Merrylands, NSW 2160

3.3(25 reviews)

Ranked 467th best suburb by locals in Sydney (Greater) Region, NSW

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  • Internet access
  • Public transport
  • Shopping options
  • Medical facilities
  • Gym and fitness

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Reviews of Merrylands, NSW

87mike
87mike
3rd October 2021

"An area of diversity, change and investment"

When we moved into Merrylands the first thing I thought is wow this suburb is a lot busier then my last suburb. But it’s great it’s buzzing with people heading into Parramatta, close to the M4, crossing over to Westmead or visiting Merrylands Centre. There is a really interesting mix of old and young Australian Lebanese, Chinese and Indian which kind of works you can head into the stores and feel like your in another world it’s so diverse it’s great. Grab hot Manoush, enjoy some Lebanese chicken or even go shopping.

The area is pretty well sort after and when we purchased our 3 bedroom clad house in Merrylands in 2010 at $400,000 watched the property rise to 1.2+.

What I like is it feels like there is always somthing going on it’s not a sleepy suburb, people are chatty, you can visit the local store and say hello to people. They will teach you about there culture and look after you, it’s very family oriented as are the cultures that surround the area with younger generations finding it hard to move into the area.

What I also like is the change that is happening there is a heavy level of investment from Parramatta and Merrylands that both is seeing changes in the Merrylands Civic Square, High end apartments, many older houses that are not heritage are being knocked down and rebuilt. The infrastructure, gardens and parks are now slowly getting the attention they deserve.

The only downside I would of Merrylands is that the people around here drive a bit to on the fast side and love their cars but if you go to either country like I have to China, Lebanon or even India. You will understand why! I think they are doing pretty good trying to do better but a reminder to slow down to everyone!

Overall we love living in Merrylands as a young couple with so much diversity on it’s doorstep and an area that is increasing in value I think we will stay. ☺️

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timk12
timk12
29th June 2021

"Convenient and affordable"

We moved to Merrylands last year from Sydney East. Main reason – affordable property prices and close proximity to station with direct and fast train commute to the City. So good we picked Merrylands as a place to live in. At a price of 1 bdr apartment in the area we considered before we purchased in Merrylands spacious and nearly new, great in all respects 2 bdr apartment. Good living conditions given current situation with Corona when we have to spend most of the time at home are becoming even more vital.
Area itself is rather good as well. It’s not gloomy as many other suburbs with affordable housing. It has good vibes in it. There is a big shopping mall – Stockland Merrylands, with all major retail and grocery stores. We hope area will change even more for the better with completion of new development with cafes and shopping strip around the station.
It has a good culture mix as well. People I know are from China, Korea, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Croatia, Macedonia, Spain, Russia and local Australians with roots from Netherlands and UK.

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jackib2
jackib2
14th May 2021

"Don’t believe the news, Merrylands rocks"

Have been living in Merrylands for just over 10 years and what a transformation. Stocklands is a great place to shop and has something for everybody. Beautiful authentic food and buzzing atmosphere along the shopping strip at night. Only a stones throw away from our new CBD parramatta.

Never felt scared as most of the stuff on the news is between people “known” to each other. Otherwise people just keep to themselves but will happily say hello when passing you in the street. Great neighbours, and a great sense of community and local parks/sports grounds for the kids

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maias
maias
19th September 2020

"Getting better and better!"

Location is convenient in terms of transportation - it takes just 35 mins to get to Central Station from here. There is a big shopping mall - Stockland Merrylands with all major supermarkets, department stores and many more. We had doubts because of not so good reviews, but at the end decided to buy property here, and I'm happy we did a right choice. I especially like area around the bridge with lots of new modern houses. I've never seen that many new developments around Sydney area as in Merrylands. Our agent says it is popular among Chinese investors as they see a big potential in this suburb. I meet as well a lot of Lebanese and Turkish people around, not that many Indians, as they prefer Granville-Parramatta. Our neighbors are Chinese, Turkish, Brazilian, Russian and Greek.

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maias
maias

Regarding ranking - I found other source, that says that Merrylands is ranked 77 out of 604 suburbs in Sydney and based on site visitors' reviews it scores 9.1 out of 10: https://en.australia51.com/suburb/Merrylands_2160

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emmakrill
emmakrill
13th August 2020

"Merrylands"

Nice and convenient place. You can easily find local foods and grocery shops. There is stockland mall that has all big supermarkets and retail stores.
Been living here for 4 years and everything is fine. I work on morning shifts and need 1 hour travel time. I walk out from home at 4.15, 10 minutes walk to train station but never experience any bad things.

