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     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 ?

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    I used to work 2k from Olympic Park. Both areas will result in a murderous commute to Olympic park, as will Northern Beaches to CBD.  A few people commuted from the NB and it took about 90 minutes to drive, OP woukd be15 or 20 minutes longer.  The bus from the Northern Beaches to CBD will be a bit better but still a long journey and they are packed. Coogee to CBD is OK. Your best bet is the Inner west but that's  not Beach lifestyle.  Manly to tbe CBD is a 20 minute ride to the CBD but then you have to get to OP and trains only stop when events are on. Trains to Rhodes take 30 minutes fom Wynyard which js a 15 minute walk from the Ferry,. Depends where your wifes office is, Lived in Sydney for 17 years and don't  know where Little Bay is.

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    Little Bay is rather a nice place.  I've only been a couple of times but I did like it.  Downside is it's a bit of a drag into the city.  There are buses but will probably take a while to get right into the CBD.  I think I got the bus from Elizabeth Street in Sydney.

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    I live in Coogee. It's an easy commute to the city from here - it would take me 20-25 minutes on the express bus even in peak hour. I think the Light Rail works is slowing the trip down a bit at the moment, but that will improve. No idea about the trip from the city to Olympic Park - trip planner https://transportnsw.info/trip#/ will help with that. 

    Little Bay is a lot further south than Coogee. It's almost all brand new - a huge development built on the extensive grounds of the old Prince Henry Hospital. It has a fab little beach all to itself which is quite lovely, but it is only small. Nothing like Maroubra, Coogee or Bondi beaches. The cheaper prices in Little Bay probably reflect the distance from the city, possibly a result of a glut of apartments in the area and - maybe - it's proximity to a rather large jail? The surrounding suburbs - Matraville, Chifley are the cheapest in the Eastern suburbs.

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    It really depends where about on the northern beaches you're planning to live as commute times will vary depending on the suburb. Any ideas?


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    Hi all and thanks for the reply’s. we have just arrived in Sydney and are in a Air BnB in Narrabeen. It’s beautiful here! I’d love to stay but wondering what the commute to the Olympic Park will be like for my wife when she starts her new job? I’ve tried the express bus to the CBD and it wasn’t that bad

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    1 hour ago, sualg said:

    Hi all and thanks for the reply’s. we have just arrived in Sydney and are in a Air BnB in Narrabeen. It’s beautiful here! I’d love to stay but wondering what the commute to the Olympic Park will be like for my wife when she starts her new job? I’ve tried the express bus to the CBD and it wasn’t that bad

    it's around 35-40km from Narrabeen to Olympic Park. Add that to the Sydney traffic, and personally I'd give it a miss! 

    Unless you are going to be at the beach every day or have reason to be near it, it would probably be worth your while (and your wife's sanity) to move closer to her work. 


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