8.5 out of 10

Banksia

Ranked 197th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.9465259247155 151.146372728152
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 02, 2017

"The duet of plane and train noise"

Good for people who need fast transport to the CBD and cheap price for renting. It is relatively close to the city, with the Banksia train station in the centre of the area. But the Banksia station is not a big train interchange like Wolli Creek and Hurstville on the T4 Line, which means that the train would not be frequent during daytime. People living here are nice and like to help you when you have problems. Besides, renting here is REALLY cheaper than most of the other suburbs in the 10 km area of CBD, with only $130 - 180 per week for a single room, and $220-300 for a double or master room.

The drawback of living here would be certainly the noise. It is too close to the airport, as well as the train line, and living here would really make it hard to sleep if the window is open. Therefore please avoid living near the Railway St, or you will enjoy the the duet of plane and train noise. Another disadvantage would be that the shops are relatively less compared with other areas. If you often want to go to Coles or Woolworths, or frequently eat outside in different styles of restaurants, this area would not be suitable for you.
Pros
  • Cheap for renting
  • Central location
  • Great transport links
  • Low density housing
Cons
  • Noise of planes and trains
  • Less restaurants
  • Less shops and supermarkets
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Aug 29, 2016

"A hidden gem!"

Having always lived on the City fringe I was somewhat reluctant to move to the 'burbs! Banksia is hidden gem of a suburb and when most people think of Banksia they think of the western side where the train station is, but the streets on the other side towards the water are lined with great little homes and overall is a quiet little neighbourhood. Most people are concerned about the flight path, but I prefer the noise of a passing plane to that of constant traffic noise and it really isn't that bothersome as the flight paths change all the time. Banksia has a great community spirit and the neighbours look out for one another. It's a short walk to either Rockdale or Banksia train stations with a quick trip into the City - no more than 20 minutes, and about 30 minutes by car. Also close to Wolli Creek for grocery shopping and some great takeaway dining options up at the Rockdale shops or down the road at Brighton. With a lot of development in Rockdale this is set to become even better. The surburb profile is changing as younger couples and families are moving in and hopefully before too long a couple of cool cafes. I just love living here and would definitely recommend to anyone looking to buy in an area of Sydney that is still developing while also still connected to everything.
Pros
  • Central location
  • Great transport links
  • Low density housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Friendly village"

A nice place to live, close to the city but far enough away not to notice. Trains buses and cabs 5 stars, good place to walk the dog. Mix of people live here.
Pros
  • Central location
  • Great transport links
  • Low density housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A quiet and affordable hidden gem only 10 minutes from the inner west"

We moved from Erskineville to Banksia 18 months ago and love our local area. After searching to buy a family home in the inner west for over 12 months we decided to expand our search area and started to look south. We stumbled across Banksia, a cute hidden suburb nestled between Rockdale and Arncliffe. The property we found in Banksia ticked all the boxes:
- a large renovated federation style home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bath, 1 car
- 2 minute walk to the train station and local shops (Chemist, post office, general store, butcher, beautician, hair dresser)
- 20 min train ride or drive into the city
- 10 minute walk to Rockdale station, shops and cafes
- 10 minute drive to Marrickville or Erskineville
- 10 minute drive to the airport (we do get some air craft noise but hardly notice it)
- 5 minute drive to the beach
- 10 minute drive to Hurstville Westfield or 20 minutes to Eastgardens
- Good local schools and parks
- Accessible daycare options
- Friendly local people, some who've lived in the area for 30 years
I like to describe Banksia as 'old school', it has a European feel and is yet to be gentrified, it's probably about 5-10 years behind areas like Marrickiville, but that gives it a charming authenticity and the bonus of a lower cost of living. Things are starting to change though, younger families are moving in and houses are being renovated. Great little cafes are starting to pop up in Rockdale and house prices are starting to rise.
The thing that really tipped us over the edge for Banksia was the value for money, to get a renovated 4 bed home close to rail in the inner west would have cost us up to 50% more than what we paid. Banksia is a hidden gem and we're so happy we got into the suburb before the secret got out!
Pros
  • Central location
  • Great transport links
  • Low density housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
GilbertDiab
GilbertDiab Couldn't agree more Laura! We bought in the suburb in 2012 and, although we lived close by in Kogarah for a few years prior to that, we hadn't heard much about this little gem of a suburb that was hidden under our noses. A few things we would like to add to your list:

- 3-5 minute drive to M5 motorway
- 20 minute drive to Westfield Eastgardens and Westfield Miranda
- 25 minutes drive to Cronulla beach
- good access to many churches and other places of worship
- good primary and secondary schools (both selective government and private schools)
- Banksia (and its neighbour Arncliffe) was selected by the NSW government as one of 12 "Priority Precincts" which are less than 30 minutes from Sydney CBD. The result is that the state government will be investing funds to develop Banksia so as to provide more jobs, better services, more housing choice, shops, cafes and restaurants. The future is definitely bright for Banksia!
2yrs+
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Thatll wake up Banksia"

What will wake you up if you live in Banksia? The planes, flying so low you can read the engine numbers.

