9.2 out of 10

Newington

Ranked 66th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.838888149609 151.055352132121
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  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Parking
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jul 02, 2017

"Family friendly suburb!"

Lots of parks and playground for the kids. Safe even to walk around at night - lots of people walking their dogs.
Pros
  • Great playground facilities
  • Friendly People
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Everything you need at your door
  • Basics groceries and eating are convenient
  • Great school
Cons
  • few shopping options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Apr 05, 2016

"Oasis in the middle of Sydney"

Great suburb. Cant recommend highly enough.

1. The primary school is excellent and achieves some of the best academic results in the state.
2. Neighbours are friendly, considerate and actually talk to each other. This is the first suburb we've lived in where we know our neighbour's names
3. Lots of parks, cycle paths, running paths and opportunity for outdoor sport events.
4. Great little marketplace/village with some great restaurants (Jags, Mokoji, Kang chon), a woolworths, medical centre and gloria jeans
5. Community/strata is very well run and theres always someone doing gardening, landscaping and maintaining the place
6. Security- 24 hour patrol around the suburb. Everyone has back to base alarm systems and neighbours will often tell you if something is out of the ordinary. Most houses have solar power
7. Not cheap but definitely value for money considering you can get a relatively new/modern double story house/big apartment whereas neighbouring suburbs (rhodes/concord/lidcombe) are full of old single story houses or tiny new apartments
8. Great location. It may not have a public transport system but it is close to the M4, 5 minute drive from lidcombe station, close to wentworth point waterfront, buses will take you to strathfield station and its near costco/shopping centres etc

Some downsides though:
1. Mosquitos throughout summer can be pretty irritating, always have some insect repellent handy when leaving the house
2. When there are events on at Sydney Olympic Park, parking can be extremely annoying as people park at Newington for free parking
3. Very small land lots (approx 300sqm is the average size)
4. Quite strict architectural standards so cant be difficult to extend property, add rooms etc etc
Pros
  • Friendly People
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Everything you need at your door
  • Basics groceries and eating are convenient
  • Great school
Cons
  • No parking during events at SOP
  • Internet access is limited to sub-par DSL in most of the suburb
  • Lacking in public transportation
  • few shopping options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jan 03, 2016

"Sydney's best kept secret, an incredible hideaway in the inner west."

We've lived here for close to 5 years. With the rise of Rhodes and Wentworth point, Newington has many ammeneties and a large amount of parklands and bike trails.

Incredibly safe, family friendly and truly a bustling and growing community.
Pros
  • Friendly People
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Everything you need at your door
  • Basics groceries and eating are convenient
  • Great school
Cons
  • No parking during events at SOP
  • Internet access is limited to sub-par DSL in most of the suburb
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • 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
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Dec 18, 2015

"An ecological oasis in the middle of Greater Sydney"

Not many people know about Newington but it is one of the most underrated places in Greater Sydney, it's absolutely beautiful and if you love open spaces, the environment, walking, bike riding and the ability to live in a safe area then there is no better place than Newington.
Pros
  • Friendly People
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Everything you need at your door
  • Basics groceries and eating are convenient
  • Great school
Cons
  • Internet access is limited to sub-par DSL in most of the suburb
  • Lacking in public transportation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"It is a quiet and convienient place to live"

Pros
  • Friendly People
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Everything you need at your door
  • Basics groceries and eating are convenient
  • Great school
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The History Of Newignton"

Eleven days after the first British flag was raised at Sydney Cove, in 1788, Captain John Hunter and Lieutenant William Bradley, First Fleet officers of the HMS Sirius, explored the Parramatta River as far as present Homebush Bay. It was a shallow swampy area, flooded with tide, at the junction of that are now Powell’s and Haslam’s creeks.

The present suburb area was originally known as Liberty Plains, because of the colony’s first free settlers received grants there in 1793. They received small grants of 60 to 80 acres, but because it was a poor area for agriculture, grants were later increased and also changed hands over the following years. The area was chosen for occupation in order to provide a settlement between Sydney & Parramatta, and it became the last overnight stop before Sydney for teams travelling from the west.

Edward Powell was one of those who were granted 80 acres here in 1793. In 1807 he established the Halfway House on an additional grant fronting Parramatta Road. His son sold the inn to his brother in law James Underwood in about 1825, who leased it to James Kerwin, known as Jimmy the Jockey. The inn was reopened as the Horse & Jockey and this early landmark is still operating today. Underwood’s property in the area was not subdivided until 1878, when lots were described as being in the Village of Homebush. The streets laid out in 1878, in what had been open country, are virtually identical to those still existing.

