Watanobbi, NSW 2259

4.1(13 reviews)

Ranked 301st best suburb by locals in Sydney (Greater) Region, NSW

Great for

  • Parking
  • Public transport
  • Internet access
  • Childcare
  • Clean & green

Not great for

  • Nightlife

Who lives here?

  • Families With Kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • LGBTQ+

Reviews of Watanobbi, NSW

19th November 2021

"Sunsets over the Watagan mountains"

I have found nothing but genuine lovely people. Sure there is good and bad everywhere but the GOOD definitely outweighs the bad. My kids have thrived socially and academically since changing to the local school from another more expensive school in Wyong. The Chinese and local wood fired pizza are amazing. But most of all the sunsets on our afternoon walks over the Watagan mountains are amazing and the thunderstorms as they roll around the mountains are incredible. Don’t regret moving here. I’m so glad I took the risk and listened to the locals and not other people’s ignorant judgement.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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3rd November 2021

"Quiet and friendly suburb"

We moved in April 2021 to Watanobbi. It is a nice, quiet suburb close and so convenient. People of the suburb are very friendly and helpful.

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  • Families with kids
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9th February 2020

"Affordable and Continually Thriving"

People are friendly, affordable housing, some pockets to avoid but generally these are obvious or well known. Close to everything you need. Sydney’s desire for cheaper housing will continue to infiltrate the Central Coast and drive up cost eventually. Glad we made the move.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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taleeah

Is there any streets to avoid, thanks

Natasha Stewart
Natasha Stewart

Second that! What streets do I avoid?

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"A small suburb where affordable homes are and blooming"

We have moved and lived here since 2010.
Went to nearby Tafe Wyong and got Cert 3 in aged care in 6 months, got job at Arcare Wanerdale straight after tafe.
--> morgage paid off after 8 years due to super affordable homes
Kids going to Wyong Public School which is yearly given extra funding from GOV.
Close to Lake Haven shopping, Tuggerah Westfield. YMCA @Tuggerah is best for kids activities near by
Conclusion:
Used to be low income area with unemployment rate was high but now things changed, especially with M1 motorway is upgraded, Sydney is overcrowded and pricey, More and more jobs are coming to town.

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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"Quiet, good primary school, friendly neighborhood, beach's and so much to offer"

We owned a property on brittania dr, living there about 3 years with 2 kids. This is awesome place considering very affordable place to live after moving out of Sydney.
5 minutes to massive tuggerah shopping centre and 10 minutes to lake haven shopping mall.
Express train to and from city using newcastle line which takes about an hour to CBD and you pay no mortgage when moving from ridiculous overpriced Sydney urban.
15 minutes to rock pool and beach, 20 minutes to busy Gosford which offer all sort of shops and famous central coast selective grammar school
It is still very cheap compared to nearby suburb and population is growing so much with average age between 20 and 39 as per statistics.

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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Rentals in Watanobbi

"Quiet and Convenient"

My wife and I bought a house in Watanobbi 3 months ago with our young daughter and love it. Literally 5 mins from Tuggerah Shopping centre and 15 mins from beaches, great schools and a great sense of community. The fact that the vast majority in the neighbour hood own their own homes creates a long term sense of stability. Very quiet and relaxed.
Highly recommended.

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  • Families with kids
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"An overpriced haven for hoons and junkies."

We recently broke a 12 month lease, and paid the associated penalties just to get away from the grub infested den of iniquity that is Watanobbi.

From the day we moved in, and went for a walk to find a park for the kids to play in, and instead found syringes, a broken meth pipe, empty cigarette packets and a burnt out car (which is still sitting there, by the side of the road after five months) to the day we left and had to intervene in a violent domestic, we loathed every minute of life in this overpriced, dirty cesspit.

The dirt around Watanobbi used to be unofficial race tracks for the local hoons, a long term resident proudly boasted. The covering of them with bitumen, and placing homes with families in them by the sides doesn't seem to have given the hoodlums the message that perhaps they need to head back down to Tuggerah straight.

It was not uncommon to see or hear a WRX, Ford or Holden V8, or trailbike hammering around the narrow streets at between 70-100kmh, leaning on the horn instead of slowing down if kids riding scooters dared cross their paths.

The streets are filled with detritus, especially on the day after bin night, when the winds of Watanobbi blow filth from the overflowing Sulos onto the roads.

It is high density housing at its worst. Almost every block has had one or two granny flats hastily constructed, many of which don't have DAs, or breach council rules. One door knocker visited whilst we were still there, and boasted about how his "portable cubby houses" were being used to circumvent planning laws and approvals, and allow owners to turn their back yards into a money pit.

