Coastal hamlet prides itself on laid-back lifestyle
STORY: JANE HOWIE PHOTOGRAPHY: VISIT VICTORIA & JANE HOWIE
The Great Ocean Road begins in Jan Juc.
As you cross Spring Creek, driving from Torquay, the RACV resort looms large. It is officially No 1 Great Ocean Road. The quiet hamlet of Jan Juc rolls south to the ocean.
Known for its spectacular cliffs, stunning beaches and challenging surf breaks, Jan Juc is home to less than 4000 people.
Every Easter the Rip Curl Pro attracts elite surfers from throughout the world to neighbouring Bells Beach.
The recently completed Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club headquarters has a breathtaking 360 degree outlook and is certain to become a social hub for locals. Children are taught from an early age to respect the ocean and the Nippers program at Jan Juc SLSC is a popular summer activity.
Take in the magnificent coastal views from Rocky Point on the east and Bird Rock to the west.
Treed and hilly, there are many walking and biking tracks, including the Surf Coast Walk which continues along the southwest coast for 44km.
Only developed in the last 50 years, Jan Juc has little room for growth, making its real estate much sought after. Local real estate agents say 2020 has been an incredible winter for sales and there are not enough homes for the interested buyers. The median house price is $933,000. Using virtual inspections, properties have been sold unseen to Melbourne people looking for a seachange.
So what is the appeal?
“Developed only in the last 50 years, Jan Juc has little room for growth, making its real estate much sought after.”
The peace and serenity has to be high on the list. To be able to hear the surf as you lay in bed can not be taken for granted. The relaxed, laid-back lifestyle attracts both families and retirees.
There are many play parks and reserves dotted throughout. Bob Pettitt Reserve is the largest with tennis, cricket, soccer, football, skate park and play equipment all on offer.
Located on Sunset Strip, it is close to the Jan Juc kindergarten and the local caravan park which is set in a magnificent bush setting.
The quaint shopping square, up near Bird Rock, offers all the essentials with a few shops, a hotel, eateries and medical facilities. Many people are employed in the surf industry, Torquay being the home to Rip Curl and Quiksilver. Tourism and the building industry would also be the main areas for jobs.
An easy commute along the Surf Coast Highway can have you in Geelong, Australia’s largest regional city, in 30 minutes. Geelong offers many varied work options and an extensive choice of secondary schools for students from the coast.
Young Jan Juc children begin their schooling at primary schools in Torquay or Bellbrae and can continue their education at Surf Coast Secondary College which opened in 2012.
There are four distinct seasons on the coast with a few very hot days in the summer but the winters have their own appeal.
People enjoy a healthy lifestyle with walking, surfing, gardening and golf popular pass times.
The Traditional Custodians of the land on which Jan Juc stands are the Wathaurong people.
WATTLE ROAD 🖤 This is a truly serene part of the coast and right next door to Torquay when you want more buzz.
DISTANCE FROM MELBOURNE: 100km
WHO LIVES HERE?
According to the 2016 Census
♦ The median age of people in Jan Juc was 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 22.9% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 9.3%.
♦ Of the families in Jan Juc, 53.1% were couple families with children, 35.7% were couple families without children and 10.7% were one parent families.
♦ 84.7% of people were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 2.9%, New Zealand 1.1%, United States of America 0.7%, Scotland 0.5% and Germany 0.5%.
♦ The most common occupations in Jan Juc included professionals 31.7%, technicians and trades workers 13.4%, managers 13.0%, community and personal service workers 12.4%, and clerical and administrative workers 11.0%.
CLIMATE: Temperate with significant rainfall. January average temperatures are 23.6ºC max, 13.3ºC min. July average temperatures are 13.2ºC, 5.7ºC min.
MAJOR EMPLOYERS: Surf industry, tourism
SCHOOLS: Primary: Bellbrae, Torquay College, St Therese Catholic,
Christian College Surf Coast Campus, Lisieux Catholic, Torquay Coast.
Secondary: Surf Coast Secondary College.
NBN CONNECTION: Fibre To The Node (FTTN)
PROPERTY PRICES: The median sale price of houses is $875,000. Property values have increased by 6.6% in the last 12 months. According to realestate.com.au, Jan Juc recorded the highest number of views per property listing in Victoria, during March to September, 2020.
SPORTS & RECREATION: Golf, yoga, tennis, cricket, football, soccer, bike riding, surfing.
Surfing is why I came here, but I discovered so much more!
Jan Juc is a stones throw from the world famous breaks of Bells and Winkipop, very convenient when your passion is surfing!
There is also a long list of other breaks dotted either side of Bells that can often turn on great waves as well. It is geographically ideal!
Over twenty years ago when I moved here, I really landed on my feet. I got a job in nearby Geelong, doing an afternoon shift, allowing me to surf every single day!
I met my beautiful wife on the job and now we have an eight-year-old surf grom, mountain bike nut!. As a father, I couldn’t think of a better place to raise a family.
There is a great community of young families and older generations. There is plenty of wide open space. It has great walking and bike tracks, parks and plenty of education options and a great culture and arts scene.
Living in Jan Juc allows me to still clock up a good amount of time in the surf without it impacting on my family commitments. Just a quick surf here and there when the time is right.
The house blocks where we live are generous in size and give families plenty of space for outdoor play and gardening.
In the last thirty years the area has changed a lot. Some good changes, some bad changes and some ugly, but the one thing that never changes?
The surf keeps rolling in!
Circled image: Tony Wills surfing Bells Beach. Photo: Steve Ryan.
Above: A section of the Surfcoast walking track. Photo: Jane Howie.
Travel time is approximately 60 minutes.
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