Panania, NSW 2213

3.7(10 reviews)

Ranked 424th best suburb by locals in Sydney (Greater) Region, NSW

Great for

  • Neighbourly spirit
  • Parks and recreation
  • Clean & green
  • Public transport
  • Schools

Not great for

  • Nightlife

Who lives here?

  • Families With Kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Students

Reviews of Panania, NSW

5th December 2021

"Panania NSW 2213"

I moved to Panania in mid-2018 and have never looked back. There is such a community feel everywhere you go and so many friendly people in every direction. The infrastructure of this area definitely caters to all types of families. There is lots of bush lands, rivers, waterways, parks and open space to enjoy. There is a wide variety of shops, both independent and franchised and offers convenience at your doorstep. There is an array of family friendly restaurants which all offer outstanding value.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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2nd June 2021

"South side of Panania, a quiet leafy delight close to shops, playgrounds and Georges River National Park"

We moved to Panania in 2017 having bought our first home there, after renting for years in the St George area (both Oatley and Mortdale). At first I was reticent to move further ‘out west’ but the land sizes were so much better than what was available in St George and the prices back then were reasonable – something between $850,000 to $950,000 could get you a three or four bedroom home with a decent back yard i.e. 600qsm+. Today it’s more like $1,150,000 and rising, but I think that says a fair bit about the area.

After living here for four years, I have nothing but good things to say, it’s been a fantastic suburb to raise a young family. We live on the South side in a cul-de-sac street which is super quiet. Something that stuck with me is that after winning at auction the immediate neighbours came over and introduced themselves which was a nice touch; we're on first-name basis with those either side at us and routinely get a wave from others who walk or drive past. It has a great community spirit and being a quiet street it’s not unusual to have kids playing cricket on the street in Summer which is great. We’re only a 10-12 minute walk North to the shops and train station, and on the latter – the services to the city are great. Panania is an ‘express’ station so you can get a train to Central in around 30 mins which skips the airport, or you can change at Revesby for the slower all stops train. In terms of housing, in just four years there’s been some very noticeable gentrification – older houses bulldozed, new houses popping up all over the place. Yes there are quite a number of duplexes but it tends on which street you’re in – the more desirable streets tend to have large family homes built on them.

When it comes to eating/shopping there are plenty of options and a great choice of cafes – in the main Panania shops (around the train station) there are four that I’d recommend (KaDeli, Lisbon Love Patisserie, Lianna and Jane & James – the latter over the railway) as well as another called Chill Bean which I’ve not yet been to. There’s also three Italian restaurants – we have Pikkio, Zippoli and Enzo’s Cucina, all of which are excellent. That’s not to mention a bunch of other great eating spots including Green Bamboo (Vietnamese), Heaven Spoon Thai and Boom Boom Thai, and then the usual suspects: two bakeries, a Crust Pizza, a kebab shop and the region-famous Chicken Wizard (much better than the local Red Rooster, in my opinion). There’s also a decent-sized IGA if you can’t be bothered with the six minute drive to the nearby Revesby Coles or Woolworths.

The winner for me is the close access to numerous parks/playground (there are nine – 9! – within a good walking distance) and of course the beautiful National Park bush around the Georges River. Particular highlights along the river are Lambeth Reserve including the picturesque boardwalk round to Carinya Road/Picnic Point Reserve, as well as Fitzpatrick Park and Cattle Duffers flat – both right on the river, surrounded by bush. The latter two are an easy bike ride and you easily forget you’re in the middle of Sydney. There’s a number of great walking tracks circuiting Yeramba Lagoon, and once you’re in there you could be in the middle of the Blue Mountains. Finally, Kelso Beach is a great spot in summer to watch the sun set and turn the Georges River orange/pink.

