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LKC

Sutherland Shire

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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! 

 

 


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Absolutely wonderful, thank you sooooo much for doing this.


If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.

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I've made it a sticky as well @LKC

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If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.

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What a great assessment, @LKC.

Hope you managed a trip to the Kimberlies.

 

Cheers, Bobj.

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@The Pom Queen No worries, it's something I've been meaning to do forever!  I was having a bit of a quiet day yesterday, OH was at work and the kids were watching some awful film about a ballerina, so I decided I'd sit down and get it done!  I think I'll do the suburbs by postcode area, that seems to make most sense, rather than splitting them out individually.

@Bobj No, unfortunately we haven't been able to see everything we'd wanted to.  Last year we used all of OH's annual leave on visiting the UK, the year before that we couldn't afford a holiday, the one before that we went to Tasmania and the one before that we went to the UK, so we've not had the time or the money available.  We have promised that we'll come back on holiday though, because I suspect that way we'll actually get to see the things we'd wanted to!

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I've never thought of people from The Shire as being bogans! I bet they iron their "flanno" shirts too! Most people associate "boganism" with the far west and south west of Sydney. Do they even have "housos" in The Shire?! There are mass public housing estates all around me in Surry Hills and Redfern co-existing mostly harmoniously with the yuppies and hipsters in their terraces and appartments. I'd be pushed to name one suburb I'd be scared of going through on the train late at night as opposed to the many on the Campbelltown and Penrith lines.

The Cronulla Riots, actually "one" riot occurred 12 years ago and there have been no anti-Moslem riots there or anywhere else despite repeated terrorist attacks or thwarted attacks by Moslems, e.g. the Lindt Cafe Siege and the case in Parramatta where a schoolboy was indoctrinated into murdering an office worker. The "White Australia is racist" brigade carry on as if there are constant revenge attacks but there have been none.

You have done an excellent analysis of The Shire!
 

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On ‎17‎/‎05‎/‎2017 at 05:48, MARYROSE02 said:

I've never thought of people from The Shire as being bogans! I bet they iron their "flanno" shirts too! Most people associate "boganism" with the far west and south west of Sydney. Do they even have "housos" in The Shire?! There are mass public housing estates all around me in Surry Hills and Redfern co-existing mostly harmoniously with the yuppies and hipsters in their terraces and appartments. I'd be pushed to name one suburb I'd be scared of going through on the train late at night as opposed to the many on the Campbelltown and Penrith lines.

The Cronulla Riots, actually "one" riot occurred 12 years ago and there have been no anti-Moslem riots there or anywhere else despite repeated terrorist attacks or thwarted attacks by Moslems, e.g. the Lindt Cafe Siege and the case in Parramatta where a schoolboy was indoctrinated into murdering an office worker. The "White Australia is racist" brigade carry on as if there are constant revenge attacks but there have been none.

You have done an excellent analysis of The Shire!
 

All that died off years ago.  The gangs called a truce and it stood. I remember all that in the news

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On 22/07/2018 at 21:16, Home and Happy said:

All that died off years ago.  The gangs called a truce and it stood. I remember all that in the news

I only just noticed your reply today (28 November, 2019), sorry.  I was trying to think when I last ventured into "The Shire?" I must have looked south over Botany Bay from La Perouse to - Kurnell? I guess that qualifies? Yes, I Googled it!:

Kurnell is a suburb in Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 21.4 kilometres (13.3 mi) south of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire along the east coast. Cronulla and Woolooware are the only adjacent suburbs. La Perouse is located opposite, on the northern headland of Botany Bay. The Cronulla sand dunes are on the south eastern headland of Botany Bay. The eastern side of the peninsula is part of Botany Bay National Park, and Towra Point Nature Reserve is located on the western side of the suburb.

 

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