Suburb Profiles

Apart from being the commercial and financial heart of Sydney, the CBD is also a wonderful residential address. It’s home to numerous apartment buildings, many of which are some of our city’s most exclusive real estate, along with some classic old terraces in the historic Rocks precinct. City residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping, dining, recreation, entertainment and cultural attractions. Stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens to the iconic Opera House and picturesque Opera Bar, head to The Rocks for weekend markets and renowned waterfront restaurants, swim at Cook + Philip Pool, see the latest exhibition at the MCA or hit Pitt Street Mall and shop up a storm at the flagship Westfield retail complex. Families can visit the entertainment hub of Darling Harbour, home to the Sydney Aquarium and IMAX Theatre, or jump on a ferry from Circular Quay and head to Manly or the zoo. Commuting from the CBD is a breeze, with the ferry, train, bus and Monorail taking you wherever you need to go.


Located 10km west of the CBD, Abbotsford is a charming harbourside suburb. Some gracious houses remain from the later Victorian and early Edwardian period while the main wave of development came between the wars when the area's many Californian bungalows were contructed. More contemporary apartment and townhouse complexs have sprung up in recent years to take advantage of the lovely water views that this peninsula suburb affords. The main artery Great North Road caters to your day to day shopping needs but for more serious retail and dining you can head to nearby Five Dock, Drummoyne and the Birkenhead point Shopping centre. A recreational delight, Abbotsford is home to a number of rowing clubs, while sailors can set out from the 12ft flying squadron and avid joggers or walkers can meander along the waterfront. Picturesque Henry Lawson Park is named after the great poet who died here in 1922.  Abbotsford Public School is the only school within the suburb, but nearby you 'll find numerous public and private schools. There are frequent bus service to CBD as well as a ferry service.



Chiswick is a diminutive peninsula suburb located on the Parramatta River, located 9km west of the CBD. Surrounded by extensive waterfront parkland, it retains many of its fine Victorian houses and terraces, with some sympathetic development of apartments and townhouses in more recent years. This quiet family oriented suburb has a handful of local shops and cafes but for more serious food and shopping you can head to the nearby hubs of Drummoyne or Five Dock. You’ll find a number of well-regarded public and private schools just a short drive away.  Recreational attractions revolve around the picturesque harbourside, along which you can enjoy leisurely walks. There are frequent local bus and ferry services to the CBD. 


Set on the shores of Hen & Chicken Bay, 10km west of the CBD, Five Dock is a desirable family suburb loved for its great lifestyle, with its peaceful waterfront streets being the most coveted address. An abundance of original 1930s California bungalows on decent sized blocks remain, sitting alongside numerous apartment and townhouse developments dating from the ‘60s to more contemporary offerings. Five Dock’s main thoroughfare and commercial/retail centre, Great North Road, provides a hub of local village life. It’s lined with charming family oriented restaurants, pizzerias, delicatessens, bakeries and all of your day to day needs. A number of parks dotted around the suburb provide a peaceful haven, while waterfront walks are a popular recreational activity. Several highly regarded state schools are located in the area, along with several private schools, enhancing the appeal with families. Five Dock is well serviced by buses to the CBD.


Located 7.5km west of the CBD, Drummoyne is a desirable family suburb bordered by the harbour and accessed via the landmark Iron Cove Bridge. Many substantial old Victorian, Edwardian and Federation freestanding houses and semis remain, while much of the waterfront is lined with more modern apartment and townhouse developments, all clamoring for a view. The main thoroughfare Victoria Road is lined with local shops and eateries, while Birkenhead Point and is a well-known retail centre and marina built on the site of the old Dunlop rubber factory. Buses travel frequently along Victoria Road to the city however the ferry from Drummoyne is a more relaxing way to travel. Drummoyne’s local primary and high schools are well regarded while top private schools like St Joseph’s College and Riverview College are within an easy 10 minute drive.


Located 4km from the CBD across the Anzac Bridge, the Balmain peninsula is a thriving hub of cosmopolitan village life, with the main thoroughfare Darling Street graced with countless shops and cafes. It’s also renowned for its extensive number of pubs – there seems to be one on every corner. Balmain is a well-known address for the creative and artistic community. Its streets are lined with historic terraces and turn of the century stone and timber cottages, most beautifully revived. Some landmark warehouse conversions and contemporary townhouses are dotted throughout. Picturesque parkland provides a recreational retreat, including Elkington Park, home to Dawn Fraser Pool. Balmain has local primary schools as well as a high school. Buses travel frequently to the CBD and the area is also serviced by a number of ferry wharfs taking you to Circular Quay.



Located 10.5km west of the CBD, Rodd Point is a tiny waterfront suburb on a peninsula between Five Dock and Russell Lea. Just off the shore is the recreational reserve of Rodd Island, part of the Sydney Harbour National Park. Rodd Point’s peaceful streets are lined with semi-detached houses, bungalows from the ‘20s and ‘30s and more contemporary apartments, while the coveted waterfront streets boast some impressive mansions with superb views and harbourfront amenities. Rodd Point is well serviced by buses however a more picturesque option of travel is the ferry from nearby Chiswick or Abbotsford. There are a number of local schools within walking distance and well-known private schools like St Joseph’s and Riverview are a 10 minute drive away. Apart from a local corner store you’ll need to jump in the car for shopping and dining. Head to the nearby hubs of Five Dock, Gladesville, Drummoyne or Birkenhead Point shopping centre.

Located 8km west of the CBD, Russell Lea is small suburb next to Drummoyne between Five Dock Bay and Iron Cove. A relaxed and peaceful family address with lovely leafy streets, it offers a combination of large waterfront properties, older-style character homes and modern apartments. Local village shops and cafes are dotted around the suburb however for more choice head to Victoria Road in Drummoyne, the retail hub of Birkenhead Point or Majors Bay Road in Five Dock. In addition to local primary schools, top private schools such as St Joseph’s and Riverview are close by. Residents can enjoy leisurely walks along the waterfront, relax in extensive parkland or indulge in waterfront activities. Russell Lea is well serviced by buses to the CBD, with ferry services available from nearby Chiswick and Abbotsford.


Set on the Parramatta River, 11km from the CBD, Concord is set next to Homebush, site of the 2000 Olympic Games. Architecturally, the area is dominated by Californian bungalows and Federation homes, many on generous blocks of land. Much of its former industrial land has been redeveloped into modern luxury apartments and resort-style estates, many along the waterfront. Concord features a comprehensive local shopping village along the revitalised Majors Bay Road with supermarkets, delicatessens and all the day to day amenities. For more significant retail options head to nearby Strathfield Plaza Shopping Centre or Westfield Shoppingtown Burwood. The area is a recreational paradise, with plenty of parks, golf courses, sporting amenities, boat ramps, sailing clubs and leisure centres. Sought after by families, it has a vast number of kindergartens and both top private and public schools. Concord is well serviced by bus and train, with a Rivercat ferry service from nearby Cabarita Point.


Located 4km from the CBD, Rozelle is a substantial suburb stretching from the shores of Rozelle Bay across to Iron Cove. From its working class roots as a shipping port focused on White Bay, Rozelle has grown to become a sought-after Inner West address. It’s loved for its proximity to the city, its charming character homes and the lively village atmosphere of its main artery, Darling Street. Many former industrial sites have made way for medium-to-high density residential developments, set alongside classic terraces and quaint cottages. Numerous landmark sandstone buildings are found within Callan Park, now a campus for the Sydney College of the Arts. Locals enjoy a great sense of community, wonderful cafes, plenty of cultural attractions and an abundance of traditional pubs. The local schools are highly regarded and the area is popular with young families and executives, offering quick and easy bus transport to the city.

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