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4/5
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"Nice but pricey suburb"

Woollahra is a nice but pricey suburb located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It is a quick ten to fifteen minutes' drive to the city from here and there are plenty of buses that service this area. Typical of inner city Sydney suburbs, the streets in Woollahra are so narrow that buses often have to drive over the round abouts in the middle of the roads.

As expected, housing prices here are on the higher end of the scale with many upper income families living here. Things are generally more expensive here as compared to the likes of your suburbs in Western Sydney. However, Woollahra has plenty of charms. It has several cafes, pubs, florists, restaurants, boutiques, shops and nice heritage architecture. It is a very nice place to live if you can afford the cost.
3/5
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"Nice quiet town"

I always drive through Bright whenever I visit Falls Creek in the Victorian Snowfields. It has nice bakeries in the area and I always stop by for a caramel slice which gives me plenty of energy when I hit the slopes. There is also one other particular bakery which has really nice cakes and you can sit down and actually enjoy them. I am sure if you drive through the town you will find it, since the town itself is pretty small. I have only ever visited during winter but I did happen to see an ice cream shop that says it is closed until summer, which I find quite interesting. The town is so laid back that you see the bank tellers just sipping at their coffees chatting away until some customers come in, you will never see that in the city.
3/5
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"Beautiful buildings and plenty of history"

Ballarat is a town about an hour’s drive away from Melbourne. It’s biggest claim to fame is Sovereign Hill, which is a gold rush like theme park that you see on all the brochures in town. The town itself has a lot of historical statues and buildings, hence making it a nice drive along the main stretch of town. The town centre is pretty small and driving up and down the town only takes about five minutes. The pubs are nice and they look like they attract decent bands to the area. The restaurant we visited was also very presentable and showed heart in their presentation. Whatever you do, do not stay at the Peppinella Motel, which you can just rename to "the flea bite motel". Not that we actually got bitten but it was just so old and musty and it seemed that it has not been dusted in years.
4/5
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"Nice little sleepy country town"

Ararat is a nice little town in country Victoria that once serviced the gold rush. I visited this town on the way to Melbourne while we returned from Halls Gap. During our little visit to Ararat, we dropped by the Chinese Heritage Museum. Given that the museum was funded by Chinese, it pays tribute to a lot of the early Chinese who were part of the gold rush with plenty of issues raised on how they were treated and how they lived during that period of time. The museum allows you to pan for bits of gold in their little make-shift panning area and you get to keep any gold that you manage to pan. Unfortunately, I was not lucky and could not find any despite the staff telling me that there were a few specs added in the morning. I did not see anything else in Ararat but it has the vibe of a nice town.
talbo9
talbo9 Ararat is a good place if you are only there to visit, There are a lot of people who pass through and think it is a great place, but, if you only try living there for a few years, there is not a lot in the way of jobs in that town, unless you want to be a prison guard, Left the place 7 years ago and my life has improved dramatically

at least half of that place seems to be a dumping ground for the socially unacceptable,
be real careful where you buy in that town, Avoid the lower end of town,Next time you are there ask about the streets on "The Other Side Of the Tracks" then go for a cruise down there, you will see what i mean,

When you are there next, go up to One Tree Hill at night,(if you are game enough) take a look at the way the street lights are arranged, see if you can spell out the word "HELL"
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rainerl
rainerl I did add a comment but it dissapeared. Perhaps too much of a negative question?
You know. It seems the more i research the more dirt surfaces about country living. It is almost as if one needs to weigh up leaving the bigger city hoping not to enter another frying pan. It is sad that seemingly are so many missfits out there spoiling it for retirees who seek a quiet live and ending up competing against such people who live the dream instead of working for a living where the jobs are. Guess they are enjoying early retirement taking up all thr good places oit in the country?
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3/5
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"Plenty more life than Canberra"

I once booked to stay in a motel in Queenbeyan thinking that it was in Canberra. However, Queenbeyan is part of New South Wales and it is very close to Canberra. The funny thing is that it has much more life and character than our nation’s capital. The streets have more interesting cafes and bakeries for you to grab an early morning bite and I know friends who prefer to stay in Queenbeyan than live in Canberra, even though they work in Canberra. Additionally, rental prices in Queenbeyan are cheaper than Canberra and it is only a ten minutes' drive to get into Canberra from this town. The motels are well kept here and everybody is very friendly
3/5
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"Clean country town"

I always manage to drive through Gundagai on the way from Sydney to Melbourne or vice versa. When I drive through, the stretch that lies on the main road is always quite nice as the stores are there to try to lure you into buying something. The public toilets on the main street are always very clean and are set amongst grass to give your eyes a rest and legs a stretch if you are traveling long distance and really need a breather. There are pubs and cafes in the place but I have managed to give them a miss. There is probably more to see and do here but being from Sydney we just love to storm through it and try to get home in record time.
2/5
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"Typical western Sydney suburb"

Erskine Park is a western Sydney suburb north of Penrith. It is a good forty to fifty minutes' drive to get here from the city. It is a very green suburb with plenty of bush and houses that have plots of land that are almost farm like. The main road heading into Erskine Park has many fruit shops that sell local produce. The fruits and vegetables here look very fresh and less pumped up with hormones. They are also very cheap. You just have to look out for them along the sides of the road. I picked up my pet rabbit from a breeder in Erskine Park so will probably come back here for another one some time soon.
JenBert
JenBert You can purchase fresh produce in suburbs adjacent to Erskine Park, but this is not Erskine Park itself, nor is it on the main road coming into Erskine Park. The area being referred to would be probably be classified as Kemps Creek.
2yrs+
Dman70
Dman70 Ruby Shoes, I'm not sure what area you are talking about, but it definitely isn't Erskine Park. I echo Jan's comment above. I also want to wish you good luck when returning to find another rabbit from a breeder at Erskine Park. To me your comments spell FAIL especially your generic term for "Typical Western Sydney Suburb. Erskine Park is situated just of the M4 (next turnoff from the old Wonderland heading west). Erskine Park is @ 8km2 with 2 schools, local shops including hairdressers, newsagent, Franklins, chemist, medical centre, real estate, restaurant, liquor land, bakery and an ALDI's is currently being built as we speak. it's direct neighbour is St Clair. A great place to live, quiet streets, good neighbours, plenty of people out and about running, walking etc. Highly recommend it.
2yrs+
kim90
kim90 Yes, this review is certainly not of Erskine Park. Erskine Park is not located north of Penrith, it is east and slightly south. All other information is also incorrect.
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3/5
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"End of the train line"

Windsor lies on the north western side of Sydney. It is the end of the train line and is a beautiful suburb with lots of tree lined streets. There is an army base here along with plenty of pubs and bars with decent entertainment on weekends. There does seem to be a lot of youths hanging about on the weekends so just watch out when you are around the station or driving that you do not run into a shopping trolley lying in the middle of the road. There are also plenty of nice restaurants in the area that gives excellent relief to having to go to the city for fine dining. The restaurants all claim to use local produce and the chefs are put a lot of heart into their cooking to produce some great food.
AndrewMansour
AndrewMansour Train line actually continues through to Richmond, and Windsor itself does not have an army base, however there is a raaf base in the next town being Clarendon . The raaf base is known as Raaf Richmnd.
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2/5
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"Typical south western Sydney suburb"

Yagoona is in south western Sydney and is one of the suburbs along the Hume Highway. It has a very large Vietnamese population, so the suburb reflects the population and has lots of Vietnamese bread shops selling your favourite bread and also the famous pork rolls (Vietnamese Baguette). There are super markets and also other shops dotted along the Hume Hwy so the local residents are well serviced with local and convenient facilities. Kentucky Fried Chicken is also in the area and it probably gets a lot of business due to its location. Yagoona was featured in the movie ‘Footy Legends’ which gave it lots of colour and showed that it is just a normal looking suburb with big plots of land.
AnneCurrie
AnneCurrie biased undetone to this review. darling, i don't know who you think you are!!!!!!!!!!!!
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happysid
happysid at the same time, this person doesnt even know what they want! 209 reviews??? wow, has plenty of time on thier hands and one of those look at me people who wants to earn brownie points! lol.
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blahdeeblah
blahdeeblah I think the review was very unbiased and that people have a right to voice their opinion without being attacked for doing so, it is not even a bad review by any stretch of the inagination, if anything it plays down how bad this suburb has become, this is coming from someoe who has 40 years experience on it. I would suggest the people talking up this area are obviously trying to sell their house and as is the culture in this area now, instant react if someone has a different opinion. You will not like my review then and I have based it on facts, as well as there are plenty of news articles and ACA programs to back it up which is why I left. My own father who still lives there calls is "your a gonna" not Yagoona, maybe one to many break ins.
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happysid
happysid man o man, your just another aussie racist!!! just reading your article is making me sick, not the suburb! i have been there for 20 years and was picked on by the aussies at school as a wog, now its their turf and you dont like it!!! Well, tuff luck. I now live in a suburb in QLD which is full of aussies and i have been broken into twice in 6 months, while in Yagoona wasnt broken into once for 20 years!!!! Now who are the REAL thieves uh??? And guess what, THIS IS AN UNBIASED OPINION AND THE TRUTH, which everyone hates saying nowadays!!! You will be broken into any suburb where there are junkies!
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Lemonlime
Lemonlime My parents still HAPPILY live in Yagoona, since moving there in 1988. I live in Greenacre now that I've married (even distance from the in laws at Enfield) and I'm not too pleased with the negative comments posted above about the areas of Yagoona, Chullora, Banstown and Greenacre. Yagoona is a peaceful area. I remember the days when the State Bank, ANZ, CBA and Westpac were in town. Harvey World travel and the Pizza Hut diner with the all you can eat buffet. Of course businesses move on and these buildings are all now occupied with new enterprises. Yagoona has undergone a facelift to the main shopping strip in the last year (no more uneven cement footpaths!). There are new takeaways with footpath table seating, hairdressers, doctors, pharmacies, butchers (both Halal and Spanish), fresh bread baked daily at both Vietnamese bakeries. There's the IGA and two discount stores, 4 furniture stores, legendary Helen's Pavlova Pantry (the best pavs I've ever eaten), Sparkle Dry Cleaning has been there forever, flower shop, post office, news agency, lawn mower service and repair centre, petrol stations, drive through bottleshop, dentist and Presto Pizza (run by an Italian family-better than Pizza Hut!!)..... I have not finished, the list does go on! Blahdeebah notes there is a family of nine not mowing their lawn- so call council, don't put the whole suburb down!! I have had only pleasant experiences in all of the stores I have listed above. I have caught the train from Yagoona station the majority of my life- no problems, just your average sydneysider waiting along with me for the train to work or school. And Blahdeeblah, as for crime having increased or the areas changing since when, the 70's? THE WHOLE WORLD HAS CHANGED. Hang onto your memories, that's all we've got. Didn't a young boy witness his Dad being shot? It was absolutely horrible, but it wasn't in Yagoona, it was on the most expensive street in Sydney. Was it Bankstown where the yr 12 student had a bomb tied to her neck? Nup, it was Mosman. I'm friends with a lady who grew up in Paddington and she feels safer living in Greenacre- because at least she won't get mugged again! My point is that there is crime anywhere you move, and it is very unfair to rant on about just that when there is so much more going for Yagoona. I recommend any prospective buyers to take a drive down to Yagoona, especially Fenwick Street or William Street (my favourite streets and where I had hoped I'd buy when I moved out of home. Blahdeeblah, I have no worries about my elderly parents walking down the street in Yagoona to get their daily fresh bread. Mum doesn't drive, she has never had a bad a experience catching the train. The ladies at the IGA know her very well and always ask her how she's doing. Her local hairdresser cuts her hair JUST as she likes it, no need to explain what she'd like at each visit, just 'same again please' . There is a little community here in Yagoona, if you stand still long enough to look around, you will start to recognise the people and say hello. Blahdeeblah I'm sorry you don't realise this, although the faces in Yagoona (formerly Irish Town) have changed through history we are indeed still a community of people who respect each other.
2yrs+
Modelmaker
Modelmaker Lemonlime, could not agree more, we moved here 20 years ago in fact from Croydon NSW, a very leefy higher middle class suburb, we swapped the place we had for a bigger home here in Yagoona and used the other for investment. I have to say in all the time I have been here I have had nothing but great enriching experiences and a real very real sense of community. Yes it has it's issues all suburbs do, but overall visiting family in croydon I can tell you that you can buy a 1.2 million dollar hovel there but there are more junkies and house thefts there that are very visible than I have ever experienced here let alone my neighbors. I have owned till recently a small business in Yagoona, the shopping center is small it has lost a lot of its prior populace since the banks left and Centro in Bankstown took over but it is slowly coming back with some new Highrise developments alomg the Hume Highway strip and a new supermarket complex touted new the Rookwood road end of the strip. In fact I think the life is coming back to Yagoona shopping center. I have coached one of my sons soccer teams for 9 years and my other boy has played since 7 at the local club and I can tell you again a great community atmosphere with many a great night spent at the Three Swallows over a steak a bear and great friendly conversations with parents neighbors etc. Yagoona may not be perfect but I can tell you I know a few "Up Market" suburbs that are far worse than this place.. Not everyone's experiences for one reason or another might be great but our family is very happy here and we intend to stick around till we retire down the coast.. If anyone has seen the North Coast recently you know why were heading south :)
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4/5
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"Very close to the Blue Mountains"

Mount Tomah is a town west of Sydney, close to the Blue Mountains, and made famous by the Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens. The gardens boast an excellent display of flowers and trees. The best time to visit the gardens has to be during Spring as this is when the flowers and trees are in full blossom to lend the gardens a splendid colour. During Autumn, you are going to see lots of trees rather than flowers so choose when you prefer to go. There are trees and flowers from all over the world to see and you will not see the same flowers twice. Mount Tomah botanical gardens is a must visit if you are ever in the vicinity as it has very different species as compared to the other gardens in Sydney.
4/5
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"Nice coastal town"

