Suburb by suburb snapshot – Sailors Gully

September 25, 2021 BY

The Sailor's Gully Hall is a public community building.

Sailors Gully is approximately 4.3 square kilometres with the population of Sailors Gully recorded at 761 people in 2011 and by the 2016 Census the population was 705 showing a population decline of 7.4 per cent in the area during that time.

Sailors Gully, an outer northern suburb of Bendigo, is nine-kilometres north-west of the city centre and immediately west of Eaglehawk.

Gold was discovered there in the first half of 1852, possibly by a sailor or sailors who had deserted their ships and set off for the gold diggings.

Sailors Gully was part of Eaglehawk borough (1862) and the first school was opened in 1855 by the Church of England.

It was replaced by a government school in 1874 and is now named Eaglehawk North.

This four-bedroom Sailors Gully home built in 1990 sold recently for $450,000.


The school in Sailors Gully Road is where most of the village’s public buildings have been found.

At the bend of the road near Growlers Street there was the Sailors Gully Hotel circa 1866 which was rebuilt in 1908.

Sailors Gully gold heritage is found at the New Moon Quartz mine site (1860) on Beelzebub Gully Road, off Growlers Road and is heritage listed and includes above ground structures built in the 1890s.

CoreLogic data indicates that the predominant age group in Sailors Gully is 60-69 years with households in Sailors Gully being primarily childless couples and are likely to be repaying $1000 – $1399 per month on mortgage repayments. In general, people in Sailors Gully work in a trades occupation.

In 2011, 80.2 per cent of the homes in Sailors Gully were owner-occupied compared with 79.4 per cent in 2016.



Sailors Gully was previously called Nerring.


Population: 711

Male: 47.6%

Female: 49.4%

Median age: 46

5-year population change: -7.4%

House median value: $426,000

Change in Median Price: (5yrs) is 47.6%

Median asking rent per week: $300

Average length of ownership: 9 years

Owner occupiers:81%

Renters: 19%


House median sale price:

May 2021: $341,000

May 2020: $308,000

May 2019: $276,000

May 2018: $265,000

May 2017: $262,500


House sales per annum:

Period ending May 2021: 16

Period ending May 2020: 9


Land median sale price:

May 2021: N/A

May 2020: N/A


Land sales per annum:

Period ending May 2021: 3

Period ending May 2020: 4