We have lived in Sutherland Shire for a bit over eight years, and although we are currently in the throes of moving back to the UK, I thought it might be helpful if I could write down a few things about Sutherland Shire for those moving to the area. Our reasons for moving back to the UK are not a reflection on Sutherland Shire at all; they are personal/family related in the main. We have in fact been very happy here.
I will do a bit of an overview of Sutherland Shire, and then make separate posts on the same thread for individual suburbs as and when I have time. I will add postcode and other information in the individual suburb posts, which can be used to refine searches on the website links I have provided in the general Sutherland Shire post here.
Sutherland Shire has had a bad reputation historically. The Shire is seen by many as being a bit Bogan, filled with “real 'stralians who have no need to travel north of Georges River”. The 2005 Cronulla riots did nothing to improve its image either. The average ‘Shirey’ male is portrayed as having a Southern Cross tattoo and a hi-vis vest, whilst women are assumed to wear white jeans, which are heavily ripped in order to meet the latest fashion trends.
However, having lived here for a bit over eight years, I feel that The Shire is unnecessarily maligned. All kinds of people live here, from those who are born and bred Shire folk who wouldn’t move away for all of the money in the world, to immigrants just like us, who came to Sutherland Shire in search of the Australian Dream. It is family friendly, convenient and a wonderful place to live!
Google map of Sutherland Shire.
Sutherland Shire Council
Sutherland Shire Council Website
Sutherland Shire Leisure Centres
Sutherland Shire Libraries
The Sutherland Shire Mayor, Carmelo Pesce, is very approachable and is a member of numerous Sutherland Shire Facebook groups (listed below), which I would definitely recommend joining once you are here (you need to live in the area to be added to the groups). I have seen numerous occasions where residents have approached him via Facebook and have had their enquiries dealt with.
Sutherland Shire Facebook Groups and Pages
Sutherland Shire Council
Everything Sutherland Shire
Sutherland Shire’s This That and Everything
Everybody’s Sutherland Shire
The Sutherland Shire’s Buy, Sell and Swap
Sutherland Shire – Latest News and Alerts
There are many other more local groups which I will add on the individual suburb profiles below.
There is a really great app/website in NSW called ‘Live Traffic’ which shows live traffic information, including accidents, flooding and roadworks.
Live Traffic Website
Live Traffic App
For trains look at the Sydney Trains website – look at the T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line.
There is also an absolutely fantastic transport app called ‘NextThere’ available from the Apple app store. It covers all public transport and tracks trains/buses in real time.
I use two websites for weather reports and warnings. Both are available as apps, so I keep them on my phone too.
Bureau of Meteorology
For real estate listings, keep an eye on the following two websites.
The MySchool website has information about schools in the area. You can search by suburb/postcode. Please take NAPLAN results with a pinch of salt. They aren’t compulsory and I have heard of schools excluding lower performing students in order to boost their ranking. There is so much more to choosing a school than exam results. You can arrange to visit schools to see whether they might be a good fit for your children before enrolling them.
NSW Department of Education
The main shopping centre in the Sutherland Shire area is the Westfield Miranda site. There are other smaller shopping centres, which I will detail in individual suburb reports. Miranda has a cinema, numerous shops, restaurants and supermarkets. It is sometimes called ‘Miranda Fair’.
National Park Information
Sutherland Shire is home to the second oldest designated national park in the world, the Royal National Park (RNP). The RNP is home to a multitude of walking tracks, beautiful beaches, and enough wildlife to satisfy any nature lover!
Royal National Park
I hope this and the following information helps those who are thinking of moving to Sutherland Shire. If you have any questions about the area, please feel free to send a PM to me via Poms In Oz!