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"Picton - Village atmosphere with intersting passtimes."

Picton is about a one hour drive south west of Sydney and offers a village lifestyle. Surrounded by many farms and villages Picton has much to offer the person who loves nature and the outdoors. Thirlmere Lakes National park is a wonderful place to visit and is heritage listed. There are lakes and bush land with walking trails. There are lakeside picnic areas with BBQ’s. Swimming and canoeing are permitted but not power boats are allowed. Have a drink in the George IV Inn which has its own brewery and is one of the oldest in the country. Another fun thing to do is to take a guided night ghost tour, these are popular in this area. There is accommodation and places to eat as well as local arts, crafts and produce.
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"Chinatown - Plenty of excitment day and night."

Only minutes from the heart of the CBD Chinatown offers a glimpse of Asian street life. There are many festivals held in this area and the streets are alive with restaurants, Asian supermarkets, noodle bars and oriental souvenir shops. In Chinatown you can see a real Chinese herbalist and get an eastern style remedy or have a relaxing massage. There is always somewhere to get a great meal no matter how late or find a bar with karaoke and make yourself famous. Chinatown is close to the Sydney Entertainment as well as many discount factories where you can pick up a great bargain. Speaking of bargains, don’t miss a trip to nearby Paddy’s Market.
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"Kings Cross - famous or infamous, still a lot of fun."

Kings Cross certainly has a history and is one of the most visited places outside the CBD apart from Bondi Beach. Only a short bus ride from the city Kings cross is always busy and is a hive of excitement. The place really comes to life at night with entertainment of all types and there is usually something to suite most tastes in you are into exciting nightlife. Don’t miss the El Alamein Fountain, Harry’s Café de Wheels, visit the Garden Island Naval Base or check out the many nightclubs and restaurants in the area. There is plenty of accommodation to suit most budgets from backpacker to high class hotels. See the lights and enjoy the atmosphere.
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"The Rocks- Explore ouor convist past and rub shoulders with the ghosts."

The Rocks in central Sydney and only a few minutes from Circular Quay. The Rocks is the oldest are of the city and is home is an amazing array of old buildings some dating back to convict days. Today they are shops, cafes, warehouse and the old terraces are often used as offices. Walking around the Rocks there are numerous small lanes, and courtyards which serve as a reminder of how Sydney grew from an unplanned convict town. There is a lot to do with live music in bars, shops and galleries to explore and you can even take a guided Ghost tour and see if you can feel the presence of the spirits of the convicts from this area. Plenty of accommodation and places to eat make this a great place to visit.
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"Sydney - It has it all for everyone."

Sydney is the capital of NSW and has one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. There is so much to see including the harbour Bridge, the amazing Opera House and the many historic buildings in and around the city. Visit places like Taronga Park Zoo, darling harbor and the Aquarium. There are museums of all kinds as well as art galleries, displays and a huge library. Sporting wise there is just about everything you can imagine and some wonderful beaches, bays and parks to enjoy. Hotels, motels, backer accommodation Sydney has them all. There is no limit to the fine cuisine available as well as fast food outlet of all descriptions. Work or study, holiday or settle Sydney has some to offer everyone.
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"Sofala - Really step back in time and seek your fortune."

Sofala has a population of only 100 people and is situated 241 kms north west of Sydney. A visit to Sofala is like stepping back in time as Sofala is Australia’s oldest surviving Gold Rush Town. Unchanged since the Gold Rush days this town has amazing old buildings which are still in operation as shops today. As this town is on the Turon River with mountains behind many fossickers still come and try their luck fossicking or panning with the souvenir shop doing a roaring trade in equipment. Explore the upper reaches of the Turon River and see the old diggings some buildings and old graves. For accommodation the Old Gaol is now a B&B and Chesleigh Homestead is on 3000 acres of land with mountain lookouts, caves and creek and offers first class facilities.
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"Temore - take to the air."

Temora has earned the title of friendliest town and it is not surprising why. Situated in the Riverina district t 90 kms north of Wagga Wagga, Temora is a great place to take a rest on route to and from capital cities. Apart from the great hospitality of this town it is also famous for aviation and has a wonderful aviation museum. There is gliding, hot air ballooning, Temora Aerodrome and skydiving. Visit the arts and crafts shops as well as the local markets. There are plenty of sporting and recreational activities to indulge in or you can walk in one of the surrounding nature reserves. Accommodation is plentiful as are the places to eat and the friendliness of the locals.Ideal place for all ages to visit.
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"Woy Woy - retire or just relax"

Woy Woy is on the Central Coast of NSW and is only 82 kms north of Sydney. Woy Woy has long been a favorite weekend destination of Sydney siders looking for a few days away and has become home to many retirees. Surrounding by many other tons Woy Woy means the big lagoon and that is exactly what is there but Woy Woy also boasts some great fishing from Fisherman’s Wharf, close to surf beaches at Umina and Ettalong. There is plenty of accommodation in the way of caravan and camping parks, motels and hotels. There are plenty of shops to cater for all your needs and no end of great places to eat.
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LtlMens
LtlMens There are a few inaccuracies in this review or things that were not mentioned. I noticed that you failed to mention high unemployment in the area and the above average crime rates, Park at the Railway car park at your own risk and avoid leaving your house unoccupied. . Great places to Eat? Where? Fishermans wharf may be a great place to fish but not a great place to catch anything, lucky the fishing co-op is just next door. One more Woy Woy actually means Deep water! Such a shame as it really is a beautiful area, particularly the waterways, i should know i lived there for 26 years.
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paul87
paul87 I agree with the first comment. The comment about above average crime rates is not really true. The NSW police website crime maps updated in 2010 show the Peninsula is either on average or below average for crime. The only real truth to the review is unemployment is relatively high at 9.8%.
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gregp5
gregp5 For great places to eat, look around Cinema Paradiso in Ettalong. You have a superb Turkish restaurant called "Saffran". There is Indian, Thai, Italian etc. All fantastic (Ettalong is 3 mins from Woy Woy).
Woy Woy is also starting to see smaller cafe's pop up.
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"Kogarah - Close to all amenities."

Kogarah is 16kms south of the Sydney CBD and is close to the sores of Botany Bay. Kogarah has some very old buildings for the visitor to see in including the Kogarah Railway Station, The School of Arts, and the old Courts House. The area has a large shopping centre with supermarkets and specialty shops and the town square is home to the Kogarah Library and Cultural Centre as well as many cafes and restaurants. Kogarah is a residential area with many houses and units, some good schools and easy transport. There is no shortage of sporting facilities with something for everyone. Kogarah is the northern home of the St George Illawarra Dragons NRL team.
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"Clovelly - a suburban snorkel paradise."

Clovelly Beach is an ideal spot for a summer’s day. Situated between Bondi and Maroubra the area is an ideal spot to holiday, rest or invest. Only a short distance to Sydney CBD or Bondi Junction there is no end of great shopping and entertainment venues. Accommodation is plentiful in and around the area and the beach is ideal for all. A calm almost bay like beach it is a favorite for families, snorkelers and divers, with many dive schools using these waters as a training ground. Although it rarely gets too rough, there is a swimming pool at the end of the beach. Clovelly is great for picnics with play equipment for the children, toilet facilities and a huge parking area.
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"Tamarama - Very trendy beach with dangerous surf."

Tamarama is a beachside suburb located in the east suburbs 7 kms from Sydney’s CBD. Tamarama is in between Bronte and the famous Bondi Beach. Once home to a large aquarium, Tamarama became a quiet almost forgotten beach until recent years when is has become very trendy with the ‘beautiful people’ atmosphere. The beach is a sandy strip with a backdrop of parklands, hills and gullies but don’t be deceived, the surf here can be very treacherous even on a calm day. It is one for experienced swimmers and surfers only. There are local shops nearby for drinks, ice creams and takeaway food. The area is basically residential with accommodation limited to Bondi and Bronte areas.
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"Leeton - forget the crowds just relax."

Located half way between Sydney and Melbourne, Leeton in the heart of the Riverina. This town is near the Murrumbidgee River and offers the visitor plenty to see including the Sunrice centre, Yanco Powerhouse Museum and miniature railway, Whitton Courthouse and Historical Museum as well as the many wineries, and orchard in the area. The Murrumbidgee River offers some great water sports and fishing with sandy beaches ideal for a picnic. Leeton has excellent shopping facilities with large shopping centers, cinema and many specialty stores. Accommodation ranges from camping and caravan parks to motels, hotels, guest houses and B&B’s with all facilities. Great place to visit and relax away from the crowds.
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"Emu Plains - beautiful spot near river and mountains."