It actually depends where you live in Banksia. If you're the up side of Princes Highway, with your back to Bardwell Valley etc, you're OK. If you're on the down side, buy earplugs. On the plus side, the government introduced a home insulation scheme (uh oh, sound familar? it's OK, this one wasn't toxic, and no-one died as far as I know) , so ceiling insulation, double-glazed windows, reverse style air con and heating, became the norm for homes closest to the airport. Ups the value of the properties as well.

Banksia is bereft of shopping. Go to Rockdale. There are local shops and a good Lebanese bakery opposite the railway station. On the other side of Princes Highway, you may find the occasional corner store. The old fashioned kind that thrived before the supermarket giants killed off competition.

I have some friends living in Banksia, all with families, and they have great neighbourly spirit in their street, street parties, BBQs and all that.

Banksia is handy to other places, but doesn't have many facilities.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
babypigs
babypigs Hi helen,
are you able to provide more information about the aircraft noise in banksia, i'm from victoria looking to purchase a house in banksia, NSW on judd st.
2yrs+
HelenaT
HelenaT It depends on which side of the railway line you live. If you live the airport side, then you will want the home to have the government-sponsored insulation of double-glazed windows, reverse cycle aircon, batts in the ceiling etc. Even that won't compensate for the most intense noise. Our lightshades rattled regardless and the noise still woke us up. I would investigate which streets are exactly under the flightpath. Some are: Chestnut Drive, Tamarix Cres, Tabrett St, Farr St. Go there when the planes are flying overhead and do not, I repeat do not, believe a word of what real estate agents tell you about noise. If you're on the other side of the railway line, and this means you'll also be the other side of Princes Hwy, (eg Kimpton St) you will find it much quieter. The plane noise can still be heard but it's not disruptive. I hope that helps. HelenaT
2yrs+
sammy23
sammy23 You should be relatively ok on Judd St. I live on a few streets away on Godfrey Street and the noise although can be heard is not as bad as on the other side of the Princess Hwy. Plus there's shift loading so you won't get the planes all the time.
2yrs+
Kiwiteen
Kiwiteen Can you tell me how Cameron Street is for Noice please
2yrs+
jessejporter
jessejporter Hi there, I was looking at moving into the area, and was wondering what the plane noise is like on Gibbes St? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
2yrs+
mmai
mmai Hi there, Gibbes street is wonderful, very quiet when there are no planes and the noise is fine when you are indoors thanks to the double glazing and ducted aircon.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A small, low density and central surburb close to the CBD."

Banksia is small leafy surburb which offers the "inner west" feel without the price tag. It is central to everything with it's own rail station, easy access to the M5,12km away from the CBD, brighton beaches at your doorstep and the airport around the corner.

The area is gone through a demographic change with older residence being replace with young families and working professionals wanting to be close to the CBD without the heafty price tag.

There is a small shopping strip opposite the station however for major shopping Rockdale is only a 15 minute walk away.

Other than the famous Rocksia hotel nightlife can be limited.
Pros
  • Central location
  • Low density housing
  • Great transport links
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A small nice suburb"

Banksia is a small suburb, close to the city. While prices went up from 2008, it's still affordable considering the proximity to Brighton and the beaches. Plenty of shopping options around Banksia and it got an european feeling. I believe it's still undervalued for it's location. There are a few nice parks around and looks very safety.
Pros
  • Central location
  • Great transport links
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The inner south, it's like the inner west, only 2003 prices"

Banksia is the Jewel of the south, yes it has plane noise however do the maths, Three run ways six ends, load sharing so you get it two days a week, the parks are great, the train lines are great, thee sense of community is fantastic, Christmas Lights, family atmosphere with a European feel. You simply must try the Greek cake shop on Rocky point road. a little down the way but well worth it
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids

Unranked Streets in Banksia

Judd Street

4.5/5
"A lovely street with a great community feel close to local shops and transport"
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