8.5 out of 10

Umina Beach

Ranked 199th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.5235636323753 151.30960575789
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Eating Out
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Clean & Green
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

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

"Good returns/continued capital growth/infrastructure"

Having bought two properties in Umina Beach 17 years ago - one on the hillside and one on the flat (15min walk to beach and shops), we can honestly say that we have made quite a significant gain in terms of our rental returns, capital gains and resale value. The area has changed and grown with the times with infrastructure and refurbishment of facilities and amenities breathing new life into the area and it's surrounds. Even so, the focus is still on the local community (the old-fashioned Australian way) - people do take the time to know their neighbours. The shopping strip itself has a nice/relaxed village feel with everything you would need or are likely to want from a shopping village - brand-new (Woolworths, Coles, Aldi) with (Specialty Stores, Restaurants and Cafes) continually on the increase. Up-market surf clubs now reside in Umina beach and Ocean Beach offering nice local treats/produce/coffee - we've had many a lovely breakfast/lunch/dinner at the Umina Beach Surf Club. A large $3mil recreational family park with BBQ facilities is adjacant to the surf club and the beach making it a fun family spot, also due to the Big 4 Ocean Beach Holiday park in Umina Beach. Obviously, the area does become a hive of activity during the tourist seasons, however this only adds to the over-all buzz. It's lovely to see Tourists/Sydney-siders shopping for their holiday groceries in Woolworths or Coles relaxed/happy just wrapped in a beach towel or surong, sandy thongs - surfboard or boogie board underarm. Further down the shopping strip, entering into the next suburb you'll find a terrific local Cinema, Saturday markets, cafes, more specialty shops and the Beach-front Mantra Resort. In the opposite direction, over the hill nearest to Ocean beach, you'll stumble across suburbs such as Pearl Beach/Patonga, which also offer lovely beaches/bays/camping grounds, together with nice local produce and hospitality. Venture 10mins South of Umina Beach and you'll find a train station and the F3 - perfect for the commuter with Hornsby only 40mins away. Crime in the area is comparable to any beach-side Sydney suburb that we are very aware of - honestly, it's safer here. You'll get the tourists with a mix of trouble-makers amongst them, together with a few undesirable locals as well - half expected due to having shops and hotel/resort facilities in the area. Over-all though, we've always felt very safe, primarily due to the community spirit here, and nearby policing. We made the right choice for our family 17 years ago moving here from inner Sydney - we were lucky enough to buy into the area prior to the now obvious growth. Of course properties are nowhere near as cheap as when we purchased, however, there is still some bargins/renovators to be snapped up in today's market. You only have to look at this area's growth with it's on-going infrastructure to realise it's potential and property price increase. We realised 17 years ago - it took a bit of time for the area to kick start it's potential, but here it is...!
Pros
  • Train-line and F3 10mins away - great for commutors
  • 40mins to Sydney suburb of Hornsby via F3 or train
  • Assortment of cafes/restaurants with a cinema/markets/hotels and resorts nearby
  • Has a beach
  • Close to Sydney
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Lots of great bush walks with great views
  • Has running water
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
CLJ CLJ
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
  • 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
Feb 16, 2017

"Umina Beach, perhaps not love at first sight but it will grow on you!"

Umina has been my home for four years now. Over that time I have come to love living here.

Where to start... Where else in the greater Sydney region would you find minimal traffic, free parking near the beach, great cafes, a variety of great places to visit and explore. I have lived in Wollongong, Gladesville, and Bondi. If I were looking at a place to live, I would take Umina over any other place I have lived.

I now have two children, one 3-month old girl and one 4 year-old boy. The boy goes to a child care centre on Australia Avenue. The educators at his childcare centre are amazing. They truly love and care for my son. They have given him a love of books and learning. The centre itself runs various interesting activities, having visitors come to the place and introducing the kids to animals and more.

I am a lawyer and I have my own practice from home. At lunch I go for a walk along Umina Beach or a swim at Pearl Beach.

