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  1. I have just found this book and what an absolute gem it is for anyone looking at making the move to Sydney or is already enjoying their new life Down Under. It covers well over 100 districts along with listing each suburbs architectural style, unique characteristics along with costings for train fares, electricity, gas and council rates but before you get too excited, you may find the data is a little out of date, well a lot out of date. It was published in 1917, however, don’t let this put you off, it is still a very interesting read and gives you some great insider knowledge on a lot of Sydney suburbs that you may not find elsewhere. http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/blogs/where-live-abc-guide-sydney-suburbs
  2. Contributor

    Bondi - Sydney Suburbs

    Bondi From its amazing surf breaks, to its bohemian population, Sydney’s most iconic beachside suburb is one of the most fabulous locales in the country. Situated 7km from Sydney’s CBD, Bondi is the heart of the Eastern suburbs. With a population of only just over 20,000 residents, the suburb is home to celebrities, surfers, families, travellers, artists and everything in-between. To locals, Bondi has many monikers. “The bubble”, “the valley” and “2026” are three that spring to mind readily. Here you’ll find some of Sydney’s most prime and prestigious homes alongside a raft of backpacker accommodation and family homes. The lay of the Land Bondi’s architecture is a melting pot of shiny newly built dwellings, federation homes, 70’s apartment blocks and a touch of old art deco buildings. Over 70% of the dwellings are apartments adding to the sense of community here. Bondi opens onto the truly beautiful Bondi Beach. It is defined by the bustling Campbell Pde that runs adjacent to the beach and a series of residential streets running down towards the water. Locals understand the suburb in terms of South Bondi and North Bondi, with Hall Street as the demarcation point. From the south to the north, Bondi is crammed with bars, restaurants, hotels, fashion boutiques and everything that the hipster generation requires for survival. It has been said that Bondi possibly possesses that highest rate per capita of yoga studios and gyms of anywhere in the country. Fuel for the Hipster Generation The suburb pulses with coffee addicts and fitness enthusiasts side by side. There is a focus here on healthy eating and the enjoyment of fine food. Cafes abound throughout Bondi, as do organic food establishments. Organic Food: Orchard St Bondi Wholefoods Sadhana Vegan Pokebowl Fishbowl Alongside this, Bondi has experienced an explosion of burger joints: BL Burgers at the Beach Rd hotel Tony’s Burgers Milky Lane Macelleria Oli’s Chicken Burgers Paradise Road At the higher end of the scale, Bondi is home to some truly amazing fine dining establishments. Perched at the top of the famous Bondi Icebergs ocean pool is Bondi Icebergs Dining Room. A hangout for celebrities, it has an intimate bar and dining room overlooking the crashing waves and a vista from the south end of Bondi to the north. At the opposite end of the beach, the simply named North Bondi Fish is a high end seafood restaurant boasting a very cool balcony overlooking the south side. In between, Sean’s Panaroma on Campbell Parade is a years long fine dining establishment in an intimate space. Newly opened Fonda with its South of the Border cuisine leads the pack for casual dining with a bar like atmosphere. It’s rivalled by Rocker at the North Bondi interchange featuring twists on local produce and ethically sourced ingredients. Cafes Bondi is the pinnacle of café culture in Sydney. Locals are passionate about their coffee choices and the surroundings it is served in. The craftily named “Coffee” on Curlewis St is Bondi’s only local roaster. But don’t go there for your standard latte. There is no dairy or sugar at all on premises. Each coffee is a handcrafted work of art, made with their own nut milk. Gertrude and Alice on Hall Street is a bookstore first and café second. Sip on your coffee in the comfort of a velvet armchair whilst you delve into a great vintage read. Head to CaliPress on Hall St if you’re curious about what a $10 coffee tastes like. Go for their “BulletProof” a concoction of coconut oil, cayenne pepper and maybe just a hint of actual coffee. There are far too many cafes to mention – each with its own edge. Pubs, Bars, Clubs There is a thriving bar and pub scene in Bondi. It’s best understood by breaking down the ways you can enjoy a tipple locally. Nightclubs as such don’t exist in Bondi due to stringent local licencing laws. Bars do. Of these there are many. Here are a handful of must-visits: The Bucket List – festooned with fairy lights and featuring fresh stripes just about everywhere, this indoor/outdoor bar is right on the drive along the beach. Great food, cocktails and spotting position. Bondi Hardware – was actually once the local hardware store. Now, however it is a dimly lit, intimate cocktail bar and restaurant positioned amongst all the normal suburban amenities on Hall Street. Mamasan – directly opposite the local’s local – The Beach Road Hotel, Mamasan is a pumping cocktail bar with an Asian inspired vibe. Now that we’re talking pubs – Bondi is home to surprisingly few. Of these, The Bondi Hotel on Campbell parade is the most frequented by tourists. The Beach Road hotel, with its rooftop bar, beer garden, awesome burger bar and ever evolving line-up of DJs and bands is the local’s choice. The Beach is top and tailed with two Clubs of considerable notoriety. At the south end is the world famous icebergs club. Featuring the stunning ocean pool, fitness centre and high end Icebergs Dining Room, it is one of the best clubs to take in the entire Bondi vista. At the south end is North Bondi RSL, a fabulous local institution, well known for its live entertainment and truly spiritual view. Local Events Bondi is host to several community events during the year. Flickerfest – short film festival in January Bowl-a-Rama – international skating competition at the Bondi Skate Bowl on the beach Festival of the Winds – International Kite Festival on the beach in August The Winter Festival – featuring an Ice Skating Rink open air by the beach Sculpture by the Sea – Sculptures all along the coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte Living in Bondi Bondi is a safe, chilled suburb. The police station is right in the centre of the suburb and the crime rate is relatively low. Walking the streets late at night is a safe pursuit. The suburb hums with life all day and night. It’s a harmonious suburb comprised of residents who are largely respectful and community based. 50% of the population is Australian born, with 22% of the residents identifying as having an English background. The median age within the community is 33% and over one third of the population list themselves as having no religious beliefs. A very high percentage of the population rent their homes, particularly apartments. The average rent per week is $640 according to the 2016 census. But in 2017, that would be considered nothing short of a bargain. The median house price in Bondi is currently $2.7million for a house and $1.6 million for an apartment. Education Public, private and religious school are all within Bondi. There are no notoriously bad schools. Public schools provide free education and the private schools range in price based on the facilities they provide. Bondi Beach Public School – Campbell Pde Bondi Public School – Wellington Street Montessori School – Wellington Street Galilee Catholic Primary School – Blair Street All the above are co-educational. Many other schools exist on the boundaries and surrounding suburbs. There are two high schools within Bondi itself. But within the Eastern Suburbs are some of the most prestigious and expensive private schools in the country. Locally, the Public High School – Rose Bay High is co-educational. It is a large campus and also houses a selective (high achieving) stream of students. Reddam House is located on Blair Street and is a co-educational private school. It is one of Sydney’s most expensive high schools and is ranked within the top 10 of schools in the state. Services in the Suburb Medical – There are many local medical clinics and doctor’s surgeries in Bondi. Some will and others will not bulk bill. Bondi Doctors on Hall Street Bulk Bills for children but not adults. The closest public hospital is St Vincents in Darlinghurst or The Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick or Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. The Childrens Hospital is also in Randwick. Randwick is 5km from Bondi. Here is a list of local practitioners: Bondi Doctors – Hall Street 9365 2833 Bondi Physio – Curlewis St 02) 9130 6914 Bondi Dentist – Curlewis St (02) 9365 7187 Transport Bondi is well serviced for public transport via our bus system. Grabbing a bus from Bondi to Bondi Junction is about a 10 – 15 minute exercise. The 380, 386,387, 333, 389 all work these routes. From Bondi Junction Train Station, you can access the State Rail Network. You can also access the ferries by taking a bus from Bondi to Rose Bay ferry stop. Bondi also has just seen the introduction of a new public bicycle companies, ofo. Push bikes are scattered throughout Sydney (particularly Bondi). You access them via an app and can hop on, ride around and leave them wherever you like for the next client to pick up.
  3. Hi, We are looking at moving over to Sydney for a job at Macquarie Uni. We would need to be able to commute by public transport from our new place hoping to be around 30mins each way. We are ideally looking for somewhere with some nice green parks/areas to go walking in as we hope to get a dog and nearby shops or pubs would be a bonus (10/15 min walk). We have a budget of upto $650 a week for a 2 bed for a couple. Any ideas of areas to look in would be appreciated.
  4. Peata Whyted

