24 May 2022   

Make work, work from Forest Reach

The big move to regional areas continues, with city dwellers and rural returners seeking out a lifestyle to love. Work-life balance is a huge part of the appeal… more time with family and friends, more time to fuel your fire.

About two-thirds of Australia’s work force logged on from home at some point over the past 2 years, and about 1 in 5 plan to continue to do so. The flexibility of tapping away at your laptop from the kitchen table or the couch was a revelation. Bringing in the washing before it gets dark, taking a walk around the block, and especially spending more time with our furry friends was attractive enough to inspire more permanent WFH arrangements.

Living at Forest Reach, just 18kms south-west of Wollongong, means having the opportunity to pursue a career and enjoy all the lifestyle benefits of living in a planned community, with nature on your doorstep.

Here’s why living at Forest Reach will work for you:

1. Easy access to public transport

When you are accustomed to driving to work, switching to train travel is a joy. Maximise your productivity by utilising your morning commute for work or pleasure. Listen to a podcast or catch up on some reading. Or use the time productively: reply to some emails or read that report that’s been sitting in your inbox.

The Dapto Train Station is only 4.4km away… which means in just half an hour you’ll be in Wollongong city.

Also on the train line from Dapto: Sydney, Thirroul, Sutherland, Hurstville, Redfern and more.

And let’s not forget about buses! Wollongong city is serviced by a comprehensive, reliable bus system, with several routes going through Dapto and Horsley into the city, University of Wollongong, Port Kembla and the northern suburbs.


2. Free ride to the freeway

Prefer to drive? If you’re travelling by car, access to the Princes Highway is only 4.4km away. Once you’re on the freeway, it’s a breeze to zip into Wollongong CBD, further up the coast or all the way into the City.


3. Why would you go out?

At Forest Reach, you’ll enjoy high-speed internet and phone coverage, making it a breeze to work remotely.

You’ll also be able to design the home office that works best for you. You might already have a clear idea of how that looks, but if you’re looking for design inspiration, look no further than our Dreamcatcher gallery. Browse interior styling options from Stockland approved builders and style gurus, save your faves, share your styleboard, and start making your WFH dream a reality.


4. Co-working spaces in your community

Smartspace Workspace 

Image courtesy: SmartSpace at University of Wollongong

Co-working spaces are enjoying extraordinary growth as companies rethink the office - and WFH devotees seek out ways to creatively collaborate. As large corporations decide not to renew the leases on their office spaces in the CBD, co-work spaces in the suburbs offer the best of both worlds.

The best co-working hubs are not only comfortable and stylish but also offer access to tea and coffee facilities, meeting rooms and common areas to make new connections. Other perks can include free parking, onsite security and event spaces.

 In a flexible set-up, a virtual office is a huge help. You’ll find it incredibly useful to have a phone number for your office, a physical address and a team of receptionists to answer the phone, transfer calls or take a message.

Our recommended co-working hubs in Wollongong:

Image courtesy: Regus Virtual Office

5. Cycle to work

One of the most cycle-friendly cities in the world? We think so. Cyclists are spoilt for choice in Wollongong, with more than 42km of cycle tracks on shared pathways covering the area between Sandon Point and Lake Illawarra.

Read more about the excellent bike paths that are easily accessible from Forest Reach.


A work-life balance that works for you

Staged land releases for Forest Reach are happening throughout 2022. To start your transition to a work-life balance that works for you - and learn more about all this new community has to offer - register your interest today.

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