8.4 out of 10

Blackwood

Ranked 133rd best suburb in Adelaide (Greater)
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Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Medical Facilities
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighbourly Spirit
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 11, 2017

"just over 10km from CBD but feel like you live in the country"

Can't beat it - farm gate with large half acre block, beautiful tree lined streets, walking distance to plenty of great food places and undeniably good coffee.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice"

Nice spot, nothing to really complain about
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • 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+

"Blackwood Living Puts all the Pieces in Place"

The wide range of amenities and facilities available to local residents is one of the many reasons that Blackwood is such a desirable place to live. Whether you want to relax, work, play or shop - Blackwood has got the lot.
There are a full range of financial and banking facilities and large modern shopping centres offering good parking and plenty of specialist shops.
Education facilities can be a key consideration and Blackwood is well served with excellent public primary and high schools, Unisia Flinders University and easy access to Adelaide's premier private schools including St John's Grammar School.
A considerable number of specialty clubs operate in Blackwood including art and craft clubs, service clubs, and there is an active RSL Club and public library.
Befitting the healthy Hills environment there are many excellent sports amenities close to hand. Blackwood Football Club has a number of competitive junior and senior teams and boasts one of the largest clubrooms in the State. There are a number of well established cricket clubs along with netball, soccer and tennis.
Golfers are well served with a public course nestled among the trees of the Belair National Park while private golfers can indulge themselves on the fantastic fairways of the up to date Blackwood Golf Club.
If you care to swing the hips rather than a golf club there's always the Blackwood Fitness Centre with its gym, poll and many varied fitness classes while the Blackwood Community Recreation Centre offers gymnastics, basketball, volleyball badminton - the list goes on and on.
After all that exercise you can take a break at one of the many coffee shops in the area or for something more substantial there are a host of restaurants offering a bewildering array of world cuisine. A relaxing drink might not go astray either, and at the Belair Hotel or Duck Inn can cater for that while offering plenty of hills ambience
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
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 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • 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+

"Love the shopping, great place to live and work : ))"

A bit busy, but means you are in the every day living of it
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Blackwood - a hill change suburb with the convenience of the city"

Having moved up here about 18 months ago from the plains, Blackwood has surprised me with it's quiet beautiful natural surrounds and connection to birdlife. It is a very relaxing place and feels like a holiday home but with the convenience of shops and amenities nearby. We are lucky enough to have hill and sea views and our sloping block has actually been an incentive for me to get out there and be more active just so I can see what new things are growing in our garden and what fauna is making a home in our trees. You can really get a great night's sleep in Blackwood and the best thing is that it's only 10-15 mins to town in non peak hour.

There are some down sides though... the local shops whilst doing their best are pretty tired and not very inspiring. The grocery variety is fresh but there is little choice. It's al-right if all you like is meat and 3 veg but anything remotely Continental or Asian is practically non-existent.
Whilst the Belair pub is a gem - it's about the only place worth going to for after hours entertainment. There's no cinema or cafe culture - so if you want to grab a coffee with friends or catch a flick - it's down to Marion you go.

Traffic is pretty slow during peak hour when schools in - but it's not a bad drive. You just have to have patience and go with the flow. We love it up here and it's a mountain bikers dream. There are lots of trails to explore and hours of fun to be had.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Quite nice but can be awkward"

Blackwood is a lovely suburb with some great hills and sea views. It has your major supermarket chains and the train (very long trip however to get to Adelaide sometimes 40 minutes if it runs on time) to get to Adelaide. Many houses do not have flat blocks and there is not much after hours entertainment. There is the Belair pub and a couple of restaurants. TV reception can be dodgy. Some really nice parks and walks.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"COUNTRY LIVING CLOSE TO THE CITY"

Blackwood is a south eastern suburb located in the foothills of Adelaide, South Australia, with easy access to the city, beaches, hills and southern vales wine district.

The first use of the name “Blackwood” seems to have been prior to 1880, in relation to the “Blackwood Inn”, a small local hotel situated where the Belair Hotel now stands. The Blackwood Inn was likely to be named after the Australian Blackwood tree which grew in the area.
Land was first subdivided for housing around 1880 in anticipation of opening the railway line between Adelaide and Melbourne.

The Hills Land and Investment Company advertised blocks for purchase along Coromandel Parade at €1 per foot. They were –

“Within half an hour’s train ride from Adelaide, possessing a most salubrious climate,
with delightful scenery and excellent conveniences of communication”

A sought after suburb, Blackwood continues to grow, whilst keeping its community feel.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Easy to the city, cloe to Flinders University"

Blackwood is a great area and is has the price to match. Up in the hills close to Flinders University, it has some of most beautiful scenery Adelaide has to offer.

Well located close to flinders University and only 20 minutes drive to the city and 10 minutes to Marion Blackwood has it all. It is also a place to see some wildlife. I've seen plenty of koalas and possums walking the streets so take care at night.

There is good public transport up here with the train and buses. There are also good local shops.
The night out locations is likely to be down at Marion rather than at the end of the street.

Blackwood is a hilly suburb and there can be a few windy and steep streets. Its beautiful country but if you're not keen on steep slopes Blackwood may not be for you.

Given it’s in the hills there can be a number of houses on split levels so you'll get stairs in your house. Perhaps a matter of choosing the right on in the right street if you don't want split level homes and stairs.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees