7.8 out of 10

Empire Bay

Ranked 314th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.504917499152 151.367410537205
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Beach Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
Jun 25, 2017

"Best suburb on the Central Coast"

It's hard to explain how great this place is.

Do you want to be a stones throw from the Woy Woy Peninsula beaches, facilities and railway without all the crime that comes from living there? Do you want a lovely bay area, only a 6 minute drive to Killcare Beach? Do you want to be no more than 10 minutes to 3 major shopping areas and 15-20 minutes from the biggest shopping centre on the Central Coast? Do you want an area not dominated by back cabins, not overrun by greedy developers and where your kids can cycle in the street while hardly a car goes past? Do you want to be able to catch a short 5 minute ferry to a wonderful club, Do you want beautiful parks for your kids, Do you want a few nice local shops and people who say hello to you as you walk down the road?

I could go on and on. This is like a beautiful country town only minutes to everything you need. It has a good local bus service, a ferry and is a great place to just relax and live your life.
Pros
  • Quiet peaceful town atmosphere
  • Great for families
  • Very Safe
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
May 18, 2017

"Peaceful, plenty of friendly folk"

Moved to Empire Bay from Ashfield into tapered retirement six months ago. The laid back nature here is very different to living with the Inner City set. Found a nice brick thre bedder and pocketed a million dollars. Everyone we have met has had time chat about "God's Country". A good place place to live for someone looking at quality of life over a trophy home to show off. Pleased we chose to move here over over Terrigal, our original thought.

Yes, mosquitos abound and curb and guttering is badly needed. Albeit, the lack of the latter does tend better integrate the homes into the surrounding parkland.

Good shopping facilities are twenty minutes away and the precinct is a step away from the beaches. The trip, to which, is very green.

Suspect the quality of housing will improve over the next ten years and beyond.
Pros
  • Sell up Sydney and move here
  • Great place and getting better.
  • Quiet peaceful town atmosphere
Recommended for
  • 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
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Mar 29, 2017

"Safe Quiet Town, Great place to raise a family"

Kids ride their bikes on the streets, Amazing place to raise a family. Away from the Hussel and bussel. Only really have residents in the area as its tucked away yet close drive to facilities and beaches. Transport facilities available in area include Bus and Ferries or own transport.
Great schools and a great village atmosphere.
A very safe place to raise a family, quiet roads, peaceful town, parks for the kids.
Pros
  • Great place and getting better.
  • Great for families
  • Very Safe
  • Quiet peaceful town atmosphere
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jun 27, 2016

"A friendly place"

A peaceful place with a lot of nature and wildlifes. People are friendly. Not far from train station and many beaches. You can still manage to work in the city and enjoy all year round holiday at home.
Pros
  • Great place and getting better.
Cons
  • Not any I can think of.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Empire Bay - A great place to live"

We moved here a couple of years ago from Bensville, both great places to live. We are very happy here as it has a wonderful "village" atmosphere with friendly caring people. The demographic is gradually changing with quality homes being built but it retains the smalll village look, local tradies and fisho's gather at the wharf in the afternoon to talk and share a beer but they are friendly and don't cause problems. The local schools primary schools are great with 2 options, the public school or the Christian private school. Kids have to bus to secondary schools at Woy Woy or Gosford. We live near the water and don't have to many issues with the mozzies and they are seasonal anyway.
There is a small tail sector where you can buy groceries or a take away meal and an Italian restaurant. Local businesses include a Post Office, Real Estate and Hair Dresser. Great fishing and a clean environment on Brisbane Waters, all 5 minutes from great sea beaches.
Pros
  • Great place and getting better.
Cons
  • Not any I can think of.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The Swamp"

