Australia suburb guide: Sydney

SYDNEY

 

CARLINGFORD

(25kms north west from Sydney CBD)

Carlingford is a large, multicultural, working-class suburb located in the geographical centre of Sydney.  Sydney has the most expensive property prices in Australia and Carlingford, considering its proximity to major centres like Castle Hill and Parramatta, isn’t as expensive as the majority of the city.  People can live in established houses with land, townhouses or apartments.   Public transport is a train line, bus network and it is very close to several major roads.  Carlingford is mostly working-class families and retirees of mixed nationalities.

Carlingford has one major shopping centre with plenty of parking and a broad range of shops.  Located next door is another shopping centre of predominately Asian grocery stores, shops and restaurants.  There are also many small retail stores in the streets.  There are plenty of park lands and green corridors for outdoor activities and Carlingford is very pet-friendly with many residents having at least one pet.

There are some excellent schools in the area, one of which is James Ruse Agricultural College, which is Australia’s highest ranked school, and very close to The King’s School, the country’s most prestigious boys’ school.

School Name

Gender

Group

Classes

Public/

Private

NAPLAN results

James Ruse Agricultural College

Co-ed

Secondary

Public

Substantially Above

The King’s School

Boys

K-12

Private

Substantially Above

AIS International School

Co-ed

K-12

Public

Not accessed

Carlingford High School

Co-ed

Secondary

Public

Above Average

Carlingford Public School

Co-ed

Primary

Public

Substantially Above

Carlingford West Public School

Co-ed

Primary

Public

Substantially Above

Cumberland High School

Co-ed

Secondary

Public

Below Average

Murray Farm Public School

Co-ed

Primary

Public

Substantially Above

Roselea Public School

Co-ed

Primary

Public

Substantially Above

St Gerard’s Catholic Primary School

Co-ed

Primary

Private

Substantially Above

Overall, many people live in Carlingford because of the relatively affordable housing, the excellent schools, its geographical location and the multiculturalism.  

WAHROONGA

(20kms north west of Sydney CBD)

Wahroonga is one of Sydney’s most beautiful suburbs, known as the ‘garden suburb’.  Located in the North on the Pacific Highway, it contains large homes on big blocks with a notable price tag.  The properties are established with manicured gardens, well-maintained streets, low crime rate and many old trees.  It’s the place where moneyed families, retirees and executives live.  Public transport is good with a train station on a major line and a major highway with regular buses.  There is also one of Sydney’s best private hospitals located here.

There is a small, neat shopping district next to the train station that contains some boutique stores, hair dressers, supermarket and other small retail outlets.  It is also a short drive to Hornsby, which has a very large shopping centre.  Wahroonga has a beautiful park which is popular with locals and the tree-sheltered streets encourage walking.

The schools in the area are all excellent:

School Name

Gender

Group

Classes

Public/

Private

NAPLAN results

Wahroonga Public School

Co-ed

Primary

Public

Substantially Above

Waitara Public School

Co-ed

Primary

Public

Substantially Above

Abbotsleigh

Girls

K-12

Private

Substantially Above

Knox Grammar

Boys

K-12

Private

Substantially Above

Prouille Catholic Primary School

Co-ed

Primary

Private

Above Average

Wahroonga Adventist Primary School

Co-ed

Primary

Private

Substantially Above

St Lucy’s/St Edmund’s School for the Blind

Co-ed

K-12

Private

Not accessed

St Leo’s Catholic College

Co-ed

Secondary

Private

Above Average

If you can afford it, this is the suburb to live in.  It has a safe, village feel and is an excellent place to raise a family.

CLOVELLY

(7kms east of Sydney CBD)

Clovelly is a little coastal suburb in the trendy Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, located between the famous suburbs of Bondi and Coogee, with a culture that is laid-back and welcoming. The properties are small and closely packed, from fully-detached, semi-detached and some apartments.  Property prices are at the higher end but the rent makes the area more accessible.  Public transport is adequate and one bus will get you to the city.  The people who live in Clovelly are beach-types, families, couples and backpackers.  

Outdoor activities are excellent with plenty of coast to explore.  The small Clovelly beach has some gentle surf for swimming, good snorkelling and walking opportunities.  There are four small shopping areas with independently owned food outlets and boutique shops.  There are also lots of cafes and restaurants.

The schools in the area are:

School Name

Gender

Group

Classes

Public/

Private

NAPLAN results

St Anthony’s School

Co-ed

Primary

Private

Above Average

Clovelly Public School

Co-ed

Primary

Public

Above Average

This is the place to live if you like a laid-back beach culture of a coastal town.   

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