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aquestari
aquestari
12th November 2019

"A mix of good and bad."

-Joined the library, the librarian was very friendly and helpful and had a long chat; didn't rush me and was like talking to an old friend or neighbour or acquaintance, with a positive happy spirit.

-Met an Indian neighbour and her child who were nice too and had a chat asked questions and they talked about them living in the area saying everyone is friendly and it is safe.

-Hoon drivers revving their engines and speeding along the street, motorcycles; shouting of neighbours at night ; i am surprised how many speeding cars revving engines there are it doesn't take long before before you hear drivers revving and speeding they are quite common.

-Walking across the street two women in a car smile and say good morning to me as they wait for the traffic to clear, later on an elderly lady walking down my street says good morning too.

-There were a lot of drug addicts around the streets and rough people; when waiting to cross the pedestrian crossing the cars do not always stop for pedestrians; so many hoons revving engines and playing loud music and speeding; I got stared at a lot for no reason, the person i was with in Merrylands with said she witnessed through the day that people were often staring at us as though we were not from around here and didn't belong and i noticed people looking at us and the next day too when i was by myself which was uncomfortable neither of us looked really out of the ordinary or whatever. So that makes you feel very uncomfortable and I would say to those who live in this area to think twice about staring and be kinder to others make them feel more welcome please.
I have known people on drugs or other problems in their life being part of a certain organization so nothing against people with an addiction etc, some of them have been my acquaintances or friends, but those around this area looked to be people to stay away from and when they looked at you it was of contempt and a bit frightening. The person who was with me on the day said one of the women seemed to be on ice.

-Most people were from overseas or cultural differences etc too but they didn't cause any harm or were bad people that I experienced although you may feel a bit out of place and like you are overseas yourself living or being here.

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character
character

Sounds about right''.

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zoeli
zoeli
6th June 2019

"nothing you can expect, nothing you can change"

nothing you can expect, nothing you can change here

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"Beautiful, Beautiful and Beautiful"

I mean, where do I start. The food, the transport, the places, the rich sense of multiculturalism that perfumes the area (quite literally)... Not to mention the immense respect that the younger generation has towards the elderly. Beautiful, Beautiful and more Beautiful. That pretty much sums it up from my end.

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"Convenient and multicultural"

I moved to Merrylands approx one year ago having purchased my first home (a unit) as a single person in late 2015. The local shopping centre (Stockland ) is a good size and has three grocery stores, three discount department stores, several clothes stores etc. Westfield Parramatta is only 3 km away if you want more variety.

Merrylands is well positioned for those using public transport. As I have only used the train, it is a short 10 min train ride to Parramatta and 40 min train trip to Town Hall/Sydney CBD.

There are several parks in Merrylands, which is excellent for active families, and these are well utilized by the public. I personally drive to Parramatta Park (this takes me 10 mins) to walk/run/cycle the 3.2 km scenic loop. Other amenities I use include the local heated pool and Merrylands library, which is a reasonable size.

Merrylands is very multicultural, and has many new migrant families. There is a variety of "ethnic" cuisines and grocers available.

I feel safe when I'm at the shops and walking to the train station (I live off a main road so it is well lit at night). I also feel safe in my unit block and have gotten to know most of my neighbors, by face at least.

One of the down sides of living in Merrylands is that the streets are not green or clean. There is often illegal dumping of furniture on the nature strip and the council pick up is only twice a year at this stage. Some of the unit blocks and houses are not well maintained. The council needs to focus on cleaning up and beautifying the streets to make it more livable.

Overall, I would recommend Merrylands as a good place to buy a unit/home due to its affordability and proximity to Parramatta and the Sydney CBD.

Great for

  • Central
  • Parklands
  • Shopping,Transport
  • Good Value
  • Affordable

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beerjackson
beerjackson

Great review and very accurate. Transport and shopping is great. But the people are disgusting and rude. The streets are filthy and not pretty. No one upkeeps their lawns and its a depressing sight.

thirtyninethirtyninegod87
thirtyninethirtyninegod87

Merrylands is a scummy hole I never lived there but used to hang out there with friends when I was a teen got hit from behind with a golf club from 3 big islander lads filthy dogs they are it used to be nice wtf happened

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"My review got deleted, only because it was honest"

So I wrote a review, it was long and well detailed on Merrylands. In it I mentioned the crime, gangs, the teachers afraid to teach students because of their associations. All of this and more was deleted.