As a kid, Empire Bay was called "The Swamp" and still is many decades later - not only for the fact that you have to drive down what seems like a gully to get there, but also that the shabby narrow blocks flood with rain due to no curb and guttering - so lots and lots of mozzies and smells!!! The renters have got a sniff of how cheap it is to live in the hidden away fibros here, so full of boozy party goers - very noisy and can be unsafe at times!! There are now much nicer, safer more elite Bays and gorgeous Beach-side suburbs elsewhere on the Peninsula to live.
Recommended for
  • Singles
empire
empire i have lived on the central coast all my life so 48 years, firstly avoca beach , then kincumber and now empire bay. i have never heard of empire bay being called the swamp, and as for mozzies go to davistown saratoga and get a taste of them there!!!!!!! never have heard any boozy parties.
empire bay is quiet, peaceful, and a real fishermans village, with a laid back lifestyle by all the residents, crime is near non existant, and is a beautiful place to go walking day or night. will never leave it.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Quiet, leafy suburb."

Empire Bay is a quiet area ideal for raising a family. it has a handy group of shops by the water, has an excellent primary school and has it's own ferry service. The area is slowly changing- the old fibro shacks are slowly disappering, being totally rebuilt or replaced with new homes. House prices have increased 12% in 2010.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A great place to grow up"

Marty 33... perception is a funny thing. Having grown up in a suburb of Sydney, I find Empire Bay a beautiful place in more ways than one. Its great for kids, has a top quality public school and as for the mozzies, we can accept those for the few months of the year that they are around. The people at the wharf are just old men enjoying each others company and doing a spot of fishing. Marty 33, you must have not experienced worse gangs of people with weapons.
This is a great place.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Not Good"

Well I lived here for 2 years. The suburb is more commonly named VAMPIRE bay. The mosquitoes are so bad from Nov to April every year you cannot go into your own garden or walk the streets where there is lots of bush.
The are many bushpigs in the area and they congregate at the so called "wharf" every arvo to drink their booze out of brown paper bags and discuss their boring lives, or haow many fish they have caught.
It is close to Killcare beach which is a good spot for surf and relax. The suburb itself is a backwater, mozzie filled place, and filled with many renters, or worse, chronic home renovaters who make noise every weekend.
There are better places on the coast!!!!!
Jimmyq
Jimmyq Hi Marty
Were you renting and where do you live now?
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 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Empire Bay - what a great place!!"

I have lived in Empire Bay for 10 years then moved away for 6 and recently returned 2.5 years ago as there is no better place. The people are friendly, the waterfront is a great place to take your dog for a walk or to do exercise.

There is nothing better than waking up every morning to the sound of birds - the wharf is hardly busy so you don't have to wait for ages to put your boat in. It's close enough to shops but far enough away so you don't get traffic - one way in and one way out!

I just love it!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A quiet pretty suburb"

I grew up in 'the Bay'. I have fond memories of swimming on hot afternoons in the bay, and jumping off the ferry wharf. We had a kayak, and also a small tinnie and spent many good times on the water. Quite often we paddled over the channel to Davo Baths in Davistown to see our mates.

Parts of the bay are quite bushy, and there is lots of wildlife and native birds.

Many of the people I have grown up with have remained in the bay, however the suburb is 'being discovered', and property prices are rising here. Some say it has potential to be the next Hardy's Bay. It is only 10 mins to Woy Woy by car to catch trains to City or Newcastle, and is serviced by a ferry service from the bay to Saratoga, Davistown and Woy Woy.

It is only 5 mins drive to Killcare surf beach, where there is great surf and plenty of parking. Not like Terrigal!!

There is a mix of housing styles, from old cottages, 70's brick houses, newer homes where the old ones have been knocked down, to waterfront houses. If you walk along the waterfront, in front of the boat shed, you will see some beautiful "new' houses, which have been designed to look 'old'. So charming, and not vulgar like in so may other waterfont locations.

In addition, the suburb has no more vacant land for development, and there are no ugly blocks of flats blurring the landscape. There is no through traffic either, with only one road in and out.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Pretty Suburb"

Beautifal Bay Suburb, Nice place to retire or bring up kids until High School.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees