Local Information

A

  • Alexandria – Apartments have largely replaced the industrial vibe in Alexandria. The suburb has a strong culture, proximity to employment hubs, eating out and bus links. It’s also better than most for education, shops and telecommunications coverage. It would nice if there were more trees and less traffic.

B

  • Bellevue Hill – The affluent harbour side suburb is pleasant for its culture, beach proximity, mobile and internet coverage and educational options. Train access and bus links are about average, make sure you enjoy exercise or buy a car.
  • Bondi Junction – As you would expect, the home of Westfield Bondi Junction gets gold amazing attention for its shops, cafes and restaurants. It also excels in culture, proximity to schools, trains and, of course, access to nearby Bondi Beach.
  • Bronte – Bronte’s best assets are its beach, buses, ocean views and telecommunication coverage. The coastal neighbourhood is also onto a good thing with its culture, cafes, schools and topographic variation (coastal walk, anyone?)
  • Bondi – Bondi smashes it out of the park in terms of its beach access, water views and telecommunications coverage. It’s also well known for its culture, dining options, proximity to employment hubs and buses, but make sure you don’t expect to sit down on the bus in summer, seats are hard to find.
  • Bondi Beach – Home to the work famous Bondi Beach and let’s not forget Bondi Rescue. With a great vibe, endless options for café’s, shops and buses. If you can get in whilst it’s not, you’re doing something right!
  • Beaconsfield – Culture and jobs are the biggest highlights for the locals in Beaconsfield. The tiny suburb south of Green Square train station also has decent links to transport, eating out and mobile phone coverage.
  • Botany – What was once an area covered by industrial buildings, it is now slowly being over taken by huge concreate shaped blocks called Units. Ideal for its proximity to employment hubs, water views and telecommunications coverage.

C

  • Centennial Park – What was once a swap, now a magnificent park which draws Sydney siders to her beauty each day. With only a number of residential streets being lucky enough to have Centennial Park on their rates, if you find something you like, jump on it.
  • Clovelly – If its ocean views and a kid-friendly beach you’re looking for, Clovelly delivers. The neighbourhood has numerous bus links, solid telecommunications coverage, very good cultural options, dining offerings and topographic variation.
  • Coogee – Coogee is all about the beach. The suburb also has a good telecommunications coverage. It is known for its culture, proximity to employment hubs, cafes and restaurants, ocean views, topographic variation and bus links.
  • Chippendale – Culture vultures will find plenty to love in Chippendale, which is also known for its proximity to employment, shops and restaurants. This suburb on the CBD’s southern edge is well serviced by public transport and educational institutions.
  • Chifley – Chifley is in close proximity to the beach, tree cover and telecommunications coverage. However, when it comes to proximity to major employment centres, retail and eating out be prepared to get in the car or hop on the bus to travel. Or if you are like most other Australians, a BBQ can be purchased from Bunning’s just make sure you stop to get a Bunnings Sausage Sanga’.

D

  • Darling Point – One of the most liveable suburbs in Sydney, Darling Point is renowned for culture, proximity to the eastern beaches, public transport, water views, nearby jobs and telecommunications coverage. It has great eating out options, tree cover, shops and public transport.
  • Darlinghurst – Darlinghurst is overflowing with cultural offerings. It has great public transport, dining options, shops, schools and plenty of nearby jobs, too. At if you are a night owl, I am sure you will find a pub or a night clubs within a short stroll.  
  • Double Bay – Where do we begin….. Education, proximity to beaches, ferries, shops, jobs, and culture and telecommunications coverage. The cafe scene, topographic variation and proximity to Edgecliff station. Get in while you can, get out if you must.
  • Dawes Point –Ever heard of Sydney Harbour Bridge? Well this is where the South Pylon to the Bridge is located. It is also a great place to find cafes, restaurants, and public transport and harbour views. 
  • Darlington – The tiny suburb between the University of Sydney and Redfern, Darlington, punches above its weight for culture, proximity to employment hubs, cafes and restaurants and rail links.
  • Dover Heights – Great heights mean incredible views for this suburb, which overlooks the ocean near South Head. Dover Heights has a relatively high number of bus stops, and is in close proximity to beaches and telecommunications coverage.
  • Daceyville – Right at the end of the upcoming South East Light Rail, Daceyville can expect big improvements for its so-so transport situation. For now, the suburb has its proximity to employment hubs, telecommunications coverage, shops, eating out, education and proximity to beaches.

