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About Leongatha 

Located in a rich, dairy region at the foothills of the beautiful Strzelecki Ranges, Leongatha is the commercial and civic centre of South Gippsland. It boasts a vibrant town centre surrounded by rolling green pastures and, at just an hour and 40 minutes from Melbourne, Leongatha allows locals to enjoy all the serenity and sense of community that country life has to offer, with all the convenience of a major city nearby.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Leongatha Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.


2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 


3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 


4. Engage with the community

The Leongatha region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.


5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Leongatha region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!




Distance to Melbourne



Surrounding towns

Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Phillip Island and Koo Wee Rup.



Median house price: $330,000

Median house rent: $280 p/w

Median unit price: $265,000

Median unit rent: $220 p/w

Arts, Culture and Events 

Leongatha hosts a wide range of cultural events and festivals throughout the year. The dynamic Leongatha Gallery represents many local artists through regular new exhibitions and is also a great place to search for a unique gift.

Food and wine scene 

When it comes to eating and drinking, local favourites include The Rusty Windmill for a tasty breakfast or lunch, while Serafinos Italian Restaurant prides itself on its traditional family recipes and is the ideal place for a delicious dinner. For something a little special, Lucinda Estate Winery, overlooking an old volcano, is loved for its locally sourced ingredients and handmade premium wines.

Family Fun 

Home to a number of picturesque parklands and fun playgrounds, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy time together. Local families love Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, where you can immerse yourself in the area’s rural history and learn about life on the coalfields. Phillip Island is an easy drive away, with stunning beaches and nature reserves for all the family to enjoy as well as the world-famous Penguin Parade and annual Motorcycle Grand Prix.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities 

Perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding enthusiasts, Leongatha marks the beginning of the popular Great Southern Rail Trail. A 70km long track, it passes through several charming towns and is dotted with attractions including wineries, galleries and antique shops. Staying fit and healthy won’t be an issue, with multiple sports facilities on offer.

• Leongatha Golf Club

• Leongatha Tennis Club

• Leongatha Bowls Club

• Leongatha Netball/Football Club • South Gippsland Squash – aquatic centre and gym


Leongatha is proud to boast numerous unique, independent shops and galleries devoted to local arts and crafts. Your more regular shopping needs are catered for with an excellent local IGA and Target, while two monthly farmers’ markets mean fresh, seasonal produce is always close at hand.


An easy drive down the South Gippsland Highway from Melbourne, Leongatha has a regular bus service that runs directly from Southern Cross to the town centre. It also has its own railway station, with regional trains and buses connecting it to all other major Gippsland towns.

Health and community services 

The area is serviced by the Gippsland Southern Hospital, as well as a selection of highly-regarded local general practitioners. Leongatha Community House hosts an ongoing range of activities, from learning new skills to looking after your general wellbeing.


The region offers a full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities. There are five schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: St Laurence O’Toole School (Co-ed Primary P-6), Mary McKillop Catholic Regional School (Co-ed 7-12 Catholic) and Leongatha Secondary College (Co-ed 7-12).

Roles available

Beginning Child Protection Practice

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You'll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will aquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.


Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.