I look forward to having you discover Umina Beach.
Pros
  • Close to Sydney
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Has a beach
Cons
  • No local private high schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Country Lovers
jacquij1
jacquij1 Hey CLJ, great to read your comments. We just purchased a house in Umina and we are moving up from Sydney in June with our 2 girls (4 and 1) and a bub on the way. I am a lawyer too and will be running my practice from home as well as a copywriting business. I am nervous about settling in but happy to now you;re enjoying it! Cheers, JJ
Apr 30, 2017
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ms5 ms5
5/5
Oct 12, 2016

"A great seachange"

We moved from Sydney (North Shore) 4 years ago and we are now raising 2 kids here on the Central Coast. Cheaper housing allows you to get by on less income. I commute to Sydney for work and my wife stays at home. We love the proximity to the beach, the flat topography for bike riding, community spirit etc.

What it lacks in culture and eating out it gains in natural assets and amenity. We regularly go to Sydney for shows and stay in a hotel in the city, but on the average weekend, being in a smaller community by the sea beats the city any day.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Sep 17, 2016

"Wouldn't Live Anywhere Else"

I've lived in Umina Beach my whole life.
My Husband and I both grew up here. We met each other at school, and have happy memories of childhood adventures.
Camping in Patonga, mountain bike riding through the many bush tracks between Umina and Patonga, fishing and jumping from Ettalong wharf after school during the Summer, and having the privilege of swimming at the beach until dark, and still being able to make it home before dinner.
Contrary to the stupid rumours, Umina is an incredibly safe place.
Kids as young as ten are still playing cricket in the street after dark, or riding their bikes down to the corner store.
I feel safe walking my dog at 9pm.
Umina is a part of who we are.
We have lived in Sydney to be closer to higher paying work oppertunities for a few years, but in the end we couldn't stand it anymore.
It was smelly, fast paced, and we didn't want to raise our children in a place you hear a horror story on the news about every evening.
Stabbings, shootings, gang related violence, terrorism... ew.
I didn't feel safe walking down the street in the middle of the day let alone at night, with Arabic men giving me "looks" or yelling derogatory things out their car windows.
We moved back home to start our family, and my Husband would rather get up early to travel into Sydney than have us ever back in that dirty environment again.

Umina is a place to call home.
The community spirit here is like nothing you will find anywhere else.
I love the way West Street comes alive at night, and people can walk around barefoot after just walking up from the beach for dinner.
I love the slow pace, the early morning walks with my dog along the beach, and eating dinner and watching the sunset on the beach with my family in the Summer, any night of the week.
I love that wherever we go, we are constantly seeing familiar, friendly faces.
We band together during times of crisis in our community, and we help each other out.
There are beautiful beaches, bush tracks, picnic and fishing spots e v e r y w h e r e, it's just gorgeous.
The people here are friendly, easy going, and look out for one another.
I love the way the people of Umina are so proud and protective of our community.
There is always something fun and free to do with the family on the weekends.
Bike riding, bush walking, boating, fishing, picnic and BBQ areas, fantastic playgrounds, community events, markets, lots of local clubs...and you don't need to drive anywhere, it's all within walking distance.
There are three public primary schools, one catholic primary school, and two highschools on the Peninsula, and the Primary Schools in particular have a fantastic reputation with strong ties to the community.
The cons of living in any small beachside community is obviously having to venture out of town a bit for private schools and larger shopping centres, but that's a small price to pay in my opinion.
Our children attend a Christian school twenty minutes drive out of town, but unless you work in town you have to drive out towards the private schools anyway, and most of them have buses that pick the kids up too (ours does).
We have a reputable local soccer club, little athletics, and several dance schools for kids.
A PCYC that runs other activities for children, like karate and boxing, and a Scouts group that's run through the local hall.
There's a Nippers at Umina Beach every Sunday during Summer.
The local church runs program's for children on Friday and Saturday nights, and a pantry club for those struggling in our community, where they can go and help themselves to groceries.
Deepwater Plaza has an abundance of shopping options, and there are lots of great cafes and restaurants, not only in Umina, but in the surrounding suburbs of Woy Woy and Ettalong Beach.
Lots of boutique shops, a leisure centre with indoor pools, basketball courts and a gym with a crche .
What I love most about Umina is the people. The people here are beautiful.
Easy going and friendly, will stop to have a chat..
We have our community "icons" like those with disabilities that everyone knows by name, and an old "can man" who sadly passed two years ago, but who we all loved, as well as an old man who walks around with two walking sticks telling jokes down West Street.
Some people might be turned off this place by the thought of these beautiful people, or by the "bogans"/old school Aussie's, but I think the many different people here, and the spirit of acceptance and belonging in this town is what makes it so special.
This is most definitely the place for you if you "get" life and what it's really all about.
If you are down to earth, love people and the outdoors, and want a simple, happy life.
Pros
  • Community spirit, friendly people
  • Safe
  • Easy going, laid back lifestyle
  • Close to Sydney
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Has a beach
  • Lots of great bush walks with great views
  • Fresh air
Cons
  • Jealous Sydney siders and stuck up whinging snobs giving our great town a bad name
  • Busy during tourist seasons (for good reasons, obviously)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
skyed1
skyed1 Thank you for your wonderful words - my husband and I plan to move up to Umina as we too are over the Sydney life and want to move somewhere we would be proud to raise our future children and you have just reinforced why I want to move here. My husband has to travel to Artarmon every day for work, he is a little worried on whether the drive might be too much - but we are thinking of renting for 6-12 months first in area and then purchasing something once done our homework on what areas we like. Thanks again!
Jan 23, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Excellent place for breach lovers, nature lovers, those looking to for a train trip to work kind of place"

