If you're looking for a village lifestyle but still want to be part of the action then you should look no further than Berwick. Berwick was proclaimed a town in 1861 and at that time had a population of 61. Since then the town has grown significantly and in the 2011 census, the population had grown to 44,779 however it still retains it's village atmosphere with a mixture of old and new. The grand boulevard of High Street with a central garden gives Berwick it's leafy feel and extends towards Beaconsfield where it is lined with Poplar Trees as an Avenue of Honour to commemorate the fallen in the First World War.
Filled with restaurants and cafes the High Street would have to be the centre point of activity. Among our local heritage we also have a brand new hospital and Pioneers Park, which is a town park and cafe located on the site of the old primary school. Wilson's Botanical Gardens are only a short stroll from the village where 39 hectares of scenic and tranquil parkland give you the opportunity to watch open air concerts, picnic in the delightful gardens or just go for a stroll with the kids. Other great places to visit include the Old Cheese Factory and Akoonah Park, home of the annual Berwick Show which is Victoria's oldest agricultural and horticultural show.
Easy access to public transport and the freeway provide you with the best of both worlds. Enjoy the tranquillity of living close to the hills, yet with public transport close enough to take you right into the heart of the city with ease. Local shops and supermarkets offer convenient shopping. Berwick also offers diverse living with ever changing streetscapes from the old to the new catering for both first home buyers right through to luxurious, up market living with the option of rural areas to the north where scenic drives and spectacular views across the district abound.
When you hear the word Beaconsfield you automatically think back to 2006 and the extraordinary events that happened in Tasmania. However there is more than one Beaconsfield in Australia! The village of Beaconsfield is located approx 46km south east of Melbourne on the south east corridor. Easily accessible with freeway access and only a short distance to Fountain Gate shopping centre it offers a village lifestyle. The main street houses two shopping centres, one relatively new, with the village expanding even further.
Beaconsfield is home to two schools, Beaconsfield Primary School and St Francis Xavier College, nice parks and recreation areas.
Beaconsfield Upper is a unique village that nestles within a mixed rural landscape of open fields and native bushland. People move to Beaconsfield Upper because of it's idyllic and rural atmosphere and to be away from suburban developments, yet they are still only 10 minutes from Berwick and the M1 Freeway giving easy access to the city.
Beaconsfield Upper is distinguished clearly from other settlements in the region by the way that it has retained native vegetation and has a country village atmosphere with tree lined streets and a number of shops.