Emu Plains is in western Sydney on the banks of the Nepean River at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Emus Plains is basically a residential area with good quality homes. There is a good shopping centre called Centro Lennox and there are a number of very good schools. Sports facilities are great in this area with many playing fields, a beautiful golf course, swimming, Little Athletics etc. There are plenty of accommodations options including hotel and motels and the Emu Plains Caravan Park. Emu Plains, being on the western side of the Nepean River is only a short drive across the bridge to all the amenities of Penrith including the Penrith Panthers World of Entertainment.
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"Scone- Interesting scenery"

Known as the Horseracing capital of Australia with over 70 horse studs, Scone is located 255 kms North West of Sydney. Scone has some good historical buildings to see as well as the Scone Museum. Visit the Australian Stock Horse Museum and wonder through the arts and crafts shop. Don’t forget to visit the information centre and winery. In the area is the World heritage Listed Barrington Top and 15 Kms away is Lake Glenbawn where you can see the Museum of Natural Life, go for a bushwalk or have a picnic or BBQ at the facilities provided. Scone has good accommodation facilities and ample shopping.
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"Huskisson - Ideal place for all ages"

Huskisson is located just south of Nowra off the highway on the shores of Jervis Bay. Huskission has a long history of being an ideal family holiday destination, not only for Sydney siders but those living further inland. In recent years Husky as it is affectionately called has grown and offers great accommodation, licensed clubs and of course the revamped Husky Pub. The beaches are safe and Hyams beach is known for having the whitest sand in the world. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and diving as well as fishing. There is a wide variety of shops and plenty of walks to keep the explorer in you satisfied.
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"Winston Hill - Great Family Area with loads of sports."

Winston Hills is west of Parramatta and is a residential area close to Baulkham Hills and Castle Hill. The area is a great place for families with a great shopping center with over 70 shops and a huge car park. There is a great hotel with an award winning restaurant. The area boasts some great sporting fields catering for many sports including football, soccer, netball and little athletics to name a few. There are excellent schools both State and Catholic. Home prices are creeping up and finding a three bedroom house under $500k would be a task. Still a nice place to live close to Parramatta and the Hills District.
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"Botany - Older area, many retireees."

Botany is a suburb of south eastern Sydney close not only to the CBD but also to Mascot Airport and the major terminal of Port Botany. Most of Botany is residential with some lovely old homes mixed with new unit complexes. There are a few local shops of convenience, several hotels and Botany golf course, as well as a swimming centre. Botany is not far from the major shopping centre, Eastgardens, where there are three floors of shopping and food court. Botany house prices are still expensive but are affordable when compared with other suburbs in the area. There are many older people living in the area.
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"Mascot - Very busy with a bit of airport noise."

Mascot is very close to Sydney CBD and can be divided into two very distinct parts. There is the residential area which has federation style a houses and semi along with flats and units. Many of these streets are quite and are great for families and retirees alike. Property prices like any area so close to the city are on the high side yet Mascot is not as highly priced as those suburbs close to the water. There are some good shopping facilities including supermarkets, discount department store and speciality shops. There is a good library and several clubs nearby for entertainment. Not far away though is Sydney’s domestic and international airport. This busy airport is one of the major entry points to Australia and as such is very busy. There are a number of transport and freight companies near the airport as well
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"Watsons Bay - Expensive living but great place to visit."

Watsons Bay is a harbour side suburb in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Watson Bay is a residential area yet attracts visitors not only from overseas but also neighbouring suburbs. Famous for “The Gap” a high cliff overlooking the sea, this suburb also has a great park near the water which is ideal for picnics and social get togethers. Watson’s bay has a harbour side pool which is netted, a wharf where many people like to fish and the very busy Watson Bay Hotel with a great beer garden for sunny days. Watsons Bay is also of the world renowned Doyle’s Seafood Restaurant. Homes prices here are very expensive and there are very few rentals.
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"Forster - ideal to retire or holiday."

Forster is in the Great lakes area on the North coast of NSW just 3 hours from Sydney. Forster has great water sports and activities including some great fishing. There is also horse riding, golf, plenty of walking opportunities and 4wd experiences. For the more adventurous you can try sky diving, white water kayaking or mountain biking. Stay at the local caravan park, B & B’s with great facilities, motel and hotels or luxury resort style accommodation. There are plenty of places to eat from restaurants to cafes and takeaway outlets. You can sample some fine wines at local wineries or visit the art and craft shops, museums and art galleries. Forster is a great holiday destination or a place to retire with all facilities handy.
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joyful_1965
joyful_1965 Like to know where the museums and art galleries are ?
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smilingjack
smilingjack 3 hours from sydney? really - how? Its a minimum 4 and a half hours if you dont encounter traffic which is very unlikely. fine wine? luxury resort style accomodation? I think people from Forster have a different idea about what luxury accomodation and fine wine are then the rest of the civilised world.
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forstercrusader
forstercrusader smiling jack on his bi-polar quest to under mind forster, 4 and a half hour drive? you must be old, i dont know anyone except for the L plater who could possible drive that slow. i do it in 3.5 hrs and google does it to the beautiful bridge in 3hr 50mins.
all the best with your fine dinning, we learnt to cook at home up here!

country lifestyle, we love it!
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Damo71
Damo71 smiling jack mate I live in Sydneys south west (Liverpool region) 3 hours and 45 minutes door to door and i do it once a fortnight as my parents live up there. Forster is a growing town slowly but surely growing gee I remember when it did not have a McDonalds and the likes. In regards to hitting traffic pick the times you leave oh and by the way the road you should be using to get there is the F3 not the Old Pacific Hwy, you probably think it still takes 4 hours to Canberra as well. On a final note it being a christian community so what pretty smart hey keeping the other idiots out, look at the demise of Sydney because they lost those values. So the short of it is this if you do not like it there DONT GO THERE do the people of Forster and yourself a favour.
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smilingjack
smilingjack damo and forstercruader.
up at 5am for a 3 hours and 45 minute drive to enjoy "dinning" at mcdonalds. La dolce vita! this page is about real estate. forster real estate has dropped dramatically and will continue to do so. it has the largest old and very old, poor, uneducated and unemployed population in australia. thats the undisputable facts.
the council charges the highest rates in the region whilst simultaneously cutting infrastructure work and still managed to lose $3 million of rate payers money last month alone. A trend that will continue for a long time to come. its councillors and management, like the town itself are on life support. old tired with no ideas and mostly, like the rest of the population only have a basic education.
http://www.greatlakes.nsw.gov.au/Your_Council/Council_and_Councillors
anyone buying any property in Forster will be losing money and quickly.
By all means if you want to be in a community of very old, poor, simple folk paying huge rates to a dieing council with crumbling infrastructure then Forster is the place for you
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skyen1
skyen1 Smiling Jack - I suggest you learn to spell properly before calling others "simple"! Dinning? Dieing? I think you are the pot calling the kettle black here mate.
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"Mudgee - Place for fine wine and gourmet food."

Located in the Cudgeong Valley about 282 kms west of Sydney is Mudgee. Mudgee is a farming area and is well known for its wine. Under a four hour drive from Sydney it is a favourite long weekend haunt for people looking to get away from the city without the crowds of the coastal regions. There are some very old and interesting buildings to see in the town as well as the Mudgee Railway Station. The Mudgee taste Trail and gourmet trail gives you the opportunity to taste some of the local produces and taste some great wines and the cellar door outlets. Munghorn gap Nature Reserve is ideal for bushwalking and bird watching. Mudgee offer old style hospitality in the many accommodation choices on offer with great restaurants and eateries.
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"Inverell - Fossick for Gem Stones in Sapphire City."

Inverell is 593 kms north of Sydney and is known as Sapphire City. Close to the McIntyre River it is a Mecca for fossickers with some good gemstones still being found not far from the town centre. There is plenty of accommodation to suit all with well appointed caravan parks, hotel and motels as well and B & B’s and guesthouse plus a good farm stay at Elsmore. Inverell has a re-created Pioneer Village, a transport museum and arts, crafts and wood turning. For more outdoor activities you can go white water rafting on the Gwydir River during the summer season. Explore the bushland reserve at Goonoowigall or enjoy the Copeton Waters State park.
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  • Safe & Sound 4/5
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  • Pest Free 4/5
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  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
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"Bondi Juction - Hub of the Eastern Suburbs."

Bondi Junction is the major shopping centre for Bondi Beach. Several kms up Bondi Rd from the famous beach, the Jungo, as it is often called, has large shopping centres which all seen to join up. There are major department stores, specialty shops of all decryptions, food court offering a wide variety of local and international cuisine as well as a cinema complex. The Mall stretches part of the way along Oxford Street and there are markets and vendors of all decryptions. Bondi Junctions has all the major Banks etc as well as Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club, RSL Clubs and many hotels offering nightly entertainment. There are many terrace houses in Bondi Junction mixed with flats and new high rise apartments. But bring your money with you, Bondi Junction is not for first home buyers.
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"Woollahra - tree lined leafy suburb with lots of cafes and galleries."

Woollahra is a leafy suburb not far from the CBD of Sydney on the eastern side of the city. This suburb is quite trendy with many cafes, boutique stores, art galleries and antique shops. Woollahra is also home to many international consulates such as Germany, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Turkey. There are a number of old buildings to see such as the Lord Dudley Hotel, and a quaint “corner shop in Ocean Street which was built around 1859. Woollahra has a beautiful Golf Course and a great swimming pool called Red leaf pool which is a harbour enclose and has pontoons , toilets and change rooms as well as a kiosk. Home prices in this area are quite steep as are rents.
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"Vaucluse - Expensive residential area with great views."