Newcastle is a coastal town north of Sydney that really developed due to the steel industry in the area. Newcastle itself is quite a nice area with some very nice beaches that brings in the tourists. There is also a university in town which leads to a few international students and Sydney-Siders heading there for studies. Newcastle does have its fair share of celebrities like Andrew Johns, the great rugby league player and Jennifer Hawkins, the former Miss Universe. Although there really is not much to do but go to the beach, it is a nice relaxing place worth driving to for a relaxing weekend away from Sydney.
4/5
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"Great place for antiques"

Mittagong lies at the top of the Southern Tablelands in New South Wales and is situated before you get into neighbouring Bowral and Robertson. This town is far less built up and glitzy as Bowral is and has a nice garden next to the train station for you to sit about and enjoy your surroundings. There are a few antique shops in the area that will occupy antique fans and the international piano competition is held at the local hall. The International Piano Competition is quite an event for such a small town. There are your usual fish and chip shops and other cafes to eat but nothing special to make you come back for them. Mittagong is a nice place for a pit stop if you are on your way to Robertson.
AndrewMansour
AndrewMansour yes nice place.
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3/5
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"Famous for its blowhole"

Nowra is a town just south of Wollongong, about two hours' drive from Sydney. It is famous and a favourite tourist spot because of the blow hole. Everybody waits around for a big splash and the water just spurts out everywhere. Sometimes you get some really bad days where the water is no where to be seen, and sometimes it spurts real high. It is not as fun as before since now you have to stand behind the fencing because some stupid tourist fell in the hole a two decades ago which spoiled the fun for everbody else. Other than that, Nowra has a lot of facilities like hardware shops and lots of shopping centres to service the locals.
3/5
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"Small country town"

Berridale is small little town roughly fifteen minutes out of Cooma and forty-five minutes' drive from the ski fields of Perisher Blue and Thredbo. A small town means that you have only one or two options to fill up the tank and only one or two options for dining. The accommodation here is more modest and budget friendly and they have been providing the same standard of accommodation since the 80s. The prices here are about the same as Cooma and slightly cheaper than Jindabyne but you are really paying for bottom range services. I actually quite like this little town. It is not built up so when you walk out of the motel, you see lots of grass and trees and fresh mountain air.
4/5
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"Favourite stop for many on the way to the ski fields"

Jindabyne is the closest town to the ski fields of Perisher Blue and Thredbo and is thus very popular for people to stay there when on a skiing holiday. Given that, it is a very up market place and is much more expensive than the other towns like Berridale or Cooma. There are plenty of ski hire shops here, and again you will have to pay Jindabyne prices as compared to Cooma or Berridale, roughly 10 -15% more. There are a few restaurants and pubs and also a beautiful view of the lake so there is value for money when staying here. With the snowfields only half an hour away, it looks like Jindabyne will always be a busy town during skiing season. During the summer months, Jindabyne is known for trout fishing and bush walking.
4/5
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"Beautiful small town"

Adamainaby is a beautiful town on the North Western side of Kosciuszko National Park. It is less frequented than the likes of Cooma or Jindabyne since it is further away from the main resorts of Perisher and Thredbo. It is closer to the budget and family friendly Mount Selwyn so it does not get as much traffic as the other towns. However, with this in mind it is very peaceful here and Jean Claude Van Damme once said he was keen to purchase a house in the area. There is good trout fishing near by and there are other things to do here other than skiing. Come here to enjoy a great time at the snow minus the crowd.
4/5
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"Great Italian Patisseries"

Haberfield has definitely raised it’s profile as an excellent dining and meeting place in Inner West Sydney. There are a few very famous Italian patisseries in the area, with the most yummy cakes and profiteroles to go with a good cup of coffee. Sunday afternoons are well spent catching up with friends over coffee and cake in this suburb, where parking is always easy to find and you are not too far from the city. There is a really famous wood fired pizza restaurant called La Disfida on the strip and it is quite good. Somehow the toppings are a little thin but the tomato sauce and ingredients are the freshest ever!
3/5
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"Quiet inner-west suburb"

Lewisham is a quiet suburb that lies between Petersham and Summer Hill. It is located in the inner west of Sydney and is about a twenty minutes' drive to the city. It does not have any shops or cafes like it’s neighbour - Summer Hill and so it is a very quiet suburb that lies along the Inner-West train line. It has a little newsagency off the train station and apart from that, it is just pure Inner-West residential living. There are lots of old heritage style houses and semi houses. A lot of professionals board the train in the morning to go work in the city as it is a convenient area if you work in the city and want to live the Inner-West lifestyle. It is only down the road from all the cafes of Summer Hill and restaurants of Petersham so nothing is too far away.
localdiva
localdiva Things have moved on since 2009, There is now a cafe and other interesting shops.
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3/5
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"Beautiful heritage houses in this area"

Right after the train passes Petersham you start to see a lot more older style heritage semi houses and terraces in Stanmore. They are really nice and remind you of what Sydney would look like back in the 50s and 60s. Stanmore station itself is heavily patronised by the private school students who attend Newington. When you drive past the school, you can see the school grounds and the many facilities that you will receive if you study at a private school.

Stanmore has cafes on both sides of the train station and they serve good breakfasts and coffee on the weekends. It is a middle income area so the services offered in the area are of good quality and not your usual bargain prices.
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"Inner west living with many heritage houses"

Petersham is part of old school Inner West Sydney. It is only a twenty minutes' drive west out of Sydney City. You can still find many heritage terraces and houses here. The train station is really old and somehow does not look like it will get a revamp any time soon. A lot of the students from Fort Street High School use the train station so during the mornings you will have to tolerate a lot of school children getting off the train. The train service is infrequent and sometimes, train services do get cancelled. The Livingstone Road side of Petersham has lots of Portugese restaurants that are nice and hearty as well as pubs and other restaurants.
Megazord
Megazord Another incorrect comment from this reviewer. The train service is very good and services are not often cancelled. Petersham train station is Heritage-listed for its fine neo-Gothic architecture. Let's hope it doesn't get a "revamp" any time soon! Terraces? Petersham is also full of large mansions - Croydon St, Palace St. Railway St, Shaw St etc. As to her strange comment re "Old School" Inner West that comment holds true for every suburb from Newtown to Strathfield.
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3/5
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"Very small and almost forgotten suburb"

Clyde is a suburb located next to Granville, just before Auburn. It is about a thirty to forty minutes' drive to Sydney City. Clyde is a strange suburb as nobody would ever say they live in Clyde, they would instead say that they live in Granville or Auburn. Clyde has it's own train station but the trains are very unreliable and infrequent. However, it is only a short walk to Granville Station fro Clyde, so many locals catch the train from Granville Station instead.

Clyde is next to the car yards and industrial areas along Parramatta Road and everybody on the Carlingford train line has to use Clyde station to change trains. Also, Australia Post has a distribution centre in Clyde and you will often see many Australia Post trucks driving through this area.
3/5
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"Suburb in the south of Sydney"

Miranda is a suburb in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire. It has a really huge Westfield shopping mall, which is really great for shopping for fashion and eating out. The mall itself is really well maintained and I just prefer it to other Westfield in Sydney as it looks like it actually has enough space to fit all the shops in it. It is on a huge block of land and everything is not miles apart! The service is good here because everybody is really nice in the Shire area. You will always get a nice smile when you order a juice or ice cream from the ice cream stalls.
3/5
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"Small little town"

Appin is a small little town located south of Campbelltown. I always drive past this town on my way to the South Coast of New South Wales. There are always a lot of nice tall trees along the road going into the town which makes it a great drive before you hit the shops. The shops here seem to be struggling with only really the pie shop doing well. There is a dance wear shop, but you would tend to think who in their right mind would open a dance wear shop in such a small town. There is also a motel on the main street with a Chinese restaurant in it but it does not look like it is ever open as there is always a thick layer of dust on its windows.
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"Nice little town"

Picton is a nice little town on the south western edges of Sydney. I drive past it a lot whenever I head down to Wollongong or the South Coast since I take the Campbelltown way to head down. I love stopping by the pubs and cafes in town and grabbing a pie as the town is really quaint and welcoming. There are a lot of signs in the area about the sky diving trips available and you always see a few young Sydney siders in town all excited about sky diving or returning from their sky diving adventures with smiles on their faces. Often, the sight of this makes me want to go sky diving, but I am pretty happy just eating my meat pie or having a beer in this beautiful town.
3/5
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"Quiet and tranquil"

Bobbin Head is a quiet little bay area up the Central Coast of Sydney but not really all that far away. There is a really nice picnic area with shaded benches and tables and a quiet stretch of water that is really good for fishing, kayaking or boating. There are never any waves and not many people around. Hence, it is a great place to get away from the crowds especially on a beautiful sunny day. The barbeque facilities there means you can cook some food with the family. Just beware that there is quite a descent to the actual Bobbin Head area and some people will have experience "popping" ears due to the change in pressure.
4/5
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"Local feel on the Central Coast"

Tuncurry is across the bridge from its more popular neighbour Forster. It has it’s own stretch of fishing shops and supermarket and is less crowded along the banks of the river if you are looking for a quiet fishing spot. The fishermen moor their boats on the Tuncurry side, with the fish coop also open to the public. There is a beach at Tuncurry and is far less crowded than Forster is. Tuncurry also sports a swimming pool if you prefer chlorine over the salt water. Everything on the Tuncurry side just seems more local and the prices of food reflect it.
SilverTulip
SilverTulip Tuncurry is not on the Central Coast
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4/5
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"Popular beach town"

Forster is a very popular beach town on the Central Coast of New South Wales. There are two main beaches in this area - Forster beach and Five Mile Beach. The busiest time for Forster is during the summer periods where many Sydney siders come up to spend Christmas or New Years vacationing. The beach and excellent fishing make it very attractive. The area has all the usual beach town facilities like pub, boat hire, fishing shops, surf shops and restaurants. You will find more fish and chips and cheap Chinese restaurants than hatted restaurants as most people who come here are very laid back.
smilingjack
smilingjack the central coast is actually a good 3 hours drive south of Forster - once again if you dont hit traffic which is very unlikely.
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3/5
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"Convenient and nice suburb"

Seven Hills lies in Western Sydney and is a commercial centre with a lot of industrial and commercial developments. It is about a forty minutes' drive to Sydney City and it has it’s own shopping centre called Centro. Seven Hills has a good train station with many trains passing through per hour, hence making the commute to work really easy if you work in the city. A lot of people in Seven Hills own the houses that they live in so the houses are very presentable. Since it is not exactly new development, you still see a lot of fibro houses in the area, but many are being redeveloped into townhouses or apartment blocks.
3/5
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"Nice suburb but far from the city"

Bella Vista lies in North Western Sydney close to Baulkham Hills. It is a very new suburb and has a lot of new houses. The suburb itself is a complex maze of streets and houses, where most of the houses actually look the same so if your street directory is not updated and you do not have a global positioning system, you are actually highly likely to get lost in there. It is very close to the likes of Norwest so living here would have it’s advantages if you work there or worship there. Having to drive or commute to the city everyday means you better get used to waking up at 6am.
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"Nice beautiful place"

Dover Heights is north of Bondi and just south of Vaucluse. It hugs the close line and contains one of the best parks in Sydney called Dudley Page Reserve. All it is is just a large park but has the best view in Sydney and the city's skyline. A lot of tourist buses stop there, probably to the annoyance of the residents who want the place to themselves. Since Dover is away from New South Head Road, it enjoys quieter streets than it’s neighbouring suburbs like Rose Bay or Double Bay, hence making it more comfortable for those who like it less congested.
4/5
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"Beautiful suburb in Sydney"

Rose Bay’s location reflects its name with beautiful water access and views of the city. With that come two of the most prestigious private girls schools in the area - Kincoppal and Kambala. These schools are located along New South Head Road. Driving up the road, the private schools look like castles and have the best facilities for the local area. New South Head Road itself is rather windy and takes getting used to when driving. This is especially when every second that you drive along the road, you want to turn your head and admire Sydney’s best views. The golf courses in Rose Bay allow the rich to pass away their time in class.
3/5
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"Normal suburb in Western Sydney"

I once had to drive out to Dharruk to play in a big poker game in the area. Dharruk is located in the Western Suburbs of Sydney and is about a forty to fifty minutes' drive to the city. It is a very peaceful suburb with the houses all having nice lawns. Despite it being close to a few other suburbs that have bad image problems like Bidwill or Shelvey, I basically saw nothing of the sort except for very cheap looking properties on big plots of land. The RSL I was playing at was very well renovated and look totally new. There were plenty of big screens and looks like a great place to meet the locals and enjoy a nice one whilst watching the footy.
3/5
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"Most expensive place to live in Sydney"

Welcome to one of the highest income suburbs in all of Australia. Yes it is definitely beautiful here. All you have to do is follow New South Head Road up to where the light house is and make any left to turn down into the streets or look left and there you have it, the best view in all of Sydney. The lighthouse itself is beautiful as it looks out towards the sea and you can just sit on one of the benches all day and read a book while soaking in the views from both the front and the back. You do not have to live in Vaucluse to fully appreciate the place so even a drive through Vaucluse lets you know what you can really do if you are a multi millionaire.
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"Famous for its Apples"

Everybody in Sydney knows Bilpin for its apples. It is to the west of Windsor and during the right season, you can go there and pick fresh apples of the trees which can be purchased. There is nothing fresher than picking your own apples off the tree and it really beats buying them from over priced supermarkets. I saw a few people eating the apples whilst picking and they do taste sweeter when freshly picked. The roads leading into the Bilpin are beautiful and the road that leaves Bilpin heads towards Mt Tomah. A trip to Bilpin during Spring means all the flowers are out to accompany the beautiful apples.
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"Nice inner-west suburb"

Concord is located in the inner-west of Sydney has one of Sydney’s major hospitals. It is about a thirty minutes' drive from the city. House prices here are slightly above Sydney's median price because of its location.