    Suburb Help Needed Please

    Hi everyone, first time posting in Poms in Oz, I was a frequent poster in Poms in Perth when we moved over 4 years ago, and got a great deal of advice on there. Sorry to post yet another suburb related post, I will try and keep it as straight to the point as possible. We moved to Perth 4 years ago, we have loved it here, but a work opportunity has developed in Sydney so we will be relocating there in January (we have 2 boys 11 & 6). I will be based in North Ryde, and would like to keep the commute manageable if possible. Happy to use public transport if need be (North Ryde Station is 10 mims walk from the office). We currently live in the Piara Waters / Harrisdale area of Perth if anyone knows it, which are pretty new suburbs, in fact we are the first to live in the house we rent. We really like the modern feel of the suburb, and would like something similar in Sydney. Not sure how possible this is (are there many ‘new areas’ being developed?). The main things we are looking for is a decent area, with a nice community feel, good schools within a commutable distance of work. All of this for circa $700pw I am there in 2 weeks and will be checking out suburbs. Have been told to look at The Hills district (Kellyville, Cherrybrook, Rouse Hill) and the Central Coast area (will see what the drive is like). Would really appreciate some guidance from you all, tell me where to check out, and where to avoid Pete & Jo.
  5. sualg

    Help with suburbs pls?

    Looking at places to rent remotely as we are moving to Sydney from the U.K. next month. We are desperate to have the beach lifestyle for the first twelve months at least but my wife’s job is based in the Olympic Park 3 days a week and in the CBD for the other two. Is the commute from the northern beaches going to be too much every day especially to the Olympic Park or should I look south to Coogee down to little bay? PS is there a reason why the rentals appear to be so much better value in little Bay Area, is there something I should know ? cheers
  6. LKC

    Sutherland Shire

    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! Map 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. Transport 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. Sydney Trains 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. Next There Weather 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 Willy Weather Housing For real estate listings, keep an eye on the following two websites. Domain Real Estate Schools 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. MySchool NSW Department of Education Shopping 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’. Westfield Miranda 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!
  7. The Pom Queen

    Fastest Growing Suburbs in Sydney

    The top 5 fastest growing suburbs in Sydney are: Freemans Reach Point Fredrick Connells Point Sylvania Waters Bundeena