Domestic violence is common, young children roam the streets unsupervised at night vandalising cars, homes, anything they can find, and everywhere you walk, the stench of cigarette smoke is in the air. Meth deals can be seen being done on the main road with alarming regularity, and the council and the cops don't seem to give a toss about the place.

Avoid it like the plague, especially if you have children or value your safety. It is a disgusting, filthy suburb, and the worst place we've ever lived. If I could give it no stars, I would.

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ANTHONY ROUSE
ANTHONY ROUSE

Yuk, no thanks...

Zenaida Grace Javier
Zenaida Grace Javier

Hi there, may I pls know what street in Watanoobi you use to live? Thank you for your help.

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"Cheap but an excellent place to live! Dunrossil ave is the best!"

I moved to watanobbi from thornleigh (hornsby) about 3 years ago i got a great deal on the house and i have experienced only good things!

When i moved in i had many of the surrounding neighbours send welcome cards and come over to say hi and welcome!
Everybody is so friendly and nice our street dunrossil ave is soo quiet! close to tuggerah shopping centre and the beach at the entrance.

My son goes to wyong little learners (amy close) which is just down the road and it is fantastic!! lovely childcare workers! Watanobbi is very safe!

The only prob is not much work on the central coast depending on what industry your in, my husband works at north sydney as a Logistics Coordinator and does the travel which he says isnt too bad...

I would recomend watanobbi to anyone looking for affordable housing and friendly Safe area.

Great for

  • Safe
  • Affordable housing
  • Neighbours
  • Quiet
  • Small Community Feel

Not great for

  • Depending on industry, not much work might have to travel to sydney

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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"Nice and quiet suburb with friendly neighbours"

We live on Brittania Drive closer to De lisle drive, where a lot of new houses are being built at the moment. All of the houses are very nice and young with nice neighbours. Very quiet and safe area. Cheap at the moment, probably because there are still some land available to buy. Probably will go up in price soon.
There are childcare centres available in the area, and a very good school - Wyong Christian Community School at 100 Alison Road, Wyong with School ICSEA value 1057, which is very very good and above average.

Great for

  • Neighbours
  • Quiet
  • Small Community Feel

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
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"Loved living here."

We lived on Casey Drive and loved it. We had the most wonderful neighbours, who are now some of our dearest friends. Our neighbours had lived there all their lives and have seen it become a community of families. It was great to go to the corner shop and know the kids serving you. It's only a small little area, but it's great to know that we had people around us who looked out for us, and us for them. We felt really safe living here. Really loved living there, and would definently move back.

Great for

  • Neighbours
  • Quiet
  • Small Community Feel

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
1
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"Quiet neighbourhood with friendly neighbours, close to shops and transport, good freeway access."

We've loved living here with our 2 young children. Everything is close by - schools, shops, public transport, freeway access. Lots to explore with beaches only 20 minutes away and the beautiful Yarramalong Valley nearby. Great neighbours, friendly atmosphere.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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"Getting better every day"

It is getting better- once the Round about continues to sparks road- it will be even better

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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"Just moved to the area from Sydney's West"

The area of Watanobbi itself is fine but there is some influence from the neighbouring suburbs. There is a degree of under privileged residents in the older parts of neighbouring suburb and this did cause some issues with schooling for my 6 y/o but we moved to a 2nd local school and all is great.

Like most suburbs there are good and bad areas but the people you meet running shops, servos, shopping centres are really nice and friendly. Youth in the area seem to wanting more to do as they can disturb night silence but again this doesn’t occur on a regular basis.

Compared to Sydney’s West the move was excellent, the personalities of the locals is friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
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CommunityMan
CommunityMan

Sounds like you made a smart move. The outer west is a difficult place to live and you're closer to the beach where you are too!

rushie

Thinking of moving up from sydneys west, what was the school you had problems with and where would you recomend for primary school aged kids? dont know the area up there at all. looking at buying in watanobbi..

Coastchick84

My dad is a casual teach for primary school, Wyong Grove and Tacoma Public are both small very good schools, Wyong Public is a NO NO!!!

rushie

looking at property on forster ave, do you know what the area there is like, seemed ok when we had a look??

Coastchick84

Forster Ave is a road that links the older part with the newer part. That is an OK street to purchase as long as the surrounding homes look OK (eg. no rubbish lying around). In the older part there is still a few bad houses but they are evident from rubbish on lawns etc.

sateic

Looking at areas all around the Central Coast, Watanobi has some really affordable Homes, i am from sydney's south west, so i think How bad can it be ? compared to here in the Liverpool area, seriously?

Natasha Stewart
Natasha Stewart

Great review! We are looking at watanobi road.. is that one of the not so good areas? Cheers

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