In 2 Food and the cool, heritage style of the Railway Hotel. And you can’t go past the delicious local and seasonal menu at Hogget Kitchen. The glorious vineyard views from the deck are idyllic in the summer and just as spectacular in the winter, as you sit by the roaring open fire.

Family Fun 

There are multiple playgrounds and parklands in Warragul for families to enjoy. Mount Worth State Park, with its stunning Mountain Ash forest, has a number of scenic walks and trails and is a firm favourite with locals. Warragul also boasts its own cinema centre and bowling alley for a fun, family night out.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities

One of the best ways to take in the breathtaking beauty of the area’s hills and fields is with a drive down Old Sale Road. Cycling enthusiasts will love the region’s cycling trails, you can ride from the hills to the sea, on a wide pathway between towns, or enjoy a trail that takes in cafes and galleries. The region also has great sporting facilities.

• Warragul Country Club

• Warragul Leisure Centre

Shopping 

You’ll find plenty of stylish and unique independent stores in the area as well as a monthly farmers’ market with an excellent choice of fresh, seasonal produce and one-off, locally made products. Warragul town centre also has three major supermarkets for all your grocery needs.

Transport

Warragul is conveniently located just off the M1 and has its own railway station, with services to Melbourne running regularly. Regional trains and buses connect it to nearby towns and facilities making local travel easy.

Health and community services

Several premium health care facilities, including the West Gippsland Medical Clinic and Central Clinic, service the area. While Warragul Community House offers a wide array of groups to join and an inspirational range of classes to take.

Education 

The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities. There are 17 schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: Warragul Primary School (Co-ed P-6), Warragul Regional College (Co-ed 7-12), Marist Sion College (Catholic 7-12) and St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School (Co-ed P-12).

Beginning Child Protection Practice (CPP3)

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You’ll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will acquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.

Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.