Concord has plenty of buses from Strathfield station and is close enough to Rhodes to take advantage of Ikea and the shops there. Concord also happens to lie close to the bay areas of the Parramatta river so again, the house prices reflect this. The Majors Bay Road area has some really nice cafes and restaurants which provide plenty of colour for dining options and on the weekend
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"Mix of commercial and residential"

Northmead lies just north of Parramatta and is also next to Westmead. It has some industrial areas with the Coca Cola Amatil head quarters and several bus depots in the area. Given that, the part of Northmead that lies past Windsor Rd is all residential and does not have much development. It looks more like your typical western suburb housing but property prices are not as high as those in North Rocks or Baulkham Hills. Northmead is also very close to James Ruse Drive so a few quick turns will have you on the M4 to the city or right in Parramatta for easy shopping. Pancakes on the Rocks has also opened a branch here in Northmead.
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"Typical suburb with nice houses"

North Rocks lies north of Northmead just before Baulkham Hills along Windsor Road and is about a thirty to forty minutes' drive to the city. Being at the southern tip of the North Western belt of Sydney, it does not have the same transport problems as the other suburbs with buses running along Windsor Rd to take you into Parramatta. The area has gyms and nice houses that have character rather than looking like McMansions. There are plenty of fast food options and entertainment at the local bowling club. North Rocks is also pretty hilly, so some of the houses actually have a view down into the valley. The nearest mall will be Parramatta Westfield.
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"Nice inner-west suburb"

Five Dock is a suburb in Inner Western Sydney that lies along Parramatta Rd. It is pretty close to the city and takes only twenty minutes by car to get there. Locals here are spoilt for choice when it comes to amenities such as an excellent gym, golf course, indoor cricket, lazer skirmish and boxing gym. If you like your sports and exercise, Five Dock would have to be the place to live. Being right along Parramatta Rd, you are living on one of the busiest roads on the planet so getting in and out of the area during peak hour is a very tough ride. The local rumour is that many residents go to Burwood train station to catch the train to the city. Many have to park somewhere in Burwood before they catch the train.
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"Home of the Sharks"

Cronullla is on the tip of the Sutherland Shire and has its own beach and is a good forty minutes' drive to the city. Rocked by previous once off race riots, the suburb still retains much of its old culture where many spirited locals will swear by Cronulla and live and die here than live anywhere else in Sydney. The beach itself is nice, but nowhere near as nice as Coogee or Bondi. There are a few pubs and clubs along the main strip so a Saturday night has plenty of options and choices for entertainment. There also are a lot of sporting fields in Cronulla so all the rugby league enthusiasts have excellent facilities in the area.
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"Very popular because of Girraween High School"

Girraween is a suburb that is very popular with migrant families who are keen to send their children to the famous selective high school - Girraween High School. Many students travel far and wide just to attend this high school. At the same time, the local primary school matches its local high school and has a band to ensure the kids in the area have plenty of opportunities to further their interests. The scenery here is very much Western Sydney residential suburbia with many houses on good sized plots of land. All the roads are very new and there is not much development here. Given that you will notice much more blue sky on a sunny day rather than have it obscured by apartment blocks. The closest mall is Parramatta Westfield.
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"Typical suburb in Western Sydney"

Toongabbie is a suburb in Western Sydney. It has a lot of one story houses that sit on big lots of land. The houses here are low key but well maintained. Most of them have big backyards, garage and a front porch. The train station is along the Wentworthville, Girraween, Pendle Hill stretch so it actually has a rather frustrating timetable with only about two trains an hour servicing the station. There are shops around the station like your usual bakery and supermarket, but nothing exciting and the restaurants are all the usual grease serving take away shops. There is a Toongabbie leisure centre in the middle of Toongabbie with gym, tennis courts and squash courts so enthusiasts in the area have excellent sports facilities.
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"Nice and convenient town"

Gosford is the first town that you hit when turn into all the famous central coast beaches that Sydney siders love to visit on weekends and during the summer months. Given that, not many people stop over Gosford on their way to Terrigal or The Entrance.

Gosford has a nice mall in Erina Fair, but it has been in the news as one of the lowest spending malls in all of Australia. Locals hang out there rather than actually shop and spend money there. The club there looks like it definitely services the local entertainment with slots and entertainment. The marina also serves the local boat owners and it provides a nice view on the drive through to the beaches.
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"Nice charming suburb"

Beecroft lies just north of Carlingford and Epping and is a high middle income area. It is about a forty minutes' drive to Sydney City and it has it is serviced by Beecroft Train station. The journey from Beecroft to Central Station takes about thirty to forty minutes.

Beecroft is home to a lot of professional migrants who have settled in Australia. It reflects its middle income inhabitants with nice houses and quiet streets. The houses are not the new type that you find in North Western Sydney, so there is a certain amount of charm about the houses here. Most of the houses here have character and do not look like mansions you can order out of a catalogue, nor are they there to show off. The houses actually look like individual homes which lends the suburb to high house prices.
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"Cross between bush and city living"

Hornsby Heights is a suburb in Northern Sydney and is about a forty minutes' drive to the CBD via the Pacific Highway. For those planning to drive along the Pacific Highway during peak hours, please give yourself plenty of time to commute as the traffic here is notorious.

Hornsby Heights is a part of Sydney where you can see the bush creeping up, hence it is a cross between country and city living. The houses there often look like ones you can find up the Central Coast because there is so much bush land around. With bushland comes a lot more leaves that are blown around. It is not a suburb where you find tons of new houses and beautiful lawns. It is more semi bush living but still within Sydney and away from any noisy roads.
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"Nice but can get pretty inconvenient"

Cherrybrook lies between Castle Hill and Pennant Hills and is about a forty minutes' drive to Sydney City. This suburb has a very calm and relaxing feel to it and is easily accessible via Pennant Hills Road. However, this place is only serviced by buses and there is no train station here.

The majority of people who live here are the elderly and young families, you can expect peaceful living and rarely would you see any fast cars zooming round the streets of Cherrybrook. There are shops that are close by and everybody takes good care of their front lawn to keep up with the gardening standards of the neighbourhood. The closest mall for residents here will be Castle Hill Towers.
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"Suburb with good schools"

Normanhurst on the northern side of Sydney is made very popular due to the presence of a selective high school in the area - Normanhurst Boys High School. The famous Catholic school for girls - Loreto Normanhurst, is also located in this suburb. Normanhurst is about a a thirty minutes' drive to the city during off-peak hours. The suburb itself is quite nice with a very middle income demographic. Since it is located on Pennant Hills Rd, it is very accessible to Hornsby and is very close to the M1 freeway that takes you to the Central Coast. If you love going to the Central Coast every weekend, Normanhurst would have to be one of the best places in Sydney to live in. Just make sure you live well away from the high school and Pennant Hills Rd so you do not have to hear the traffic all day long!
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"Suburbia to the north of Castle Hill"

Glenhaven is pure suburbia, just north of Castle Hill. It is about an hours' drive to the CBD or a thirty minutes' drive to Parramatta. The quickest way to get around here is by car and only a handful of buses service this area.

All the houses are obviously very new with beautiful staircases and paint jobs. Many of the families who live here are middle income and property prices here just slightly cheaper than those in Castle Hill. There is not much to do here in Glenhaven and the closest mall will be Castle Towers in Castle Hill. This suburb is rather inconvenient and if you work in the city, you have to give yourself plenty of time to commute during peak hours as the roads here get very congested.
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"NIce and convenient suburb"

Chester Hill is one of those suburbs that seem to have an image problem. However, if you get to know the place better and its locals, you will find that it is quite a charming suburb with very friendly people. It has it’s own shopping strip where you do get to know the shop keepers and they will eventually know you by your first name. There is always plenty of parking here for you when you need to do your weekly groceries shopping.

You will not get bored of the old fashioned tasting hamburger with the beetroot on it and bbq sauce from the hot food take away store. Food here is cheap too as you can get a hamburger for under four dollars. The local high school seems to also give the area a bad name with the obvious rough ups with the teenage boys, but which high school does not have the occasional meeting on the field after school?
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"Nice heritage feel"

Zetland is one of those suburbs that you really do not want to see getting overly developed as it has this nice and old heritage feel to it. There are plenty of heritage terrace houses here. I have a friend who has lived in one these houses. It has very high ceilings with the bathroom on the outside of the house and bedrooms on the second floor. There is also a ceiling window that protrudes from the roof. Property prices here has sky rocketed over recent years and because of it's proximity to the city, many people like living here. It is serviced well by buses and obviously very close to the airport and the city. It is also a good proximity to both University of Sydney and University of New South Wales if you happen to still be studying.
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"Plenty to eat around here"

Eastwood is a very happening suburb. It is not as big as the likes of larger suburbs such as Parramatta but has a shopping centre that gives you plenty of choice and lots of bargains. There is an obvious concentration of Korean and Chinese restaurants. These restaurants offer different varieties from different parts of China. You have Northern Chinese, Hong Kong cuisines, Macau, Szehuan and etc. The parking can get rather congested on the weekends with all the shoppers coming to this area to stock up on their weekly groceries.The claypot rice restaurant is one of the best claypot rice restaurants in Sydney, so give that one a definite try.
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"Great place for nature lovers"

Halls Gap is about a three hours' drive from Melbourne City and is a great place to visit if you are a nature lover. Halls Gap is the place to stay over when visiting The Grampians. The Grampians National Park boasts of many activities and adventures. It is a great place for rock climbing, bush walking, bike riding, visiting waterfalls, lakes and many more.

In the town centre of Halls Gap, you can find cafes, restaurants, a pub, shops and many different types of accommodation. The Grampians YHA is a budget friendly youth hostel that is rated five stars. Just like it's Apollo Bay counterpart, this YHA is ecologically friendly, has great kitchen facilities and is very clean. There are a few chickens in the backyard where you can pick your own eggs for breakfast. Finally, Halls Gap is a very family friendly area where kids are able to ride on their bikes around the park and there are plenty of benches for the family picnic.
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"Clean and neat neighbourhood"

Rouse Hill is a nice, new and clean suburb. It is a very new residential and commercial development area and every building around here looks spick and span almost to the point of sterile. Rouse Hill has all the amenities that a family will need - from cafes, restaurants, shopping mall, library, banks and etc, you name it and they have it. There is a good mix of both apartment living and houses around this area. However, the houses are typical of the "MacMansion types" and sometimes whole streets can look very similar.

The only drawback with Rouse Hill is the lack of transport and its distance from the city. On a good day, it can take up to fifty minutes just to get into Sydney city. It is also a good thirty minutes drive to Parramatta. There are no trains around this area, only buses. The only real way to get around Rouse Hill is by car. I have to say that the roads here are wide and easy to navigate but I will not recommend living here if you have to work in the city.
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DisSatiisfied Anytime Rouse Hill is a terrible gym. The place has faulty cardio equipment and the staff don't seem to care when you email or tell them, they just blame the owners for buying cheap equipment, and this is probably the case. Save your gym fees for somewhere else.
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"Very similar to Dulwich Hill"

Hurlstone Park is located right next to Dulwich Hill and the two suburbs look very similar. Hurlstone Park is about a thirty minutes' drive to the city and is located in the inner west of Sydney. It is mainly a residential area with many houses around the area (some of these houses are heritage listed).

There is a train station that services this suburb - Hurlstone Park Station and it is approximately a thirty minutes train ride from Hurlstone Park to Wynyard Station during peak hours. There are a couple of shops, service stations and restaurants in Hurlstone Park. Additionally, there is the Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club that is a great venue for entertainment and cheap beers.
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"Family living in the inner west of Sydney"

Dulwich Hill is located about a thirty minutes' drive from the city in the inner west of Sydney. The closest train station is Dulwich Hill Station but train services to this area can be unreliable at times. The journey from Dulwich Hill to Wynyard in Sydney takes about thirty minutes during peak hours. Additionally, there are plenty of buses that run through Dulwich Hill to Sydney CBD and other suburbs around Sydney. Dulwich Hill is mainly a residential area with plenty of houses of all types. From Victorian homes to Federation homes, Dulwich Hill has it all. There are a handful of cafes, restaurants and a cake shop (Fernandes Patisserie) in this area.
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"Prime suburb in Sydney"

Watsons Bay is about a fifteen minutes' drive from Sydney City and it is located in the eastern suburb of Sydney. This suburb is a very popular tourist destination as most operators will stop here for The Gap and allow tourists the time to take photos of the popular cliff.

Watsons Bay is also famous for Doyle's seafood restaurant and it's multimillion dollars homes. Apart from these, there is a pub, ice-cream shop, convenience store and gelato store along the main road. There is also a park that faces the harbour and it is very popular with the locals on the weekends.

Although there are many houses here and the location is really close to the city, it is a very expensive suburb with property prices ranging in the millions and not everyone can afford to live here.
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"Small town along the Great Ocean Road"

Port Campbell is a small town along the Great Ocean Road and is a favourite pit stop for many tour operators and independent tourist. This is mainly because it is the closest town to the famous Twelve Apostle and the surrounding attractions.

There are a handful of restaurants, cafes, shops, bakery and a convenience store in this small town. Be prepared to pay top tourist dollars when eating in this town. I once bought a fly net for ten dollars! That said, it is a pretty town with plenty of grass and nice benches to sit at while you enjoy your lunch. It is next to the water and everything here is very neat and orderly. There is also a caravan park for those who are interested in camping.
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"Beautiful country town"

Mount Beauty is located in the alpine region of Victoria and is about an eight hours' drive from Sydney or a four hours' drive from Melbourne. This town has some great views of the mountains that surround the area. It is a small country town that is highly dependent on its winter trade. The roads here are wide and clean and the houses are here are well maintained.

The town is fairly small as compared to the likes of Cooma and Jindabyne in New South Wales. There is a cafe, a bakery that has the best smelling and tasting bread, a supermarket, a handful of real estate agents and plenty of ski hire shops. Mount Beauty is a great place to stay if you are heading towards Falls Creek and it is less than an hour's drive up to the ski fields.
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"Capital city of The Great Ocean Road"

I have visited Warrnambool a few times while on my way to the Great Ocean Road. This city is about a three hours' drive from Melbourne. Warrnambool has everything that a big city offers. You have your usual pubs, supermarkets, fish markets, fruit and vegetables markets, Rays Outdoors, K-mart, fast food chains, bakeries, butchers and delis. It is a good idea to stock up at Warrnambool as prices at the other towns along the Great Ocean Road can be costlier.

