4.0 out of 10

South Windsor

Ranked 424th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.6275180347351 150.796282297196
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Medical Facilities
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students

Reviews

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 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 06, 2017

"South Windsor,The Bronx of the Hawkesbury"

The best thing about South Windsor is the road leading out of here.Having lived here for 17 years I can honestly say that this is the worst place I have ever lived in.Having lived in Cabramatta for over 20 years,Cabramatta is heaven compared to this insipid hell hole.If I could afford to move I would.The local wildlife(the people) are an absolute abomination of nature.Drug affected hoons intimidate during the day at South Windsor shops and rule the poorly lit streets and alley ways at night time.Most people I know(some locals,some friends)know to stay away from this area like the plague.Bashings,fights,drug deals,car hoons robberies,vandalism are a constant presence here.Most locals do not venture past their front door at night.There is little to no decent shopping in Windsor mall.The nearest reputable shopping is 1/2 an hours drive.Traffic on the main thoroughfare is almost constant gridlock on the Main Street which is often more than 1 kilometre long in each direction.The Hawkesbury council reeks of capitalism with a strong army of henchmen to extort every last cent from the mainly poor residents.With very limited street parking available,the shopping centres private car park is now a militant 2 hr zone.The employees of the businesses upstairs need to be vigilant of the time as they have to move their cars every 2 hrs.The 2nd private car park across the road is now under the same scrutiny and the main access gate is locked everyday at 16:30.Although closing time is 17:00 even on Thursday night.The council rates are exorbitant.Even though a quick look at their budget seems to allow for $150,000 p.a for mobile phone calls.The police are extremely lacking in motivation.Having been to the police for legitimate concerns for an illegal break in,serious vandalism to my property and my neighbours,stolen property and a death threat,I was informed there was nothing they could do.I shudder to think what would happen if myself or my family was in serious need of assistance.The local neighbours are too scared to voice their concerns due to repercussions from either the council or the police.Its a shame that law abiding residents need to live in fear of speaking up.Im curious to see what will happen to me.The one brilliant factor about Windsor is the hospital.The best I have seen or used.10/10.However my honest warning is STAY CLEAR OF THE BRONX OF THE HAWKESBURY.
Cons
  • Low socioeconomic area
  • Unpleasant people
  • no very big shopping centre
  • Terrible public transport
  • tarin station is very old needs to be upgraded on both side
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Dec 21, 2016

"Hell on Earth"

Lived here since Primary school & it is horrible. People call me wog-boy because I come from a family of Greeks, majority of women are so vile, disrespectful, occasionally racist (that one also applies to men) & the students at schools are demons. If I could, I would take Sydney anytime, somewhere more diverse, friendly & alive. This place is straight up Bogan ghetto. I'm not as depressed or scared as I am angry & fed up. These people need professional help.
Pros
  • Food
Cons
  • Occasional Racism
  • Lack of decency
  • Weather
  • Low socioeconomic area
  • Unpleasant people
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
2yrs+

"If you want to get away from the ratrace and still be in communiting distance, then South Windsor might be an option for you"

Most important thing to know about living here: we have the original NBN - fibre to the premises. It is glorious.

My partner and I bought a place out here about 8 months ago with no idea what we were in for. We wanted a place of our own to get away from the horrible renting cycle in Sydney and didn't want to pay a ransom for a shitty fibro and asbestos filled house, nor wanted to pay strata.
We knew our options were limited and decided to go further out.

Cost of living here is very low, which is great if you're on a budget. BUT insurance options for flooding are limited and council rates are quite high.

If you want to get away from the ratrace of Sydney, then the Hawkesbury is the place to be. It's quiet and peaceful, and great if you like bike rides.

I'll be honest, it sucks that trains are only half an hour apart. This would be my biggest gripe about living here.
We're a 5-minute drive to Windsor station where there is plenty of parking.
You do need to be organised if you're commuting to the city (which is just over an hour on the train) and have someway to pass the time. If you don't drive, then you might want to start bike riding, as the bus routes times are limited.

The closest fast food chain is at McGraths Hill. We've put on a bit of weight from trying out all the amazing places in the surrounding suburbs. Keep in mind, most restaurants/take away places close early.

I've experienced the good and bad from the local public hospital and I would still say it surpasses what friends have experienced in other western suburb hospitals.

We've also had to call the police on three occasions and the response times from the police has been amazing. They take their job very seriously here.

It's a 20-minute car drive from the new Marsden Park development too.

If you want suburbia, then South Windsor is not the place for you. We're at least 20 minutes from the closest (decent) shopping centre.

