The quaint, rural township of Little River had its beginnings around 1858 with a population of only 4. Although now the population is 1393 the area still retains the charm of the past with a number of heritage listed sites. Situated between the bustling Melbourne and the fast-growing Geelong it is perfect for country living.
As housing prices have grown in the region by 51.52% in the past 3 years, this makes it a sought-after region for lifestyle property seekers.
- 49 km south-west of Melbourne CBD.
- Population – 1393 (2018. Estimated.)
- Gateway to You Yangs Regional Park
- Some of the earliest railway station buildings in Victoria
- Remember The Little River Band? See below…
Residential and Demographics
Four or more bedrooms on acreage make up most of the homes in the area. Little River is a family-oriented region with an average household size of 2.9 and the median age is 42.
The median price for a house is $1,041,000 and they are predominantly owner occupied, although the region does have rental returns of 2.19%. Most residents are owner-occupied with a smattering of rentals. The demand for supply is above average and buyers are still able to get a good price.
Median weekly household income is $1,899 and the monthly mortgage repayment sits around $1,733 making this locality an affordable lifestyle option.
Supporting the families in the region there is a local Primary School catering for Pre-School to Year 6. Secondary schools are situated in neighbouring Lara a short distance south of 13kms or Wyndham Vale 18kms north.
A range of private schools are available in the Wyndham Vale & Werribee areas that cater to religious & special educational needs.
The area is in close proximity to some of the state’s best universities including Deakin University located in Geelong. Deakin University has a strong reputation for teaching as well as online and vocational programs. Of course being only 49kms from Melbourne CBD you have your choice of universities such as La Trobe, Melbourne, Swinburne and Monash.
Within the town is Little River Skate Park – for those who dare. For a little town this skate park is rated as impressive and is frequented by many visitors. A great spot for the family with undercover BBQ’s, children’s playground and some beautiful native trees. Make it a destination and enjoy the family-friendly activity.
The Community and Sporting Centre exists to ensure the area maintains its community spirit and offers the locals an extensive choice of sports for healthy lifestyles. Participate in the cricket, tennis or football clubs and join the trivia nights for a little fun. Hmm… What is the capital of Venezuela?
A short 20 minute drive will have you at the You Yangs Regional Park. This is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape and is truly magnificent. With so many choices of activities (mountain biking, horse riding or simple picturesque walks) you will return many times over.
The Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre is a fenced 473 hectare site that protects a large number of threatened species. They have several successful breeding programs for many species (some once presumed extinct) such as the Eastern Quoll. As the largest feral predator-free ecosystem in Victoria a night spotlight tour is a must.
Shopping. Cafes. Cuisine.
Little River is literally a one pub, one general store with petrol kind of town. A step back to an era long forgotten. That era comes complete with friendly hospitality at its finest.
The General Store is the place to get fresh daily bread, cakes and pies. A genuine old-school store with an old style lolly counter that will take you back to your childhood… and the coffee is great too.
The owner of the pub is a local and this pub serves the best pub meals in the larger area. The serving sizes are generous, so come with an appetite… and the menu offers a great selection. This pub is a very popular spot for those on their way to and from You Yangs Regional Park. It’s also a great place to catch up with friends.
The heritage listed Little River Railway Station is located on the Melbourne-Geelong line. From here you can travel by rail to Warrnambool or you can be in Melbourne in as little as 40 minutes whereas a trip to Geelong is around 20 minutes.
Avalon Airport is only 10 minutes away and makes flying interstate and some international destinations an easy option for business or pleasure related adventures.
The M1 is immediately to the south of town and will have you in Geelong or Melbourne very swiftly.
All in All…
With heritage listed sites such as Mt Rothwell Homestead and Little River Station it wouldn’t come as a surprise if they looked familiar. These sites have been used in films that are famous around the world. Ever seen Ned Kelly? Mad Max? Yes.. Little River is where they were filmed.
Australia’s own Little River Band took their name from the town’s sign post on their way to a gig in Geelong… so what’s not to enjoy here?
The solitude of rural living with all the city has to offer just a short drive away.