Ill keep it brief, I don't recommend this place at all.

Great for

  • Affordable

Not great for

  • Crime
  • Gangs
  • Run down, awful place

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"Loud, dirty & scary"

I've lived in merrylands for 2 months now and I'm already looking for somewhere else to move to. Apart from shootings & bag snatches televised I've seen men casually urinating in public, this place is filthy, filthy, filthy!
If anyone has anyway to get out of a rental 1 year agreement. Please let me know.

Great for

  • Parklands
  • Shopping,Transport

Not great for

  • Noise pollution
  • Dirty
  • Too many units
  • Too much dumping of rubbish
  • Gang related violence
  • Gun crime

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  • Students
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"A wonderful place by day... but lock your homes at night"

I've lived in the area all my life and what I enjoy most is how easy it is to get anywhere by walking or public transport. I love grocery shopping here, it is so ethnically diverse that you can buy almost anything; from biltong to baklava. The library is fantastic, and if you enjoy cheap (i.e. free) entertainment, Holroyd has many events through the year, like the fireworks on Australia Day.
What I don't like is how the vermin (i.e. the people variety) appears after dark, whether it be loitering around the train station and parks, or just revving their stupid cars and subjecting the rest of us to smell of burnt rubber. Don't even get me started on the drive-by shootings of late. I feel there is no nightlife in Merrylands, once its 5:30pm, you want to be safe at home.

Great for

  • Central
  • Parklands
  • Good Value
  • Shopping,Transport

Not great for

  • Not safe after dark
  • Too many units
  • Gang related violence
  • Gun crime

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"Convenient, but not much else..."

I have lived in Merrylands for the past 5 years and have to admit that I'm considering moving elsewhere. It's extremely convenient being so close to Parramatta, but other than that it's not a very peaceful, serene suburb with neighborly spirit. People are rude and lack manners, which I think is partly due to the large ethnic population in the area. It's not particularly safe, especially with the recent spate of gun crime. Parking facilities are sub-par near the station, the train into the city takes a good 50 minutes (as opposed to the 30 minute drive) and in general the roads are congested and drivers are TERRIBLE. My son's daycare centre is fantastic, but sadly I think this is the best part of living in the area. It's overpriced, overpopulated and overrated. There are much nicer places to live in Sydney if you're raising a family!

Great for

  • Central
  • Parklands

Not great for

  • Gang related violence
  • Gun crime
  • Overpriced
  • Too many units
  • Too much dumping of rubbish

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RakeshBaid
RakeshBaid

please advise which suburb would you suggest for raising family where rent is not high and pre school and schools are good

JonS3
JonS3

Kolkata, India seems to be a good area at the moment

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"'merrylicious' but unpredictable..."

... mmmm?

Great for

  • Central
  • Parklands
  • Affordable
  • Good Value
  • Shopping,Transport

Not great for

  • Too many units
  • Too much dumping of rubbish

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"Expensive and dirty"

I have been living in Merrylands for over 15 years and it's not what it used to be.From renting and buying which is very expensive and unworthy of the price tag to high mix of ethnicity make this once beautiful and peace full suburb dangerous and dirty place to live in,rude and low or uneducated population,dirty restaurants,I would not recommend eating out in most of those on Merrylands rd.Bowling Club must be the best place to be at at the moment.Direct train line to City with average time table,fairly easy to get around.Tries too hard to compete with Parramatta.Very disappointing as I wanted to spend my life here but now am looking at buying and living elsewhere better then here.Great pity it has become what it has and is getting worse in every way possible,a great shame.

Great for

  • Shopping,Transport

Not great for

  • Too many diferent nationalities from under developed or undeveloped countries,lot of Housing Commision Units,Unhigenic eateries,bakeries etc.Lot of traffic and noise and polution.
  • Too many units
  • Too much dumping of rubbish

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1day
1day

From the date on this post,it has gotten worse, alot worse and and the surrounding suburbs.The government send all these thugs from overseas to the Western Suburbs and they act like territorial dogs.I remember alot of these areas years ago & what a shame,especially those who have lived there for many years.