Another early settler was D’Arcy Wentworth who arrived with the Second Fleet n 1790 as ships surgeon on the Neptune. After Macquarie became Governor, Wentworth was made principal surgeon and chief magistrate in the colony. He received a grant of 920 acres at the head of present Homebush Bay and adopted the colloquial name Home Bush for his estate. He established the first police force in this country, he was in charge of the money-minding side of the first bank in Parramatta, and had much to do with managing the affairs in the city.
Homebush saleyards were opened in 1882 by John Harris, then the mayor of Sydney. In 1906 a large area north of Parramatta road resumed for the construction of the state abattoirs. The installations were completed by 1915, and the abattoirs were transferred from Glebe Island.

The municipality was incorporated on 6 June 1906 and amalgamated with Strathfield in 1947. An important addition to Homebush is the State Sports Centre in Underwood Road. It was opened officially in 1984 but the premier of New South Wales, Neville Wran.

The most dramatic change for Homebush came when Sydney won the right to host the 2000 Olympics. The area of the old sale yards was totally transformed. There are now world class facilities for many sports, there is a large well appointed stadium, and aquatic centre. The Olympic Village has been transformed into the self contained suburb of Newington. There are luxury units now on the waterfront of Homebush Bay. The area is criss-crossed by cycle tracks and bush walks and there are many ponds and lakes which are home to a large number of animals and birds.
Pros
  • Friendly People
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Everything you need at your door
  • Basics groceries and eating are convenient
  • Great school
Cons
  • No parking during events at SOP
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"One of the best suburbs in Sydney"

Newington is by far one of the best suburbs in Sydney. It has so much open space and parks. It is a small pocket suburb in the Olympic Park which is always maintained to a high standard.

The best part of Newington is the convenience of location. It is geographically the centre of Sydney so which every direction you go you are relatively close. If you drive to the city it is about 30 minutes and no tolls. There is no train station but you are very close to major stations via bus if public transport is your thing. There is also the ferry into the city at the end of hill rd which is a great alternative route to the city.

Newington has a village atmosphere with the local shops with more and more restaurants opening. Its great for kids with the parks and Blaxland Riverside Park nearby which is such a massive new kids park with every playground ride imaginable.

If you like events you have all the major sporting events and concerts at your doorstep and don't have to worry about parking as you can walk there.

If you like your fitness the olympic park has some of the finest facilities and there is miles and miles of tracks for cycling or walking around nature.


In short Newington is pretty hard to beat overall as a suburb in sydney. I have lived here for the last 4 years as a owner/resident and don't plan on moving out as it is such a great place to raise a family.
Pros
  • Major Events at your doorstep
  • Friendly People
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Everything you need at your door
  • Basics groceries and eating are convenient
  • Great school
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Peaceful and livable suburb. A very good family friendly suburb."

It's a great place to live, very centrally located. Just a bit inconvenient with public transport. Buses are not that frequent and there is no train.
Pros
  • Basics groceries and eating are convenient
  • Great school
  • Green and beautiful
  • Friendly People
  • Parks and Open Spaces
Cons
  • Lacking in public transportation
  • Internet access is limited to sub-par DSL in most of the suburb
  • No parking during events at SOP
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 3/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"One of my favourite suburbs"

Newington, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush and Rhodes are my favourite suburbs. Newington is great for bike rides as it has many trails and easy access to public transport. It is close to Sydney Olympic Park which is good if your going to a game at the stadium or something, but when you don't go to a game it is really bad at night because of the noise, but thats ok, the suburb makes up for it. Overall, I love Newington, the houses are great, the people are friendly and it has alot of bike trails for bike enthusiasts like me.
Pros
  • Everything you need at your door
  • Friendly People
  • Parks and Open Spaces
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 3/5
  • 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+

"Awesome suburb"

We are a young family of professionals and have been living in the suburb for last 3 years - and we just love the place. Our daughter loves going to the playground which is only mins walk. It has beautiful walking and cycling tracks.
All basic amenities are close by - Medical centre, dentist, physio, woolworths, newsagency, bank, asian supermarket, bakery, dry cleaners, salon, and many other shops and restaurants.
Pros
  • Everything you need at your door
  • Friendly People
  • Parks and Open Spaces
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Quiet and green suburb"

Pros
  • Everything you need at your door
  • Friendly People
  • Parks and Open Spaces
Cons
  • few shopping options
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The best place to live!"

We have just moved in to Newington in the last 4 weeks, and whilst it wasn't a big move from Concord we were worried about the whether it would be as good as Concord. Whilst it doesn't have the dining options that the main strip on Concord does, it is an amazing suburb and we love it.

