5.9 out of 10

Merrylands

Ranked 415th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8331178600919 150.983370466336
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  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
  • Public Transport
  • Medical Facilities
  • Gym & Fitness
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Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Jan 01, 2017

"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.
Pros
  • Central
  • Parklands
  • Shopping,Transport
  • Good Value
  • affordable
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
Beer Jackson
Beer Jackson 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.
Feb 19, 2017
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Jul 26, 2016

"Living in the Slums"

like living in a favela? like living in garbage in your own filth? merrylands is the place for you.
mostly every street covered in garbage and waste gangs not safe at nite time.
also seen rats at the train station in the day time.
Pros
  • Central
  • Shopping,Transport
Cons
  • Too many units
  • Too much dumping of rubbish
  • Gang related violence
  • Gun crime
  • 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.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Apr 12, 2016

"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.
Pros
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Crime
  • Gangs
  • Run down, awful place
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"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.
Pros
  • Parklands
  • Shopping,Transport
Cons
  • Noise pollution
  • Dirty
  • Too many units
  • Too much dumping of rubbish
  • Gang related violence
  • Gun crime
Recommended for
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"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.
Pros
  • Central
  • Parklands
  • Good Value
  • Shopping,Transport
Cons
  • Not safe after dark
  • Too many units
  • Gang related violence
  • Gun crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"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!
Pros
  • Central
  • Parklands
Cons
  • Gang related violence
  • Gun crime
  • Overpriced
  • Too many units
  • Too much dumping of rubbish
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
RakeshBaid
RakeshBaid please advise which suburb would you suggest for raising family where rent is not high and pre school and schools are good
2yrs+
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1/5
2yrs+

"'merrylicious' but unpredictable..."

... mmmm?
Pros
  • Central
  • Parklands
  • affordable
  • Good Value
  • Shopping,Transport
Cons
  • Too many units
  • Too much dumping of rubbish
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"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.
Pros
  • Shopping,Transport
Cons
  • 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
Recommended for
  • Singles
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.
2yrs+
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.
2yrs+
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3/5
2yrs+

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

"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.
Pros
  • Good Value
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
Boy Boy
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"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!
Pros
  • Central
  • Parklands
Cons
  • Too many units
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"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!!
Pros
  • Central
  • affordable
  • Parklands
Cons
  • Too much dumping of rubbish
  • Too many units
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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.
2yrs+
Beer Jackson
Beer Jackson 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.
Feb 19, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Safe and nice area"

A very lifely place with shopping facilities, sports, restaurants, medical centers, train and 2 min away from Parramatta.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
Beer Jackson
Beer Jackson Sports??? hahaha, yeah right. Also not 2 minutes away from Parramatta. Stop lying
Feb 19, 2017
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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 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 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+

"Good place for leaving or investment"

Good place for leaving or investment
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Good place to live for singles or couples."

Apartment living was fun. Shops are good. The people are unfriendly though.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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+

"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.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"a perfect place for nothing"

full of housing comission.
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"nice small city"

nice small city
good shops for most of the communities
Recommended for
  • Families with kids