Vaucluse is one of the more affluent suburbs of Sydney and is situated about 8 kms from the CBD. This is a residential area and is borders by Sydney Harbour, The Ocean and the neighbouring suburbs of Dover Heights, Rose Bay and Watson Bay. There are some very old and heritage listed buildings to see including the Sacred Heart Convent, Vaucluse House, Strickland House and Greyciffe House. The Macquarie Lighthouse is now managed by the Historic Houses Trust and is at Dunbar Head. Also at Vaucluse in South head Cemetery which has not only some very old graves by also some famous grave and vaults. Rose bay offers great shopping and a favourite place to spend a lazy day is Neilson Park where you can swim, picnic and thoroughly enjoy the outdoors at this harbour side park.
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"Dapto - Famous for greyhound racing"

Dapto is south of Sydney and is situation on the western side of lake Illawarra Dapto is not far from Wollongong and some great beaches of the south coast. Dapto was mainly a farming area until a few years ago but has now become a more residential area. Probably best known for ground racing the Dapto Dogs are held regularly and attract good crowds and are well supported by punters. There are good shopping facilities at Dapto mall and other selected shops and accommodation includes caravan and camping parks with plenty of facilities, hotels and motels as well as guest houses and holiday apartments. There are plenty of national parks in the area for those who like to explore and some stunning views of the area to be had from several lookouts and vantage points.
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"Toronto - Relaxation or plenty of action."

Toronto is on the shores of Lake Macquarie north of Sydney and has much to offer both visitor and local alike. The Lake, being the largest saltwater lake in Australia is great for most water sports including swimming, sailing, scuba and jet skiing as well as boating and fishing with some good catches possible. Other outdoor activities include golf, bowls, cycling and tennis. Visit museums and galleries or spend the day looking at the local markets which are held at regular intervals. There are numerous cafes, restaurants and bistros as well as clubs serving great meals and accommodation is available to suit all budgets and tastes. Toronto is a great place for families and property prices are still at an affordable rate with rentals within the means of most renters.
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Hino Aside from it's proximity to Lake Macquarie, Toronto has very little going for it. Apart from a couple of bogan filled clubs there is a total absence of entertainment venues, the 'restaurants' are almost all of the 'chips with everything' variety and the main street consists of little more than a line of charity shops and employment agencies, due to almost all of the decent stores having left town years ago.

The nearest public hospital is a forty minute drive away ( on a quiet day ) and it's almost impossible to register with a local doctor as they have all closed their books to new patients. The unemployment in the area is chronic with no local employment apart from the local council, stacking shelves in the supermarket or working the night shift at the local gas station. As a result, 65% of the local population is in receipt of some type of welfare benefit with large swathes of the local area being given over to public housing to accommodate them. On a more positive note, the town does have it's own Centrelink office, Courthouse and police station, all of which are utilised to the full.

If you are an unemployed flannelette shirt wearing bogan with a ZZ Top beard and a penchant for foul language and tobacco products, then "Tronno" is the place for you. Otherwise I believe that prospective purchasers will be more than a little disappointed with the area.
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JohnK2
JohnK2 I'm not from the area, but am interested in heading that direction as I need to be close to the train line that runs into Sydney. Is the area filled with housing commission? I just want to avoid that crap completely.
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"Moore Park - Excellent sporting venues with everything close by."

Moore Park is bordered by several suburbs of eastern Sydney and had plenty to offer the local or the visitor. The area combines three different parks being Moore Park, Queens Park and Centennial Park. The area has many top sporting venues and there is normally always some sport being played on the many different fields in the park proper such as touch football, netball, cricket etc. Moore Park is also home to Aussie Stadium, the Sydney Cricket Ground and Moore Park Golf Course. Around the area there are many other sporting venues. Once the Royal Sydney Show Ground this large area is now home to Fox Studios and once inside the old sandstone and brick walls it is like a small city with not only the studios but shops, cafes etc. The suburbs around Moore Park offer good accommodation and are close to the city, beaches and entertainment.
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"Paddinton - Ideal for singles and couples with plenty to do."

Paddington is in the eastern suburbs of Sydney not far from to the CBD. Paddington’s popularity has risen in recent years and has become a highly sort after area for singles and young couples to live. There are many federation style terrace house in Paddington which have been restored on the outside and renovated on the inside. Property prices have been rising over the years and are quite expensive now. Close to all amenities, Paddington is has some great boutique style shops and cafes, as well as hotels offering nightly entertainment. Also close by is Centennial Park which is a popular place for walking, cycling, horse riding and picnics. Paddington is about a 15 min drive to Bondi Beach or to save parking problems there is a very reliable and frequent bus service.
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"Darlinghurst - Centre of activity"

Darlinghurst is one of the closest suburbs to the Sydney CBD on the eastern side and is often a hive of activity. Darlinghurst has some historical buildings including the Old Darlinghurst Gaol. This building is said to be haunted by ghosts of ex inmates and in its history some 79 executions were carried out here. It is now the National Art School. The heritage listed Darlinghurst Courthouse is still used today. For many years Darlinghurst and the famous Taylor Square were considered slum areas but in recent years has become quite trendy and more upmarket with property prices rising and apartments in the area more popular since many council upgrades to the area has given Darlo as it is referred to, a real facelift.
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"Randwick - Something to suit everyone."

Randwick is famous for the Royal Randwick Racecourse which holds many horse racing carnivals and events throughout the year. Randwick is also home to the Sydney Children’s Hospital which is a paediatric teaching hospital for the Uni of NSW and the Prince of Wales Hospital almost next door. Randwick has a large shopping area and many food outlets to tempt the taste buds, a great cinema complex and has good schools and a Sydney Tafe campus. As well as many sporting clubs in the area whilst at Randwick visit some of the nearby beaches including Coogee and Bronte or take the coastal walk along a cliffs all the way to Bondi. There is accommodation to suite most budgets and is close to the Sydney CBD. Great facilities for all.
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"Dover Heights - Expenisve to buy but well worth the cost."

Dover Heights is about 9 kms from the Sydney CBD. Situated in the Eastern Suburbs Dover Heights has stunning views of the harbour or the ocean depending where you are situated. Basically a residential area there are a predominately a large number of good sized houses as well as some blocks of units. The prices to buy in this area are quite high and rental prices are rare and expensive when available. Dover Heights has several shops and is only 5 mins from Bondi in one direction and Rose Bay North in another. The Dudley Page Reserve offers the visitor some stunning views of Sydney Harbour but is also frequented by locals on occasions when fireworks are used on Sydney harbour. The area is well serviced by public transport buses and is a friendly and family based suburb.
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"Moree - Community Minded"

Moree is 640 kms North West of Sydney and is an agricultural area. The area has wheat, wool, beef cattle, nuts, olives and other crops. This town has a good community spirit and has a number of events during the year supported by the locals. Moree has a great golf course, hot mineral baths and many historical buildings. There are plenty of sports to play and many sporting clubs such as bowls clubs, swimming, cricket, martial arts, pony club and tennis club to name a few. Moree also has art galleries, open gardens and caravan parks, B& B’s, guest houses and hotels and motels offering great accommodation. There are various restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets as well as bistros in some of the clubs
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"Glen Innes - Pleasant town, lots to see, great for fossicking."

Glen Innes is in the New England area about two hours west of Grafton. Glen Innes is often called the Celtic capital of Australia and has the Australian Celtic festival held there each year. Visit the Standing Stones and Crofter’s Cottage. There are many heritage building to see and most sports are played in the area. Whilst in Glen Innes go fossicking for gem stones, visit the Land of the Beardies History House and the nearby Emmaville Mining Museum. There are National parks in the area offering some stunning views and great walking tracks. There is plenty of accommodation from caravan parks to hotels and motels as well as B & B’s and guest houses.
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"Taree - Good fishing and great walking tracks/"

Taree is only about 3 hours north of Sydney on the Manning River. Around the town you will see many historic buildings including the St Pauls and St Marys Churches and the Taree Courthouse. There are some natural style beautiful parks by the river to enjoy. There are plenty of shopping facilities, restaurants and cafes as well as arts and craft shops and the Taree Art Gallery. Water sports are always popular especially fishing with some good catches a possibility. Taree offers good accommodation choices including caravan parks, motels and hotels, guest houses and B & B’s. There are many National and State parks in the area where you can go bushwalking and exploring, see native plants and wildlife and see some amazing sights from lookouts.
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"Bellevue Hill - Leafy suburb for executives"

Bellevue Hill is located in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and is borders by Bondi Junctions and Rose Bay. This suburb is a residential area and boasts some large homes, renovated older style units with larger rooms and high ceilings. The suburb has tree lined streets which give it a leafy appearance. Bellevue Hill is close to the major shopping centres of Bondi Junction, the boutique style Rose Bay with beautiful views of the harbour and great restaurants and minutes to Bondi Beach, golf courses bowls clubs. Tennis courts and squash court. All of this within easy reaches of the Sydney CBD. Home prices here are quite expensive and rental very much the same. Great place for people wanting to upscale.
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MichaelJackson1
MichaelJackson1 Except for the "Bellevue Village" shops the suburb is entirely residential and well located to Westfields Bondi Junction, Double Bay and Bondi Beach.

