7.8 out of 10

Botany

Ranked 315th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.9443828611387 151.197645443072
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Childcare
  • Parking
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Neighbourly Spirit
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Reviews

3/5
Mar 21, 2018

"Like a country town."

Botany is only about 9 kms from Sydney CBD but can take an hour door to door by public transport in peak times as there is no train station and all road routes are busy. By car out of peak 15 - 20 minutes. Plane noise is an issue some days but not as bad as Leichhardt or Tempe. Shops have most things you'll need but no Butcher!!! Pollution is bad with jet fuel smell evident some days. When you dust it is black. NOT full of industry as you may assume and most streets are very quiet. Some lovely old homes. Very good value for money compared to Coogee and easier to live in as it is quieter, has less traffic and is flat. Recommended, but not brilliant.
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Oct 16, 2017

"last place near the city that is both safe and affordable!"

For being so close to the city it is affordable and very safe. That being said, having moved to Botany from Turramurra, hearing people speeding, and even something as simple as some of the people getting the bus to work not being in suits is different to what I'm used to. I would certainly not feel comfortable leaving my door unlocked if I lived on the street itself but living in one of the townhouse complexes means I don't worry if I've forgotten to lock the door, just like how I felt in Turramurra. However, the schools don't seem to be as good as the North Shore schools, and the abundance of factories and warehouses definitely takes getting used to. It's also not as green as the North Shore, but on the upside, it's quite close to Coogee beach! (it's also close to Maroubra but Coogee is definitely nicer)
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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 4/5
2yrs+

"A flourishing area"

I have lived in Botany for nearly a year in a newish set of apartments - our neighbours are decent, helpful and at the least they don't mind your businesses. Most of your shopping needs can be met at the Westfields, and also it has easy access to the CBD area for your all other needs.
Pros
  • Quick and easy access to the airport, CBD, beaches and the west
  • Several eating in places at the Westfield + shopping
  • Closeness to city beach
  • Olympic pools
  • Parks
  • Shopping
Cons
  • Harbour traffic in the morning (at times causes a 5 - 10 min delay and thats it)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A peaceful village in the city."

We've been here 3yrs since buying our semi. We do not get air craft noise and live in a peaceful traffic free street.
When I jog through the streets most locals will say g'day. 5 mins to Westfields with free parking, 5 min to beaches, airport, national park,10min to city. The Botany village is changing and improving constantly with shops and services. It is possible to do most things walking distance including medical centres, dentist, 2 chemists, a few cafes, take away shops, newsagent, discount variety, gift store, groovy florist, restaurants, tax accountant, pubs,quirky second hand shop and most recently hairdressers and pet store that also sells rescue animals. There is also more goodies in Banksmeadow which is really Botany too, where there are good beauty services and even a great Thai massage place. We are so close to other great places like Mascot, Newtown, Alexandria and not far from Randwick, UNSW, the children's hospital and the other hospitals in Randwick and all specialsts. Lovely local primary school and parks.
Pros
  • Shopping
  • Medical
  • Airport
  • Closeness to city beach
  • Olympic pools
  • Parks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
2yrs+

"The most underrated suburb in Sydney"

It's not hard to understand why real estate prices in Botany have gone up so much in recent years. The East Botany and Banksmeadow areas in particular are outstanding, and no longer cheap. It's amazing to see how many people have relocated here from places like Coogee, Maroubra, Mascot and Matraville because they now realise that it's much quieter and better value than the aforementioned. One of the things I love about this place is that you never need to fight traffic to get anywhere. I recently bought a second property here and wouldn't even consider going elsewhere.
5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live"

Botany is a great place to live...I have lived here for 64 years. Most people who move here stay here. We have great parks, an olympic pool, golf courses, schools, child minding centres, medical centres, many beaches & shopping all only ten minutes away. Only five minutes to Sydney airport, and ten minutes to the CBD. There are many coffee shops and the Botany Brasserie was voted the best in Sydney. We also have a debt free Council, many trees and streets well cared for. All of this and yet the suburb is like a country town.
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Industrial waste land underneath."