Global_Roamer
Global_Roamer

So true. We moved there in 1965 and it was a beautiful, quiet, sleepy working-class suburb. Nobody knew where it was. Now it's notorious and in the media almost every day for the wrong reasons. The ethnic groups have brought a vibrancy to the suburb and that's fine but the council inspectors need to step up to the mark and clean up the joint and not allow too many junky shops and restaurants. The criminal element that has moved in is alarming. Drug lords abound and I agree with 1day that they behave like territorial dogs bringing a bad name to the suburb.

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"Car is optional extra - you have almost everythin within 15-20 mins walk"

I live with my husband in this is estate for +5 years. We both work in Parramatta - which is 20 minute walk. Public transport is good and the units are modern and spacious,
All our neighbours in our building own and live there - so we take pride in the place.
The area is good value - when you consider what the prices are for apartments in Parramatta,
The area is definetly worth considering if you are looking to buy an apartment in the area.
In betweeen two trainlines Parramatta and Liverpool. Fast train from granville is on 30 minutes to city.

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  • Good Value

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"Good overall"

Merrylands is very convenient for families and for work.
For families, it has several private and one public school. It has a good shopping centre as well many ethnic shops. It is adjacent to Australia 6th busiest city "Parramatta" Which makes it a prime location to live in to work in Parramatta or even the city (30 min to central).
The area has a lot of potential but is becoming very expensive. Unfortunately it has several commission apartments.
Overall it is goos city and you'll like living here!

Great for

  • Central
  • Parklands

Not great for

  • Too many units

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"Good for the Money"

If I could live somewhere better I would but I can't and so Merrylands does nicely. It has good shops is a quick commute to the city (35 mins on the train) has plenty of parklands and is close to Parramatta so has good work and entertainment options.
The negatives are there is a lot of rubbish dumping and Council cannot seem to control this, also there are a lot of hoon drivers who do not care that there might be kids or elderly about-also poorly contolled. There seems to be too much development of flats with little thought of the impact on surrounds and often beautiful old houses are destroyed to make way for this-again a Council matter.
Merrylands is also very multicultural so there is a lot of diversity about and it appears to be a very tolerant area-not mch racial strife, which is good. I was at Cronulla today and saw everywhere posters for a White Australia Party which were a bit disconcerting-not a good look!!

Great for

  • Central
  • Affordable
  • Parklands

Not great for

  • Too much dumping of rubbish
  • Too many units

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Global_Roamer
Global_Roamer

I agree about the tolerance of diversity. Even though there are many different cultures living there, there is cultural harmony in the suburb. The council and the police need to do more to improve the status of the suburb.

beerjackson
beerjackson

Good review and I agree with it. I've lived in the area for over 10 years. Its getting worse. Over development and the streets are very dirty. Cars everywhere.

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"Safe and nice area"

A very lifely place with shopping facilities, sports, restaurants, medical centers, train and 2 min away from Parramatta.

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beerjackson
beerjackson

Sports??? hahaha, yeah right. Also not 2 minutes away from Parramatta. Stop lying

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"Good place for leaving or investment"

Good place for leaving or investment

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"Good place to live for singles or couples."

Apartment living was fun. Shops are good. The people are unfriendly though.

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"Great place to live"

Convenient to everything. Great facilities, library, RTA, Post Office, Banks, Supermarkets, Heaps of Food Outlets, New large shopping centre, great public transport, beautiful parks.

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"a perfect place for nothing"

full of housing comission.

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bubbles12
bubbles12

No housing commission here.

mohummadm
mohummadm

Yes there, Areas such as Merrylands, Granville, Guildford and such do have quite a bit of housing commission.

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"nice small city"

nice small city
good shops for most of the communities

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"An inexpensive suburb with plenty to do"

Merrylands in located in the western suburbs of Sydney. It is only a few minutes' drive to Parramatta central and getting to the city is only a forty minutes' commute by the train. There are plenty of houses and units around this area as more and more families head towards Western Sydney for cheaper houses and rent. Additionally, Merrylands is a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicity.

Merrylands Road is the main road that runs right through Merrylands. This is a very busy road with plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes, chemists and so on. There is a police station located off Merrylands Road, a library and an RSL club. Stockland mall is also conveniently located in Merrylands. It has recently been refurbished and is home to stores like Target, Kmart and Franklins.

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