Lara provides access to both the beach and Melbourne's CBD. As it's already an established community there are an array of facilities.
Lara offers local education facilities through its three primary schools; St. Anthony's Primary School, Lara Lake Primary School and Lara Primary School. The town also has the recently opened Lara Secondary College, which accommodates years 7 - 12.
There is also a post office, banks, libraries and supermarkets.