This is my first winter here. It's not just cold, it's freezing. Make sure your place has heating otherwise you'll be doing a lot of crying.
I'll be honest, I still don't feel comfortable running around on my own once the sun goes down. It is VERY dark and the street lights don't cover nearly enough.
Pros
  • NBN
  • Food is amazing
  • Peaceful/quiet
  • Affordable living
  • direct link to city (train)
  • Little Traffic
  • close to mountains views
Cons
  • Don't feel safe at night
  • Terrible public transport
Recommended for
  • Country Lovers
1/5 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 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"A ghetto in Western Sydney"

South Windsor is a very low socio economic area in Western Sydney. Definetely the Hawkesbury's worst suburb on par with notorious suburbs like Mt Druitt and Doonside. North Richmond, Richmond and the rest of the Hawkesbury is pretty much the same. South Windsor is notorious for being a low socio economic suburb with crime like drug dealing, stabbings, robberies being a regular thing on a day to day basis. The suburb has terrible public transport, roads and shops. Living here is very cheap which is good for people looking for affordable homes. I believe the five star rating reviews are just real estate agents tring to get people to buy the homes here. The people here can be nice but most are sketchy hoodlums. Overall South Windsor is a very rough suburb not for people who get scared easily or who are from the city.
Pros
  • Affordable living
  • Plenty of Schools
  • direct link to city (train)
Cons
  • Crime
  • Unpleasent and unclean
  • Gangs and corrupt police
  • Low socioeconomic area
  • no very big shopping centre
  • Unpleasant people
  • tarin station is very old needs to be upgraded on both side
  • Terrible public transport
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"I had my doubts, but so glad I bought here."

My wife and I bought a townhouse along the main road in South Windsor a few years ago mainly due to its affordability and proximity to my workplace in Norwest Business Park. Whilst I too heard rumours from some of the public about what to expect when living in South Windsor (all of which are mentioned in reviews below), I do not regret for a second making the choice to purchase there. The town has improved significantly since our purchase. New housing/strata developments are starting to replace some of the more worn-out and unappealing buildings in town. Owner-occupiers are becoming more common, which is helping build a culture where the people living in South Windsor care for their town. This means less graffiti, less rubbish, acceptable behaviour, and cleaner properties etc. I never feel threatened walking around, and my wife and I will regularly walk the neighbourhood on the weekends, stopping off at the beautiful cafes in Windsor, strolling along the Hawkesbury River, and enjoying the open space that you commonly get here which is now so rare for matured towns in NSW. I love to exercise and have ample access to sporting facilities, parks, and car-free roads smelling of fresh farm-filled air around the Richmond low-lands to do my cycling and running.

I am also realising that this is a great place to invest. Due to factors including the RAAF base nearby, there is always high demand for short-medium term leases. Owners benefit by getting great rental income, and also very respectable tenants who look after your place. Considering the purchase prices in South Windsor for entry level houses/townhouses are still very low ($350-400k) when you compare them to the $700-800k townhouses 20 mins up Windsor Road, I do not plan on selling my place any time soon. But then again I should not be surprised, like any suburb situated next to popular suburbs like Windsor, Bligh Park, Windsor Downs, and Richmond, it is only a matter of time before South Windsor is improved to assimilate with the surrounding area.

To add to the above, I would probably guess that the development of the new business park in nearby Marsden Park, containing the who's who of major retailers, and presence of many business head/regional offices, as well as the new North West train line (with plans to eventually extend to Schofield station) will add some weight to the medium-long term reasons to purchase in areas near Richmond-Blacktown Road, or the Western train line now, rather than do so later when prices start to increase in alignment with the more expensive housing developments popping up in these areas.

I will admit that you pay a small price for the space and greenery surrounding the area, this being distance/access to the CBD. It takes just over 1 hour to get to the CBD by train, which for some is a little challenging. However my wife has been travelling to Sydney for work now for +2 years, with the only problem being the 6.15am wake-up! But this is a common problem for many of us!
Pros
  • great rental income for purchase price
  • sporting facilities
  • Affordable living
  • Plenty of Schools
  • direct link to city (train)
  • Little Traffic
  • close to mountains views
Cons
  • Distance from CBD
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Not very friendly or safe (SOUTH WINDSOR IM TALKING ABOUT.. Not so much the rest of the hawkesbury)"

Found it unpleasant and unfriendly place to live, makes me wonder how many of the '5 star reviews' are in actual fact written by home sellers or real estate agents. Of course Windsor as a whole is quite lovely with nice things to do but I would personally avoid South Windsor to live, especially the main streets (lets say any of the main walking roads between south windsor and the [train station / numerous pubs and/OR centerlink]....)

Had excellent internet access so there is a plus. Public transport is close. Plenty of DOH homes around if you need a cheap place provided by the government and your into that sort of thing. (oh yeah the DOH also rents 'private' units / flats / apartments etc for their residents now so dont be surprised if there are DOH people living in the 'private rental' next door, or similar).

Oh yeah gotta love the cockroaches running about everywhere, we religiously bombed the house and roof/attic area it was the only way to keep the things out but from the constant infiltrations I can only assume most people consider them their life long friends..