There is much to Umina Beach- more than you may expect. This year we have seen whales from the deck, walked along the beach with a leopard seal, chatted to locals, enjoyed super fast NBN, had our son attend an excellent child care and generally enjoy the relaxed and comfortable life style.
Pros
  • Whales swimming 20 meters off shore, Wallabies and other wild life
  • You can see the stars
  • People are friendly and look after one another
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Life in a small town"

I moved to Umina beach 11 years ago from the north shore of Sydney. I have lived all over Australia and Sydney and in my experience you get a mix where ever you are... It is the company you keep. Yes Umina has a lot of Centrelink dependants. 80% of them are aged pensioners... Is that a crime? I remember Byron Bay when it was nothing more than surf, sun, drugs and party time... surfers paradise was the same 35 years ago.. Umina Beach like so many other coastal towns is coming of age.. There are lovely beach side cafes' and some fab restaurants. The movie theatre is beautiful ... has personality not like the huge mall cinema complexes.. The beach here is beautiful and dog friendly. The boutique like shopping is on the increase and for me a much nicer experience than a sterile Mall. Saturday mornings the Shopping Centre is a hive of activity only down side is there is a lot of traffic but not road rage.! People are warm and friendly, You actually get to know your butcher your baker and your news agent. It is a pleasure to belong to a community that cares.. One can walk down the street and stop and chat about nothing in particular ... lived all over Sydney never had that once... It does need the roads upgraded big time but I am sure given time this too will happen.. Roads cost a lot of money. More and more development is going on and plans to Mall the main shopping Centre will only add to Umina's charm. I moved to NZ and I came back I missed Umina so much. It is home and I love it.
Pros
  • friendly
  • great community spirit
  • Close to Sydney
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Fresh air
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
2yrs+

"Surrounded by National Parks and waterways"

I've been holidaying in Umina for the last 10 years and moved here permanently 3 years ago. I'm very happy with the decision. It's quiet but has all the facilities a young family wants and is the best place on the Coast to commute to Sydney from, due to the train service and close access to the F3, as well as the Palm Beach ferry.

The CBD has a some excellent restaurants as well as supermarkets and specialty shops. There are mostly young families and retirees here so the nightlife is not exactly happening although the Ocean Beach hotel has a nice bistro and beer garden.

There's an amazing playground at the beach, as well as a skate ramp and bbq's.

Situated in between Brisbane Waters and the Hawkesbury River. Palm Beach is 20 minutes away by ferry and there are many secluded fishing and camping spots a short drive away, whether by boat or car.

Prices have risen over the past year or 2, but they're still about the same as the peak prices paid in 2003-04. It is relatively good value when compared to Sydney, which has had recent price rises. Anything that comes on the market sells quickly. A number of hard to sell properties have recently been bought and these signs indicate prices are about to rise soon.

Although it is 90 kms to Sydney by road, it's only about 60kms by train to Sydney from Woy Woy. So, it should be quicker to get to Sydney by train than by car. Unfortunately, the hour long trip to Central Station was increased to 80 minutes about 10 years ago to reduce track maintenance costs, or something. So, the trains are now slower than the steam trains used to be. I find the talk of a fast train 20 years in the future hard to believe, when they can't get the existing service running to it's potential.

