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.   

Rental accommodation for new migrants arriving in Australia

Finding somewhere to live in Australia is a very simple, but very important aspect!

There are a few different ways that you can manage the process of securing somewhere to live and you and your family. Some of these are:

Go to Australia on holiday during the visa process

The Australia visa processing times can be 6 to 12 months on average. That means that you can still take this time to travel to Australia on a visitor visa – as long as you are sure that it is safe to do so and has been mentioned to the visa agent or the DIAC case officer.

Travel to Australia once after visa grant, to both activate the visas and to look around

The visa will have an entry expiry date – a date by which you must just make one first entry to Australia. This can be for one day or forever – as long as you step past entry clearance then the visa is activated. The main applicant must enter before – or at the same time as – the other applicants from the visa application. So you could choose to use this time to scout around before returning to your original country to wrap things up before final departure.

You could also have the main applicant take a trip by themself to scout around, while the other applicants then come to join later – as long as they also enter still before that date on their visas!

Book a short term rental accommodation in Australia before you all go at once together.

Stay in the short term rental and then look around for a normal long term rental.

Renting in Australia is easy, and remember that you are not the first pioneer – literally hundreds of thousands of new migrants arrive in Australia every year!

So finding new rentals as a ‘new arrival’ is not a problem.

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Easy – Real Estate is the easiest and best website to check

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Adelaide Suburb Guide

ADELAIDE

MAWSON LAKES

(12kms north of Adelaide CBD)

Mawson Lakes is a recently built suburb. It is designed for optimum convenience and is filled with new brick homes.  The property prices are in the medium range and residents can choose between apartments, townhouses and stand-alone properties with yards.  Public transport is adequate; however, most residents prefer to use cars.  The people who live in Mawson Lakes are the full range of professionals, students (the University of South Australia is here), couples and families.

What makes Mawson Lakes special is it’s been specifically designed and built with humans in mind.  It contains everything a suburb needs: a community-oriented shopping plaza, running track, corporate buildings and plenty of recreational parks and open areas.  If you like living in an organised space where everything works, this is the suburb for your family.

The schools in the area are:

School Name

Gender

Group

Classes

Public/

Private

NAPLAN results

Mawson Lakes School

Co-ed

Primary

Public

Average

Endeavour College

Co-ed

Secondary

Private

Above Average

Overall, this suburb is for those families who like the feel of planned living and ‘newness’.  There are many people with English as a second language living here, giving it a community feel.

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NORTH ADELAIDE

(3kms north of Adelaide CBD)

North Adelaide is cosmopolitan.  Established and old, the streets are leafy and wide, the architecture has a colonial feel and the housing ranges from small apartments to full-sized homes.  Public transport is excellent, being so close to the city, but street parking can be tight.  Property prices in North Adelaide can range greatly according to what type of property you’re looking for and residents are professionals, couples, families and artistic-types.

North Adelaide stands out for its boutique shopping, cafes, 14 pubs, restaurants and assorted retail.  There is a private hospital and the University of Adelaide is walking distance, so there is a large student population.  Another of North Adelaide’s attributes are the city parks that surround the suburb so exercising and outdoor activities are easy to access.

The schools in the area are:

School Name

Gender

Group

Classes

Public/

Private

NAPLAN results

North Adelaide Primary School

Co-ed

Primary

Public

Above Average

St Dominic’s Priory College

Girls

K-12

Private

Substantially Above

North Adelaide has a village feel.  It’s a place of many different groupings that generally accept each other.  If you’re the type who likes inner city living with a community character, this is the suburb for you.

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ATHELSTONE

(10kms from Adelaide CBD)

Athelstone is made for raising families.  Located in the foothills of the Adelaide Hills, it boasts large, established blocks with generous homes and quiet, wide streets. The property prices are reasonable and you can buy an existing house or build a home of your dreams on the new blocks.  Public transport is adequate but most people prefer to drive.  Families and retirees are most likely to live here.

There is a small local shopping village for convenience and large shopping centres are only a short drive away.  For outdoor activities, residents are boarded on all sides by the River Torrens, the Adelaide Hills, Wadmore Park and several other recreational parks.   It’s a suburb that encourages health and well-being.

The schools in the area are:

School Name

Gender

Group

Classes

Public/

Private

NAPLAN results

Athelstone Junior Primary School

Co-ed

R-2

Public

No accessed

Athelstone Primary School

Co-ed

3-7

Public

Average

St Ignatius College

Co-ed

R-12

Private

Substantially Above

Thorndon Park Primary School

Co-ed

R-7

Public

Below Average

This suburb an excellent choice for new migrant families to Australia.  It’s only ten kilometres from the CBD but feels like a country town and it allows children space to run.