New Residents Guide to Armstrong Creek

New Residents Guide to Armstrong Creek

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Make your move to Armstrong Creek a breeze and learn what’s to love about this fast-growing community.

Just 10 years ago, Armstrong Creek was little more than open paddocks. Now, it’s one of the fastest-growing regional areas in Victoria.

Since its inception, Armstrong Creek has been designed with a focus on building community, rather than just housing development. So you’ll find plenty of walking paths, open space and social hubs that help to foster a community feel.

About Armstrong Creek

Armstrong Creek is named after the creek that ran through Scottish settler John Armstrong’s property, who operated a sheep farm from the 1850s. Like much of the greater Geelong region, the area was originally occupied by the Indigenous people of the Wathaurong (Wadawurrung) nation before the arrival of Europeans.

Now the area consisting of 2,500 hectares between Geelong and Torquay has a population of 15,000. Development planned for the next decade or so will eventually see 55,000 to 65,000 people call Armstrong Creek home.

Armstrong Creek is a master-planned community, which means from the outset it was designed with key amenities and features included. Walking paths, playgrounds, community hubs and open spaces help to create a sense of community. Sustainable features like recycled water, solar-powered street lights and resource management reduce the residents’ impact on the environment. And schools, employment hubs and shopping centres provide opportunities for people to live, work and play in Armstrong Creek.

Living in Armstrong Creek

One of the benefits of living in a growth area like Armstrong Creek is just how much activity is going on. Sure, that results in a lot of construction vehicles going in and out of the local neighbourhood.

But it also means plenty of new cafes, restaurants and bars waiting to be discovered.

Cockatoo is a local fave, serving up great coffee and Ket Baker croissants by day and pizzas alongside local 6Ft6 wine at night. Keep an eye out for their happy hour specials on weekdays.

If it’s a quick and easy dinner you’re after, Sethro’s Texas BBQ serves up slow-cooked brisket, pulled pork and smoky sausages to take away, while The Slippery Mackerel is your go-to for, according to at least one local, “the best fish and chips in town”.

Local walks around Armstrong Creek

With a creek running through it, established nature reserves and green space, Armstrong Creek offers plenty of options to get out for a walk, run or bike ride.

Here are just a few local routes:

  • Warralily Boulevard Reserve – spot local birdlife as you wander through an extensive layout of wetlands along the creek from Barwon Heads Road to Horseshoe Bend Road
  • Mirambeena Park – a great reserve for families of all sizes, this park features a water play area, skate park, and flying fox set among an open field

Local attractions near Armstrong Creek

Living in Armstrong Creek, you’re only 10mins from Barwon Heads and Torquay which offer sea, sand and relaxed vibes any time of year, while popular holiday spot Lorne is just under an hour away. Whether you’re into surfing, cycling, mountain biking, hiking or just a casual wander along the beach, you won’t be too far from the action.

  • Take a drive out to the Otways to wander among the tree canopy on the famous treetop walk
  • Head north to the You Yangs to hike or bike around these picturesque mountains
  • Play tourist for a day and take a drive along the Great Ocean Road, stopping in at local towns to pick up some local produce and browse quaint shops
  • Go where the locals go at Bancoora Beach, a calm beach that’s not on everyone’s radar, making it a perfect destination when you want to avoid the summer crowds
  • Learn about Aboriginal culture and history at the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Get a front-row seat to the action of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race as elite cyclists from around the world race a circuit that takes them from Geelong through Armstrong Creek to Barwon Heads and Torquay

Top tip: the local Facebook Page has everything (and more) to get you acquainted with the area.

Commuting from Armstrong Creek

Armstrong Creek is 10 minute to the Marshall and Waurn Ponds V-line stations, which takes you into Melbourne in 1hr 15mins. The station has plentiful parking and the trains themselves are comfortable, making it an ideal way to commute to work while catching up on emails.

Driving to the Geelong town centre will take a little over 10 minutes. Uber and other rideshares service Armstrong Creek so you can easily get home after a night out in town.

Moving to Armstrong Creek

If you’re preparing to move to Armstrong Creek, and looking for an Armstrong Creek Removalist to make it as easy as possible. Crichtons are a trusted Geelong moving company that knows the local Armstrong Creek area. Whether you’re moving from Melbourne to Geelong or the next suburb over, we can help. Get in contact with us to quote your house move to Armstrong Creek today. 

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