As for Bogans, yes there are some. I grew up living in an ex boarding house in Mosman in the 80's that used to accommodate drunks until my parents bought it for about $80,000. Manly at the time had bikies and drugs and a bad name, too. 30 years later and look at them now. Over time, the people change but the natural beauty remains. It's very obvious to me that Umina is changing now.
Pros
  • Free parking everywhere
  • Great primary schools
  • Has a beach
  • Close to Sydney
  • Lots of great bush walks with great views
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Fresh air
Cons
  • No local private high schools
  • No department stores nearby. You need to travel to Erina or West Gosford although there's Kmart, Best & Less etc at Woy Woy.
  • Some bogans.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Umina: Reputation vs Reality"

Umina has a reputation for drugs etc and the area being Central Coast's Mt Druitt. Let me just say that only people who have not lived here (or Mt Druitt) call it that. I am from the Coast, moved to Sydney and have now moved with my family to Umina. There are problems all over the Coast, as there is problems all over Sydney and to think otherwise is naive. The majority of people in Umina seem to be elderly people, and when crime does occur here, it is usually perpetrated by people who do not live here, but are from Sydney or other parts of the Coast. It is very rare to find a crime done in Umina is by a local resident. My advice is to subscribe to Brisbane Water LAC on Facebook as they will give updates on anything that takes place in and around the Coast. The good thing about an investment property here is that prices have steadily been on the rise, we have noticed a huge increase in prices in the past 12 months. However, keep in mind, the rental may not be as high as other places, so you would need to weigh all of that up. I personally like living here as the pace, facilities, people are all great. The people I chat to (but may not know) when I am in the cafes or shops are all very nice. I find it ironic that a lot of the people I chat to in cafes or when walking my dog on the beach are from Pearl Beach (way out of my price range!) and yet they all come to Umina to walk the beach or eat at the cafes. Plus we have Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Bunnings, etc. Yes, you will get some people who hate Umina, but keep in mind that it is because of their personal experience, and we don't know what they are like, generally. Its like looking at TripAdvisor. if there is one person who hates a hotel, weigh that up against all the other people who write reviews about loving it. Maybe the one person who hated it just had a one off bad experience, or is just a whinger. Personally, I think its lovely, with a lovely beach, nice people and I have never experienced crime or feelings of being unsafe. Both my girls love it and love the fact that they can go to the beach every afternoon (and mornings if they got up early enough....but thats another story). We were living on the North Shore, so its stupid to say that people who like it here must not have lived in nicer areas. In the end, what are you looking for? With anything, do your homework and you should be fine.
Keep in mind that if it was such a dreadful place, why are there so many holiday makers, holiday homes and why is tourist season so incredibly busy? No one wants to go on holidays to be fearful or be concerned about crime, drugs, etc.
Pros
  • Beach side suburb at a low price (so far)
  • Close to Sydney
  • Has a beach
  • Lots of great bush walks with great views
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Fresh air
Cons
  • Tourist season is super busy
  • No department stores nearby. You need to travel to Erina for them.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
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 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to raise a family"

Umina Beach is an hour on the train to Sydney and a world away from the hussle and bustle. People still wave as they drive by, show courtesy in their cars, their are no traffic lights, the kids play cricket in the street and lots of those things that we remember from our child hood are still previlant in Umina Beach (I am 45).
Their is youth problems, their is unemployment, their is crime, but remember its a community not heaven, of course their will still be community concerns and problems.
To sum it up, I can bushwalk 1 klms to my right, surf 1 klms in front of me, fish and sail 2 klms left of me and waterski 2 klms behind me as I write this review. I know my neighbours names, constantly have to stop for kids playing whatever in my street as I drive home, can read every sign and shop front in my area however I can still be at Central station quicker than Penrith, Windsor, Cambelltown, Sutherland or Avalon.
Pros
  • great sporting community
  • Close to Sydney
  • Has a beach
  • Lots of great bush walks with great views
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Fresh air
Cons
  • Poor stormwater drainage in some streets, be careful of flooding.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach 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 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Never Again"

