8.9 out of 10


Ranked 18th best suburb in Hunter
-32.9436127782265 151.661068988519
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • LGBT+


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

"A small town in the in the middle of Newcastle"

Cardiff is one of the major suburbs in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, located 12km south west of the Newcastle CBD and 3 km from the northern edge of Lake Macquarie. Cardiff is conveniently located within a 5-10 minute drive of Newcastle's 3 largest shopping centres. It also has a good local shopping centre, containing several banks, large medical practices, two pharmacies, Post Office, gym, variety of restaurants, Woolworths Marketplace and Aldi. There are Coles supermarkets located in two neighbouring suburbs. Newcastle has very few railway stations located in the inner suburban areas, but Cardiff has a major station (all trains stop there) with a quick 15 minute trip to the Newcastle CBD, and a regular bus service.

Greater Cardiff (Cardiff South, Cardiff North, Cardiff Heights and Macquarie Hills) has a population of approximately 15,000 people and the residential area wraps around the CBD in a bowl shape, with Winding Creek carving out the lowest elevation through the CBD and several sporting fields. There are four state primary schools in Greater Cardiff, which feed into the local highschool, along with an independent primary school, and several childcare centres.

Sporting facilities, including a bowling club, tennis courts, cricket and football fields are located close to the RSL and Leagues club. Cardiff is also just a short 3km drive to the Lake edge, with its numerous parks and leisure facilities. It is also within a 20 minute drive of the nearest beach, and within 30 minutes drive of a number of beaches.

Cardiff was established as a mining town and still contains several commercial buildings from the turn of the century including the Pub, Masonic Hall and several shops along the main street. Much of the housing stock in Cardiff dates from the 1950's but there are large areas which were developed in the 70's, 90's and 2000's, with newly developed land still for sale to the west of the town centre. On the western edge there are also now a considerable number of new townhouse developments springing up as the original 1950's houses on large blocks come up for sale.

Also to the west of the town centre is a large light industrial estate which provides the greatest concentration of employment in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, outside of the CBD.

Although close to so many of the facilities Newcastle and Lake Macquarie have to offer, Cardiff is also relatively self contained and for the young family or the retired person, it would be possible to meet all your day to day needs locally, should you choose to do that. I've lived in Cardiff (in two different houses) since I married 25 years ago, and if I moved again, would probably just move to another part of Cardiff!
  • Central to Newcastle and Lake Macquarie
  • Has all the basics but only minutes to the major centres
  • Mature suburb with lots of tall trees and variety of building styles
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Central To Life Essentials"

What’s not to love about living in such a convenient location? As Newcastle keeps expanding west, Cardiff is becoming more and more central.

As a CENTURY 21 Stals & Kirk agent, I have worked in real estate since 1980 and have seen Cardiff develop into a vibrant business and community hub.

Living here is great because you are just a five minute drive to major shopping centres like Kotara and Glendale; plus the new Cardiff shopping centre includes Woolworths, Aldi and the major banks. You can even get a great feed at The Iron Horse.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Cardiff


Charles Street

"Quiet Family Friendly Street"
-32.944676386 151.6612222935

Railway Parade

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Unranked Streets in Cardiff

"Great street to live in"
-32.94078 151.66499
"Lovell Street"
-32.93522 151.66034

Rowes Ln

"Quiet Hideaway with sweeping views"
-32.9356912722 151.6716724829

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