Until recently, Hoppers Crossing had long been a suburb where people have passed through while on their way somewhere else. However, developments over the last 20 years are now ensuring it looms large as a destination in its own right.
With rail line upgrades, new housing developments, modern shopping facilities, a university campus and significant infrastructure projects being delivered, Hoppers (as the locals know it) is now a centre of commerce and industry that provides stable employment and opportunity for its residents.
As part of the larger Wyndham Shire, it sits to the north of the Prince Freeway and offers multiple educational and investment possibilities along with a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.
- 23km south-west of Melbourne CBD.
- Population – 40,897 (2018. Estimated.)
- Population density – 23.2 People/Hectare.
- Named in honour of Mrs Elizabeth Hopper who was the Gatekeeper working the level crossing where the Melbourne/Geelong rail line traversed Hoppers Lane.
- Up to 1963, Hoppers Crossing consisted of a general store.
Residential and Demographics
60% of Hoppers Crossing residents are either couples with children (40%) or couples without children (20%) living in free standing homes. Further, about 60% of all residents were born in Australia with India, New Zealand and The Philippines being the next most common countries of birth.
The median price for a house is $535,000 with annual growth reaching 7.54% (Sept 2019) and units are fetching $380,000 and 5.30%. Check updates regularly for investment purposes. There was a significant growth in the value of the median price between 2016 and 2018 and this has been followed by a subtle reduction in price.
When selling, vendors can expect their property to be on the market for about 2 months before it is sold. On average, monthly mortgage repayments run at $1,517 and median household income sits at $1,299/week.
The average household size is 2.9 occupants per dwelling and the average age of residents is 35 years.
Significantly, rental yield sits around 4.7%. When coupled with anticipated growth, this makes Hoppers Crossing a very attractive investment option.
As local Hoppers Crossing conveyancers, Fisher Conveyancing can assist with all your buying, selling or transfer of title needs.
Hoppers Crossing has 14 schools plus a campus of Victoria University.
There are 6 state-run primary schools and 2 high schools. Additionally, there are 6 private schools catering for students from prep to year 12. Each offers a variety of learning programs and are suitable to a wide range of academic needs and pathways.
Victoria University is termed a dual-sector university. This means it provides courses in higher education in addition to TAFE. It is located at 235 Hoppers Lane.
Dotted with reserves and parks, Hoppers Crossing has no end of options for outdoor pursuits. In this suburb, you’re never too far from a space to kick a goal, hit a six or fly a kite.
In particular, the Skeleton Creek Linear Reserve provides a relaxing streamside amble and the Heathdale Glen Orden Wetlands offers 35 hectares of open space. The native flora attracts wonderful wildlife which are safely housed in a natural habitat close to residences. Along the pathways, look out for the Yellow-rumped Thornbill, White-plumed Honeyeater, Spotted Dove and Red Wattlebird and take a break on one of the many benches, playgrounds and rotundas provided.
Shopping. Cafes. Cuisine.
There are two major shopping locations within the boundaries of Hoppers Crossing. Easily accessible from the Princes Freeway, Hopper Crossing Shopping Centre is by far the largest with a vast array of free-standing retail outlets. Spread out over a significant area, this precinct will test even the most devout of shoppers.
The newly upgraded Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre follows the more modern shopping centre layout with retailers and boutiques clustering within a mall format alongside banks and bars. Here you will also find a Village Cinema complex showing the latest releases.
Between the two, all the major brands are represented so residents have no need to travel to Melbourne to satisfy their retail demands. Bunnings, Woolworths, Coles, Cotton On, Harvey Norman, Kmart, Target and more all have a presence.
From Daniel’s Donuteria and Notorious Espresso to The Plaza Tavern and The Groove Train, Hoppers Crossing has your stomach covered. There are hundreds of options to tempt your palate so don’t eat before your arrive!
With its southern boundary being the Prince Freeway, Hoppers Crossing is an easy commute to Melbourne. Within the suburb, Heaths, Derrimut, Morris, Tarneit and Sayers Roads are the major thoroughfares feeding drivers to their destinations.
Serviced by the Hoppers Crossing Railway Station on the Werribee line, regular trains run to and from Melbourne Southern Cross Station taking 15 – 20 minutes. Not too far away in Tarneit, a modern station takes commuter trains to Geelong and further west on a regular basis. This station has parking for 1,000 cars making it the preferred station for many travellers.
Bus services radiate out from the Hoppers Crossing station and service the major schools and shopping precincts.
All in All…
Hoppers Crossing is often overlooked as a residential or investment option for those in the property market. Yet the statistics reveal a suburb on the move as it is very well supported by the parent Wyndham Shire and the state government with various value-enhancing infrastructure projects. In particular, the newly constructed railway station close by in Tarneit has had a significant positive impact on the region as trains passing through regularly take commuters east to Melbourne CBD or west to the heart of Geelong, another growing rural city.
Hopper Crossing… it’s worth another look.