Town by town snapshot

October 17, 2019 BY

Town Profile: Grovedale

The size of Grovedale is approximately 7 square kilometres and has four parks covering nearly 2.2 per cent of total area.

The population of Grovedale in 2011 was 14,153 people and by the 2016 Census the population was 14,314 showing a population growth of 1.1 per cent in the area during that time.

Grovedale is named after a rural property acquired by Alexander Pennell in 1847, just south of Waurn Ponds Creek.

Originally the place was named Germantown, which arose from several families of Lutheran German origin who arrived at Corio Bay in 1849.

A Geelong pioneer, Dr Alexander Thomson, encouraged them to settle on Pennell’s land and a school was first opened in 1854.

By the mid 1860s there were about 70 families of German origin settled there, and there were two hotels, two flour mills, two tanneries and four wool washing establishments.

Today, one of the regions most popular hotels, The Grovedale, which was established in 1859, sits prominent on the Surf Coast Highway.

In September 1915, after the outbreak of World War I, the South Barwon Council changed the name to Grovedale.

Grovedale continued to be an agricultural district until the mid 1960s when residential expansion from neighbouring Belmont began.

In 1970 the estimated population was 1,200 persons and by 1980 had grown to 5,000.

CoreLogic data indicates that the predominant age group in Grovedale is 20-29 years with households in Grovedale being primarily childless couples and are likely to be repaying $1,400-$1,799 per month on mortgage repayments, and in general, people in Grovedale work in a professional occupation.

In 2011, 74.1 per cent of the homes in Grovedale were owner-occupied compared with 70.5 per cent in 2016.


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Population: 14,314

Male: 47.7%

Female: 52.3%

Median age: 40

5 year population change: 1.1%

Median house price: $500,000

Change in Median Price: (5yrs) is 38.1%

Median asking rent per week: $400

Average length of ownership: 12

Owner occupiers: 74%

Renters: 26%


Historic median house price:

June 2019: $500,000

June 2018: $460,000

June 2017: $409,000

June 2016: $375,000

June 2015: $366,250


House sales per annum:

Period ending June 2019: 231

Period ending June 2018: 282


Land median sale price:

June 2019: $350,000

June 2018: $262,000


Land sales per annum:

Period ending June 2019: 15

Period ending June 2018: 25