Pro's:
Nice big parks, Olympic pool + water slide, nice pubs, A few small food shops, IGA, Golf course, medical centre...
Cons:
Where do i start...
As mentioned above, ICI/Orica had been storing industrial waste (HCB's) into the ground (The car-park at ICI next to the Athletic field) for many, many year. This waste liquid had escaped from the drums and into the ground soil and local under ground water supply. Now the waste has slowly traveled underground is now under a lot of the areas of botany and has even travel as far as the water line at Foreshore.
Botany rd is a nightmare from 7am-6pm with heaps and heaps of traffic. Truck movements on Botany rd (southern end) is also very, very high.
Pub on Botany rd is open 24hr on weekends, this is causing a fair bit of troubles with fighting, car break-ins, vandalism's, etc after people leave the pub drunk in the morning.
Can also have a bit of noise caused by the planes.
Living next to Botany rd you also get a heap of noise during the nights from the the police, fire, ambulance cars/trucks flying up and down the main road.
Would recommend if buying in the area to get something away from Botany rd.
Pros
  • Parks
  • Olympic pools
  • Closeness to city beach
Cons
  • Heaps
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
hungrypug
hungrypug Orica and ICI are spending huge amounts of money cleaning up the ground water issue and have been for years . I guess if you lived next door it would be a problem however if you look on a map Botany is huge. Trucks no longer come along Botany road anymore. A link between Foreshore Drive has been built which connects Hale Street directly Foreshore Drive. Not sure about the pub I presume you mean the newly refurbished Waterworks. I must say I live about 400 m away from Botany Road and don't hear anything but that may be different if on the main road. e moved here after renting for many years in Paddo and Randwick. HELLO want to buy something with a yard under a mill 10 minutes from the city well Botany is the go. Hurry up though the prices are going up fast.
2yrs+
MelCullen
MelCullen Also have bore water on our property that has been tested and is completely safe!
2yrs+
craigv
craigv I think i could make a fair comment on both ICI/Orica and the Botany area as i worked there for well over 14years and lived on Botany rd for 9years and spent my whole life in the Randwick area.
ICI has spent a bit of money on the clean up, but its been a little bit to late. The toxic ground water plume has spread a lot further than has been reported in the press. With still the original toxic leaking chemicals drums still buried underneath the car-park next to the Athletic field. The plume has spread all the way to the sea water at Foreshore (swim at your own risk and sign posted there as well) Trucks still drive along Botany rd, (no policing happening) but no where near as many as there use to be. Botany rd is a nightmare, so very busy from 7am -5:30pm
Dont get me wrong, the area is great, fantastic swimming pool (i use every weekend) heaps of parks and open spaces, a few shops & the pub is nice and refurbished + medical centre as well. If you want to live close to everything (beach, city airport, etc) Botany is the only place people can afford to live in the Eastern Suburbs.
2yrs+
craigv
craigv I lived on Botany rd down near Lord St.
We used to get all the drunks leaving the pub in the morning, walking North up Botany rd towards Mascot.
Breaking plants, smashing car windows, breaking into cars. This wasn't a one off event, but it happen every weekend.
Walking to the paper shop ever morning on the weekends i always saw the cops outside the pub.
The worst thing they ever did was allow the pub (which is located near all the shop) to trade for 24hr.
2yrs+
AussieBritain
AussieBritain A very much polarized comment - Botany is one of the peaceful suburbs and the industrial areas are quite detached from the residential parts. It has less than five minutes' access to Foreshore road via either side of the Botany road, easy access to the airports and access to the CBD via Wentworth Ave - Westfield is also a stone's throw away and so the beaches.
2yrs+
divineb
divineb Lived in Botany for 3 years. The pollution is bad...some mornings when you go outside you instantly smell jet fuel. Plane noise is bad, but not as bad as Leichhardt or Tempe. When you dust, it is black. The CBD is only about 9 kms away, but takes an hour door to door to get to in peak hour as there is no train station and every road route is busy. An outer suburb on a train line takes the same time. However...out of peak time 15 - 20 minutes by car to the CBD, VERY easy access by car to the south and M5. You can walk to the airport except for main roads or a train line. For us you can walk to the shops in under 5 minutes and they have everything but no butcher!!! It is very good value for money compared to Randwick/Coogee. Plenty of on street parking.
Mar 04, 2018
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A real family town"

Moved there from Chippendale. Was amazed how warm and friendly everone was. No pretentiousness, just good honest living.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
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
  • 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+

"Buy in Botany before it's too late!"

Very quiet and safe suburb. 5 minutes to the beach (Maroubra), 5 minutes to the airport, and 10 minutes from the city! What more do you want!
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  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Botany - Older area, many retireees."

Botany is a suburb of south eastern Sydney close not only to the CBD but also to Mascot Airport and the major terminal of Port Botany. Most of Botany is residential with some lovely old homes mixed with new unit complexes. There are a few local shops of convenience, several hotels and Botany golf course, as well as a swimming centre. Botany is not far from the major shopping centre, Eastgardens, where there are three floors of shopping and food court. Botany house prices are still expensive but are affordable when compared with other suburbs in the area. There are many older people living in the area.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Nice suburb but is too close to the airport"

Botany is a nice and neat suburb that is located about a twenty to thirty minutes' drive from Sydney. The easiest way to get to Botany from the city will be via public buses. Additionally, the closet shopping mall is located in Pagewood, that is about a ten minutes' drive from Botany. There are many pubs, cafes, shops and restaurants around the main road. The Waterworks hotel is a nice and cosy pub that is often frequented by the locals. Pizza is also served at the bistro in the hotel.

There are mainly houses and low density apartments in this suburb. Many who work at the airport like living around here as it is really close to the airport. On the flip side, residents around Botany are often exposed to the noise pollution that is caused by the aircrafts.
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  • Families with kids

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