A very disadvantaged area, with way too many centrelink dependents, Sadly due to the culture, not likely to change to soon. The schools in the area all have tremendously bad bullying problems and the staff at the schools appear to have given up. I strongly recommend looking elsewhere away from the peninsula if considering moving to the central coast as in this area you will find addicts sleeping in your backyard(as I did many times in the 5 years I lived there) and crime is high; two of my friends were assaulted in the street/ beaches for no reason. sad as it is a beautiful part of the world, I would steer clear. I am so glad I moved.
Pros
  • Close to Sydney
  • Has a beach
  • Lots of great bush walks with great views
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Fresh air
Cons
  • very rough primary schools
  • high crime
  • disadvantaged area
  • Poor stormwater drainage in some streets, be careful of flooding.
  • Rough high schools, a long way to travel to a good one.
  • Some bogans.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers
MofccM
MofccM Where are Centrelink dependants living these days seriously? Most highschool teachers have a hard time in highschools not just this area, what world are you living in? This is reality everywhere.
Assults happen everywhere too never seen anything like you have suggested and I've lived here 14 years and friends with older and younger generations. Perhaps it was the company you were keeping.
2yrs+
KhuantaM
KhuantaM Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience. I have not had the same issues as you over the past three years and can only say that perhaps you just have a lot of bad luck. My friend I have lived in parts of Sydney, in the blue Mountains, and on the south coast and would live in Umina Beach any day over these other places.
2yrs+
PhilM
PhilM What a load of rubbish, I have lived here for 31 years and never experienced one of those issues, I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU WERE LIVING.
Oct 30, 2015
MichaelH12
MichaelH12 I moved half way around the world to live here . Top spot
Feb 21, 2016
haleyj
haleyj What a load of garbage lol
I've lived here my whole life and never experienced such things!
Umina is a gorgeous place.
Definitely not a disadvantaged area, and the rental and property market reflects that.
The schools are fabulous, with families on waiting lists to get their child into Umina Primary School because of it's wonderful reputation.
The community spirit here is like nothing you will find anywhere else.
The high crime rate is a load of garbage too.
Good riddance to you Mr negative.
I'm upset reading this, because I love my town and everyone here!
Go Umina! lol
Sep 17, 2016
gregp5
gregp5 So Tom, where did you move to? Back to Mount Druitt?
Crime (assault & theft) is actually lower than the NSW average: http://crimetool.bocsar.nsw.gov.au/bocsar/
The teachers are some of the most passionate people i have ever met.
Jan 15, 2017
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Sydneys most Northern Beach!"

Moved here from Sydney in 1984 and have never regretted it. I am a local Real Estate Agent since 2000 and have sold hundreds of homes to very happy purchasers. I find alot of the negativity and stigma that is attached to the Peninsula in general is from Sydney siders that have never actually visited the area, yet voice their opinions loudly to their friends and family on reasons "why not to buy in Umina Beach". Well take it from me as a true local, the beaches are second to none, the dining is top notch and the locals are more friendly and responsive than those of any Sydney suburbs I have visited. Don't listen to outsiders, come and experience Umina Beach for yourself, it is only an hour away.
Pros
  • Close to Sydney
  • Has a beach
  • Lots of great bush walks with great views
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Fresh air
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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  • Beach Lovers
JustMe-
JustMe- We've bought a holiday place in Umina...We have a teenage to young adult family. Every time we come up we love it more!!...and we come from the more expensive parts of Sydney!...It's like a little seaside town...The beach is amazing... The cafes, the movies, the markets at Ettalong...All in walking distance (we like to walk ;-D ) It has a town experience - Not a city one. There are a lot of 'better' suburbs in Sydney that I wouldn't/nor would I want my family walking around after dark. A great place with a friendly and slower pace...I love it!!
2yrs+
haleyj
haleyj Welcome :D
Sep 17, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great beachside living!"

