For decades, Wonthaggi has remained under the radar but the secret is out. Just two hours from the Melbourne CBD, near some of the best beaches in the state, and offering big blocks and affordable houses. This is NIKA Real Estate’s patch: Wonthaggi and surrounds, from the hills to the coast.

The township offer different dynamics and a lot of character, beachside living in nearby Cape Paterson, Kilcunda, Harmers Haven and Inverloch and small acreages in the foothills with panoramic views over the coast.

New arrivals discover a warm welcome, a thriving arts scene, gorgeous natural surroundings, a strong sense of community and a growing confidence that Wonthaggi is a very special place. The State Government has earmarked Wonthaggi as a regional centre ripe for rapid urban growth, A $115 million expansion of Wonthaggi Hospital is underway; Wonthaggi Secondary College has just moved to a new campus and planning has started for a cultural precinct on the old school site, in the centre of town.

The construction boom and an increase in well-paid professional jobs in the area is already affecting the local economy, educational resources and housing stock.