The people are friendly, the houses are lovely, and the facilities are perfect. Whilst Woolworths at Newington is probably better off as a small shop destinations, Rhodes and Top Ryde are only 5 minutes drive away when you are wanting to do a big grocery shop. Having a small selection of shops also means that you can always get a parking spot at the local shops which is a big plus!

There is nothing my husband and I love more than taking our dog for a walk on one of the many walking tracks both within Newington and out in Sydney Olympic Park. There is a plethora of parks and playgrounds in and around Newington that keep the kids completely happy and occupied. Having easy walking access to Sydney Olympic Park is also a massive positive when there are events such as sport or the Easter Show on as it is a massive savings for parking costs. Whilst the down side is that some visitors to the area park in Newington for events to also avoid the cost of parking.

Now that we live in Newington I can not recommend it enough and would encourage anyone thinking of buying here to make the leap and move here!
Pros
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Friendly People
  • Everything you need at your door
Cons
  • No parking during events at SOP
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
bbwong02
bbwong02 I am thinking of moving to Newington but I dont know what high school I can send my son to. Do you have any recommendations for public high schools near that area?
Thanks
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A family friendly safe neighborhood, with lot's of facilities nearby"

My family and I have lived in Newington since late 2003 and have enjoyed living here. The neighbours in the area are friendly and are there for you when you need them.

There is always some form of entertainment in Olympic park (which is within walking distance) and there are lots of small and large parks of which Bicentennial Park is probably the most well known.

Although there's no train station in Newington itself, public transport is quite good. There are frequent bus services to Parramatta, Strathfield, Lidcombe and to Olympic Park Wharf (for ferries to the CBD and Parramatta). Trains can be taken from Olympic Park train station, from Lidcombe station (5 min drive, ample parking) or Strathfield station (10 min drive, limited parking).

The vicinity to Olympic Park also brings one minor nuisance though, during games at ANZ stadium the entry streets of Newington fill up with cars from event visitors trying to avoid to pay parking fees (mainly Wind Pde and Newington Dr). This has not been an issue for us as we live in one of the best streets of Newington (Diamond Court).

Shops in Newington cater mainly for the daily groceries, as there is not much more than Woolworths, a newsagent, a video store a medical centre and a pharmacy. However Rhodes shopping centre (IKEA, etc) is nearby, as well as Top Ryde City shopping centre (our new favourite shopping place).

Newington has a couple of restaurants, the recommended ones are Jouliana's (Italian) and Hinode (Japanese), there is also a Thai restaurant. In addition to the restaurants there are a couple of take away shops (Fish/Seafood, Kebab & Subway). Further there are a handful of restaurants at the piazza in nearby Wentworth Point (formerly Homebush Bay).

New shops and restaurants are due to open soon (late 2010)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A world icon"

Very peacefull with convenient public transport facilities and a world class entertainment precinct at your door step.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"A rather inconvenient suburb"

Newington is about twenty minutes' drive west from the city. The only way to get there will be by public bus or car. Residents who live here normally have to get on the bus to bring them to Strathfield to catch a train to work in the city.

The houses and residential units here are fairly new as they were developed during the planning of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The streets in between the houses are narrow and cars are often parked on the kerb to allow for traffic.

There are many outdoor activities available for residents of Newington. Newington is an easy bike ride to Sydney Olympic Park and there are many parklands around this area to explore.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
ceeonz
ceeonz I have never seen a car parked on the kerb - were you wearing your glasses?

The bus to Strathfield takes about 15 minutes. Perhaps it may be inconvenient for those who want a train station on their doorstep... neatly packaged with the dregs of society that hang out at train stations... but that's your choice.
2yrs+
jeka1103
jeka1103 I don’t think you've ever been to the 200 or so suburbs you've reviewed.

I have never seen a car parked on the kerb at Newington either. There’s plenty of parking in Newington. The units all have underground parking and the houses all have driveways and plenty of room for extra parking on the wide streets, and for the places close to the shopping centre there’s always spare spots there. Also, with Olympic Park growing with office blocks there are many trains leaving from the station every day of the week (I think they go every 15 minutes weekdays and every 10 minutes when theres an event on). There are several buses that go from the Newington to Olympic Park station, meaning people can then catch the train to Lidcombe and swap to go to either the city or the Western Suburbs. The station is no more than 5 minutes drive from Newington.
2yrs+
OrangeClogs
OrangeClogs I wonder if you are a daily public transport user in Newington? Lidcombe station is only 5 min drive, has ample parking and has very frequent peak hour train services to Sydney CBD. The bus services coming through Newington can take you to Parramatta, Strathfield, Lidcombe, Olympic Park Wharf (for ferries to the CBD and Parramatta) and to Olympic Park train station.

Unless you want to live right next to a train station, I would call that good public transport.
2yrs+
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