Umina Beach is a great place to live. It gets a bit busy in tourist season but you can still always find a quiet spot on the beach. You have pretty much everything you need here and because it is mostly flat it is easy to walk or ride anywhere. South Umina where I live is definately the best place to live (besides maybe Umina Heights) as it is close to the beach, very leafy and quiet but is only a 10 to 15 minute walk to the school or main street. If you have children and are thinking of moving here then make sure you move into the Umina Public school zone, it is by far the best primary school on the Peninsula!
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beez2011
beez2011 No offense to some of the good people who live in Umina but I have to agree with DP. Umina is a rough suburb. The people who think otherwise are people who probably have never lived in nicer areas to make a comparison. I lived in Chatswood for 39 years until '06 and thought mullets were part of the '80s until I moved up here. Sometimes it is like a time warp back to the '70s even. I would not venture out in Umina after 9 pm and the mount druitt by the sea cliche is fairly correct. I too try to keep to myself as much as possible up here as there is a big downtrodden mentality up here (not by everyone, but many) who seem to dislike anything that at least a million people 80 km south think is good. Especially do not move here if you have even the slightest interest in anything creative, or you like seeing good looking girls. On the up side the beaches are nice and there is sometimes a friendliness that you don't get in Sydney.
2yrs+
RealLife
RealLife beez2011 move back to Chatswood. It just amazes me that people will live in a place then complain about it. If I'm not happy I do something about it, but I guess you complained a lot in Chatswood too.
2yrs+
paul87
paul87 There has quite obviously been a lot of trolling on this page, but it seems to be ok now. At the end of the day I moved here from Ryde which IS a nice part of Sydney. The Peninsula is a beautiful place. Natural beauty is everywhere, the climate is good and overall even though the area is getting busier it is still quieter than the rat race that most of Sydney has become. You can always get a free park at the beach, shops etc, and you are never more than 5 minutes from any number of waterways living on the Peninsula. The public transport here is also better than most other areas on the Central Coast.

On the flip side, the area does have bogans, as do all areas particularly where there is cheap property. The more decent people though who keep seeing the value in this area, and how great it is, the more these types are being pushed out, which is definitely happening right now. I will say personally though I've never had a problem here (Touch Wood) but I think as long as you don't go looking for trouble you will be fine as with nearly everywhere.
2yrs+
fjmcl
fjmcl I moved to this area from Meadowbank last year due to skyrocketing Sydney rents.

I agree with the above and I can only see improvements coming.I'm meeting a lot of decent, friendly people and slowly getting used to some of the others here . Overall I'm enjoying it here,especially the natural scenery. I only wish I didn't need to commute to Central for work and we do need more medical services here.

PS Chatswood has definitely gone downhill since the 70s. I would never live on the North Shore again.
2yrs+
happynic
happynic We live in Bondi and have a holiday home in Umina. We have been going there at least once a month for the past three years. The place is the best kept secret - absolute haven of peace and tranquilityand such an easy drive / train ride from Sydney.
The locals are consistently more friendly and relaxed than back in Bondi. I don't walk home from the beach late at night in Bondi and I wouldn't look for trouble by doing that in Umina either. We have had no safety issues.
The development has been astonishing. There are great restaurants in the area including Pearl Beach, Ettalong and Hardy's Bay. We have meant to enjoy the nature parks but are usual too relaxed enjoying the gorgeous beach, good food and movies round the corner. We look forward to spending a great deal more time in Umina after retirement.
2yrs+
Ivonne
Ivonne Hi! I heard school is rough in Umina is that true? I also heard you have to drive far to find a good secondary school? is that true? Many thanks :)
2yrs+
NaomiM
NaomiM I lived in chatswood for many many years and you know I never got to know anyone. Here I walk down the main street and it takes twice as long because one stops to chat even if it is just about the weather. I have lived in Mosman and you want to see a drug and Alcohol problem go there it is rife.. Like anywhere in the world you go there will be your undesirable but as property developers have seen the potential of the peninsula this is changing. I think Umina is one of the best kept secrets until now!
2yrs+
NaomiM
NaomiM I go to bed at night and leave my ranch sliders open to hear the surf crashing on the shore, never lock my front door, leave the windows open and have never felt unsafe here. The locals are true Aussie (would give you the shirt of their backs) something that was lost in Sydney a long long time ago. If you are going through a rough time the boys at the local with pass the hat around that is a place to be proud of even if some of them still have a mullet.. A good hair do don't make you a better person!
2yrs+
JK18
JK18 @RealLife People come on these sites for a balanced view of good and bad. If you can't let someone speak & insult them because you don't agree with there view or opinion. Then I suggest your the one that's in the wrong.
2yrs+
SoyL
SoyL Hi I moved from bondi to woy woy. And there is good reason why houses are 4 times cheaper. No jobs. No public transport. No good schools. No higher end shops. No nightlife. Etc....
2yrs+
haleyj
haleyj Then go back to Bondi lol
Sep 17, 2016
haleyj
haleyj I've lived here my whole life and have never had a problem with employment or public transport.
When I've gone to visit relatives in Sydney's Hills district (which is quite an affluent area) THAT was another world to me.
People screaming out car windows, young Arabic men making hand gestures and generally just making me uncomfortable.
I don't know how anyone could live anywhere in Sydney. It stinks, it's noisy and over populated, terrible traffic...
There's a horror story on the news every night about stabbings, shootings, terrorism..
If you can be amongst all that and then come to our little beach side town and have a whinge because there's a few bogans and you don't like their hairstyles? lol

