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Lara has a population of approximately 15,520 (Census SA2 2011, ABS) and is in the City of Greater Geelong area.

Key industries and employers
Health and allied health
Social and community services
Tourism and hospitality
Education and research
Map of Victoria indicating the location of Lara
A red tractor ploughs a field 

Finding a job in Lara

About Lara

 School children enjoying lunch in the playground at a Hamilton school

Average temperatures

Season Average maximum Average minimum
Summer 26.1°C 14.3°C
Winter 13.9°C 5.0°C

Average travel time to Melbourne (62km)

Transport Time
Car 45 mins
Train 45 mins
Coach 45 mins

Housing costs

Median cost
Purchase Rental per week
House $368,495
(Sept 2015)
(June 2015)
Unit $285,000
(Sept 2015)
(June 2015)

Source: Purchase prices - Rental prices - Department of Health & Human Services Rental Report

To find a local real estate agent, visit the REIV agent directory

For information about local hotels, motels and caravan parks, visit the Great Ocean Road accommodation directory

Cultural groups

Migrants from Languages spoken
England (4.5%) Italian (0.7%)
Philippines (1.3%) Tagalog (0.7%)
Scotland (0.9%) Croatian (0.5%)
Netherlands (0.8%) Vietnamese (0.5%)
New Zealand (0.8%) Filipino (0.5%)
Source: Census SA2 2011


Schools Health care
4 primary schools Barwon Health
2 secondary school
St John of God Hospital
1 special school
2 universities or TAFE campuses
Find a school at the Department of Education and Early Childhood development website or find out more about education and childcare in Victoria Visit the Victorian Better Health Channel for more information.

Sport and recreation

For more information about sport and recreation in Lara, please visit the Greater Geelong City Council website

Places of worship

For more information about where you can practice your faith, visit your religion's Australian website. Select 'pages from Australia' if searching for your religion in Google

Lara attractions

  • Visit the Serendip Sanctuary to learn more about local birdlife and wetlands ecology
  • Take a walk through the stunning You Yang ranges
  • See the historic homesteads at 'Elcho' and 'Wooloomanata'
  • Avalon Air show (March)