The streets and roads in Warrnambool are clean and wide. Houses here just resemble those of typical suburbia. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to dine at in Warrnambool. However, the highlight of this city has to be the Cheese World that offers free cheese tasting for everyone. Warrnambool is a good place to stop for a couple of hours just for stocking up but I will not recommend hanging around here too long if you are visiting the Great Ocean Road as there is really not much sight-seeing you can do around here.
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"City on the border of New South Wales and Victoria"

Albury is also frequently referred to as Albury-Wodonga because it is just s stone's throw away from Wodonga in Victoria. This city is about a seven hours' drive from Sydney and there are many industries, mainly agriculture, around this area. Charles Sturt University is based in Albury and this city is big enough to have its own airport.

There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, convenience stores, shops, bakeries, banks and etc along the main streets of Albury. Whatever you can find in Sydney, Albury has it too. The streets are clean and wide and there is plenty of parking to go around for everyone in the city. Albury is a great pit stop if you are on your way to nearby towns such as Rutherglen and Yackandandah in Victoria.
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"Inner-city suburb that is very convenient"

Redfern is an inner-city suburb that is about a ten minutes' drive into the CBD or a five to ten minutes' train ride to Wynyard Station. Although Redfern is really close to the city, it has an image problem because of "The Block". However, things have changed and Redfern has gone through some serious gentrification over the years. Many young working professionals like living here because of its proximity to the city and it is a suburb that is well connected by public transport. The houses here are mainly terrace houses and there are plenty of heritage buildings that are now used for commercial purposes. Urbanisation has also resulted in residential apartments being built around the area.

Along the main streets of Redfern, you can find many shops, cafes, takeaway shops and pubs. Redfern is also a stone's throw from the Australian Technology Park. Despite its reputation, Redfern is a very convenient location.
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"Second largest city in Victoria"

Geelong is the second largest city in Victoria and is only about an hour's drive away from Melbourne City. For tourists heading towards The Great Ocean Road, you will definitely pass by Geelong on the way. There are many nice houses in Geelong and many of them are heritage. There is a beautiful waterfront area next to Deakin University and Avalon Airport is conveniently located about twenty minutes away from Geelong.

In the main part of town, you can find malls, shops, cafes, pubs, clubs and restaurants typical of most cities. Other tourist attractions include the Ford Discovery Centre and the National Wool Museum. Another interesting piece of trivia about this place is that Geelong used to be the hometown of the famous celebrity paparazzi - Darryn Lyons.
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"Nice beach side town"

Huskisson is about a three hours' drive south of Sydney. It is a nice beautiful beach town that really thrives during the hotter months. This sleepy town is a great destination for fishing and surfing. Additionally, as it is located on the south coast, it is not as developed as compared to places such as The Entrance on the north coast of New South Wales.

There are many takeaway food stores, cafes, a disposal store, convenience store, bakery, Husky pub and chemist on the main street of Huskisson. For a more local feel, head to the Huskisson Bowling Club for a drink or dine at the Chinese restaurant there. Huskisson is a fantastic holiday spot for the whole family if you are after a quiet place to chill.
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"Gourmet country town"

Milawa has to be a foodie's paradise. It is about a three hours' drive from Melbourne City and seven to eight hours from Sydney. It is a great place to stopover on the way to the Victorian ski fields. In Milawa, you can find gourmet food of all types. From Brown Brothers' wines to the famous Cheese Factory, bakery and independent gourmet food stores.

The Milawa Cheese factory is a great pit stop when you are in Milawa. They offer an exciting cheese platter that is really reasonably priced and they offer free tastings of their cheeses. The cafe in the factory also serves pies, coffees and teas. Another great place to stop by in Milawa is the famous Brown Brothers wineries (although there are a few other wineries around the region too). As with other wineries, Brown Brothers offer free tastings at their cellar door. If you like your gourmet food, you have to pay Milawa a visit when you are next in Victoria.
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"Beautiful ski fields"

Falls Creek has to be one of the most beautiful places in Victoria. The village has a very family feel to it and the cost of a holiday for the whole family here is much cheaper than one in New South Wales during the snow season. Falls Creek is about a five hours' drive from Melbourne City or a nine hours' drive from Sydney.

At Falls Creek, you can downhill ski, cross-country ski, tobogan, walk around the village, have lunch at the cafes or a beer at the many pubs. There is something for everyone in the family to do. I have visited Falls Creek three times over the last five years and have been very happy with the place. Maybe I have been lucky, but it snowed all three times when I was there. Additionally, Falls Creek does not get as crowded as Perisher or Threadbo and this definitely makes it a better experience.
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"Famous for the Blue Lake"

Mount Gambier is almost a six hours' drive south from Adelaide City. This country town is very close to the Victorian border and is home to the famous Blue Lake. The Blue Lake has the bluest water you will ever see in your life and it is worth joining the tour. Also, during the drive from Adelaide to Mount Gambier, you will pass by the wine region of Coonawarra.

Mount Gambier is quite a large country town that has it's own airport. The main street has your usual Chinese restaurants, shops, supermarkets, service stations and etc. The locals are very friendly and the houses here are very well maintained. Streets here are clean and the air is fresh. This is a nice country town to visit or stopover even if it is just for a day.
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"An hour's drive from the city"

Beaumont Hills is located almost an hour's drive north-west of Sydney. It is close to suburbs such as Kellyville and Stanhope Gardens. This area is a new development area and new houses are being constantly developed here. Beaumont Hills is not very different from it's neighbouring suburbs. The homes are your usual "McMansions" and the streets often look the same. There is a small shopping centre with an IGA supermarket and a handful of shops. However, most people tend to shop at the Rouse Hill Town Centre in Rouse Hill, which is about a five to ten minutes' drive.

There is not train station here and residents have to rely on buses to get to the city, Parramatta and Castle Hill. Essentially, if you want to live here, make sure you have your own transport.
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BeaumontHills This person obviously doesn't live in or near Beaumont Hills as most of her comments are completely off the mark. Ignore this review and read the others from people who actually live in the suburb.
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"Nice family area"

Pagewood is about a thirty minutes' drive south-east from Sydney City. It is close to suburbs such as Maroubra and Kingsford. Pagewood is a typical Sydney suburb with many families living around this area. Additionally, there is a Westfield shopping centre in Pagewood that boasts of shops, cafes, Big W, David Jones, a cinema, fresh fruits market, butchers, fast food and your usual supermarkets. It is a very big centre that caters to the locals of Pagewood and it's surrounding suburbs.

The houses here are generally well maintained as the majority of people who live around here are middle-income families. There are buses that service this area and they run through either Anzac Parade or Bunnerong Road to get to the city. These public buses can sometimes be quite unreliable during off-peak hours with a flood of buses arriving at once and none during other times. The bus ride to the city is about forty minutes. It is a nice neighbourhood and just a short drive to Maroubra beach.
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tt21 What would you know you clearly don't live here or know anything about the suburb. It actually only takes ten minutes to the city if there's no traffic. Ignore this reviewer.
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"Stone's throw away from Sydney CBD"

Milsons Point is located on the lower North Shore of Sydney and is only a five to ten minutes' drive into the city. This suburb is very well connected by public transport and it has a train station and many buses that service this area. The journey to the city by train is usually about ten minutes.

There is a good mix of residential apartments and commercial office buildings in Milsons Point. Along the harbour side of Milsons Point, you will see many high-rise residential apartments and a few smaller and older style units. Most of these apartments have fantastic views of the famous Sydney Harbour. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, boutique accomodation and shops around this area to cater to the working crew. Additionally, due to it's proximity to the city and it's fantastic view of the harbour, property and rental prices are on the higher end of the scale as compared to the other parts of Sydney.

Milsons Point is also home to the famous landmark - Luna Park.
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"Convenient suburb in the south of Sydney"

Rockdale is about a twenty to thirty minutes' drive to the city and is located in the south of Sydney. Hence, making it only a short distance to the airport. There is a train station in Rockdale and plenty of buses service this area as it is a major bus interchange for Sydney Buses. Rockdale has a good mix of residential apartments, houses, commercial buildings and light industrial areas. Many of the houses here are heritage listed and very beautiful.

Additionally, this is a very convenient suburb with a busy shopping strip next to the station. There are many shops, grocers, cafes, restaurants, pubs and etc. There is also Rockdale Plaza that is home to a few supermarkets, shops, food court and etc. This is a very convenient suburb that is well connected by public transport.
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"Rather inconvenient suburb if you do not have a car"

Breakfast Point is located in the inner west of Sydney and is about a thirty minutes' drive from the city. There are plenty of houses around this area and in recent years, many high density residential apartments and town houses have been developed right on the wharf area close to Parramatta River. The designs of these apartments and town houses look very similar and thus gives a sterile feel to the whole area.

Transport to and from Breakfast Point is another problem. There is only one bus that runs through this neighbourhood. For those who work in the city, they have to catch the bus to Burwood Station before hopping onto a train to get into the city. This journey takes at least an hour. Alternatively, there is a ferry service at Cabarita and the journey is about an hour long too. This is definitely not a very convenient suburb if you do not have your own transport.
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radford The ferry takes 36min to Circular Quay. I get the 7.38am ferry each morning and arrive at 8.14am. Beats sitting in the car!
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MrsMole Many other people describe driving through this suburb as driving onto a movie set or into a different world compared to neighboring suburbs, a far cry from the "sterile" feel as noted.
Love the ferry, it's the best way to get into the city in the least most congested way during peak hours.
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"NIce clean air"

Adelaide has to be one of the least polluted cities in Australia with the city being only a fifteen to twenty minutes' drive from the airport. I was warned about peak hour traffic in Adelaide and I did experience some traffic on the way to the city from the airport. However, that was nothing compared to what you experience in Sydney.

The city is very neat and tidy and everything is within walking distance. You get your usual pubs, cafes and restaurants around the city. However, what amazed me was Chinatown in Adelaide. Over there, a handful of restaurants are opened till midnight on almost a daily basis! I had dinner at almost eleven at night and was surprised to see most of the restaurants filled with people.

The pace of life is definitely slower here as compared to Sydney. I recommend visiting Adelaide and it's surrounding wineries at least once this lifetime.
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"Wineries that are really close to the city"

McLaren Vale is an easy one-hour drive south of Adelaide. Upon entering McLaren Vale, you will be greeted by many well maintained and sometimes heritage houses. The main streets are very clean and people are really friendly here. The rows and rows of grapevines provide a beautiful backdrop for the many cafes and restaurants here. McLaren Vale feels like a small country town but with character and an "X" factor.

McLaren Vale is famous for its wineries and many of these are smaller operators as compared to the Barossa Valley. Wineries here include Chapel Hill winery, Rosemount Estate and Wirra Wirra Vineyards to name a few. If you are a wine lover, this is the place to visit for a day trip when you are in Adelaide.
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"Nice Inner-city suburb"

North Strathfield is only a thirty minutes' drive west from the city and there is a train station that services this area. However, the trains are quite infrequent and this makes travelling during off-peak hours very inconvenient. The closest major train station will be in Strathfield, which is about a five minutes' drive.

North Strathfield is slowly developing as a result of urban sprawl. There are more residential apartments now as compared to a few years ago. Fitness First and Harris Farm have established themselves in North Strathfield alongside a few car yards and Paul’s warehouse. Additionally, there is a supermarket and some restaurants located along the Concord Road side of North Strathfield. Many families live around the area due to its close proximity to Strathfield station and the schools around here.
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"Nightmare getting to the city during peak hours"

Brookvale is located about a thirty minutes' drive north away from Sydney in the absence of traffic. It is a relatively high income area due to its proximity to the Northern Beaches of Sydney and property and rental prices are dearer here as compared to Western Sydney. Brookvale is a good mix of commercial and residential properties. There are quite a few warehouses and offices in this area and many houses and low density residential apartments too. Warringah mall is the main mall in Brookvale. Here, you are able to find your usual department stores, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and etc.

The thing I do not like about Brookvale is the traffic in the mornings. Spit Road is the only way to get to the city and it is extremely congested in the mornings. There is no train station here and the only way is to rely on the bus to get to the city. I would only recommend living here if you do not have to commute too frequently to the city.
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"Just a typical Western Sydney suburb"

Villawood is about a thirty to forty minutes' drive to the city and is located in the western part of Sydney. Villawood has a train station and it is usually an hour's journey to get to Central Station from here. There are also private buses that goes to Bankstown and Parramatta.

Villawood is a very multicultural suburb with many migrants living here because of the relatively cheaper rent and property prices as compared to other parts of Sydney. Additionally, income levels are lower around this part of Sydney.

Many people view Villawood as a bad suburb due to the infamous Villawood detention facility.
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"The fringe of the city"

Haymarket is located on the fringe of the city and is an easy ten minutes' stroll from Town Hall station. The closest train station for Haymarket will be Central Station. Alternatively, the light rail also services this area. Haymarket is more fondly known as "Chinatown" in Sydney. It is home to many Chinese restaurants, cafes, Market City, Burlington Square, bakeries and Paddy's Market.

Haymarket is a great place to visit on the weekends. You can start off the day with Yum Cha at one of the many Chinese restaurants and go shopping in Market City, Paddy's Market or the many boutiques around the area. There are a couple of high rise residential buildings around here that are very popular with young working professionals and overseas students who attend University at UTS. It is a very convenient suburb that is within an easy walking distance to the city.
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"Inner-city suburb that is very convenient"

Woolloomooloo is a beautiful inner-city suburb that overlooks part of Sydney Harbour. It is a short bus ride to the city or for those who are keen, it is a good thirty minutes stroll to get to Pitt Street Mall. There are many private residential housing and some public housing areas in this suburb. However, because of it's proximity to the city, many young, working professionals like living in Woolloomooloo. The convenience of this suburb also comes with a price tag with property and rental prices being on the higher end of the scale.

