7.3 out of 10

Freshwater

Ranked 398th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.7800596522097 151.289304236346
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

5/5
Mar 30, 2020

"Beauiful part of the world..."

I moved here from Melbourne a year ago and I'm not sure I would ever want to leave. It's a beautiful spot with a great surf beach... actually the birthplace of Australian surfing. I'ts probably even more beautiful at night on the beach with the lights of the apartments and homes lit up on the hills.

There are awesome views and look outs from up the hills and cliffs that enclose this suburb and it's right between Curl Curl and Manly beaches which are basically walking distance or a short bus ride away.

Transport here is fair to good although there is only direct buses to the city during weekdays. A bus to Manly and catching the ferry is definitely a great senic option. It's about a 30 or 35 min drive to get to the city.

Its a fairly quiet family orientated suburb and not overly diverse in ethnicities or cultures which I guess could be a negitive for some people. There are a number of good cafes, restaurants and bars but we are still waiting for a supermarket to open up which will hopefully be soon.

Its genrally a very exspensvie place to live with property and rent prices high but that sort of goes for allot of Sydney. The suburb seems to be safe, clean and quite friendly and overall living here in this location on the Northern Beaches for me is amazing.
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Feb 16, 2020

"a perspective from a young adult"

I am soon to finish university and looking to move out of home. However I want to stay near my family who have lived in freshwater since I was born. However that option probably won't exist. Units are extremely expensive, purchasing a house for an adult pre-30s is near impossible and not worth the price unless you are in love with the beach. Local food and retail are curated towards the hipster, beach chic person, which results in high costs for living and supporting your local businesses becomes a lofty expense (its nice food although). Additionally if you are looking for a job that isn't in a trade or in sydney cbd, the commute there is very lengthy and costly (by car).

However, freshwater is a very safe suburb and **most** individuals you meet are fairly respectable and nice people. It is a very good place to bring up children as I have observed, many peers that I have grew up with have no major social problems. Harbord public school, when I attended was fairly nice, although the buildings have been improved immensely since I attended, and unregular issues with bullying (unless you are of minority race). After primary school there are a plethora of high schools that have a great reputation academically and socially. For children there are many sports they can participate that are local, the majority are rugby league, union, football. Public transport is usually reliable and can get you to most northern beaches suburbs fairly easily, and walking and biking are also very viable options for travel.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
H Y H Y
1/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
Dec 11, 2019

"Great beach but awful neighbours"

I used to live here for 11 months.
Couldn’t live for 12 months of rental contract because of bad and racist neighbours.
Nightmare to deal with, lots or weird people.
Walking to the beach was such a great thing but people are awful there. Some restaurants are great...though.
Would never go back.
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
  • 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+

"A village of variety!"

Freshwater, formerly known as Harbord, is a suburb of the Northern Beaches in New South Wales. Freshwater is located 17 kilometres north-east of Sydney central business district. Warringah Council is Freshwater’s local council.

The size of Freshwater is approximately 2 km² . It has 5 parks covering nearly 9% of the total area – including Freshwater Reserve, McKillop Park, Harbord Park and Jacka Park.

There are 3 schools located in Freshwater – Harbord Public School, St John the Baptist and Freshwater Senior Campus.

Harbord Village is the thriving town centre of Freshwater with a number of cafes, restaurants, shops, supermarkets and thriving businesses. A vast variety of cuisines including Thai, Indian, Modern Australian and Italian would cater to everyone’s taste buds. With a post office, butcher, dry cleaner, hairdressing salons, florist, real estate, fitness club, financial services this town centre has all the mod cons to keep the local community happy.

Sitting on the headland Harbord Diggers Club is something of an institution in the district. You can enjoy the club’s many sporting facilities (including a gym and bowls), reasonably priced restaurant, bar and function rooms.

The Harbord Hilton is the friendly local pub with a quality restaurant, beer garden, live entertainment and a drive through bottle shop. Always the spot to go after a hard days work for a few quiet drinks and a bite to eat with your friends.

Freshwater Beach is a popular spot for beach and holiday goers with one of the Northern Beaches most popular swim beaches. Freshwater Reserve is located next to Freshwater Beach with BBQ/picnic areas to enjoy a day out with friends and family. A surf pool and a coastal walk are just some of the other attractions to Freshwater.

Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club has been open since December 1908, with a number of local volunteers who patrol on the weekends and public holidays from the end of September to Anzac Day in April each year. Having just celebrated 100 years of service to our community Freshwater SLSC continues to maintain a strong community spirit.
Pros
  • Beautiful Beach
  • Leafy streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
R32 R32
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 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The best of the northern beaches"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
2yrs+

"Harbord / Freshwater – A suburb with an identity crisis"

Harbord is a suburb of Sydney 17 kilometres north-east of the CBD in the local government area of the Warringah Council but still considered to be in the Northern beaches district of Sydney. Bounded on the north by Curl Curl, the east by the Pacific Ocean, the south by Manly, and to the west by North Manly. The population in 2006 was 7873 with 20% under 18 and 14% over 60.

Originally the suburb was Harbord Estate named after the wife of the then Governor of New South Wales. The name Freshwater applied to the beach and the hills behind. The owners of the tourist facilities decided that their businesses would be advantaged by the more holiday like name of Harbord.

This caused considerable debate and no small incidents of fisticuffs. When the local school was built in 1912, the Minister of Education was petitioned to name it Harbord. He refused and the name Freshwater Public School was applied.

The Post Office was the next attempt. The Postmaster General weakened and accepted the new name. Freshwater was officially renamed Harbord in 1923.

This was not the end. In 2003 the Warringah Council was petitioned by the Chamber of Commerce to rename the suburb Freshwater as the name sounded more touristy. When placed to a public vote 774 voted in for and 161 voted against the name change.

The name of Freshwater was applied officially on the 12th of January 2008.

Identity crisis aside, the suburb has a small but delightful beach beside what is effectively a dormitory suburb.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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