6.8 out of 10

Woy Woy

Ranked 400th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.4928807231213 151.318629101867
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Parking
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Beach Lovers
  • Hipsters

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jan 28, 2018

"Pleasantville."

The only bad things I've noticed about the Peninsula are the rundown roads also people don't shop around for petrol and the prices reflect this. The lax customer service and uncompetitive pricing all over the central coast is a reason to go shopping in Sydney instead. The area around the station and the shops can feel a bit too edgy mainly because of crappy street design / poor planning. Random undesirables hang around as well, but their numbers are exaggerated thanks to stuff people say on the internet. Street design around Woy Woy town center is not completely terrible, very adequate to park near the shops in daylight but will have to be redesigned with better lighting and there are too many secluded dark alleyways between Deepwater Plaza and the waterfront that people tend to avoid walking down. Also there are mixed age groups in the town as well as being a nice flat terrain place to walk around that suits the frailer elderly people if they want to stretch their legs.

There is growing community interest in preserving the beauty of Woy Woy waterfront park. It is unfortunate that a block of flats that look into the windows of Peninsula Leisure Center at nearby Blackwall has been allowed recently.

Woy Woy has a couple of good Thai restaurants and the renovation of the Bayview Pub is a vast improvement on the drive through bottle-o. Also the sports stadium is recently renovated and looks good. The hippy herbal mind body spirit shops around town make Woy Woy more appealing. A number of the shop spaces are dilapidated and rent is overpriced.
1/5
Dec 23, 2017

"If you love your gear you are in the right place!!!!"

Nothing but ice addicts and welfare cheats.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Mar 29, 2017

"Close to everything, Perfect place to live for all"

Amazing place to live for all!
Walking distance to shops, stations, Beach, restaurants, Parks and waterfront.
Lived in Woy Woy as a young couple now married with two young children ages 1 and 3.
Great neighborhood vibes, safe, have never had any troubles have left keys in car, front door open, wallet on car seats and have never had a break in. Our neighbors are all friendly walking down the street people say hello and people actually care about one and another. Really is a secret gem.
Brought up in sydney parents moved to coast when we were all still in school and have never wanted to move back to sydney since. My husband commutes to sydney and I work on the coast previously also commuting. Transport and roads are great.
Great schools with very passionate teachers who go beyond for their students, coming in on the weekends I still remember doing my HSC at BWS College my DT teacher was just amazing!
Great facilities available for all and only getting better and Better.
Love woy woy it truley is a great place to live for young, old, families, singles.
We have owned our house in Woy Woy for over 10years now and have moved and rented the place out a few times and the rental return is only growing. The property value has doubled and the area is only growing. Great for investors as you will never have a problem finding tenants as the area is close to all facilities.
Pros
  • Beaches and waterfront
  • Laid back
  • Location
  • friendly retirees
  • quiet and close to nature
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Mar 10, 2017

"Woy Woy - a growing town"

Pros
  • friendly retirees
  • quiet and close to nature
  • Beaches and waterfront
  • Laid back
  • Location
Cons
  • inadequate night life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
Dec 30, 2016

"Great under rated town that's due for a boom"

Lived in Woy Woy for almost 20 years and enjoy the beach and waterfront. There are more and more restaurants and cafes popping up all the time. Transport is good with train services to / from sydney good during peak times.
We have never had a problem with crime although there appears to be a few annoying graffiti artists that would be good to catch!
The supermarket and town centre could do with a redevelopment as it's looking pretty tired.
There areas that are more nicer than others - but there is a lot of housing development which is gradually eliminating the dodgy areas
Pros
  • Location
  • Laid back
  • Beaches and waterfront
Cons
  • Dated supermarket
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"good place to rent"

woy woy is a pleasant quiet area, surrounded by pelicans and friendly faces, it has beautiful beaches and islands.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Woy Woy Lovely area at first glance"

Having lived in Woy Woy and the Peninsula for 26 years i have seen the positive and negative sides to this area.

Positives. Beaches, Waterways, Climate, National Parks, Proximity to Rail Lines.

Negatives: High Unemployment, Rail Carpark a hot spot for thieves, Vandalism caused by Teens at night (mainly at the local surf clubs and Umina Shopping Centre). Lack of entertainment for under 18's. Lack of good restaurants.
5/5
2yrs+

"Woy Woy - retire or just relax"

Woy Woy is on the Central Coast of NSW and is only 82 kms north of Sydney. Woy Woy has long been a favorite weekend destination of Sydney siders looking for a few days away and has become home to many retirees. Surrounding by many other tons Woy Woy means the big lagoon and that is exactly what is there but Woy Woy also boasts some great fishing from Fisherman’s Wharf, close to surf beaches at Umina and Ettalong. There is plenty of accommodation in the way of caravan and camping parks, motels and hotels. There are plenty of shops to cater for all your needs and no end of great places to eat.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
LtlMens
LtlMens There are a few inaccuracies in this review or things that were not mentioned. I noticed that you failed to mention high unemployment in the area and the above average crime rates, Park at the Railway car park at your own risk and avoid leaving your house unoccupied. . Great places to Eat? Where? Fishermans wharf may be a great place to fish but not a great place to catch anything, lucky the fishing co-op is just next door. One more Woy Woy actually means Deep water! Such a shame as it really is a beautiful area, particularly the waterways, i should know i lived there for 26 years.
2yrs+
paul87
paul87 I agree with the first comment. The comment about above average crime rates is not really true. The NSW police website crime maps updated in 2010 show the Peninsula is either on average or below average for crime. The only real truth to the review is unemployment is relatively high at 9.8%.
2yrs+
gregp5
gregp5 For great places to eat, look around Cinema Paradiso in Ettalong. You have a superb Turkish restaurant called "Saffran". There is Indian, Thai, Italian etc. All fantastic (Ettalong is 3 mins from Woy Woy).
Woy Woy is also starting to see smaller cafe's pop up.
Jan 15, 2017
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