Over the years, many restaurants and cafes have opened up in Woolloomooloo. The waterfront provides a fantastic backdrop for these businesses. However, the first ever cafe and famous Sydney icon will have to be Harry's Cafe de Wheels. This is where you can find the famous Tiger pie with peas and mash. Harry's Cafe de Wheels have visitors from all over the world patronising this small cart in Woolloomooloo and over the years, many celebrities have visited this small cafe despite the lack of seats.
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"A great suburb that is exciting and close to the city"

Darlinghurst is an exciting suburb that is located in the inner city of Sydney. This suburb is literally a stone's throw away from Sydney City and Paddington. Hence, it is in the centre of the hippest part of Sydney. A bus trip from Darlinghurst to the city will only take about fifteen minutes. Most residents around here are young working professionals who live in apartments or terrace houses.

Victoria Street in Darlinghurst offers a variety of cafes and restaurants. However, if you are up for more serious dining, Stanley Street will be the place to head to with cuisines ranging from Japanese to Thai to Italian and fusion. Prices here can be quite costly too due to the high rental costs and up-market persona.
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"The "red-light" district of Sydney"

Kings Cross is famously known to be the "red-light" district of Sydney. It is renown for it's brothels and strip clubs around the area. Often, the brothels are very low-key and they just resemble your typical Victoria terrace house. I once did a study tour around this area and was shown a couple of innocent looking houses and they all turned out to be brothels.

However, The Cross is not just known for its seedy business. There are plenty to do around the area. Walk down Darlinghurst Road and you can see many restaurants, adult shops, kebab shops, backpackers hostels and the famous fountain. Kings Cross is easily accessible by train and buses. A trip via train between The Cross and the city will only take about fifteen to twenty minutes. It is a very convenient suburb if you can live with it's reputation and street workers. That said, many young working professionals have progressively moved into the neighbouring suburb of Potts Point (just a street away from The Cross) due to it's proximity to the city.
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Kristain77 Nice review. Kings Cross is very famous place in Sydney. <a href="http://www.australiavoyage.net/kings-cross-sydney.html">Kings Cross Sydney</a> is known as area of crime along with prostitution, with stylish and famous hotels and restaurants.
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"Nice suburb on the Northern Beaches"

Dee Why is a suburb located in the Northern Beaches region of Sydney. It is famous for Dee Why Beach and it's close proximity to Curl Curl and Collaroy. During peak hours, the commute to the city can sometimes take up to an hour because of the congestion of Pittwater Road. The only form of public transport around the Northern Beaches area are public buses and during peak hours, these buses run on T-ways.

Urbanisation has resulted in more residential apartments being built in Dee Why. Along the beach strip of Dee Why, there are many of these apartments. Under the apartments are shops, cafes and restaurants that serve the many tourists and locals around the area. Another really nice place in Dee Why will have to be the RSL. It is not like your usual old looking RSL that is in need of a renovation. Dee Why RSL is brand new looking with many flat screen televisions offering many different channels of sports. Within the RSL, you can find an Asian restaurant, a bistro, a couple of cafes and a bar. Dee Why is recommended for anyone who likes being close to the beach but does not mind the commute to the city and the high cost of living around this part of Sydney.
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mmj Over 5 years I'd say the demographic seems to have noticeably changed for the better . Great opportunities for all beach / sea related sports and some good pockets of nature . Although some bemoan the proliferation of apartments , the suburb still has a mostly leafy feel . It's possible to walk to all amenities , and the beach and is on a main bus route to city . Dee Why has a great array of cafes , restaurants etc and essential services . Basically most of Dee Why is a fantastic place to live . Even parts of the Pittwater throughfare are aesthetically much improved over the last few years .
However , it's extraordinary that with a police station a stone's throw away the main bus stop and Council Chambers , this part has been allowed to degenerate (even further) into a urine stinking , graffitti plastered mess that is also fairly dangerous . It will continue to be all of the above unless the vacant buildings are replaced and made useful . Council is floundering with lack of vision or they are simply inept - but with so much room for improvement , the only way for the suburb as a whole , is up .
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"A very multicultural neighbourhood"

Bonnyrigg is located about an hours' drive southwest from Sydney City. It is a very multicultural neighbourhood with many migrants living here due to the relatively cheaper housing prices. The closest train station will have to be Cabramatta and most residents will drive to Cabramatta, park their car there before catching a train to the city (if they do work in the city). Bonnyrigg is also serviced by a T-way and hence is pretty convenient getting to Liverpool (which is the closest suburb that has a Westfield).

There are a couple of different places of worships for different religions. For example, there is a Chinese temple and a Burmese temple in Bonnyrigg. There is an Aldi supermarket along Cabramatta Road and Bonnyrigg Plaza boasts a few more other retail shops. Bonnyrigg is a good place to live if you work around this side of Sydney. However, if you work in the city, the commute can be pretty long and driving to the city usually takes an hour and a half each way during peak hours.
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"Nothing really interesting to see in this suburb"

Berala is a suburb to the west of Sydney and is about a thirty minutes' drive from Sydney city. Mainly families live around this area and most of them commute to work in the city using train that stops at Berala station. The journey from Berala to the city via train is about forty-five minutes to an hour and you will need to change train at Lidcombe station.

Berala is typical suburbia with family homes and a handful of residential units sprouting around the suburb. As with any typical suburb in the west of Sydney, there is a "town centre". For Berala, this town centre, located next to the station, boasts a few Vietnamese restaurants and a handful of other shops. Apart from that, there is really nothing interesting about Berala.
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jeka1103
jeka1103 The train from Berala to the city takes no where near that long and you don't need to change at Lidcombe. An all stops train from Lidcombe to the city take 30 minutes and as Berala is the suburb next to Lidcombe, the train from there would take no more than 35 minutes. Limited stops from Lidcombe take 20 minutes to the city so if you wanted a quicker connection you could swap.
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"Convenient suburb with plenty of Asian groceries on offer"

Footscray is about a twenty minutes' drive west from Melbourne city. This is a very interesting suburb where you can find plenty of Asian cuisines, supermarkets and shops. This is the suburb to visit in Melbourne if you are after authentic Vietnamese food. Different restaurants cater to different crowds. For example, for lunch, there are Vietnamese restaurants that offer the traditional noodles, soups and rice. At night, for dinner, there are restaurants that offer seafood dinner and patrons are encouraged to sing Karoake during dinner.

The Asian supermarkets here offer plenty of fruits, vegetables and condiments for the Asian community. The prices are very reasonable and often you can pick from a wide variety of goods that are on offer. During certain months, you will also be able to find more exotic fruits such as mangosteens, durians and star fruits. I recommend this suburb to those who are after a more exotic experience when in Melbourne.
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"Swanky and developed beach town"

Lorne is situated along the Great Ocean Road of Victoria and is about a two and a half hours' drive from Melbourne. The road to The Great Ocean Road is pretty straight forward. However, be prepared for bendy and windy roads on your way to Lorne and the other towns along The Great Ocean Road. It is a good idea to bring a bag for those who frequently experience car sickness.

Lorne is a beach town that offers plenty of swanky restaurants, cafes and accommodation for those visiting The Great Ocean Road. It is also a great place for surfing, fishing and visiting the surroundings of The Great Ocean Road. There is the Otways National Park, Melba Gully, Triplet Falls and etc around the area for some serious exploration. However, it is a slightly more expensive place to stay and holiday as compared to Apollo Bay.
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"Quaint little country town"

Port Fairy is located almost at the end of the famous Great Ocean Road of Victoria. It is approximately a four hours' drive from Melborune. The drive along the coastal route can get pretty "windy" but the view is absolutely breathtaking. As it is a relatively further town as compared to the likes of Apollo Bay and Lorne, it is much smaller and quieter.

When I visited Port Fairy a couple of years back, I noticed two pubs of very distinct flavours in the main part of town. The pub on one side of the main street has more of a local feel and is more like your typical country town pub without any fanfare. The pub on the other side of the main street is swankier looking and more for those with more money to throw around. Additionally, there are many boutiques and shops around the area that service tourists. Despite it being a small town, the locals were not very friendly like what you would expect from a small town. Instead, the tourists were friendlier than the locals.
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DeborahD5
DeborahD5 Yes what is it with the locals a trip to the Newsagency is never a smiling experience a very dour interaction. Tourists are the towns bread and butter please appreciate them.
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"Busy neighbourhood with limited parking"

Crows Nest is located about a twenty minutes' drive north from Sydney. There are buses that service this area and the closest train station is located in St. Leonards. It is about a thirty minutes' bus ride to get into the city if there is not much traffic.

Crows Nest is a good mix of commercial, high-rise residential apartments and houses. There are plenty of professional services business, boutiques, supermarket, restaurants, pubs, cafes and animal hospital in Crows Nest. Unfortunately, it is often very difficult to find parking in Crows Nest and this is especially so on the weekends. Due to it's convenient location, it is a very popular area for young, professional working individuals and hence rental prices are on the higher scale as there is high demand for housing around this area.
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"Nice beach town along The Great Ocean Road"

Apollo Bay is a great beach town located along The Great Ocean Road. This is a nice town that is not as pricey as its Lorne counterpart. However, Apollo Bay is slightly further from Melbourne than Lorne is. Nonetheless, the distance should not matter when you are witness the breath taking view along The Great Ocean Road.

I stayed at the YHA in Apollo Bay a couple of years back. It was new, clean, reasonably priced and eco-friendly. Dubbed a five stars YHA, I have to agree with that rating especially when there is a nice kitchen facility, TV room and a fireplace to warm up the place during the cold winter months.

There are shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants along the main road of Apollo Bay. It feels very safe to walk around the neighbourhood at night and people around here are really friendly too. I would highly recommend Apollo Bay to anyone wanting to spend a night at The Great Ocean Road for their holiday.
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"Nice suburb but is too close to the airport"

Botany is a nice and neat suburb that is located about a twenty to thirty minutes' drive from Sydney. The easiest way to get to Botany from the city will be via public buses. Additionally, the closet shopping mall is located in Pagewood, that is about a ten minutes' drive from Botany. There are many pubs, cafes, shops and restaurants around the main road. The Waterworks hotel is a nice and cosy pub that is often frequented by the locals. Pizza is also served at the bistro in the hotel.

There are mainly houses and low density apartments in this suburb. Many who work at the airport like living around here as it is really close to the airport. On the flip side, residents around Botany are often exposed to the noise pollution that is caused by the aircrafts.
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"Very close to the city"

Alexandria is an inner city suburb that is about four kilometres to Sydney and there are plenty of buses that service this area. It is usually a twenty to thirty minutes' bus ride to the city or a fifteen minutes' drive to the city. You can also find pubs and cafes around the area.

As a typical inner city suburb in Sydney, the roads in Alexandria are very narrow. Often, buses will have to go on the kerb just to be able to make a turn. Hence, it is a good idea for pedestrians to stand away from the kerb to avoid being hit by a bus.

Alexandria is a good mix of commercial warehouses, residential high rise and low density units as well as heritage terrace houses. Due to its proximity to the city, Sydney University and The University of New South Wales, housing in Alexandria is highly sought after.
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"NIce country town"

Mildura is a country town located on the border of Victoria and New South Wales. It is approximately a twelve hours drive from Sydney to Mildura via the Hume Highway and Sturt Highway. It is a good idea to make Wagga Wagga your pit stop before heading to Mildura. This is because the road between Mildura and Wagga Wagga is all grassland and there are no shops or stops around this area.

Mildura is famous for its oranges and wines. There are a few boutique wineries and plenty of fruit farms. Additionally, there is a town centre where locals are able to get their daily necessities. Just like any other country towns, there are restaurants, cafes and fast food. A nice place to visit in Mildura is the Murray River, which is great for a family day out.
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"Very nice place that not many people know about"

Kemps Creek has to be one of the most beautiful places in Sydney. It is a complete opposite to the St. Mary's end of Mamre Road and not many people know of Kemps Creek. Kemps Creek is filled with acreages and land. There are fields, horses, hobby farms, ponds and stables around this place. Driving along Mamre Road during sunset, you will notice the most picturesque side of Kemps Creek with the light reflecting off the water and the tranquility that you can feel while driving through Kemps Creek.

The only drawback is the fact that you need a car to get around. The closet motorways are the M4 and M7.
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"Not a nice suburb to hang around for too long"

Tregear is about forty to fifty minutes' drive west from Sydney via the M4 motorway. There are many houses around this area but they are a mix of private owned and public housing. I used to work around here and never had a good impression of this place. This was because, I often encounter police cars parked outside the houses and the cops used to raid the houses around here.

There is a small shopping complex with a supermarket, fruit market, shops and cafe. Apart from this, there is nothing much to do. The next major centre is located in Mount Duitt, which is about a ten minutes' drive away. I would not recommend living around this area if you can avoid it.
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garymc Ruby did you ever think that the reason the Police are outside someones house would be because they are cleaning the area up. Police outside peoples houses happens all over Sydney and I dare say more in other suburbs than Tregear.
You say you used to work here ? What you probably meant was you have passed through here before, the shopping centre is actually a very popular and safe place to shop, there is also a new shopping complex just 2 minutes away at Ropes Crossing with a Coles supermarket.
You can catch public transport easily to anywhere you want to go, we have approx 30 schools in the area to choose from, we have ample open spaces for kids to play or to take the dog for some exercise, we have movie cinemas, sports fields everywhere, countless clubs and pubs with entertainment, I could go on and on. Where elsein suburban Sydney will you find this.
You say you recommend avoiding this area, wewould like you to avoid it as well we dont want narrow minded people here. We accept anyone that wants to be part of our community and we as neighbours help and support these people.
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"Cost effective housing for families"

For those looking for value for money when it comes to housing, South Granville can potentially be the solution to your answer. South Granville is located in the west of Sydney and it takes about forty minutes to drive to the city via the M4 motorway. This suburb is self-contained and has it's own local shops, butchers and convenience store. It is also an easy drive away from Woolworth's that is located in Granville. The houses in South Granville are mainly made of fibro, weatherboard and brick.

If you head further south, you will find many warehouses and commercial buildings. Additionally, the closest train station for South Granville will be Granville station. Most residents of South Granville will drive to Granville station and park their cars there before catching a train to the city. There are not too many buses that service this area. Due to these factors, rent and house prices are not as costly as those in the inner city suburbs.
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"Nice convenient suburb"

Mosman is a suburb located to the north of Sydney next to Cremorne. On a day without traffic, Mosman is only a twenty to thirty minutes' bus ride into the city via Military Road. However, during peak hours, Military Road gets extremely congested and it is advisable to give yourself more travel time during those periods. Another way of getting to the city from Mosman will be via the Ferry.

Mosman is very densely populated due to its proximity to the harbour and the city. There are many residential units here and a handful of houses. People who live here are usually young working professionals. Mosman is also a a very convenient location with plenty of shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, banks and furniture shops around the area. Prices here do tend to be more expensive as rental does cost more here as compared to the Western suburbs of Sydney.
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"Nice suburb that is close to the city"

Gladesville is a nice suburb that is located about ten kilometres north Sydney. There are no trains around this area and residents have to mainly rely on buses to get into the city. The buses run along Victoria Road and during peak hours, this road gets very congested. It will be a good idea to give yourself extra travel time during peak hours. Another alternative, albeit more expensive option, will be to travel via the ferry to the city.

There are many nice houses, townhouses and apartments around this area. The streets are not unusually narrow and provides easy access into and out of Gladesville. There are many shops, cafes and restaurants along Victoria Road. This makes it quite a convenient suburb to live in. I would recommend this suburb to those who do not mind getting to the city by bus.
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"Charming little town"

Beechworth is a charming, and tidy little town located in the north-east of Victoria. The drive from Melbourne to Beechworth is about three hours. Beechworth is famous for its gold rush history, association with Ned Kelly and Beechworth bakery. There is even a Chinese museum to educate people on the history of the Chinese people and their contribution to the gold rush period in Beechworth.

Just like any other country town, there are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants around Beechworth for the whole family. The most interesting shop will have to be the lolly shop. This shop stocks all types of different lollies that you can think of. Also, there are plenty of heritage buildings around this area. Despite their age, they have been well maintained and kept alive by the businesses that are conducted on those premises. Each year, Beechworth attracts plenty of tourists and it is a definite must-see town if you are ever in rural Victoria.
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"Nice suburb on the Northern Beaches"

Collaroy is a lovely suburb located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. It is approximately a thirty to forty minutes' drive from the city (depending on traffic) and it does not get as busy as Dee Why and Manly. There are mainly houses here and they are often built on hills. The streets around the residential area can be quite narrow at times too.

Along the main strip of Collaroy, you can find your organic food cafe, a milk bar, surf shops and a day spa. It is a rather small suburb as compared to Dee Why and that is pretty much the reason why it is not as crowded as Dee Why. Many people love living here because of its proximity to the beach. However, getting to the city during peak hours can be a real chore due to its distance and the sheer amount of traffic on Pittwater Road.
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"A rather inconvenient suburb"

Edensor Park is located about thirty-eight kilometres southwest of Sydney. It is very close to suburbs such as Bonnyrigg and Bossley Park. There are plenty of big houses around this area as land is relatively cheaper than the inner suburbs of Sydney. This suburb is very multicultural with many families of different cultural background calling this place their home.

When you drive along the streets of Edensor Park, you will notice that some houses are out of proportion compared to the rest of the neighbourhood. There are a handful of MacManions that have been overbuilt and they look like they have at least ten rooms within the house. Additionally, the nearest train station will have to be Cabramatta. Hence, if you live here but work in the city, you will have to drive to Cabramatta, leave your car there and catch a train from Cabramatta station to the city. All in all, it is a typical Sydney suburb but really inconvenient for those who work in the city.
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"Inexpensive and convenient suburb"

Canley Vale is located about thirty kilometres south of Sydney. There is a train station that services this suburb and it takes between forty minutes to an hour of travel to get to Sydney CBD (depending on the time of the day). Canley Vale can be likened to a smaller version of Cabramatta as there are plenty of Vietnamese people who reside around this area. The houses in Canley Vale are a good mix of fibro, weatherboard and brick.

Along the main road, Canley Vale Road, you will find many shops such as restaurants, bakeries, newsagency, accountants and plenty more. There is even a pub around the area that offers some pretty inexpensive but good yum cha. Many locals frequent the restaurants around this area and parking is never a problem here as there is plenty to go around for everyone.
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"Quiet, tranquil and many families"

Karani Avenue in Guildford West is a nice block that is nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Guildford. This street is lined with many trees and there is a park that is located right in front of Karani Avenue. I know of a family who lives here and I often visit them at Karani Avenue.

The neighbours are really friendly here and the houses are very well kept. There are mainly young families around this area and most of them have nice cars and boats parked in their driveway. Karani Avenue is a stone's throw away from the T-way to Parramatta. This makes it very easy to get to Parramatta and there are also buses that go to Merrylands station. It is about a ten to fifteen minutes' bus ride to Merrylands. The only flaw with this place will have to be the lack of a train station, otherwise it will be the perfect place for a family.
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AnneCurrie
AnneCurrie obviously biased biased biased! May I say this is in your words 'a typical western suburb lower working class' your reviews are a joke get them off here!
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Jambrose Guildford West is "great" for childcare and schools such as Guildford West Public School (GWPS) and Guildford West Childcare centre. This childcare centre is attached to the after school (OOSH) which is attached to GWPS. The centres and school have such lovely teachers who are more like friends and they truely care about your children. There is a huge shopping centre in Merrylands (stocklands) which is in the final stages of completion and is only five minutes up the road. Parramatta is only a 20 minute drive in peak hour which has an abundance of places to eat and shop. There is a local leagues club which is only a ten minute walk for our place on Leach road we can walk and there is also a good value family pub on Fairfield road which is only a five minute walk from our street. Nice little community. Oh and we are a working class family in corporate and work in CBD areas in Parramatta and Sydney as do our friends who live local and earn very good incomes.
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"Too much of a tourist town"

Leura is located at the Blue Mountains and is quite a pretty town. The roads leading into Leura are wide and new; there are also many pretty and cute houses around this area. However, it is too much of a tourist town and on the weekends, it does get very very crowded as tourists flock here for a weekend away or for antiques.

Nonetheless, Leura is a great place to wine, dine and shop. There are many cafes, shops and restaurants to choose from. You will need to pay top prices in Leura in order to get a feed. Expect to pay about $15 a head for lunch at a cafe with a view of the valley. I dined at the French restaurant in Leura and did not think it was good value for money. You are better off with Blackheath for a fine dining experience.

In all, Leura is too "touristy" and does not really provide a sanctuary away from the city. It is wiser to head further north if you are keen for a quieter Blue Mountains experience.
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AnneCurrie Clearly, you seem to be an expert on all towns. who made you an authority??? I think you mean to say head further west- you can't head north!
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divineb Medlow Bath, Blackheath, and Mt Victoria are all North West of Leura actually. And by the way, she didn't say she was an "authority". I believe that was your word. X
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"Mix of commercial and residential"

Rosehill is located in the western suburbs of Sydney and you can easily get to the city in thirty minutes' by the M4 motorway. This suburb is close enough to Harris Park, Parramatta and Granville. In recent years, there has been plenty of development going around Rosehill. As such, many townhouses and residential units are sprouting up around the area. This makes it very sterile.

Additionally, I find Rosehill very dusty due to its proximity to the factorys and its location next to James Ruse drive. The Rosehill racecourse is famous for its races, caravan and motor homes shows and etc. There are a couple of hotels and service apartments around this area too. Woolworths, BP, Maccas and etc are all located within this suburb too.
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"Nice friendly town"

North Haven is a little town that sits along the river in the great lakes area close to Port Macquarie. During the summer the place is alive with many people here fishing but it is far enough from Sydney to be away from too many crowds. There is typical pie shop, surf shop, restaurants and pub so everything is available. The pie shop itself is more up market and sells pies for around $3.50 a pie so watch out if you want to get something under $3. The bowling club serves an excellent dinner with a lot of good options. The variety includes seafood and more than just your usual roast or steak. The price is very reasonable and you can eat for under $15, which probably makes it one of the best feeds in the Bonny Hills, North Haven and Laurieton area.
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"I saw snow there"

Bombala is located on the southern side of the Snowy Mountains area of New South Wales. It is a very quaint town that boasts itself as platypus country. We were driving past but could not see any. It is less touristy here than the likes of Jindabyne or Cooma so it bends itself to more natural country like feel. The people are all very nice and it gets cold enough to actually snow. The drive around town is very scenic with nice rivers and plains to really show you the best side of New South Wales country. This town is definitely worth a drive through coming form Nimmitabel if you are planning to head south after the snowfields.
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"Nice country town"

Tumut is a larger town in the snowy mountains area of New South Wales. It looks like there is much more industry in the area and subsequent employment so it has a lot more facilities and supermarkets than the little country towns nearby. It is a great idea, if driving past to stop over for groceries here instead of elsewhere since it is much cheaper in the larger town. There are all the little nearby farms and wineries to visit whilst approaching Tumut so the drive itself towards Tumbarumba is very nice. We stopped by the Tumut Valley Violets Farm during October and it was just great sitting there for morning tea and soaking in the spring flowers.
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ew0403
ew0403 Driving through Tumut and living here are two very different things.
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chrisc22
chrisc22 yep...you're very right!! Oh and the violet farm is owned by a couple from Melbourne. I call Tumut the Termite Town...the credibility of new comers is constantly undermined by groundless gossip/assumption and narrow mindedness. I've lived in cities in Victoria/Qld/NSW and country towns in NSW/Vic and overseas and none compare to backwardness of Tumut and the down right vindictiveness of some of the locals. P.S. I doubt that the aforementioned couple will stay for that very reason!
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"Nice small town on the less visited side of the Snowy Mountains Region"

Tumbarumba is a small country town on the less visited side of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. It has a very pleasant feel to the place and if you are touring the area, is an excellent place to stop over for a night. Being from the city, the street is well presented and the shops there are interesting. Nearby there are some nice waterfalls, rivers and lakes to be seen. I happened to visit during State of Origin one year and the local RSL was packed with locals cheering on the blues. It was a great sight watching everybody just relax, drink their beers and engage in a good game of footy.
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"Nice country town"

Tamworth claims to be the capital of country music in Australia and holds a country music festival each year. It is also on route from Sydney to Brisbane, so going either way; you are likely to stop over. There is a big hill in town which you can drive up which provides a nice view of the town from up high. There are picnic tables there to have lunch whilst gazing down in to the town.
Tamworth is a big country town and has a lot of infrastructure like TAFE, music conservatorium, etc. Plenty of pubs, motels and eateries to keep one interested so a neat place to stop over to have a look around.
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"Small forgotten town"

Nimmitabel is a cute little town about forty five minutes from Cooma way. It is a little too far to stay if you are looking to head to the ski fields since it makes the drive about an hour forty five, so as a result there is not much in Nimmitabel. The elevation is higher here than Cooma and given the right conditions, it actually snows and the whole little town turns white. If you are lucky to see this it looks absolutely beautiful with all the playgrounds, schools and lake all covered in winter magic.

There is a general store and bakery that seems to be keeping the town alive, but apart from that, a brief stop over if you are coming in from the south towards the ski fields is all it takes to soak it all up.
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"New development suburb"

Kellyville is one of the newer suburbs of Sydney. All the houses in Kellyville are brand new and all looking very nicely renovated. The streets are all newly paved and everything just seems to be in order. As a result a lot of families with kids have moved out this way, since the houses are slightly more affordable than living closer to the city and you get so much more land.

There is only really one road that leads into Kellyville and that is Windsor Rd. As a result it gets really jammed up during peak hour and there is no other way in! This can cause some to be absolutely crazy and some are happy to let the time pass by whilst waiting in their cars going home.
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"Typical suburbia in Western Sydney"

Guildford is a suburb in the western suburbs. It is characteristic of urban sprawl with a lot of different nationalities living there. There are a fair few Lebanese pizza bakeries on the Guildford Road stretch of shops along with a library and supermarket. Guildford West seems to be actually quite a nice lower middle to mid middle-income area. Quite a few of the houses there have boats in the driveway so everybody seems to do quite well. Guildford sports club has a lot of entertainment going on so for a quiet suburb in the western suburbs of Sydney, there is everything available and it is quite convenient in that sense.
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SamH2
SamH2 Typical? Really? I wouldn't describe it as characteristic of urban sprawl anymore. It's decidedly urban. Boats in the driveway? hahaha.
You can't seriously think that those people are wealthy? Most have been sold by now. They hardly ever get used. They're a pipe dream, really.
My, my... So much has change since 2009.
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"Close to University of Western Sydney"

Ermington is a suburb that is within Parramatta council and is placed next to the highly accessible Victoria Rd. It has its own line of shops that provide you with all your basic necessities and has a lot of new development town houses and apartments so everything looks quite new. It is very easy to get to places like Carlingford, Parramatta or Lidcombe from Ermington because it just happens to lie in the middle of everything with major roads connecting throughout. Further allong Victoria Road, there is a very popular putt golf place in Ermington. It is also reasonably close to the University of Western Sydney Parramatta campus.
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"More convenient than before"

Epping is like a trendy spot on the northwestern train line. It has a good train station and everybody knows the all-famous Epping RSL. Somehow it is rather strange calling it an RSL since it is more like a trendy club rather than a place for diggers or for a cheap drink.

Most likely reflecting the migration to the area, there seem to be a few more Indian restaurants popping up. Whether this means more Indians in the area or the area developing a taste for Indian is up to you to decide, but there seem to be a lot of Indian restaurants there. Apart from that, it is still a suburb that can access the city and also the North Shore with the new train line so this makes it quite a good middle-income area.
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"A stone's throw away from the city"

Moore Park is located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It is accessible by bus and is only a ten to fifteen minutes’ ride into the city. Moore Park is a good mix of residential units and houses. There are plenty of trees that line the streets. However, Moore Park is more famous for it’s landmarks.

These landmarks include, Fox Studios, Sydney Cricket Ground and Hall of Industries. The Sydney Cricket Ground is home to the Sydney Swans. This sporting venue has seen many cricket and football games played. Fox Studios has plenty of cafes and restaurants for all sorts of different palette and a cinema for those movie buffs. The Hall of Industries is famous for all its fashion sales that happen regularly and bargain hunters around Sydney flock to these sales to grab some absolute bargains.
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"Congestion galore on a daily basis"

Ryde is located in the northeast of Sydney. There is a mix of residential units and houses around this area. Lately, there has been a lot of development going around the town centre. There are cafes, shops, Top Ryde shopping centre and supermarkets around the area. However, there is no train station in Ryde and residents have to depend on public buses to get around.

Additionally, it is best to avoid driving through Ryde during peak hours. Often, traffic gets very congested along Victoria Road and Devlin Street all through to Lane Cove Road and Homebush Bay Drive. You will need to give yourself double the journey time if you are going to drive through Ryde to get to your destination during peak hours.
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"Nice and convenient suburb"

Maroubra is about a thirty minutes’ bus ride from Sydney via Anzac Parade. There are many buses that service this area and you will never have to wait too long to hop onto a bus that will bring you to your destination. Unfortunately, for those who like to travel by train, this will not be a suburb of your choice. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes in Maroubra. Additionally, it is only two stops away from Eastgardens Shopping Centre in Pagewood.

There are many houses around Maroubra and lately, there has been more development and hence many more residential units around Maroubra town centre. Maroubra is also close to the beach. This beach is very popular with surfers and boarders alike; although it can get pretty territorial at times and fights do result at the beach.
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"High Class Hippie/ Bohemian Feel"

Glebe is located in the inner city of Sydney, right next to Broadway. This suburb is very close to The University of Sydney and hence is a popular suburb for university students to live. I often think of this suburb as a “high class hippie/bohemian” suburb.

Glebe is famous for its market and Glebe Point Road. The market happens every Sunday of the week. It is a good place to pick up second hand vintage clothing, clothing by budding local designers, jewellery, second hand books and etc.

Additionally, Glebe Point Road offers a variety of cafes and restaurants to dine at. There is a slight hippie-ish vibe and is nothing like Paddington or Bondi. There are also plenty of houses in Glebe. However, many of these are heritage listed and the streets are very narrow (just like most of the other inner city suburbs in Sydney).
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Megazord
Megazord Yet more misleading comments from the 200-plus suburb reviewer. Glebe has a very split personality. It has a lot of public housing and student accommodation, but the Toxteth Estate and Glebe Point are two of the most expensive areas in Sydney. Here and among the mansions of Glebe Point Rd there is no hippie vibe whatsoever. Narrow streets seem to be a fixation as she has falsely made this accusation about a lot of suburbs. Some streets in Glebe are narrow but just as many are wide. If you can buy a rundown, two storey terrace, let alone the major homes which fetch over $3 million, for less than a $1 million - good luck
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stevev4
stevev4 I have lived in Glebe all my life. I was born here and grew up in Glebe. Went to school at Glebe pubic and at St James. I played in the run down homes and old abandon rat infested factories scatted from Glebe point Rd to Blackwattle Bay to Darling harbour. I have seen it change from ramshackle poor neighborhood to a trendy yuppie place 1980s to be and again to a mega hipster baby boomer Zone 2000s.
I have watched people stay and move on to the booming out suburbs. I seen people I knew as children been killed murdered and dumped in the very same places that everyone likes to walk around in the parks and praise for being splendor and gentrification conforms to middle-class taste. Only to come back and visit and regret summon up of a time long since past.
So what are left are echoes of Hardworking Old people who have long gone and died out, whose ancestors sprits still settle in some of the old brick terrace homes long after they have been sold to the highest bidders.
Glebe is Sydney history dirty and murky with sun shine, but as the last of the old folks I have benefited watching it change and become more crowed and expensive. Glebe in some respect has lost its sole to pandering rich developers. Yes, its noisy and close to city CBD but its changing and evolving. Like so much of the past its just memories and the only thing that is left are the old terrace homes that get remodeled.
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"Not your usual country town"

Wagga Wagga turned out to be a bigger town than expected. I was on my way to Mildura and was surprised to find that Wagga Wagga is the final stop before you need to drive for hours just to get to Mildura.

Wagga is not your typical quaint country town. It is a hub and is more like Albury-Wodonga. There are many restaurants, cafes, chain stores, shopping malls, take away outlets, franchise stores and etc around Wagga. The main street is very wide and clean. The houses here are like those in any typical suburb in Sydney. The only difference is, Wagga is much cleaner and neater than Sydney. It is a well plan town that has plenty to do and none of that “sleepy town” feel.
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"Very close to UTS"

Ultimo is located in the inner city of Sydney right next to Broadway. Ultimo is famous for The University of Technology Sydney. When you arrive in Ultimo, you will be greeted by this grey building that is a real eyesore. This is when you know that you are in Ultimo.

There are plenty of shops along Parramatta Road in Ultimo. From cafes to take away stores, you name it and it has it. Ultimo is only a five minutes’ bus ride or a twenty minutes’ walk to Town Hall. There are many residential units around this area. This area is recommended for young working professionals who want to be close to the city and do not mind the business of it.
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"Nice little Snowy Mountains town"

Talbingo is a small coutry town on the north-western edge of the Snowy Mountains. It is about a six hours drive from Sydney and not many of my friends know of this town as people only flock to the likes of Jindabyne and Cooma when they visit the Snowy Moutains.

What I remember clearly about this town is the steep descent before you get into town. However, once this descent is over, you will be greeted by the most picturesque view of one of the dams in the area. My family made a pit stop here and we had lunch at the park, overlooking the gorgeous water.

The streets in Talbingo are very clean, the houses are nice (just like any typical suburbia) and it has the feel of a sleepy small town. Besides sight-seeing, there is not much to do around this area.
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"Far from Sydney but close to Penrith"

St. Marys is a good forty minutes' drive from Sydney via the M4 motorway. However, it is only a ten minutes' drive to Penrith. The most realistic way of getting to the city from St. Marys will be by train via the Western line and this journey can sometimes take up to an hour.

The main street of St. Marys is similar to other main streets in other western suburbs. You find your local businesses, shops, cafes, the occasional restaurant and your supermarkets. This street is quite small compared to its Penrith counterpart. There are definitely more houses in St. Marys than residential units. St. Marys just feels like typical suburbia and it is not a pretentious suburb.
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"Nice beach town in Sydney"

Manly is about a thirty minutes' drive from Sydney and is a favourite destination of tourists and local sunbathers alike. When the sun is out, you can expect Manly to be jam-packed with people. Another way to get to Manly will be by ferry. This is a very popular choice with locals as the road from Manly to the city is impossible during peak hours.

As it is very close to the beach, property prices here are definitely on the higher end of the scale. This suburb is not as multi-cultural as compared to western suburbs of Sydney. Additionally, with high rents and property prices com high prices for goods and services around this area. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes around Manly and the beaches do get very crowded. A word of advice for those intending to drive there especially during the summer months - leave your cars at home as parking is almost impossible to find.
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"A quiet town"

Maitland is about two hours drive north from Sydney and is part of the Hunter Valley region. The streets of Maitland are wide and clean and this town is not as industralised as compared to Newcastle. The pace of life here is definitely slower than Sydney and hence makes it a good retirement option for many who still want to be Sydney.

There are many historical buildings dating from the early 1800s in Maitland. Houses here are like the typical houses you can find in the suburbs of Sydney. As there is more land out here, houses here do tend to be slightly bigger than those of the inner city suburbs of Sydney and the streets around here are clean and tidy.
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"Beautiful suburb and close to the city"

Drummoyne is a beautiful inner city suburb in Sydney. There are both houses and residential units around this area. Roads around here are not as narrow as those that you find in Paddington and houses here are neat and tidy with several small parks around the area.

Drummoyne is famous for Birkenhead Point Shopping Centre. It is a factory outlet that caters to the bargain hunters in Sydney. The view in front of the mall is spectacular and it would be a great to be able to own one of the boats along the marina. Unfortunately, Drummoyne is only serviced by public buses and this can be a nightmare during peak hours as Victoria Road gets clogged up in traffic.
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"Nice suburb that is close to Sydney University"

Camperdown is a nice inner city suburb that is within easy walking distance to Sydney University. Additionally, it is only a ten minutes' bus ride to Sydney CBD. There are many terrace houses, residential units and parks around this area. The streets can sometimes get pretty narrow and due to its proximity to the hospital and university, it can sometimes be difficult finding parking.

Additionally, depending on which side of Camperdown you live at, it is only a short stroll to Glebe Point Road or King Street of Newton. There are plenty to eat and do at both these places; from restaurants to shops and etc. Missenden Road at Camperdown can get pretty busy during the mornings too. This is a two-lane road with traffic going in both directions and this road runs parallel to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Be prepared for the traffic lights and pedestrian crossings along Missenden Road.
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"Typical suburb in Sydney"

Carlingford has a large Chinese population and as a result has a lot of different types of Chinese food on offer. There is the usual yum cha along with northern Chinese dumplings and also clay pot rice. If you ever go to the parking lot of either Carlingford Court or Carlingford Shopping Centre, there seem to be Toyota Camrys every where since it is like the Chinese value for money car that every Chinese family drives.

Since it is generally a middle-income area, the houses are quite nice and the streets are relatively wider than those in the inner city suburbs. It is probably easier to commute from Epping station since there are more trains there that go direct to the city rather than catching the train using Carlingford Station.
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Suburbsbloke
Suburbsbloke "Alot of Toyota Camrys in the parking lots". What a completely useless review.
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lordterrin
lordterrin but it made me laugh, so not completely useless...
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RWNPAJ
RWNPAJ 'a lot of Toyotas in parking lots' ....the year is 2015...more like Mercs and BMW's etc..attached to your $1 mil + home..some of these reviews are ridiculous!
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"A great place to live for young professionals"

If you work in North Sydney or even in Sydney, North Sydney is a fantastic place to be. It is well connected by public transport - both buses and trains service this suburb. It is also a quick ten minutes' bus ride into the city. Most people who live on North Sydney find that there is plenty to do in North Sydney and you do not really need to go into the city.

North Sydney is home to many corporations and large organisations. It is the second largest business district in the whole of Sydney. There are malls, boutiques, shops, plenty of restaurants, cafes and pubs to cater for everyone's needs. This convenience does come with a price and you can expect to pay top dollars in rent in North Sydney. Despite the exorbitant prices, it has not deterred demand and people are often on waitlists for rental apartments in North Sydney.

North Sydney is recommended if you like the convenience of being close to work and do not mind the daily hustle and bustle of this high energy city.
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"Famous for Seven Mile Beach"

Gerroa is slightly more than two hours' drive south from Sydney. It is a beautiful town that leads to the famous Seven Mile Beach - where you are able to enjoy stretches and stretches of white sand. Since the beach is seven miles long, it never gets overly crowded like Bondi Beach and this makes it very enjoyable, as you are able to have your own space and privacy.

There are many beautiful beach houses and apartments around Gerroa. The area is peaceful and tranquil. You will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean each and every single day. However, there is really not much to do in Gerroa. The closest town is Gerringong and it is there that you will be able to find restaurants and cafes.
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"Beautiful country town"

Gerringong is about a two hours' drive from Sydney. Visitors to Gerringong will be able to enjoy views of rolling hills and the beach. In Gerringong, you can golf, fish, sail, surf or visit the winery. You are able to access the famous Seven Mile Beach from here.

The people in town are really friendly and there are many shops for your entire daily needs too. I was there over the Easter long weekend and it was not as crowded as I had expected. The best part of Gerringong is that you can buy your lunch from one of the cafes and just sit on the hill overlooking the magnificent blue waters. If that is not life that what is?
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"Upmarket country town"

Bowral is about an hour's drive south of Sydney. Due to its proximity to Sydney, many Sydney-siders turn to Bowral as a weekend destination. It is a very upmarket country town that features many grand multi-million dollars homes and acreage. There are plenty of golf courses around the area too. When I visited Bowral, I felt that all these characteristics made Bowral somewhat pretentious and very "touristy". Despite this, Bowral is definitely neat and clean.

As like the many other country towns, Bowral has a main street. However, this main street does not have that nice and warm country feeling. Instead, it reminded me of Sydney. The shops here are no different to those that you can find in Sydney and this just makes me wonder why are people so attracted to Bowral when they can just stay in Sydney for the same things. In general, if you are after a quiet weekend getaway, I do not recommend Bowral. Bowral is truly for the rich and retired.
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henryb2
henryb2 Beautiful looking town that is stuck in the 1970s. If you're looking to retire in a place reminiscent of your childhood then Bowral is the place for you. Slow, cold town filled with predominantly narrow minded, racist homophobes. You'll love the quaint shops that are over priced and are run by prententous, pompous wanna be country living Poms. Bowral isn't the end of the earth but go to one of the lookouts on the Gib and you're sure to see it. Once there, remember...click your heels three times and you might just get home.
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"Great place for inner city living"

I used to live on the border of Randwick and Kingsford and hence know this suburb pretty well. This is a lovely suburb that is located right next to The University of New South Wales. There is a good mix of both houses and low to medium density residential units. Land sizes here tend to be smaller than the ones out in the West but prices of real estate are definitely dearer. Due to its proximity to the university, properties here are always in high demand. Randwick is also very accessible by public buses and it is only about a twenty minutes' bus ride to the city. Additionally, Randwick is only a short walk to Coogee beach.

Belmore Street is the hub of the suburb. This street features restaurants, cafes, real estate agents, Randwick Plaza Shopping Centre, boutiques and the list goes on. During the day, Belmore Street gets very busy and congested as many locals come here to dine and shop. Further along Ranwick, towards Perouse and St. Paul's Street, is what is known as "The Spot". This is the quirky part of Randwick and is home to the famous Randwick Ritz cinema. There are many small cafes and restaurants around this area. "The Spot" is a popular destination for locals and university students.