If you have the privilege of living in south windsor you will find even the council workers dont give a damn about you when they start doing extremely noisy compacting and demo sawing at 6.30am, which by the way is absolutely wonderful for shift workers.
Pros
  • close to centerlink
  • close to plenty of pubs and bottle shops, plus hospital if you OD or get bashed.
  • plenty of cockroaches for the entomologists in all of us
  • Affordable living
  • direct link to city (train)
Cons
  • Unsafe, and always feeling 'on-edge'
  • Unpleasant school enviroment for kids!
  • no very big shopping centre
  • Low socioeconomic area
  • Unpleasant people
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
2yrs+

"Avoid this place at all costs"

This place is ghetto. It's dirty, full of uncouth and drunken people, extremely far away from Sydney CBD with awful public transport- the nearest station is Windsor and trains to and from the city come only every half hour, and take over an hour to get to the CBD. It is a low-socioeconomic area. Like another person who reviewed this suburb, I would say it is on par with Mt Druitt. Probably the worst area in the Hawkesbury. If you can help it, do not live here.
Pros
  • Affordable living
  • Plenty of Schools
Cons
  • Unpleasant people
  • Terrible public transport
  • Low socioeconomic area
1/5
2yrs+

"Terrible place to live, would liken it these days to mt druit or st marys!"

Windsor may be a nice town as a whole but South Windsor is the worst place I have ever lived, drunken violent men (gangs?) wandering around aimlessly at 2-3am smashing things (including peoples windows), cars getting tires slashed or burned down, I have seen the windows at south Windsor shops smashed numerous times in the short 2 years i have lived here.. If you have any other choice I would recommended against it! If you find a nice place, that is safe and your car and things are sure to be safe then sure move in just whatever you do I strongly suggest you to KEEP TO YOURSELF and not talk to the neighbours, let it take a year or two before you sort out the ferals/bogans from considerate people and only mix with the people you find acceptable, there are sure plenty of rotten apples around this area.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"One of the best towns to live in"

I think this on of the best town to live in as it is clear areas, handy location as not very far from the sydney(direct train to city), quiet location, good community, and developing industrial areas. Cost of living is ok and have few places to dining out. Medical facilities are good and lots of child care centres. rental returns are not bad. just to be chossy for the property as couple of places may not be very safe for late night walk i.e. same in all parts of the world...

recommend to live in Windsor.... :)))))
Pros
  • direct link to city (train)
  • close to mountains views
  • Affordable living
  • Little Traffic
  • Plenty of Schools
Cons
  • no very big shopping centre
  • tarin station is very old needs to be upgraded on both side
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A few bad apples,… every suburb has them"

Name a suburb in Western Sydney where you don’t have reports of theft, vandalism and other crimes. You can go to Mosman and spend $6m on the nicest street on the nicest home. It wont stop someone from breaking in and attaching a bomb around your neck.

South Windsor is less then an hour from the city and provides very affordable living. Where else in Sydney can you buy a free standing brick home for under $350,000 which is minutes from Windsor and Richmond which boasts a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes. South Windsor is minutes from Hawkesbury River which has some great spots in the Summer time. South Windsor itself provides basic shopping options, gyms, an established aquatic centre, sporting centres which cater to sports such as basketball, indoor soccer, touch football, netball, volleyball and many more. This also accommodates all ages.

There are no more vacant building blocks in South Windsor. Old homes are being removed and replaced by new developments. This is quickly improving the area making it more appealing to investors and first home buyers.

After eight years I have never had my house or car broken into. I have never been mugged or harassed. 95% of the people are genuine and friendly, and as with every area the remaining 5% can be scum bags. I have caught the train late at night on several occasions and never feared for my safety.

I would recommend this area to anyone looking to buy affordable living with the potential of significant capital gain. There are only two or three bad streets which give the area a bad reputation. If you don’t know these streets you will when you drive down them. Otherwise the remanding areas are quite nice.
Pros
  • Affordable living
  • Plenty of Schools
  • Little Traffic
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great place to start or invest"

South Windsor has traditionally being a lower socio economic area; associated with high levels of rental activity. However with increasing investment by the Hawkesbury council and state government South Windsor and sourrounding areas are in a state of transitional change whereby there is an increasing owner ocupier base, with increased levels of renovation and rebuilding.

Areas of South windsor do flood; as with much of the Hawkesbury/Blacktown regions including the newly realesed kilania estate, I would suggest that any potential purchasers do their research before purchasing and purchase in areas above the 1 in 100 year flood zone rating. These ratings are provided by Hawkesbury council itself and are included in any purchaseing document.

Within the area there are many public amenities such as child friendly parks, dog friendly parks, an indoor swiming pool and open riverfront parkland. The streets are clean and where I reside the neighbours are ealderly, approachable and very generous. Public transport consists of the Richmond trainline, Taxis and also Buses; including the new Windsor bus exchange terminal.

This area is a great place to live, I would recomend it to anyone.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
2yrs+

"Only live here if you have to."

This suburb is a very low economic area, the houses are all up on high brick walls due to being a flood plain. Its not close to any transport and its so far out from the city, if you work in the north west then the travelling isnt to bad.

My advise would really avoid living unless you have to.