In terms of the negatives, I was surprised to read complaints about aircraft noise. I’ve never been concerned by this, there is the odd plane but they’re so high you’d only notice it if out in your backyard. Occasionally there’s some less savoury characters around the train station, and on the north side of the tracks. The car burnouts is not something I’ve ever witnessed, but maybe it’s the area we’re in. The North side does tend to have less tidy homes, but that is mostly confined to Marco Ave or directly on the railway line - beyond that the smaller, quieter streets look just as nice as those on the South side. The state housing in nearby East Hills could be kept in better shape, but what do you really expect from people who aren’t homeowners? As for their tenants, when I walk past on the way down to the river (there’s a bunch of state houses near Monash Reserve), more often that not the locals out on their balconies are up for a “g’day” and a quick chat about the weather or the dog you’re walking. Never been a bother to me. The annoying quirk in the Panania neighbourhood is the number of streets without footpaths – a bit painful if you have a pram to push, but then many of the streets on the south side are very quiet so just a quirk, not a complaint. However aside from the abovementioned restaurants, there's no nightlife - it's not that sort of spot. If you're a young single looking for a fun night out, Panania is not for you - stick to the inner west or Cronulla.

All in all, I couldn’t be happier, short of being able to have a water view! In the last few years I’ve noticed an influx of young couples and, oddly, heaps more people out walking dogs (maybe a result of Covid-19). I’d highly recommend it for people looking for a more affordable suburb, further out than say St George, but still only 30-35 minutes from the CBD.

Hope this review is useful, and good luck with your home search!

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5th March 2021

"I don't wanna move anywhere else"

I was skeptical when moving here from the Inner west 10 years ago. I lived in the Panania hotel side of station. Since then I've been seeing so many people moving to the areas (station is full of professionals waiting for the trains in the morning in compared with when I first moved here). The areas has welcomed so many new young families due to many of its good school options, both primary and high school: St Christopher, St Luke, De La Salle Revesby, Mt St Joseph. If you look up, all these schools got pretty good rankings (a grandchild of my neighbor got HSC 97). I work in the city so the train trip took only 30 minutes which is perfect for me. There are many parks and reserves near my place and I love to take a stroll in the afternoon in the parks nearby, where many people running or walking their dogs, taking tennis lessons or playing tennis. We initially chose to buy this place because I am a light sleeper, I wake up at the very slightest noise, and luckily I made the right choice buying a place with a park right at my front door (but with walking distance to train station). The only noise I could hear in the evening or at night is maybe my brother's footstep when running upstairs or downstairs, it is so quiet. Being a semi-detached house, I hear nothing from my neighbor semi-detached either. We park our cars (Lexus) outside and never had a single issue for 10 years now. Also I paid off my mortgage much more quickly than I thought rather than buying somewhere else more expensive! Why not taking advantage of the fast train trips to city (25 mins) while you can. Not sure some of the reviews are so terrible, it's like they're describing some other totally different suburb. The suburb is ranked quite good in Domain Livability index as well: https://www.domain.com.au/liveable-sydney/sydneys-most-liveable-suburbs-2019/sydneys-569-suburbs-ranked-for-liveability-2019-903130/

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Melanie Poole real estate agent
Melanie Poole
First National Real Estate Daystar
18th February 2021

"Central location with great schools & transport"

Central location with an easy 30 minute drive or less to many Sydney landmarks such as the beach, the city & major shopping centres such as Bankstown, Liverpool, Miranda, Parramatta & Macarthur.
Located on the T8 train line, Panania offers an express train which allows you to get to the airport in roughly 15 minutes. There are also many bus stops & routes that travel through Panania
There are many school options, including Panania North, Panania Public, Tower St, St Christophers & Technically East Hills Girls & East Hills Boys High Schools are located in Panania.
There is an IGA located in Panania, and also a short drive to a Coles & Woolworths located in Revesby. Lots of great restaurants on Tower St.

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1st February 2021

"Good suburb but unnecessary aircraft noise spoiling the area."

I have lived in Panania since 1982. It is still a nice area but is gradually deteriorating. Houses are constantly being demolished so there always seems to be building works going on. The small suburban houses are being replaced with horrible modern buildings that do not fit in with the general ambience of Panania. They are oversized and built with extremely bad taste, boxey looking constructions, obviously designed by architects who wouldn’t know how to draw a curved line. Also the noise from constantly circling training flights is very annoying. Sydney is a big area so I don’t know why these flights can’t circle other parts of Sydney from time to time. Even if they just circled north of the airport occasionally would give us some relief. I live just off Tower Street and while the planes don’t usually go directly overhead they are close enough to give me a headache after a while. The noise is the main reason that would prompt me to move.