Randwick is definitely a great neighbourhood as it is very convenient and close enough to the beach.
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"Great Korean restaurant"

Campsie is located in the south west of Sydney. I often visit Campsie for the great Korean restaurant that is located right next to Woolworths. The food there is authentic and it is good value for money too.

The main street of Campsie is packed full of shop, restaurants and cafes. However, driving through that street is quite an ordeal at times when traffic is really bad as it has only one lane. There are also many cars along the streets of the residential area of Campsie due to the lack of parking along the main street for shoppers and diners. Products are generally cheaper in this suburb since real estate is not pricey. Campsie is also connected by buses and there is a train station that services this area.
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"An established neighbourhood"

Hornsby is located on the north side of Sydney and is a good forty minutes' train ride to Central station. There are houses and low-density residential units around here. However, the latter tend to be older style units. There are several good things about Hornsby. You have Hornsby Westfield located in the heart of the suburb. This mall is huge and all your shopping needs will be met here. There are department stores, chain stores, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and foodcourts in the mall.

Additionally, Barker College is situated about ten minutes' walk from Hornsby station. This is a prestigious private school that boasts of many superior facilities for its students. The streets of Hornsby are lined with lovely trees and there is plenty of street parking to go around. Apart from these benefits, Hornsby is very far from the city. Traffic during peak hours is really bad too.
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Wayfarer
Wayfarer Great write up, Ruby.
Don't forget the huge bushland surrounding the town centre!
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CyrilL
CyrilL these reviews are old all that surround the town centre these days is gridlock, highrises and plans for more highrises
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"A growing suburb"

Wentworthville is a ten minutes' drive from Parramatta and about a thirty minutes' drive to the city via the M4 motorway. It is a very convenient suburb that is well connected by trains and buses. There are schools around here and hence making it a very popular suburb for families with young children.

Dunmore Street and Station Street are the main streets. There are plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and take away stores around here. There are also many chemists and doctors for your health needs. Franklins and Woolworths also operate out of this suburb.

Wentworthville has a good mix of low-density residential units and houses. It is also very affordable living here as house prices are not as dear as Greystanes.
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"Right by the beach and river"

Shoalhaven Heads is the perfect spot for an outdoor adventure holiday. This town is about a two hours' drive south from Sydney. It is conveniently located next to a beach and a river. From surfing to fishing and sunbathing, there is something to do for everyone. I camped there during Easter and had alot of fun. However, do take note that fleas and sandflies are notorious during the autumn months and a few of us got bitten quite severely.

There are a few shops and a bakery along Shoalhaven Heads Road. However, most of the times, we headed out to Gerroa or Gerringong for most of our supplies, as these are much bigger towns. There is also a bowling club around the area if you are up for some Bocce. I will definitely recommend this place for a weekend getaway and a place to retire to.
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"One of the better suburbs in the southwest of Sydney"

Roselands has a reputation for being one of the better suburbs in the southwest of Sydney as compared to the likes of Punchbowl and Wiley Park. The houses here are like any typical Sydney suburbs - big with generous sized backyards. This suburb is only a fifteen minutes' drive to the airport via the M5 and about a thirty minutes' drive to the city.

There is a Roselands Centro to cater to the shopping needs of the locals. There are department stores, banks, boutiques, chain stores and etc. This mall is definitely cleaner and more modern than its Bankstown counterpart. Other recreational venues around here include Roselands Bowling Club, Roselands Soccer Club and Roselands Aquatic Centre.
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"Multicultural living here"

Fairfield is located in the southwest of Sydney. It is a very multi-cultural city that is well serviced by both buses and train. In recent years, there has been a lot of development happening around this area. More and more residential units are replacing houses to meet the demand of the city's population growth.

There are many Asian restaurants, cafes and shops around the area. There is even a mall that is tucked away in Fairfield. Products here are really cheap as the community is not that affluent. There are also several schools, places of worship and an RSL for your entertainment needs here. This RSL often puts up quality live entertainment for the locals. It is a very convenient and cost effective suburb to live in for sure.
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"Typical suburbia in Western Sydney"

Greystanes is a typical suburb in Western Sydney. It is approximately a thirty minutes drive to the city. Most people who live in Greystanes will catch a bus to get to Parramatta before hopping onto a train to get them to the city. Although it is located in Western Sydney, most families here are middle income and the properties here are generally more expensive as compared to Merrylands and Wentworthville. Houses here tend to be older style but with quite substantial backyards.

In the heart of Greystanes, you can find supermarkets, doctors, chemist, a bakery and etc. Hence, it is convenient for your weekly groceries. There are also plenty of schools around this area, thus making it convenient for parents whose kids are still in school.
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AntonDeva
AntonDeva I recently bought a property in Greystanes. I have been looking for a three bedroom house in Girraween area for the last two yers. Could not find a good one under my budget. Either they are very old or too much competition to buy one. Some went for more than 30,000-40,000 on their advertised price. Decided to look one in Greystanes. Found a beautiful one. No rush, good price.

Blocks are fairly big and large houses. Very quiet area compared to other western sydney suburbs. All facilities are only 10-15 minutes walk and got some very good primary and High schools .

Anyone who wants to live for a long time in a good area, Greystanes is the right place.

Prices started to going up recently, but still affordable compared to Girraween or BaulkhamHills.

Closed to M4, Great wester Highway, Cumberland Highway and so on.

Get in there and enjoy your life.
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"Quiet town that is great for fishing and boating"

Wisemans Ferry is a nice little town on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. There is plenty to do in the area if you are into fishing and boating so it is very popular for locals during summer. The attraction of it all is the little car ferry that operates on the river and can ferry cars across to the other side. A drive through the area or along the banks of the river is quite nice and there are a lot of little spots to fish from or lower a boat. In the town there is not much there except for the one or two motels, pubs and the general store. It is more a fishing spot than anything else.
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"Great pit stop on the way to Jenolan Caves"

Blackheath lies about 15 minutes down the road from Katoomba and is a small little country town. It is the main town to drive through if you are heading for a look at Govett’s Leap and also heading towards Jenolan Caves.

Blackheath is a nice place to stop and have a look at the bookstore and cafes with a few hatted restaurants to ensure the upper income crowd are catered for. Vulcans restaurant is quite nice and receives plenty of good reviews; expect to pay about $50 per head for a good meal with excellent deserts. Blackheath also is the home of the Hydro Majestic Hotel. The hotel itself has an excellent colonial feel so a stay here and a visit to Govett’s Leap and dinner at Vulcans is an excellent combination.
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"Quiet small town that is dependent on the winter months"

Cooma is a country town on the doorstep of the NSW ski fields. There are many motels and ski hire shops in the town along with restaurants to service this stop to the ski fields. Cooma is the budget friendly choice of accommodation if skiing, with many modest motels accommodating the budget conscious family. There are cheap eats like pizza available, and your higher end restaurants. There is also a lot of competition amongst ski hire so you can shop around for the best deal, many of them opening 24 hours during the peak ski periods.

Cooma itself also has an excellent bakery that is on the side street off the main round about in the middle of town. They serve excellent home mad pies with actual pieces of meat that do not taste like they have been in the pie for more than two days. The pubs do not exactly get to all that much at night since everybody who is in the town for the snow tries to sleep early to catch the morning powder.
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"A nice and quiet neighbourhood"

Dundas is a suburb in the western suburbs of Sydney and about fifteen minutes northeast from the commercial centre of Parramatta. It has a mix of middle-income families and government housing estates that flows from the Telopea end of town so the mix in income standards is quite varied. A train station on the Carlingford line services Dundas itself and everybody has to change trains at Clyde, if they use the service, before they connect with a train to the city.

The houses in Dundas are quite nice and are at the southern tip of the belt of middle income suburbs like Carlingford, Beecroft, etc. There is not that much to do in Dundas apart from a few clubs and pubs so it is more a residential area that has plenty of parks and quiet streets. The local public school has opportunity class placements, which makes it a popular area for Asian families.
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Oceanlily Dundas has been a nice area that has not been paid enough attention. In fact, in comparison to the nearby suburbs, such as Ryde, West Ryde, Melrose Park, Carlingford and Epping, Dundas has been undervalued. Why will you pay so much more money to live in a very old property that needs extensive refurbishment, still so far away from the city (in case of Epping and Carlingford), and suffering from noises and overcrowding (especially in Ryde, Top Ryde and West Ryde) in an unstable living environment (with so many overseas students moving in and out all the time)?

As Dundas is so close to Eastwood (for shopping) closer to the city than Epping and Carlingford and close to numerous schools, private schools and selective schools but still near parks with fresher air and more quiet environment, it will have a great potential to grow in value in the near future.

Government housing is existing in all suburbs in Australia. Australia is a fair country. Look at Kirribilli near the Harbour Bridge, there are also well known high rise residential apartment buildings overlooking the harbour. They have been there for decades. That does not effect the high demand of properties in that area and the property price is still high.

In fact, Dundas is a suburb that is so much better than what people have imagined. It is not a big suburb but it has all the potential to develop.

Dundas will be one of the most popular suburbs in Sydney in a very near future. Don't hesitate and move into the suburb straight away.
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"Excellent town with fresh seafood"

Laurieton is like the much quieter, less built up version of Port Macquarie. There is a main street with a supermarket, cinema and Chinese restaurants to stock up on supplies for your camping or holiday trips. Monthly markets are also around to ensure there are weekend options to keep everybody entertained.
Laurieton also has a fish market that serves excellent fish and chips. The pick would have to be the shark meat fish and chips where the owner will slice a piece of fish from the shark when you order it and throw it in the fryer. The meat is much fresher and flakier than the frozen stuff you find elsewhere. At the entry to the town from the main road and behind the football field is also an Oyster farm so fresh oysters are absolutely sweet as if you fancy them.
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"Nice and convenient suburb"

Marrickville is a bustling suburb with Marrickville road having plenty of shops and restaurants to service all different types of tastes. There is a distinct ethnic flavour to it all with plenty of Vietnamese restaurants and take away shops along with European restaurants to give you options. Marrickville road itself gets rather crowded so it can definitely feel claustrophobic if you are not use to it all but the many cafes and pubs will give you plenty to be curious about in this happening suburb. Groceries are very cheap in this area and eating out will not cost too much for good food.

There are a lot of new residential developments in Marrickville so there are many young professionals renting or living here due to its proximity to the city. There are many buses in the morning and night that link up so commuting is not a problem.
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"Nice small country town"

This little country town is really quite pretty and not as pretentious as Bowral. It has all the little trimmings like candy store, coffee shop, pub, RSL, pie shop, antique store like every other town, but it’s quiet nature makes it less of a tourist trap, especially if you are looking to just enjoy the weekend and have some fresh air. There are plenty of attractions nearby like wineries and waterfalls to keep yourself amused if you want to venture further.

Nearby Burrawang is worth a drive through, with the local butcher there servicing many of the Robertson locals with their quality meats. The fact that there is grass everywhere makes it an excellent spot to escape from Sydney without making it look like Sydney as compared to Bowral.
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"A nice leafy neighbourhood"

West Pennant Hills lies on the northwestern side of Sydney. It is an affluent suburb and is accessed by Pennant Hills Road. Nice looking houses, beautiful lawns and middle class families accompany affluence. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the area and every family has at least one car. It really just feels like suburbia. The train station has a few trains an hour but it is nothing compared to the major stations. Hence, you will often need to wait for the trains, especially on weekends. It is actually quite far from the city and you will need to give at least 60 minutes of travel time if you plan to live in West Pennant Hills and travel to work in the city.
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"Nice suburb that is close to Parramatta"

North Parramatta is a quiet suburb that is a quick five minutes' drive from Parramatta CBD. Buses are the main form of public transport for this suburb. The streets are clean and neatly lined with trees. The suburb of North Parramatta is a good mix of houses, townhouses and low-density residential units. Companies such as CGU and AON have office blocks on the Church Street side of North Parramatta.

There are several amenities around North Parramatta. These include parks, sporting fields, schools, tennis courts, fast food outlets and shops. It is a very nice suburb for families with kids. The only drawback of this suburb will be the fact that you will have to walk at least twenty minutes before you can get to Parramatta train station as buses around here are not that reliable.
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"An established neighbourhood"

Mascot is only a five minutes' drive away from Sydney airport and a twenty minutes' drive to the city. It is an established suburb with plenty of shops, cafes, grocers and etc. The main street gives a very good vibe and people around here seem very friendly. Houses around Mascot are your typical suburban houses. They are neat and tidy with good-sized backyards. The reasonable sized streets are lined with beautiful trees and walking around the suburb gives you a nice and warm feeling.

Mascot is also very connected by public buses. The only drawback to Mascot will be the level of noise pollution due to its proximity to the airports.
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"Little Italy in Sydney"

Sydney siders know Leichhardt as “Little Italy” and it is famous for it's main street - Norton Street. There are many things to see and do along Norton Street. There are bookstores that are open til late on the weekends, a cinema, supermarkets, delis, Italian Forum, shops selling Italian leather and shoes, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and gelato shops.

As a very popular street, Norton Street does get very crowded on the weekends and it is often very difficult finding parking along the street. Often, I have to park on the streets parallel to Norton Street and walk a short distance. There are also plenty of houses and terrace houses around here. Some of these terrace houses are in need of tender loving care and the streets can get pretty narrow too.
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"Cool suburb to live"

Pyrmont is an uber-chic suburb with many residential units and older style terraces. However, many of these terraces are heritage listed and often these are leased out to boutique businesses and restaurants for commercial purposes. Due to its proximity to the city and the water, rental prices and house prices are on the higher end of the scale. Despite this, there is still plenty of demand for housing around this suburb.

Pyrmont is also home to the famous Sydney Fish Market and Star City. There are no trains that service this area. You will be looking at buses, light rail or foot. It is only a fifteen minutes walk from the Star City end of Pyrmont to Queen Victoria Building in the city.
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"A rather inconvenient suburb"

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

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

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

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

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

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