 

E

  • Elizabeth Bay – Sneaking into the city’s top 10 most liveable suburbs at no.9 and second placed for the city and east, Elizabeth Bay is head and shoulders above most of Sydney for eating out, jobs, culture, telecommunications, water views and bus routes. Train access and open spaces are excellent, especially if you like water views with your morning coffee. The downsides? Heavy traffic congestion and higher than average crime.
  • Edgecliff – Culture? Tick! Shops? Tick! Schools? Tick! The study reveals Edgecliff as a veritable tick-fest, with great scores for just about every category. It’s close to jobs and beaches, has its own train station – a rarity in the eastern suburbs – and some parts even enjoy water views. There’s room for improvement on crime and main road congestion.
  • Eastlakes – Eastlakes ‘highest scores are for its shops, telecommunications coverage, and proximity to employment hubs, dining options, buses, schools and beach access. It’s close to the Sydney average on nearly every other measure but scores below average for topographic variation. Perfect for all those sporting fields.
  • Eveleigh – It’s all or nothing on just about every measure in Eveleigh. The suburb rates as outstanding for culture, proximity to employment hubs, train links and education. It’s also good for shops and cafes, but Eveleigh ranks close to the bottom for crime, public open space, main road congestion and tree cover.
  • Eastgardens – The home of Westfield Eastgardens gets a bit tick for its shopping and enjoys strong internet and mobile coverage. It’s a quick trip to Maroubra and Coogee beaches, and there are plenty of proximity to employment hubs and dining options. The suburb is not as well rated for tree cover, topographic variation, crime and train access, though standby for the upcoming light rail.

H

  • Haymarket – The home of Sydney’s Chinatown receives top marks for its cafes and restaurants, shops, proximity to employment hubs, culture and public transport. Telecommunications coverage and education are rated average and Haymarket doesn’t perform well on measures of crime, tree cover, open space or main road congestion.
  • Hillsdale – Close to Westfield Eastgardens, Hillsdale has an impressive score for shopping options. It also scores well for telecommunications coverage, access to the nearby beach and schools. The negatives? Scant tree cover, topographic same-sameness, below average public transport links and congested main roads.

 

K

  • Kensington – The only stellar score Kensington receives is for its telecommunications coverage. The light rail will boost its liveability for public transport. For now though, the home of the University of NSW scores well for culture, education, beach access and eating out. It’s below average for crime, open space and main road congestion.
  • Kingsford – What Kingsford lacks in tree cover and open spaces it makes up for in mobile and internet coverage, bus links, dining option and proximity to employment hubs. The light rail will boost its public transport score, improving access to the CBD and beyond.

L

  • Little Bay – The Prince Henry Hospital site may have been transformed into apartments but the study found Little Bay still has a long way to go to improve its liveability scores. It’s brilliant for telecommunications coverage, open spaces, ocean views and beach access but does not rate well for education, main road congestion, shops, and dining or rail access.
  • La Perouse – La Perouse is a suburb of great highs and lows. Its beach access, internet and mobile coverage, views and open spaces are hard to beat, with visitors crossing town to get fish and chips and watch the planes land. There’s great tree coverage, too. On the downside, it doesn’t score well for proximity to jobs, traffic congestion or public transport.

M

  • Millers Point – The top performer outside the lower north shore and the best of the city and east group, Millers Point is the eighth most liveable suburb in Sydney. Rich in history and pubs, it’s a winner for its culture, proximity to employment hubs, shops, dining out, water views, topographic variation and ferries. Public transport is well above average, and there’s open space galore. The suburb could be safer though.
  • Maroubra – One beach south of Coogee, Maroubra rates just below the middle of the suburbs in the east for liveability. As you would expect it performs well in the beach and ocean views category, but it also achieves admirable scores for its buses and mobile and internet coverage. Where it falls short is tree cover and main road congestion.
  • Malabar – The beach, views and telecommunications coverage are Malabar’s best features, according to the liveability study. It is rated about average for culture, tree cover, buses, crime, open space and education options. The worst results are for its main road congestion, retail offerings and inaccessibility by rail.
  • Matraville – Matraville, between Maroubra and Botany, receives its best liveability ratings for its beach access and proximity to schools. It has solid mobile and internet coverage but its overall rank isn’t as good as it could be because of its lower scores for main road congestion, rail access, topographic variation, dining options and tree cover.

 

N

  • North Bondi – With no category for budgie smugglers, North Bondi will have to content itself with top marks for its beach and telecommunications coverage. It also gets bragging rights for culture, eating out options, ocean views and schools. It’s not as leafy as many of its neighbours, the suburb isn’t serviced by trains and it’s rated well below average for main road congestion.

P

  • Paddington – The suburb renowned for its pretty terrace houses has outstanding cultural options, shops, cafes and restaurants, jobs and telecommunications coverage. It’s also well above average on education, public transport and beach access. The only drawbacks identified by the study were main road congestion, crime and scant tree cover.
  • Potts Point – If it’s culture, cafes, shops, harbour views, public transport or education you’re after, Potts Point is the place to be. Serviced by Kings Cross train station, the suburb is ultra-liveable according to all measures on the study except tree cover, crime, open spaces and main road congestion.
  • Pyrmont – The inner-city suburb of Pyrmont is a winner for its culture, proximity to employment hubs, shops, cafes, ferries and light rail links. It also scores above the Sydney average for buses and open spaces. On the downside, it receives below average ratings for tree cover, education, main road congestion and crime.
  • Point Piper – Home some of the most expensive real estate in Sydney, Point Piper gets top marks for its famous harbour views, beach access, proximity to ferries and telecommunications coverage. It is highly rated for culture, proximity to employment hubs, tree cover and topographic variation but its bus links, main road congestion and open spaces bring the suburb’s ranking down slightly.
  • Pagewood – Pagewood’s best results are for its telecommunications coverage, proximity to employment hubs, shops, dining options and beach access. It’s about average for culture, crime and bus links, and could do better on its scores for tree cover, open spaces, education and train access.
  • Phillip Bay – One of the smallest suburbs in the east, Phillip Bay is head and shoulders above most of Sydney for its beach access, water views, open space and telecommunications coverage. It receives average scores for its topographic variation and education and low scores for shopping, eating out, public transport and traffic congestion.

 

Q

  • Queens Park – This little enclave near Bondi Junction is among the best performers in Sydney for cultural offerings, shops, cafes and schools. It scores very well for public transport links, open spaces, proximity to employment hubs and access to the beaches of the eastern suburbs, but it is dragged down by its main road congestion.

R

  • Rushcutters Bay – With bobbing boats and harbour side parks, Rushcutters Bay locals reside in one of the most liveable places in the eastern suburbs. It scores brilliantly for open spaces, beach access, public transport, cafes and restaurants, proximity to employment hubs, culture and telecommunication coverage. It is rated well above average for just about everything, except crime and – like neighbouring Darling Point – main road congestion.
  • The Rocks – The colonial hotspot has kept up with the times, receiving top scores for culture, shops, restaurants, proximity to employment hubs, trains and ferries. As you would expect it’s also rated above average for harbour views. The only areas in which it receives below average marks are for its lack tree cover and open spaces and higher than average crime rate.
  • Randwick – Rated above middle of the pack for liveability in the eastern suburbs, Randwick should leapfrog a few neighbours with the South East Light Rail. In this study, it is rated brilliantly for telecommunications coverage, cafes, restaurants and schools. It’s above average for culture, shops, proximity to employment hubs, buses and beach access but suffers from peak-hour congestion.
  • Rose Bay – Rose Bay performs outstandingly thanks to its education, beach, and ferry links and telecommunications coverage. There suburb is well above the Sydney average for culture, water views, buses and eating out. It is rated around the middle of the lot for proximity to employment hubs, shops, tree cover and crime but has a long way to go to improve its main road congestion.
  • Redfern – Redfern doesn’t do much by halves, according to this study. Its good sides include culture, proximity to employment hubs, eating out, shops, public transport links, schools and proximity to beaches in the east. Its downsides? Sparse tree cover, little topographic variation, heavy main road congestion and – its worst performing category – crime
  • Rosebery – Part residential, part industrial, Rosebery achieves great scores for proximity to employment hubs, shops, telecommunications, and culture. Its ratings are not so impressive for tree cover, topographic variation and open space. Heavy congestion on the main roads also makes for slow peak-hour journeys.

 

S

  • Sydney – It doesn’t get much closer to the action than the heart of Sydney, where residents enjoy cultural options aplenty, as well as a smorgasbord of shops, cafes, restaurants, jobs, train links and educational institutions. Tree cover is average and Sydney city is not rated well for crime or traffic congestion.
  • Surry Hills – Once down-at-heel, Surry Hills has undergone a renaissance, bringing it into the top 50 most liveable suburbs in Sydney. The neighbourhood gets fantastic scores for culture, buses, cafes and restaurants, shops and proximity to employment hubs. There’s plenty of room for improvement on tree cover, traffic congestion and crime.
  • South Coogee – With strong mobile phone and internet coverage and impressive views, beach access, culture and open spaces, South Coogee is around the middle of the eastern suburbs pack for liveability. The categories in which it doesn’t fare well are shopping, tree cover, rail links and traffic

T

  • Tamarama – One of the best places in Sydney for ocean views, beach access, and open spaces and telecommunications coverage, Tamarama is also one of the poorer performers for main road congestion. It’s about average for crime, tree cover and eating out, and better than most for culture and topographic variation.

U

  • Ultimo – Ultimo is rated brilliantly on about half the liveability categories and a long way below average on many of the others. Its best scores are for culture, proximity to employment hubs, shops, cafes and restaurants, trains, light rail and education. The inner-city suburb is close to the bottom of the class for crime, main road congestion and tree cover.

V

  • Vaucluse – Finding a car park near Parsley Bay or Nielsen Park in summer is like winning the lottery, so of course the suburb is rated as outstanding for its beach and harbour views. Mobile phone and internet coverage are also top-notch. The negatives? It’s further than many of its neighbours to employment hubs, has no nearby train stations and fairly clogged main roads.

 

W

  • Woollahra – It’s hardly surprising that the home of Queen Street gets high scores for its cafes, restaurants and shops. It scores consistently well across the board, including top marks for culture, telecommunications coverage and tree cover. The only category bringing Woollahra down is main road congestion.
  • Woolloomooloo – Glitzy harbour side apartments and restaurants dominate the former docklands area at Wolloomooloo. It scores impressively on just about every measure, including proximity to employment hubs, dining options, shops, culture, tree cover, public transport, education and open spaces. As for negatives, it’s rated above the city’s average for crime and main road congestion.
  • Waverley – Sitting comfortably in the top half of the east’s most liveable suburbs, Waverley gets outstanding results for its ocean views, beach access, schools, cafes and buses. It performs admirably on culture, proximity to employment hubs and shops but is rated below average for tree cover, public open space and traffic congestion.
  • Waterloo – Like Ultimo, there’s not much that’s average about Waterloo. It is outstanding for culture, proximity to employment hubs and shops, not to mention well above average for mobile and internet coverage, cafes and restaurants and bus links. It does not perform well on measures of crime, open space, main road congestion or topographic variation.
  • Watsons Bay – Watsons Bay: home to chip-thieving seagulls and one of the prettiest little libraries in town. It’s a winner for its culture, water views, ferries, beach and parklands. Its overall score is dragged down by bus links, proximity to schools and main road congestion.

Z

  • Zetland – Zetland’s apartment boom has brought plenty of liveability benefits, including improved public transport links as well as retail options. The suburb isn’t a strong performer in the areas of crime, tree cover or main road congestion. It’s also as flat as a tack.