Croydon is a slice of Melbourne in Adelaide. There are two great things about this suburb: the retro style Queen St/Elizabeth St shops, and the architecture. This is a suburb that has historically been working class, with some public housing. In recent years though arty, alternative, professional types have been moving in, renovating old homes, building on the community vibe, and learning the beauty of living in a neighbourhood where people are genuinely friendly.

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If this suburb were a shoe, it would be Birkenstocks and Hush Puppies

There are some pockets of Croydon that have a bit of a rough reputation with several generations of unemployed, but for the most part, the areas near Port Rd are quite good, and very appealing.

Some of the locals have banded together to form a community garden swap market every Saturday at Canarvon Reserve in the summer. So, if you live in the area and have a few tomatoes or other things to spare, join in the swap and meet some more locals.

The houses in Croydon vary from small Victorian era cottages to larger Victorian era cottages. It's not unusual to see well kept rose gardens in Croydon or neighbouring and equally appealing West Croydon.

There are plenty of old timers who live here and have done so for decades. Migrants from southern Europe also gravitated to this area and are still around. There is one downside to this suburb from a family point of view - the lack of a good local public school. The only good local school was closed down several years ago because of the ageing population. But with young families moving in, that has obviously proved to be a wrong decision.

One of the best cafes in Adelaide is here, the Queen Street Cafe. It has been through several re-incarnations and each time it has offered good food in a colourful and earthy setting. Weekend breakfasts here are tops.

Demographics

==Demographics==
The 2006 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics counted 1,350 persons in Croydon on census night. Of these, 50.1% were male and 49.9% were female.

The majority of residents (66.6%) are of Australian birth, with other common census responses being [[Italy]] (7.4%), [[Greece]] (5.9%) and [[England]] (2.2%).

The age distribution of Croydon residents is similar to that of the greater Australian population. 69.5% of residents were over 25 years in 2006, compared to the Australian average of 66.5%; and 30.5% were younger than 25 years, compared to the Australian average of 33.5%.


Transport

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Croydon train station
- on Day Tce
- on the Grange train line and the Outer Harbour train line

West Croydon train station
- on Day Tce
- on the Grange train line and the Outer Harbour train line

For more information on routes and time-tables: www.adelaidemetro.com.au/

Buses

Various buses to the city, Port Adelaide, Largs Bay and more.
For more information on routes and time-tables: www.adelaidemetro.com.au/

Shopping

===Shopping and dining===
On Elizabeth Street, there are cafes (The Queen Street Cafe, The Croydon Store), a bakery (The Red Door), organic store, hairdresser (The Curious Orange) and retro clothing and furniture shops (One Small Room).
This section of Elizabeth Street is commonly referred to as Queen Street, and some of the names of the shops refer to Queen Street e.g. The Queen Street Cafe.
On Queen Street proper (which runs off Port Road until becoming Elizabeth Street) there is also a hairdresser, a pilates studio and a children's party venue.
On Port Road is a warehouse shopping complex with large parking space including Officeworks, Rivers, The Salvation Army Superstore and other retailers.


Schools

Primary

Brompton Primary School
Jane St, West Croydon 5008
Ph: (08) 8345 4138
www.kilkennyc7.sa.edu.au/


Secondary

Croydon High School
255 Torrens Rd, Croydon 5008
Ph: (08) 8346 1188
www.croydonhs.sa.edu.au

Islamic College of South Australia
22a Cedar Ave, West Croydon 5008
Ph: (08) 8340 7799
www.icosa.sa.edu.au


Childrens Playground
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This playground is a little gem. It has a bbq area and grassed area for lounging around or a small picnic, there’s also some shelter and benches. There are shops and cafe’s nearby, but toilets are not within the playground. The kids will love this park as it’s right next to the Croydon Trainstation and the kids can view the train coming and going frequently- right up close! Don’t worry- the playground is fully fenced!

It has a separate toddler park and a park for older children connected by a gate. There’s also basketball rings if you’re keen to get your kids into the Adelaide 36ers team!
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Where? Corner or Elizabeth Street and Day Terrace, Croydon

Things to know:

– no toilet close by

– parking on the street, not always a lot of parking available close by