There is strong demand for all types of properties and we have a ready made list of anxious buyers keen to get into the suburb. There is a good chance we have the perfect buyer for your home - give me a call 0413 441 333 to discuss further.
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"Cronulla - Good beachside suburb of Sydney"

Cronulla is a beachside suburb on the southern side of the city. Cronulla has a long open beach ideal for swimming and surfing. The beach is in the summer season at which time it is generally safe for swimming provided you swim within the flags. Basically a residential suburb Cronulla has some great beach side cafes and hotels with great views of the beach. There are some great shopping centres with an open mall style centre with al fresco style dining, arts and craft shops, clothes and boutique style stores. There is plenty of nightly entertainment and accommodation for the tourist. Due to its popularity, home prices in Cronulla are a bit on the expensive side but not quite as high as the eastern beachside or harbour suburbs.
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BeachBayRealty It's like Bondi without the thousands of backpackers!
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"Narooma- South Coast Hideaway, great to retire there."

Narooma is on the far south coast of NSW and is situated south of Moruya. The town is on the Wagonga Inlet and had Mount Dromedary as a stunning backdrop. The fishing is great here with good catches of bream, trevally, flathead and tailor. For the more enthusiastic angler charters can be arranged. There are plenty there water sports to enjoy including swimming, snorkelling, diving and surfing. From Narooma you can take a short boat ride to visit beautiful Montague Island nature reserve. Narooma Golf Course is known as one of the best in Australia. This Cliff top course offers stunning views of the coast line and has a fully stocked pro shop and the clubhouse restaurant has some delicious meals. There is plenty of shopping and accommodation of all types and generally home prices aren’t too bad considering the fantastic location.
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"Manly - Close to Sydney CBD"

Manly is a beachside suburb on Sydney’s northern beaches and is home to the Manly Warringah Sea eagles NRL Team. Apart from the great beaches, both ocean and harbour that are great for surfing, swimming snorkelling, diving etc, good shopping and multiple choice of accommodation, Manly is home to Oceanworld where you can see marines life of all shapes and sizes with guided tours daily. There are scenic walks, bike hire, boat and kayak hire, galleries and any number of specialty shops. There is plenty of entertainment including the manly Jazz festival, live shows and many entertainment venues. Being so close to Sydney, house and unit prices are high and rental accommodation is as well yet there is always a bargain to be had. Manly is an ideal to buy to live or invest due to its close proximity to work and all major amenities.
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"Kyogle - Good place to break your trip and have a rest."

Being 32 kms north of Casino on the Summerland Highway, Kyogle is close to the QLD Border. The area is agricultural with dairy, cattle and timber being the main industries of the area. Kyogle is receives a high annual rainfall and is surrounded by many National Parks and rainforest areas. Kyogle has motels, caravan parks and like most other towns in Australia a “Commercial Hotel” offering accommodation and meals as well as the liquid amber stuff. Toonumber Dam is great for fishing and also features a well appointed conference centre whilst nearby Moore Park Nature reserve is a little more rustic. Many of the national Parks here have camping facilities, BBQ area and picnic Tables as well as toilet facilities. Kyogle is a good place to visit and break your journey.
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"Wilcannia - Dry, hot and dusty but interesting stop over."

Wilcannia is one of the warmest places in NSW yet can be freezing in winter. It is also one of the direst spots receiving on average only 252 mm. Located on the Darling River, Wilcannia is a major port and is 965 kms North West of Sydney. Around the town there are many reminders of the past with buildings of historical value. See the Old Lift Bridge, the Police Station, Library and the Courts House. Sandstone was once quarried here and most of the older buildings are sandstone. Wilcannia has accommodation by way of a caravan park or the luxuries of a motel. The golf club is the ideal place to get a good quality meal at a good price. Swimming and fishing in the Darling River is popular.
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"Urunga - Unspoilt by mass tourism."

Urunga is almost at the halfway point between Sydney and Brisbane and is only 20 mins from Coffs Harbour. This area has some beautiful unspoilt beaches and the area is not as well known as others on the coast so is a great place for a peaceful time. Urunga has some luxury B & B’s as well as a caravan park with numerous facilities. There are shops for your every need as well as take away food and cafes. Take a Water Rat River Cruise, visit the wineries in the area for sampling pleasures and explore the Aboriginal displays at the library. Play golf, go fishing or catch the views from the Ocean View Hotel. Further afield visit the Honey Place and see many ferns and native plants as you wander through this beautiful building and fernery. Great place to visit and keep it a secret.
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"Moruya - Perfect place to visit."

Moruya is on the banks of the Moruya River on the south coast of NSW about a twenty minute drive from Batemans bay. Moruya is the administrative centre for the Eurobodalla Shire and houses council and government offices, the Moruya College of TAFE. There are many historical building in the town and the coast is only 10 km to the east. This town has all the amenities you would expect such as caravan parks, motels and guesthouse, good shopping and many sporting pastime to choose from such as golf, tennis and bowls. There is a heated swimming pool and the fishing either in the river or at the heads is good. There are a number of beachside towns to visit as well as inland pursuits such as exploring the Deua National Park.
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"Cooma - Close to the snow."

Cooma is in the Snowy Mountains of southern NSW. It the main administration area for the Snowy Hydro and is the largest town in the Mountains. A walk around the town will give you an idea of the town’s history as there are many monuments and reminders scattered throughout. See the International Avenue of Flags which has flags from all the nations of people that came and worked on the Hydro Electric System and visit the Snowy Hydro Information centre. There are galleries and museums, art and craft shops, vintage train rides as well as fishing, bushwalking, caving climbing and cycling. Motels, B& B’s, camping, guest houses and lodges offer great accommodations and when it comes to food there is something for all tastes.
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"Woolgoolga - Holiday at the beach"

Great beachside town just approx 25kms north of Coffs Harbour. Woolgoolga has clean unspoilt beaches and provides great surf, swimming, snorkelling and diving and whales can been seen on their annual migration along the coast. Fishing is also fairly good here both boat and land based. There are marine parks to visit as well as an art gallery, see the Sikh Temple which is open 7 days a week. 4 kms from Woolgoolga is the flora reserve where you can walk the track and see some amazing rainforest. There is some good accommodation here with caravan parks, hotel and motels as well as B & B’s. There are plenty of shops, eateries and clubs as well as a golf course and swimming pool. Ideal place for a long weekend or extended beachside holiday.
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"Nerriga - Small village, friendly locals, great rest stop."

Nerriga is a tiny village on the edge of Sassafras Mountains and Morton National Park and is just north of Braidwood. Once a gold mining district there are lots of gold mining artefacts to be seen here not only in the museum but around the village itself including the children’s playground. Nerriga’s caravan park in called the Nerriga Trading Post, there is a general store for basic supplies, fuel and take away food and of course The Nerriga Bark Tree Hotel. Here you can have a drink, a meal and a bed for the night and it is one of the friendliest pubs I have visited. The once school house in Nerriga is now a museum. Campers and picnickers often stay around the area and do a bit of fossicking.
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"Nimbin - Unusally yet relaxing atmosphere."

Nimbin is at the foot of the Night Cap National Park and the Border Ranges and is about an hour’s drive west of Byron Bay. Often referred to as the “Alternative Capital” Nimbin hold a festival every year as a rally to decriminalise Marijuana. The town is very laid back with older style building and shops selling locally made clothing and crafts, other sell fresh produce and a number of galleries. The locals are very friendly and are not offended when you decline their offer to sell you some cannabis. Have a coffee, beer or whatever takes your fancy and enjoy a stroll along the main street. Nimbin has a relaxing atmosphere that seems to invite you to come back. There is backpacker accommodation as well as caravan parks, motels and farm stays. 3 kms south of the town is Nimbin Rocks which is an Aboriginal Sacred Site and although they can only be viewed from the road early morning produces a wonderful spectacle.
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"Braidwood - Comfortable feel with friendly locals."

Braidwood is located on the Southern Tablelands of NSW between Canberra and Batemans Bay and travelling to the coast you will be amazed at the beautiful scenery. Braidwood has many heritage buildings that have been restored and preserved from the 1800’s. Braidwood has been used as a location for movies including ‘Dad and Dave’ and ‘Ned Kelly” as well as many small production and TV series. The town has arts and grafts shops as well as historical museums which are really interesting to the history buff. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and you can stay at a guest house, motel or hotel. Whilst in Braidwood you can play a round of golf, go for a swim at the pool, play tennis or squash or go for a relaxing bushwalk close by or enjoy exploring one of the State and National Parks nearby.
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batterup You have got to be joking 'blackbird! Braidwood should be levelled and you need glasses! Which run down building were you squinting at? Where did you eat? You must have been starving! Finding accommodation is as difficult as finding someone happy to serve you their sad and thawed out, overpriced fare, if you are lucky enough to catch them open! But you are right about Ned Kelly and Dad & Dave....they are the locals!!!!!!!!!!
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Loudmouth We agree, Avoid this Town or Perish at your own Expense, NO JOKING. the Town know whom i am.
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Loudmouth
Loudmouth Refer to the Braidwood Times(newspaper) letters to the editor from Francis Blacker(long term local) whom states very clearly that THIS TOWN IS NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILIES!! The previous local copper Richard pearce also let rip in the local rag condemning the locals attitudes etc and their extra curicullar activities to rip off 'blow-ins'. The best view of Braidwood is in your rear-view mirror!!
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MichaelK3 I moved to Braidwood a few years ago but left within 9 months due to the high crime rate. The town is made up mostly of government housing which cannot be seen from the lovely main street with the lovely buildings. After living there for just one month, my house was broken into, 2 nights later my car was stolen from my driveway. my neighbors thought it was a good idea to have at least two party's a week which always ended up in a violent fight out the front of my home. So my experience wasn't great but others that live there seem pretty happy.
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"Coogee - Excellent suburb with plenty of entertainment and great beach"

