Spotlight on Gen FyansfordPublished on September 19, 2018
It’s rare to find a new housing estate less than 6km from a city centre — but with Gen Fyansford that’s exactly what you’ve got. Situated in the township of Fyansford and nestled along the Moorabool River, Gen Fyansford is touted as a home for a “new generation of pioneers”. Edging on the popular suburbs of Newtown and Geelong West, its location as a residential space has been underutilised up until now.
Its location is one of its strongest suits — this new development allows you to be close to the hustle and bustle of the inner city, yet unlike those more established suburbs there’s the land to build and grow. It’s also only eight minutes drive to the Geelong CBD, 10 minutes drive to Geelong Hospital and 15 minutes to Avalon Airport. And with the Geelong Ring Road close by, for those commuting to Melbourne for work — it’s a 55-minute drive.
Fyansford is a historical town, and if you look around, you’ll see the evidence of its long history almost everywhere you look. It was once a thriving centre of industry for Geelong — home to the Barwon Paper Mill, now the heritage-listed Fyansford Paper Mill, and the Geelong Cement Works.
The Fyansford Paper Mill is now an arts and cultural precinct, home to gallery spaces, a cafe and other creative businesses. Provenance Wines also calls the Mill home — its cellar door and restaurant is situated in one of the old former paper machine rooms they now call an “Industrial Cathedral”.
The concrete silos at the now-defunct Geelong Cement Works has been transformed into the canvas for an original art mural by artist Rone — featuring the faces of three local personalities. It’s transformed the landscape by turning what was once an eyesore into something worth visiting.
Fyansford Hotel is also a significant landmark of Fyansford, situation in what was once “Fyans Town”, the Hotel still runs as a country pub — offering a family-friendly place to meet and have a drink or meal.
Across the road is Balmoral, formerly the Balmoral Hotel of Fyansford, a popular wedding and events venue run by catering and events specialists Truffleduck. And closeby sits Cafe Fyan — a popular coffee spot for locals.
Fyansford is also known for its nearby recreational sites. Namely Fyansford Common, which lies on the banks of the Moorabool River. This is a great spot for families with walking and cycling tracks and a open dog-off-lead area.
With the development of Gen Fyansford, the area is set to become its own self-sufficient township once again. As part of the masterplan for Gen Fyansford — there will be a “neighbourhood village” offering shopping and commercial sites. Nature reserves, “adventure” parks for the kids, barbecue and picnic facilities and fitness stations will be built along the river edge.
It promises to be a thriving community oasis — perfect for growing families or those who want the great, active lifestyle that Geelong provides.
Fyansford has so much to offer, a thriving arts and cultural scene, food and drink, places to see as well as reserves to explore — but this growing area is only going to get better.
If you want to learn more about Gen Fyansford, visit our Hamlan display homes at 8 and 10 Casey Blvd, Fyansford.