Newtown, Victoria 

 

Newtown is an inner western suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. At the 2016 census, Newtown had a population of 10,155. It is a primarily residential area occupying one of the highest points of urban Geelong, has always been a desirable place of residence and it is the location of many of Geelong’s oldest and most valuable properties.

The locality of Chilwell is part of Newtown, and together Newtown and Chilwell were a municipality from 1858 to 1993 after which they were amalgamated with other municipalities to form the City of Greater Geelong in 1993.

Newtown and Chilwell was first incorporated as a borough on 9 March 1858, and became a town on 16 April 1924. It was proclaimed a city on 7 October 1949. It was renamed the City of Newtown on 22 November 1967.

Queens Park is also the home ground for the Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club, the most successful team in the Geelong Cricket Association in terms of senior premierships won. The club uses both Stinton Oval (turf) and Shaw Oval (hard wicket). The Queens Park Sporting Complex is currently being refurbished by the City of Greater Geelong and will greatly improve both playing and social facilities for the club. Famous cricketers who played for Newtown include the young Lindsay Hassett, Aaron Finch and Ian Redpath. Bob Merriman, the former Chairman of Cricket Australia, began his administrative career at Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club.

Newtown, Victoria is the rural town in Australia that experienced tragedy on December 14, 2012. It was there that tragedy struck 50 people when a gunman opened fire at a popular cafe. Five years on, Newtown still mourns the loss of loved ones and is forever touched by the events that unfolded.

Newtown is home to three private high schools in the Geelong area, Sacred Heart College (an all-girls school), St. Josephs College (an all-boys school) and The Geelong College.

The Newtown, Victoria community has had its fair share of tragedy. In the December 2012 school shooting that claimed the lives of twenty six children and six adults, the community pulled together with a new-found sense of resilience and strength, and emerged even stronger. They showed the world that tragedy does not have to define who they are, and they prove that good will always prevail.

It is a small town located in the Australian state of Victoria, near Melbourne. It is the birthplace of famous Australian comedian “Bill Hicks”, and is home to Australia’s busiest airport, is 115 km(71 mi) south of Melbourne.

When Newtown was founded, gold was discovered in Tasmania and people began flocking to the region. A small group of settlers, mainly Europeans, settled in Newtown and established a sheep station in 1857. The area was named Newtown in 1860. The township of Newtown had a post office from 1861 to 1968.

Newtown is a town on the state’s south coast, 300 kilometres south of Melbourne. Newtown’s scenic, rural location is perfect for winding country roads, beach drives, and four-wheel-driving.

It has three major shopping areas, including Junction Road, Centre Road and King Street. The centre of the town has shops such as Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Kmart, JB Hi-Fi, Kathmandu, Big W and Spotlight. Newtown doesn’t fit into the typical suburban area, and is more about driving everywhere you need or want.

The seabreeze of Newtown, Victoria is crisp and invigorating. It greets you with fresh, coastal scents as soon as you step out of the Newtown train station. The warm, salty breeze gently blows through your hair and into your face as it gently caresses your skin. Children run around on the grassy banks of the Newtown River. Elderly couples stroll hand in hand. Adults and children immerse themselves in the peaceful stillness of the scene.

Newtown is a small, rural town,with people who live in the Goulburn Valley region. Located in the southern part of Victoria, it is a popular tourist destination and is home to a popular winery. It is also a popular stage for marathon events. On average, Newtown’s population grows by about 40 people each year.

The town is situated on the banks of the Riverina Highway, approximately halfway between the towns of Shepparton and Bendigo. It was serviced by a number of businesses, including a hotel, cafe, general store and post office. Newtown is a popular destination for tourists visiting the region, due to its close proximity to a number of attractions, including the Shepparton Art Gallery, the University of Melbourne and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Like the rest of Geelong, the main form of transport in Newtown is the automobile. Main roads include Latrobe Terrace, Pakington Street, West Fyans Street, Shannon Avenue and Queens Park Road.

The closest railway stations to the suburb are Geelong and South Geelong.

The following bus routes serve the suburb:

  • Route 22 – to Geelong and to North Shore. Every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends.
  • Route 24 – to Geelong and to North Geelong. Every 40 minutes on weekdays and weekends.
  • Route 25 – to Geelong and to Bell Post Hill. Every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends.
  • Route 43 – to Geelong and to Waurn Ponds. Every 40 minutes on weekdays and weekends.