Coogee is a beach side suburb in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Although basically a residential suburb with many houses and flats and units, Coogee attracts an enormous amount of tourists all year but especially in summer. The main attraction is the beach which offers fairly safe swimming and is patrolled during the summer season. There is a long promenade favoured by walkers and joggers and those just enjoying the sights. The parkland is great for picnics and BBQ’s, there is a children’s play ground and the parkland is dotted with trees offering some shade. Across the road is the Coogee Bay Hotel offering cold beer, nightly entertainment and a great beer garden. Apart from backpacker accommodation there are several large hotels, motels and holiday apartments. There is no end to shops, restaurants and cafes in Coogee as well as the normal fast food outlets.
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"Mogo- Like stepping back in time"

Mogo is a tiny village just 10 mins south of Batemans Bay on the South Coast of NSW. Mogo dates back o the 1850’s and most of the commercial building have been restored to their original state and house a variety of art and craft shops, antiques, home decor and cafes. For such a small village there is plenty to see and do. There is the Mogo Zoo, Old Mogo Town, which is a mock up town depicting the Gold Rush Days, Dimbaloo Arts and Craft which showcases some fine Aboriginal Art and you can’t go to Mogo with a stop at Jenny’s Old Time Lolly Shop and Absolutely Alpaca to buy some beautiful Alpaca Wool products. There are a number of guesthouse and B & B’s as well as motels in the area.
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"Kiama - Ideal reststop or holiday destination."

Kiama is a town on the Princes Highway south of Sydney between Wollongong and Nowra. Once on the main road south you now have to turn off the motor way to get into town yet it is a nice place to visit either for a rest stop or for a holiday. Kiama is well known for the Kiama Blow Hole and beautiful beaches. There is good fishing both for boat and land based. There are some great walks with plenty of scenery, enjoy the markets and wineries in the area. Drive along the coast to picturesque towns and view the coastline or head inland to places like Jamberoo and the Minnamurra Rainforest. There are plenty of caravan parks and motels in the area for all your accommodation needs as well as plenty of shops and food outlets.
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"Parramatta - Large city with plenty to offer."

Parramatta is a city on the banks of the Parramatta River 23 kms west of Sydney. This is a large commercial and residential area and has been acknowledged at the administrative centre for the Greater Wester Sydney. There are many parks along the riverbanks where locals and visitors alike have picnics, go walking, jogging or cycling. Parramatta Stadium is the home of the Parramatta Eels NRL team and there is the Parramatta Leagues Club which offers all kinds of entertainment. There is a large swimming centre at Parramatta which is well patronised. There are some heritage building to see, galleries and museums. Parramatta City Raceway is the place to see top level sprint car racing and Rosehill Racecourse is great for a day out. The area has major shopping centres, restaurants, cafes and bistros as well as fast food outlets. Accommodation is plentiful and there are schools and colleges of high quality. Home prices are rising but are not unobtainable for the average working family.
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"Ulladulla -Pretty town with friendly locals."

Ulladulla is a town on the NSW South Coast situated between Nowra and Batemans Bay. This is a pretty town with plenty of water sports available such as swimming and surfing snorkelling and diving and for the fisherman there is some great fishing spots and charters can be arranged. For the kids there is Funland, an indoor entertainment venue that has three floors on games etc to keep the kids happy. There is plenty of shopping in Ulladulla as well as restaurants and cafes. Accommodation options are good with caravan parks, motels and B & B’s nearby. There bushwalking, bike riding and bird feeding as well as arts and craft shops dotted around Ulladulla and the surrounding smaller towns. See Warden Head Lighthouse and from June to November you might see the whales moving along the coastal waters.
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"Kensington - Close to all amenties and entertainment"

Kensington is a suburb of eastern Sydney and is mainly a residential area with many federation style homes but with a growing amount of modern units along the main thoroughfare of Anzac Pde. Kensington is also the home of Randwick Racecourse, as the course and surrounding grounds stretch from Kensington to neighbouring Randwick. The Doncaster Hotel is nearby and serves as a meeting place for some racegoers. Also at Kensington is the University of NSW Campus and the home of NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art). Not far away is Moore Park Golf Course, a beautiful course although long and challenging. There is also an all weather driving range with three levels and 60 undercover bays. There are many motels in the area and some great restaurants; you’re close to the city nest a stone’s throw from Maroubra Beach.
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"Byron Bay- A place you will return to."

Byron Bay is becoming more and more popular both for tourists and those wishing to escape the city life and move somewhere peaceful. Located on the far north coast of NSW the climate is warm and the beaches are clean and inviting. Cape Byron is Australia’s most easterly point and from the lighthouse you have amazing views and can often see dolphins and whales as they make their way up and down the coast. Byron Bay has plenty of accommodation options but the summer season can get very busy especially during school holidays so it pays to book well in advance. Food and entertain is plentiful and there are plenty of things to do such as surfing, horse riding, kayaking, hang gliding, mountain biking or visiting the markets and some of the smaller towns in the hinterland. Bryon Bay is the kind of place where you will return to many times.
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"Brunswick Heads - Holiday or retire, just enjoy."

Brunswick Heads is only 30 mins south of the Gold Coast and is the perfect place for a relaxing weekend, holiday or to retire. The beaches and clean and unspoilt and being oat the mouth of the Brunswick River there is plenty of opportunity to partake in fishing, boating swimming, surfing etc. Accommodation is all close to the beaches with caravan parks and motels as well as holiday cottages. There are numerous places to eat with restaurants, cafes and fast food outlet as well as major supermarkets and convenience stores. There are a number of tours available from Brunswick heads including kayaking, mountain bike and gliding tours or go on a fishing charter. Relaxing on the beach with a good book is also a great way to enjoy this town.
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"Murwillimbah - Ideal base for exploring the small quaint towns nearby."

Murwillumbah is on the far north coast of NSW as is only a short 30 min drive to the Gold Coast and is a major centre for many small towns around the area. There are Heritage buildings in the town that have been restored and there are galleries and museums to visit. There are plenty of places to eat and accommodation is plentiful but to be warned that in summer and school holidays it is best to book. Murwillumbah is on the Tweed River so boating and fishing is popular with good catches in some of the estuaries. The hinterland provides some ideal bushwalking and bird watching and visiting some of the small towns in the area which offer arts and crafts as well as fresh local produce is a great day out.
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"Lithgow- interesting place to visit."

Situated on the western edge of the Blue Mountains Lithgow is approximately 140 kms west of Sydney. The city has a mild summer climate but can get rather cold in winter. There is a lovely golf course here where you can see native wildlife as you play, there is a swimming centre that is open during the summer months and Lawn bowls is popular with a well equipped club house that also offers pool snooker and live entertainment. Visit the galleries, museums and heritage sites or go bush walking on some of the many tracks which are graded for the novice to the experienced walker and be amazed at the fantastic scenery. There are also organised tours to nearby areas. Accommodation is available in Lithgow to suite most budgets.
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"Moss Vale - relaxing atmosphere grat for a visit or to live."

Moss Vale is in the Southern Highlands of NSW and is a wonderful spot to relax and get away from the crowds and enjoy the clean air. Moss vale is an agricultural area and has a long history. There are many buildings around the town dating back to the 1860’s onwards that have been restored and preserved. These are great to visit and look into our past. The town offers arts and craft shops as well as antique shops where you can pick up a bargain. Enjoy the many cafes etc serving dishes made from local produce or buy some to take home. Stay in the comfort of quaint guesthouses and B & B’s or a farm stay.
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"Gunnedah - Large growing community."

Gunnedah is located 440 north west of Sydney in the beautiful Namoi Valley. There is an amazing amount of koala living in Gunnedah so it has earned the name “The Koala Capital of the World” If you want to get ‘up close and personal with these creatures then visit the Waterways Wildlife Park. For camping, caravanning and water sport fun head to Lake Keepit State park. Other attractions include museums of various kinds and for the city folk, visit the saleyards and see auctioneers at work. Gunnedah offers all manner of sport including swimming centre and a heated pool, golf, tennis cricket etc and there are numerous walking tracks for the adventurer. There is no shortage of places to stay with caravan parks, B 7 B’s, guesthouses, hotels and motels.
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"La Perouse- Northern side of Botany Bay"

La Perouse is a suburb of Sydney situated east of the CBD. Visit the La Perouse Museum and see many artefacts pertaining to the area’s history and explore the fort on bare Island which was built to protect the area from invasion. There is also a walking trail to Endeavour Lighthouse. Each weekend the area comes alive with Boomerang throwing demonstrations, talks by local Aboriginal people explaining the history of the area and there are many Aboriginal boomerangs and art work on sale. There is also and snake and retile display every Sunday. The waters here off safe swimming and many families enjoy this area. There are several shops for drinks and take away food as well as the Boatshed where you can enjoy a meal. Accommodation is by way of hotels and motels in nearby Maroubra.
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"Nambucca Heads - Beach side "Sea Change" destination."

