Padstow/Picnic Point Area and Schools in New South Wales Posted April 25, 2014 · Edited April 25, 2014 by Marisawright I would never have thought of Padstow as being an unsafe place to live. I've never felt intimidated in any way when I've been there, and I'm not aware of any known 'trouble-spots'. I shall have to ask my brother and his wife as they live in the area. I don't think of Gymea as being unsafe either, but it could have a worse reputation!? I think the point is that they were looking at Gymea and Kirrawee as safer areas, and I'd say they're right. My MIL lived in Gymea and it's a lovely village-y suburb with some nice cafes/restaurants. Because of that, the centre is pretty busy with pedestrians in the evenings so I always felt safe - unlike Padstow, where the centre can get pretty deserted at night so I'd be more anxious about walking around there in the dark (as you would any deserted town centre).