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  • Families with kids
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albertom1

Hi, totally agree with the comment about the aircraft noise. As you've been in the area for such a long time, has the noise got worse during recent years? When I raised a complaint to AIRSERVICES AUSTRALIA, they replied that the airspace is public and nothing will change.

jeffs14

I am a light sleeper and been living here for 10 years and had no issue with it at all. They usually stop flying after 5pm. You can hear it during the day if you pay attention, but it's not noisy as they just flew past and from a very long distance. No noise at all after 5pm. I didn't hear any aircraft noise in the evening or night time. btw I live on the side of the station with the Panania hotel and near Cammarlie St/Batchelor Avenue.

helena nguyen
helena nguyen

Agreed with you guys on the aircraft noise. I live in the north side. Its very annoying the noise constantly happen til late night

Ling GAO
Ling GAO

The aircraft noise is driving me crazy

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Rentals in Panania

"Peaceful and friendly neighborhood"

We have recently bought a house in panania (in the northern part) and have not encountered any sort of negative experience so far.. neighbours are friendly and smile and greet you sometimes. Not sure where these apparent ‘bad’ streets are.. we have walked several times towards the station during the day and night and have never felt unsafe. Like someone has mentioned in the comments below..it’s definitely a hidden gem! Close to everything and yet so peaceful. Highly recommend this suburb for young and growing families.

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emm4
emm4

Hi, do you have a problem with airplane noise like the other review mentioned?

albertom1

If you are looking for a house in the north side of the station, be prepared to hear aircraft noise for at least 7-8 hours a day for 3-4 days a week. I bought my house one year ago and just found out after that there was no aircraft noise due to the circuit training schools being closed for the Covid restrictions. Didn't find any comments about aircraft noise when I did my research, so now I want to flag to everyone moving in this area of this issue. Hopefully, more people will join my complaints and something will improve.

jeffs14

Hi emm4, I think when saying it's "noisy" you have to compare it to something else to make a fair comparison. If you live in Sydenham/Marrickville/Mascot areas, the aircraft noise is far much worse + very noisy as the flights are constant. However here in Panania, all the "noise" is just a few aircraft training every now and then/occasionally, definitely not for a full 7 or 8 hours straight, that sounds very unusual. Been here for a decade, I only notice the noise only 1 or 2 times a week when I work from home. I used to live in Inner West or those abovementioned areas and the noise from neighbours there are far worse. That is 1 of the reasons I moved here with my kid, to find somewhere I can have a good night sleep then the next day wake up well to go to work + care for my family.

jeffs14

I think in a quiet areas like Panania, then you noticed it much more even just the slightest of noise, because it's just so quiet here, hence the only "noise" can be noticed quite easily. When you live in a crowded place, so much noise at the same time making it "normal" and more acceptable.

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"Beware car drag burnout racing at night...."

Very annoying problem in this part of the neighborhood is the drag burnout car racing at night. I thought it was good for my family but I had enough after 2yrs here, don’t even bother reporting it to the police they won’t even bother with it...

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"A place i am happy to.call home"

I moved to Panania in August 2017, when I got married as my husband has lived here for the last 50 odd years as did his parents and they've never had a problem. Where I lived before at Baulkhan.Hills, (Boredom Hills) I am happy to say I no longer live there. While a lot of people say what a nice area it is, maybe in some respects, but you have to walk.everywhere as bus service sucks, and there is nothing to do. As far as rough trade, well every suburb has that
Look at Willmott, Bidwill etc, every direction of metropolis Sydney has its houso element. Panania may have but I love living here. Every thing is so easy to get to.

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"Little happy convienent & family-friendly suburb! Plus a new train station with lifts coming soon!"

The morning/afternoon/peak times (through Sydenham) Train only takes about 25 minutes to Sydney CBD. Government will upgrade the Panania station- there will be lifts and I cannot be any happier. It's a very working parents-friendly suburb. From the perspective of a person who had bought in the suburb, I am so in love with Panania. Close proximity to the major shopping centres & schools, but without the noise of crowded places and especially without the hefty price tag. After many years living here, I can say that the areas is safe as well. I am so impressed that Panania and Revesby got mentioned in Daily Telegraph as a place for young families!
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/south-west/revesby-and-panania-among-most-popular-suburbs-for-new-home-buyers/story-fngr8hxh-1226739677252

Crime rate of NSW suburbs map: http://crimetool.bocsar.nsw.gov.au/bocsar/

Great for

  • Easy train trip to Sydney CBD
  • Close to shopping centres & schools
  • Quiet, clean & safe environments for kids
  • Easy to catch a train to the city.