Nambucca heads is on the mid north coast of NSW and has a laid back beachside atmosphere and attracts tourist all year round. Nambucca has beautiful clean beaches that are great for surfing and swimming with main beach being patrolled between October and Easter. There are some good walks along the foreshore and lookouts offering amazing views of the area. See the mosaic sculptures, model railway and painted poles. Nambucca Heads Golf Course in situated on Stuart Island and is completely surrounded by water. Yarriabini national park is nearby and is a pleasant way to spend the day exploring. Holiday accommodation is plentiful but is pays to book early for the peak seasons during summer. The town offers good amenities and shopping facilities.
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"Wellington - Hugh Lake with many water sports"

Located between Orange and Dubbo on the Mitchell Hwy in central NSW, Wellington is a great place to visit or live. There are many natural attractions around the area such as Lake Burrendong which is popular for fishing, water skiing and swimming and the world famous Wellington Cave is a favourite for visitor from across the globe. The view of Wellington from Mt Arthur is not to be missed. Wellington has excellent facilities, sports and recreation, a large number of galleries as well as many historical sites and displays. Health and education here is first rate and home prices and rents are quite affordable. There are great shopping facilities and restaurants and cafes. For the visitor accommodation choices include farm stays, caravan parks, hotels and motels.
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benlauren
benlauren Who is this blackbird? Seems to pop up with an opinion all over the state. I have worked in Wellington and it is a drug addled, crime ridden town. You wouldn't walk around by yourself at night. No wonder the prices are so cheap.
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InTransit
InTransit Yeah it's a case of "Nice place to visit - but I wouldn't want to live there". Reviews are best done by people who have a more intimate knowledge of the places they write about.
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push Why don't you try living here InTransit you would be very surprised at just what a truly wonderful town this is.
benlauren I have no problem walking around by myself at night! Having lived in more than 16 towns I can say that this is without doubt the most giving, interesting and peaceful place to live. I would not move out of this town anytime in the near future. Perhaps you should try living in the areas before you comment!!!
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albeitunique I lived in Wellington for around 16 years and I don't know the Wellington push is talking about. In my experience it is, as benlauren said, an awful, crime ridden town with a major drug problem. When I say major, I mean major. I would never let my child out without supervision because, having gone to primary school and high school there, I know exactly what it's like. You can't even walk around without people screaming at you at night. I wouldn't walk around by myself without a big bloke next to me.
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yeshedawa79gmail I have lived in Wellington and in a way both sides of this argument are correct. Yes there is a drug problem there, yes there is an unemployment problem there and a crime problem and the town is shutting down in a way. I personally blame the state government for not increasing the number of police at Wellington station - on a weekend you'll be lucky to wait 1/2 an hour for a wagon to come from Dubbo. I also blame the council. Instead of building tourism based on Wellington's natural beauty and close proximity to Dubbo and the zoo, the council has gone for the fast buck and with the gaol and the new gas power station I can't see Wellington dragging itself out of the slump it has been driven into by a short sighted council made up of graziers whose time has long past.

On the other hand, even the druggies are pretty friendly. In fact, I haven't met a friendlier community for a long time. In contrast to where I live now which is the fastest growing economy in NSW and only an hour from Wellington, in many ways for a sense of community I prefer Wellington. Even though where I am now (Mudgee) is affluent and full of cosmo types, Mudgee now a very busy place with unfriendly people. Middle class and very white to its detriment, I feel that at least in Wellington most people are either on drugs or glad you are not on drugs that they are happy to have you around.

Crime is everywhere, drugs are everywhere and there are some pros and cons about living in Wellington like everywhere else.
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"Casino- Known as the Beef Capital of NSW"

Situation in Northern NSW, Casino is on the Richmond river 32 kms inland from Lismore. The town is a major centre servicing the many smaller towns dotted around the area. Casino is well known for its beef and holds a Beef festival each may. There are great amenities in casino for the tourist and local alike. Shopping centres with major supermarkets, department and specialty stores. There are plenty of sporting facilities such as sporting fields for a large number of sports, a golf course, tennis courts and a swimming pool amongst other sporting venues. Admire the well cared for parks and gardens in and around the town. There are numerous places to eat an accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
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"Port Macquarie - Plenty of beaches and water sports."

Port Macquarie is 4.5 hours from Sydney or 7 hours from Brisbane and is right on the coast. Naturally this means there is an abundance or water sports including diving, surfing, swimming, canoe and kayaking. Other pass times such as paragliding, fishing tours and visiting historical sites, galleries and lookouts. There are some great wineries and cruises to be had. Accommodation options include caravan and camping parks, guest houses, motel and hotels as well as cabins and holiday apartments. Port Macquarie has many restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine as well as Steak Houses, bistros and cafes. There are many markets in the area some are weekly whilst other operate on a fortnightly or monthly basis.
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paulinef2 Hi My partner and I are thinking of moving to Port next year and ive heard that you pay for more kws per hour for electricity than other areas surrounding port. Is this true? Any comments most welcome :)
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markworthington1 Currently we pay 28.47c per KWH peak with 141cents per day supply fee after the recent price rise with Origin energy in Port.
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"Griffith - Beaut Riverina Twon."

Griffith is in south western NSW in the heart of the Riverina area and is an agricultural area, growing many fruits and vegetables. Griffith is also well known for its fine wines. There is plenty to see and do including all the usual sports such as tennis, golf, bowls, squash etc Sample some of the areas great wine at the many wineries. Griffith also has art galleries and a large variety of museums. Other places of interest include the Altina Wildlife Park and Australian Cotton Processing Plant. There are many choices of accommodation in Griffith as well as some first class restaurants and bistros. Naturally Griffith has its share of take away and fast food outlets.
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"Parkes - Home of The Dish"

Parkes is on the western side of the Great Dividing Range and is a large town. There are many things to see and do in and around the city. A must is a visit to the CSIRO Radio Telescope and Discovery Centre. The movie, The Dish was made here and centre on the dish itself. Other places of interest are Peak Hill Open Cut Gold Mine, historical museums, Tyndall’s Lavender farm and Memorial Hill. Parkes offers accommodation to suit all budgets and there are a number of restaurants and eateries for your enjoyment. For the nature lovers Goobang National Park is only 30kms north east of the town and you can go bushwalking, bird watching and check out the native orchids that grown there.
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"Wagga Wagga - Easy access to the Riverina"

Wagga Wagga is in south western NSW on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Wagga Wagga is often referred to just as Wagga which means crow. The town is large and has many attractions such as art galleries, museums of several different types and beautiful botanic gardens. There are many walking tracks around the area and 30 kms to the south of the town is Livingstone National Park and State Conservation Area. Wagga also has a choice of wineries to visit and some great shopping areas. There is no shortage of accommodation either with backpackers, B & B’s, caravan parks, motels and hotels to choose from. There are some great entertainment venues and restaurants and cafes all serving great food. For the takeaway lover, Wagga has all the usual fast food outlets.
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Riddle I find it amusing how you give Wagga 5 stars when you probably have not even been there once. Wagga Wagga is and never will be a 5-star city. Just 3 stars would be overly generous.
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No. Definitely not, sorry.
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"Tamworth - Home of Country Music in Australia"

Known as the Country Music capital of Australia, Tamworth is situated on the Peel River in the New England area of NSW. This area is rural and relies on beef, dairy, sheep and grains as well as aquaculture, olives and nuts. The town is large and has numerous shopping centres, restaurants and cafes. There are a number of hotels and nightly entertainment venues. For the sports enthusiast Tamworth has it all including but not limited to; swimming pools, 2 18 hole golf courses, playing fields, athletics track, kart, speedway and motor cross tracks, pistol range and ten pin bowling. But the big draw card is the Tamworth Country Music Festival which is held each January and is the second biggest festival of its kind in the world. Tamworth has all kinds of accommodation available to suit all budgets and tastes but remember to book really early if you intend to visit in January.
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"Eden - Learn about our whaling history."

Eden is the most southerly port in NSW before crossing the border into Vic. Once a whaling town Eden is home to a large Killer Whale museum offering information about the towns whaling history. Now whale watching is an industry unto itself. The timber industry is still alive and kicking though and visitor information centre at the Chip mill gives the visitor an insight into this unpopular industry. Eden is a very tourist orientated town and there are many shops to service the needs of the local and visitor alike. Swimming, surfing diving and fishing are popular in summer. Golf tennis and bowls, squash, bushwalking and hiking are all available pastimes with some spectacular scenery along some of the coastal walks. Stay in the caravan park, motels or hotels in the town, with restaurants and cafes for those who like to eat out.
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"Bega - Perfect weekend get away"

Bega is located on the south coast of NSW 428 kms south of Sydney. Bega is famous for cheese and the town is surrounded by dairy farms. The beaches on the coastal side are stunning and not far away is Mimosa Rocks National Park. Visit the Bega Cheese Heritage Centre, the Bega Lookout or spend the day picnicking at Mumbulla Creek Falls and Picnic area. This quaint coastal town also offers good fishing, food and wine tasting as well as accommodation in the caravan park, motel or Rock Lily Cottages. Backpacker accommodation is also available. Take a scenic flight over the area, go horse riding, mountain biking or bush walking in addition to the many water sports at your finger tips.
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"Newcastle - great amenities for all."