That's crazy.
The community spirit here is like nothing you will ever find anywhere else.
Yes, we are a bit bogan - but who doesn't love an Aussie bogan? lol
There are also a lot of wealthy people who live here too, and average families with kids.
It just comes down to whether or not your a laid back person, who loves the beach, a yarn with your neighbour or your local Butcher, and whether you have your head up your solid plate gold bottom.
Umina is a laid back, beach side community and people from all walks of life live here (including bogans), but as you can see by reading the comments, we are fiercely proud and protective of our town, and we all look out for one another here.
If that doesn't make for a great place to live, I don't know what does.
Sep 17, 2016
paul87
paul87 Umina, Ettalong, Blackwall and Booker Bay are all fantastic areas. It is the best part of the Central Coast. Close enough to Sydney to commute and even see parts of Sydney from the beaches, and yet far enough away to be peaceful, laid back and be non pretentious. This area is growing leaps and bounds ahead of what it used to be. Fantastic cafe's are everywhere, there is good public transport, shops are getting better and there is some great food to be had. Woy Woy can be rough and unappealing, however Umina has really become the hub of the Peninsula and has a great vibe.
Sep 17, 2016
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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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Waterland Paradise & great for families or couples"

Umina Beach is a great place to live with great waterways to explore. We live in a nice street with friendly people. Umina's property prices have risen in the last few years mainly because there is a demand to move into the area, rents are high for decent housing again due to the demand of people wishing to live in the area,so if you're a investor there are good returns on rentals.We have seen a drop in trouble makers in the area maybe because they can't afford to live in the area anymore & have moved. Lots of new development a new Woolworth's store which has given West St a lift, Bilo has been extended & is now a Coles, Aldi has started work on it's new store to be completed 2012, McDonald's is to be built on Ocean Beach Rd next to Woollies petrol station.There is a new mall to be built corner of Ocean beach Rd & Lone Pine this well give this corner a much needed lift.
3 million dollars has been spent on a new park development for families near the beach & is packed every weekend. Lots of activities for kids to keep them busy Nippers is on every Sunday in Summer & is great for children to learn to read the surf & save lives while doing fun activites. The local swim center is the best outside of Sydney so we're very lucky to have such a great facility & we use this pool every second day to keep fit & joined the local swim club on every Friday night. In winter there are a wide range of sports for children to play & keep fit so there is no reason for them to roam the streets. All in All a great place to live & soo close to Sydney.
Pros
  • Close to Sydney
  • Lots of great bush walks with great views
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Has a beach
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
Ivonne
Ivonne Hi there, I'm from Sydney Norther beaches. I'm thinking to move to Umina Beach with my 2 kids. Some people say school is rough there? What do you think? How about high school? How do teenagers find it? Is it boring? my kids are still young but wonder as it is a big change... Many thanks!!
2yrs+
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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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Umina Gold - Close to Sydney but a lifestyle away, with beautiful beaches and nature."

Friendly community, sun, sand, family fun, lifestyle. The vast majority of people here are wonderful and Umina primary is a fantastic school!
Pros
  • Great community
  • Out of the rat race
  • Close to Sydney
  • Has a beach
  • Lots of great bush walks with great views
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Fresh air
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A Green & Blue Haven is that of Greenhaven..."

Umina Heights Hillside is the place to be - on top of the world looking out to sea. Situated looking out over a lovely green, leafy vista with ocean blue views - this particular area is tranquility at it's very best. A hillside community with an extremely strong Neighbourhood Watch - if you are after a super quiet, peaceful, safe and neighbourly (family/retiree) area in Umina Beach, the hillside is the place to be. Close enough to the glorious sands of Umina Beach (15 minute leisurely flat walk) plus all that is available in the Umina Beach Shopping Precinct, but feels like a million miles away once up amongst the gum trees. A green and blue haven is that of Greenhaven.
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KhuantaM
KhuantaM Absolutely agree, but I also live on that Road. What a place!
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
2yrs+