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AngelaY2

Hi there! I am looking at moving in Panania north side of the station on marco avenue. I have read so many bad comments on the internet about druggies and break ins in the north side of the station and im am freaking out right now. Please tell me things have changed and it is better now? Is it safe to go for a walk at night after dinner?

MariaD4

Hi Angela, to be honest, I have never had problems walking outside when it's dark here in the north side of the station. I usually see people walking with/without their dogs at night too, especially during weekends. I never saw druggies or sth like that so far - for the last 5 years. Of course I think common sense is not to stay out when it's too dark/late (I've read a news story about a woman got raped in an inner city/inner west suburb). The suburb got its own value and my neighbours seem to be nice and welcoming. Sometimes people on the streets say hello and smile to you even though we're just strangers. And if you do a research, some houses got sold lately in the suburb at 1.7 mil$ lately...which is a good indicator. I think when everything goes up, there will be not much difference between north or south anymore.

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"small town that noone wants to call home"

Left my car on the street once, was vandalized, with door locks smashed. Local mechanic packed up shop after constant vandalism to his business, equipment, and even vehicles. Have seen people place explosive devices inside of people mailboxes. Neighbours were bashed up walking home. Noone walks at night unless they have to. Neighbours have suffered broken windows, etc, they dont even bother with filing police reports, even the police will tell you its a waste of time. Almost had my motorbike stolen.
Crime reports for panania show crime has gone DOWN, in reality, after living there for nearly 10 years, and knowing the neighbours, the crime has not gone down. We have all just gotten used to it and dont even bother reporting it.
I probly should point out, im living on the bad side of panania... not the side with the IGA (where franklins used to be).

Great for

  • Only place I can afford to rent
  • Easy to catch a train to the city.
  • Sometimes on a clear night, you can almost see hope in the sky

Not great for

  • Constant vandelism to property
  • Shitty footpaths
  • Place is bascally a race track for morons at night. Take sleeping pills if the sound of burnouts keeps you up at night.
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Henry Hui
Henry Hui

Matt may I ask if u point out the location of bad side and good side more specifically? Because my family wants to move there

ichac

Hi Henry, I we live close to Freda Street in borders of Panania and Picnic Point and our family are loving it. we dont have any problem. loved the neighbourhood they are just too friendly. whatsoever so far except some night are very noise with "monkey" kinda sounds. But it only happens every now and then.. 3 times so far in 4 months.
I heard the Panania Hotel side is the bad side of the are but I dont have problem so far walking around that area in the day time. So I cant comment much in this.

heidi123
heidi123

We're near Picnic Point (South side of Panania) and I have heard of some cars being vandalized, but our car has been out on the street for a good 8 years and has never been touched. It's pretty quiet at night - and there are a lot of convenient shops and station just a 10 min walk away. Is convenient to all areas, city is like 30 mins by train, airport 20 mins by car, the beaches are about 30-40 min drive and also a trip to the mountains is about a 45 min drive - so is in the middle of everything - and yet you can park at the local shops without too much hassle - as it's not yet an over-crowded area... not sure for how long though. I recommend it for families - I feel safe living here.

tom-macet

Panania has been the best move for my family moving from the Eastern Suburbs. Panania is quiet and is one of the very few suburbs in Sydney that does not have traffic lights . There is also no high rise apartments that litter most suburbs which makes a huge difference for parking and traffic congestion. One of the added bonuses is you can be at the airport with in 15minutes and at Central in 30minutes via the efficient train system. The area is packed with schools and I'm with in walking distance to 4 public schools and 1 Catholic primary school. I'm regards to crime I'm up at 0430 most mornings walking the dogs and I've never seen any issues with crime or youth hanging round causing problems.
I personally think Panania is a hidden gem and highly recommend it for any young family .

jenb10

Hi guys, was looking at a property on Kennedy street picnic point, any thoughts on this area? Would be moving with a new baby from eastern suburbs .. thank you

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