Just over two hour drive from Sydney is Newcastle. Once known for its steel the city has much to offer the resident and tourist alike. Accommodation for the tourist is plentiful with nearly every option you can think of and for those looking to reside there rents and home prices are with the range of the average family. There are restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets to please everyone and Newcastle has great shopping centres as well. Sporting facilities are plentiful with swimming, golf, tennis, go karts, horse riding and playing fields for most field sports. Beaches are clean and you can even go whale watching. With the hinterland not far away there is plenty of inland exploring to be done as well.
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"Oberon - Beautiful base for loads of natural fun."

Being one of the highest towns in the Blue Mountains, Oberon is a great place to use as a base to visit the many unique places nearby. The area has four distinct seasons with snow in the winter. From here you can visit Jenolan Caves, Abercrombie Caves, go fossicking for gold in the old gold fields, visit the Oberon Museum or see some of the other natural sites. Fishing is always popular and Lake Oberon and Oberon Dam are stocked with rainbow and brown trout. Note that boating and swimming is prohibited. Stream fishing season is from the long weekend in October to the June long weekend and all anglers must hold a freshwater fishing licence. Accommodation options include guesthouse, retreats and cabins and should be booked in advance.
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"Goulburn - Great rest stop"

Goulburn lies on the Princes Highway and is between Sydney and Canberra and is a rural area with many small towns in close proximity. Being only one hour from the coast adds an added dimension to the area. There are many wineries in the area and a visit to the Goulburn Brewery which is one of Australia’s oldest is a must. Other attractions include art galleries, antique and craft shops and of course The Big Merino. Goulburn has some good sporting facilities such as a large aquatic centre, golf course, and skate park. For motor sport enthusiasts Wakefield Park offer great motor sport action. There are walking tracks around the area with abundant bird and animal life. For the visitor wishing to stay overnight or for extended times there is accommodation to suite all budgets and places to eat that will satisfy all tastes.
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"Albury -Twin city to Wodonga, Vic"

Albury is situated on the NSW/Vic border and is separated from its ‘twin’ city Wodonga in Victoria by the Murray River. Albury has a large population and offer all the amenities one could expect from a city of this size. There is plenty to do in Albury including visiting some of the heritage sites, galleries and the many gardens around the town and nearby ‘suburbs’. There is plenty of sporting and recreational actives on offer including fishing, hiking, golf, tennis and cycling to name a few. There are ample accommodation options with everything from backpackers, caravan and camping areas to hotels and motels with luxury facilities. Generally a friendly city with work available and home prices still at an affordable rate.
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"Gundagai - Famous for poetry and prose"

Gundagai is on the Hume Highway south west of Sydney and is often remembered for a song about the “Dog on the Tucker Box, five mile from Gundagai”. Naturally one of the first places to visit is actually a road side stop with a bronze dog sitting on tucker box. The town offers some diverse ways of passing the time such as fishing in the Murrumbidgee River, wandering down the streets of the town looking at the heritage listed buildings, visiting the museum and galleries for an insight into the past. There are natural wonders as well, such as the scenery from Mt Parnassus lookout or some lovely walks nearby. Caravan parks and motels as well as B & B’s and guesthouses offer great accommodation and there are places to eat to suit all tastes.
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"Cowra- A great place full of history and local produce."

Situated on the banks of the Lachlan River, Cowra is west of Sydney and has a colourful history. Cowra was a POW camp during WWII and in August 1944 the Japanese prisoners staged one of the biggest breakouts of all time. Many Japanese were killed and a Japanese War Cemetery was made there. Also visit the Japanese Gardens which spans over 5 hectares. Cowra is also known for its gourmet food and fine wines and there are many wineries to visit and sample the local produce. There are museums, galleries and craft shops, plenty of accommodation, Darby’s Fall Observatory, Bellevue Hill Lookout and State and national parks to explore. A visit to Cowra will keep you occupied for some time.
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Sammybird
Sammybird Maybe 1/2 a day. Most of the wineries don't do door sales and the ones that did are gone now.
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"Bathurst - Known for Car Racing"

Bathurst is best known for the Mount Panorama Racing Circuit and the major car races held there, but the City has much more to offer. The drive from Sydney takes about 2 and ½ hours heading west into the central tables lands of NSW. Bathurst is also known for the many fine wines produced in the area and whilst visiting take advantage of a winery tour. Take the historic walking tour and see many historic buildings and artefacts or try your hand fossicking for gem stones in the surrounding areas. There are galleries and museums to see as well as some of the natural attractions such as nearby Jenolan Caves. As a large fast growing community there are numerous accommodation choices as well as many places to eat.
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"Dubbo- Western Plains Zoo is a big attraction."

Located about a 5 hour drive North West of Sydney, Dubbo has become famous for the Western Plains Zoo. Here animals roam free and you can get up close and personal from the safety of your car as you drive through the park. There are some really good wineries here as well as the Old Dubbo Gaol and the Dundullimal Homestead with the oldest Timber slab Hut in Australia dating from the 1840’s. Dubbo has lots of shops, hotel and motels as well as restaurants and fast food outlets. There are numerous walking tracks for the bush walker and for the keen, you can take a glider flight from Narromine.
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Time_to_go From the safety of your car?? It's a zoo, not a wild safari!
Yes, there is the option to drive around the zoo but the animals are "safely" behind fences and moats. You can get out of your car.
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"Lismore - Sub tropical base for exploring."

Lismore is in far northern NSW and is the administration centre for the Northern Rivers Region. Situated only 1.5 hours from the QLD border Lismore is 30 from the coast and is a great base for those wishing to explore not only the beaches but the amazingly diverse rainforest and hinterland towns dotted around the area. Lismore is a large centre with major shopping centre and place to eat; There are club and entertainment venues all within easy reach of a range of accommodation choice that will suit all budgets. There are many national parks in the area including the heritage listed Mt Warning National Park. Enjoy walks through this and other natural wonders of the Lismore area.
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"Mildura - A border town NSW/VIC"

Mildura sits close to the NSW/Victorian Border on the Murray River. This large town offers great shopping centres, restaurants, bistros, cafes and fast food outlets, as well as all styles of accommodation from caravan parks to B & B’s and Guest houses to 5 star hotels. Of course being on the river a houseboat is an alternative style of accommodation. There is plenty to do such as visiting the wineries, mini golf, see a historical cottage or join a guided tour and see the ancient sites, The Pink Lakes, fossils etc. Mildura has good sporting facilities and a number of art galleries, craft shops and historical museums in close proximity.
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"Queanbeyan- many advantages of being close to Canberra"

Queanbeyan is about a 3 and ½ hour drive from Sydney or a “hop, skip and jump” from Canberra. This city has much to offer the resident and visitor alike. There are a number of art galleries to visit and a museum to take your fancy such as the Historical museum, the sporting museum, the printing museum or if you are into family histories there is the Queanbeyan Library family History Research Centre. There is an array to shopping centres, and places to eat as well as motels, hotels, guest houses etc for all your accommodations needs. Outside the city there are a number of natural attractions, lookouts and walks for those who love the outdoors. Home prices are still affordable and work is plentiful in Canberra.
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"Gosford - Live or holiday in close proximity to Sydney."

Gosford is the major administration centre for the central Coast of NSW. Located between Sydney and Newcastle, Gosford is an ideal spot to live or use as a base to visit the many neighbouring beachside towns or hinterland attractions. Visit the Gosford Regional Art Gallery and Arts Centre or visit the National parks in the area and enjoy native flora and fauna, great views and picnic areas. Gosford has many shopping centres, restaurants, bistros and entertainment venues as well as good sporting facilities. Being so close to Sydney, many residents commute to work just to enjoy the great lifestyle of the area. Real Estate prices are generally very good and make it a very affordable option to live near the beach within easy reach of employment.
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"Penrith - Great facilities and affordable."

Situated at the foot of the Blue Mountain and just 50 kms west of Sydney is Penrith. The city is near the Nepean River and is home to the Penrith Panthers NRL team and the club now know as Panthers World of Entertainment which includes many entertainment facilities and a resort. Penrith has grown steadily over the past 35 years and many attractions have boosted the areas popularity. Major shopping complexes, the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, the Penrith lakes System which was used for rowing in the 2000 Olympics and Penrith White-water Stadium. There is plenty accommodation for the visitor and house prising although rising are still affordable for most.
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rickrubin
rickrubin hi blackbird - some reviews about penrith are great and some are terrible! we're planning to move to that area but its so confusing..
do you think there are certain areas that are safer/better than others? could give us a bit more info on the better areas? good streets etc. for bringing up kids and that sort of stuff..?
your help is much appreciated! cheers!
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wonnie as i posted in another reply, the better areas would be south of the highway and west of the northern rd/parker st. If you are someone who likes to walk to the station, shops, cafes etc then i would say, depending on your budget, to look at one of the following 2 spots:

the blocks in this section: south of derby st, west of evans rd, east of woodriff st and north of jamison rd

-or- if your budget is bigger the ladbury ave area.