"Umina a good investment"

We bought a two-bed cottage in Umina in 2008 as an investment. Very run down so we got it very cheaply, renovated -- and ended up getting $30 more a week in rental than we were expecting. Its a beautiful beautiful area, and people do want a quality house to live in. (Slumlords take note!) We were up there a lot while we were renovating, and the neighbours were wonderful, the locals friendly, and everyone you talk to honestly thinks they live in godzone. Only an hour and 15 minutes to Sydney, and a 10 minute walk to the beach. We can't believe it's still so cheap.
Pros
  • Has a beach
  • Close to Sydney
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Lots of great bush walks with great views
  • Fresh air
  • good people
  • Has running water
  • lots of creative spirits
Cons
  • Some bogans.
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Haven for creativity and getting back to whats important"

After a life in sydney, corporate world - busy all the time and a family i never got to give the best of myself too - we made a last ditch move to umina, firstly renting our sydney home out for a year and renting here, after a month I knew I was not going back.

I walk with my kids to the beach most afternoons, we kick ball if we dont swim, weve lost 25 kilos between us, my wife has given up work and is giving our kids some grounding, I am working 4 days a week (instead of always been plugged in and doing 10 hr days.

There is a free and fresh lifesytle outside of the city and i encourage everyone to live life as you should - for yourself and your loved ones, break out of the rat race, grow some vegies, take some time out to smell the ocean and live a little.

We catch the ettalong ferry (a hr trip) our for dinner on week nights if we want a sydney resturant, there is nothing like getting on the ferry when your full and then jumping into bed with the ocean air.

Our artist friends who are not married and iin their early 30s have just moved 4 streets away and said for them they have time to be creative, money to buy supplies, and inspiration like never before.

this is the life, dont be afraid to chose it. I simply cannot believe its is still this affordable to live on the beach this close to sydney. From Newtown to the beach front in one swoop

Love it!!
Pros
  • Fresh air
  • good people
  • lots of creative spirits
  • Has a beach
  • Close to Sydney
  • Everything you need to have a great life
  • Lots of great bush walks with great views
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Beach Lovers
Ivonne
Ivonne Hi there, I'm a single mum with 2 young kids. I live in Sydney Northern beaches and love it! but thinking about moving to Umina beach for cheaper real state.... I am concer about 2 things... some people say that umina beach has very rough schools? true? Also, I'm a bookeeper sole trader I think there should be work for me, but wonder how do you see the market there? thank you :)
2yrs+
haleyj1
haleyj1 The schools are terrific, Ivonne. Umina Primary School in particular has a very good reputation. The property market has been booming here for a while now too.
Sep 17, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great Place to live"

The waterways that surround Umina make it the best place to live on the Central Coast. Umina has a great beach & if you're luck enough to own a boat then the places to explore are never ending. you can explore the Brisbane waterways, Ettalong, Pretty Beach, Pearl Beach, Hawkesbury River, over to Palm Beach, Pittwater Broken Bay & Patonga. Restaurants in the area cater for food lovers with every type of cusine catered for. We moved to the area 2 yrs ago & will never leave.
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Ivonne
Ivonne Hi there, is school rough there? How do teenagers find the place?
2yrs+
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Best Streets in Umina Beach

1

Rosewood Dr

4.5/5
"Owners dream"
-33.50828 151.31679
2

Greenhaven Dr

4.5/5
"Greenhaven Drive, watch the stars at night and the whales by day"
-33.5164349365 151.3020089847

Unranked Streets in Umina Beach

Patonga Dr

3.5/5
-33.5356141077 151.3088528342

Airly Rd

4.5/5
"Sought after as they are close to everything"
-33.52568 151.30218

Berith St

2.5/5
"Not to bad close to beach and shops.."
-33.52446 151.31754

Brisbane Ave

2.5/5
"Very noisy street. Buses, cars, trucks from circuit use this street to access Umina Beach shops and Woy Woy.."
-33.5217112577 151.3153005328

Pozieres Ave

3.5/5
"Quiet friendly accessible street"
-33.5141 151.31106

Nowack Ave

3.5/5
"Great street, close to beach and shops"
-33.5199388236 151.3167075518

Carpenter St

3.5/5
"Easy to get to anywhere"
-33.51139 151.30984

Albany Rd

3.5/5
"One of the Best"
-33.5264001825 151.305738268