I think most villages in the Blue Mountains have a fairly low crime rate. However the villages with a large stay at home as opposed to commuter community are probably a safe bet. For example Blackheath, Mount Victoria, Medlow Bath, Leura, Wentworth Falls. Posted by Jess at Ray white Blackheath
Katoomba is wonderful!
Katoomba also has a large police station and much more to do than the smaller townships dotted around it. People are out and walking about.
I have never felt scared roaming the streets even into the early evening. The people mix is fantastic - greenies, hipsters, seniors, families, enthusiastic tourists from far and wide altogether in a mountain village. Everyone I come across seems polite and helpful - and ready to have a chat! :)
I currently live in Hazelbrook (Mid Mountains) and have never had an issue with safety. It feels like a very safe neighbourhood with a mix of older people and younger couples and families. People look out for one another and most are very friendly. I think most towns in the Blue Mountains are reasonably safe but you just have to take the normal precautions. Hazelbrook has three schools, including Korowal, a K-12 school. However, the nearest public high school is in Faulconbridge, about 10 minutes drive. Lots of beautiful bush walks and waterfalls and not too far from the main tourist towns of Wentworth Falls, Leura and Katoomba. If you are commuting, Hazelbrook is an express station and has twice as many trains in peak periods.
Hi Jennifer, as you're looking for somewhere safe but also beautiful, friendly and with a good community vibe I would be suggesting South Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls or Blackheath.
They all have their own vibe and the right place depends on a lot of personal factors for you, but they're all very safe and with incredible natural beauty all around.
Katoomba is the go-to town for shopping, facilities, cultural life and entertainment, and that's why we chose it as our home!
- Posted by Steve at Higher Ground Tours
The Blue Mountains suburbs are generally pretty safe compared to most of Sydney but some areas are a bit rougher. Lower mountains are getting pretty pricey. Mid mountains have a lot of families and beautiful areas (Winmalee, Springwood and Faulconbridge) but do have some less affluent areas with young people who don't look especially well-kept or purposeful. Generally, these people are mixed in with everyone else. The mountains generally doesn't have a 'ghetto' area. Parts of Katoomba are nice, some parts are a little rough but Katoomba is quite big (compared to other mountains suburbs). Upper mountains: pretty safe.
Hi Guys, Please tell me how safe are the suburbs, Winmalee, woodford and Hawkesbury heights are for a young family of primary school going kids? I understand that upper mountains are better but suburbs like Wentworth falls and above are too much to commute daily from the city.
Great place to raise a young family, wonderful sense of caring community. We moved from Blacktown a couple of years ago and would never go back.
Groceries are definitely more expensive and you need to go down to Penrith if you need more well-known stores. There aren't a lot of parks in the area which is surprising given there are many young families living here. Pretty sure our insurance premiums are no higher than before. We've had major bushfires living here but the local fire brigade is fantastic and is all part of living here.