You will pay more for the two areas above so this depends on your lifestyle, we have managed to only have 1 car buy staying within walking distance of the station, and we walk to most things, however if being within walking distance of things is not a priority of yours then have a look at jamison town and south penrith, these areas are similar to the ones above but you can save a little money based on location.

If you can get to the area, try parking your car in the area i listed above and walk to high st, just to get a feel for the distance and the location.
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blacksooty Great reply, Wonnie. I agree.
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"Batemans Bay - Great Holiday Destination"

A leisurely 4 hours drive south of Sydney Batemans Bay is at the mouth of the Clyde River. Batemans Bay has safe beaches for all the family yet not far away surfer can enjoy catching the waves. Snorkelling and diving are popular pastimes as if fishing with your choice of estuary, beach, rock or boat. The Clyde River oysters are enjoyed worldwide and have a good reputation. Accommodation is plentiful at local motels and caravan part as well several well known resorts. There is a friendly atmosphere to the town with good shopping facilities. Apart from beaches and water sports, the town of Mogo is only 5 mins down the road. Here you can enjoy quaint little shops, historical artefacts and a visit to the Mogo Zoo or Dinosaur Museum. There is also a Gold Mining display where you can pan for gold.
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"Maroubra - Great place for the Young"

Maroubra is a beach side suburb of Sydney and is well known for its great beach. This long beach in an arc shape is a favourite for surfers yet is patrolled and has some safe swimming areas between the flags. There is a promenade that stretches the length of the beach and is a favourite for walkers. Opposite the beach is the Maroubra Seals Club which offers cold beer, spirits and soft drinks, gym and pool, bistro and restaurant as well as live entertainment. There are a number of fast food outlets and shops along the foreshore. Further up the road at Maroubra Junction there are major shopping malls, hotels, motels and restaurants. Maroubra’s close proximity to Sydney CBD makes in an ideal place to live although house and rental prices are getting quite expensive.
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"Broken Hill - Outback magic"

Broken Hill is in far western NSW close to the South Australia Border. Often referred to as the Silver City it has one of the largest silver deposits in the world. Although situated in the vast outback basically in the middle of nowhere broken Hill offers the visitor some unforgettable sights. These are a large number of pubs and motels in the area offering good accommodation whilst you explore. Visit the Pro hart gallery, go to nearby Silverton and experience a real ghost town, see the mines and explore the Mutawinjtji National Park with its tall red gums and other native plants and animals and some beautiful creeks. See what living in an outback town is all about.
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"Katoomba - Amazing Scenery"

Katoomba is just over 100 kms west of Sydney, situated in the Blue Mountains. Here the air is lean and fresh and the scenery is spectacular. A must see is “The Three Sisters” at Echo Point and read about the Aboriginal Legend of their being. Another must is a ride on the Scenic Railway with its steepest railway incline in the world, the Scenic Skyway which is a cable car which travels across the Jamison valley at suspended at 200m for the valley floor. There are many walks and trails with amazing sights and natural flora and fauna as well as historical buildings to see. Great accommodation with many B&B’s, and luxury Hotels. Restaurants, cafe etc to suit all tastes.
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"Bowral, Relaxing friendly Town"

Bowral is the major administration centre of the Southern Highlands of NSW. Being an easy drive south west of Sydney, Bowral has a relaxing atmosphere yet offers plenty to see and do. Apart from the many shops and sidewalk cafes there are also major shopping malls, craft shops and galleries to visit. Bowral is home the Bradman Museum. There are many historic building to admire in the town as well as spectacular gardens. There are cycling paths, a swimming pool, walking track along the Wingecarribee River, sports fields and numerous parks. There are some good bush walking tracks on Mt Gibraltar and the nearby forest called Gibbergunyah. Bowral is a lovely place to visit with friendly helpful locals.
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Bowral Correct, better to visit than to live in for too long. Depends on your age and if you are conventional and conservative the. You will fit right in. Not that many highly educated people in their late 30's or 40's living in bowral full time. Living in bowral us a fortnightly trip to work in sydney is a great lifestyle balance. Keeps the mind open!
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"Culburra - Friendly Holiday Destination"

Culburra is a small town east of Nowra on the NSW south coast. The town has a number of shops and services, including a bowling club for fun and nightly entertainment and is a great holiday destination for families and especially fishermen. School, Christmas and Easter holidays, as well as long weekends at any time of year the population swells. Most visitors either stay at one of the two caravan parks, the motel, with friends or own a weekender. There are several beaches with one being patrolled during the summer season, Lake Wollumboola is popular for wind sailing whilst Crookhaven Heads offers some good fishing with rock and wharf fishing popular. There is a fish cleaning table, parkland for picnics and a boat ramp for those heading outside the sheltered waters.
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"Nowra - Great amenities with a country feel"

Nowra is just under two hours south of Sydney on the Shoalhaven River and is a major centre for the south coast of NSW. Nowra has a good sized shopping centre and a spread out CBD. The town has a swimming centre, tennis courts, sports fields and a picturesque golf course close to the river. There is plenty of accommodation for the visitor including caravan parks and motels and plenty of restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets. There are a number of clubs often having live entertainment. Real Estate is still very affordable and being close to the coast on one side and the beautiful hinterland on the other it is a great place to visit or settle.
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MsL2
MsL2 I find it curious that people are saying it's great place to settle, especially for families with kids, when you consider the high unemployment, higher still for the youth (triple the unemployment rate apparently) - a consequence of which is crime, at least in certain areas.
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georgyn nowra!!!!! Best part about the place is the Road leading out of it. Favorable Bloggers are on the pay roll. The problem with the place is the TOP END OF TOWN. Lousy with corruption. Locals claim it is due to the new Jail which has attracted Undesirables. It is a hovel for Criminals and the Top Enders Incite most of it with the local Council being head of Top Enders. EAST NOWRA is laced with Criminals on the prowl picking on anyone they are told to or feel like it. Bombaderry - the same. Remove the Housing NSW problems and half the town would be OK. Police should do more Policing instead of being obsessed with other things. Apart from that - its a swell place.
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nadeeshanb
nadeeshanb I am going to move to Nowra soon as a skilled migrant. I am currently working as a Software Engineer and I would like to know about professional job availability in Nowra or nearby regions. Please some one advice on this
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juliej4
juliej4 Nadeeshanb ...how did you go with your employment in Nowra or surrounds?....
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juliej4
juliej4 I am thinking of looking to buy in Bomaderry, but reading post's which allege Criminal Behaviour, as a single female, now Im not too sure.
Where is safe these days, and I don't mean a Retirement home...Im too young and active for that!! I don't want to be surrounded by HC renters, ( I are up in HC Sydney, we did allright because of my family structure) however now HC have a stigma attached and unfortunately I don't wish to be living close to people who work for the dole, have multiple rusting cars out the front of their house, Live week to week only to buy smokes and Grog, and partake in Petty Theft. Generalising?...You Bet !
Open any Sydney News story and it reads " South West Sydney' killings, glassing, rapes etc etc .....
I may receive unfavourable replies for this post, but I want to put down my retiring years roots, in a place that is economically viable and safe to leave your home.
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juliej4
juliej4 Auto correct...should read ( I grew up in Housing Commission Home )
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  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Bondi -"Where the City meets the Surf""

Bondi Beach is famous and known worldwide. The arc shaped beach is normally fairly safe, being patrolled by both paid and volunteer life savers. The parkland near the beach attracts many visitors enjoying a picnic most of the year. The backdrop to the beach is an amazing array of cafes, restaurants and retail shops. There is a great nightlife with several venues with live entertainment. Accommodation is available in hotels, apartments and guest houses. Bondi has become very cosmopolitan with many overseas visitors. It is now quiet expensive to buy real estate in Bondi and rental prices have skyrocketed with the demand ever increasing. Still it is a great place to live or visit and will keep you coming back.
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"Ballina - Loads of Community Spirit"

Ballina is at the mouth of the Richmond River and is a fantastic place to holiday or live. There is so much to do. The town is large enough to house all the amenities one needs including shopping centres, swimming pool, ten pin bowling, tennis and golf. The price of real estate is starting to creep up as this town becomes more popular.You can have your choice of cafes and restaurants and accommodation is available to suit all budgets. Between the beaches and rivers of this area you can indulge your favourite water sport be it swimming, kayaking, surfing fishing, etc . The Hinterland offers good walking trails. There are craft shops and your chance to purchase locally made gifts and fresh produce.
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"Armidale - Major Country Centre"

Armidale is situated on the Northern Tablelands in NSW right on the New England Hwy so access is not a problem. Although being an agricultural area Armidale is also home to the University of New England. Armidale has a good climate with summer day time temperatures averaging 27 degrees and winters are cool with temperatures ranging from 0-16.
The city has a number of art galleries and museums to visit as well as the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place. There is a cinema complex and several craft venues.
Outside the city centre there are a number of beautiful national parks where you can walk the trails and see not only some native flora and fauna but amazing waterfalls and scenery.
There is plenty of accommodation in Armidale ranging from caravan and camping parks, B & B’s, guest houses to quality hotels and motels. There are cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes.
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CommunityMan
CommunityMan One of the coldest places I've been - winter is brutal there!
2yrs+
Armidillian
Armidillian You just need a great big wood fire CommunityMan!
2yrs+
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