Sydney’s most family-friendly suburbs

Sydney’s most family-friendly suburbs

Vidya Kathirgamalingam - 29 Jan, 2020

Sydney boasts some of Australia’s best schools and neighborhoods. For a young family, it is the ideal environment.

But with so many options, choosing the right one is a tough yet important choice. The area you choose to live in will determine how your family is raised and the quality of your family life. 

You will need to consider a range of factors such as how many schools are in the area, the quality of the schools, safety, affordability and the demographics of the area.

Thankfully we’ve saved you the effort by compiling a list of Sydney’s most family-friendly suburbs.



While Clovelly might be pricier than most suburbs in Sydney, investing in a family property here will be worthwhile. The area is peaceful, safe and is situated right next to Clovelly Beach – a patrolled beach that has become a favorite amongst locals because of its calm waters and family-friendly environment. Perfect for those wanting a waterside lifestyle.

Number of Schools (within 2km): 6
Median house price: $1.3 million


Woollahra is only 5 kilometres east of Sydney’s CBD while still maintaining a close proximity to beaches such as Bondi Beach. Not only is the area convenient, but there are a range of elite private and public schools nearby. Some of these include Ascham, Sydney Boys High School and St Vincents College as well as the University of New South Wales.

Number of Schools (within 2km): 10
Median house price: $1.3 million



Drummoyne, which is located in Sydney’s Inner West, is a friendly neighbourhood that is just a short drive from the Sydney CBD. On weekends you can find yourself doing the bay run along the riverside or enjoying a picnic in one of the many nearby parks.

Number of schools (within 2km): 8
Median house price: $1 million


Birchgrove overlooks Sydney Harbour, and many of the houses in the area have the added bonus of having a bridge view. The spot is popular particularly on New Year’s Eve, where families flock to Birchgrove Park to watch the fireworks. While there aren’t trains in the area, there are plenty of buses or alternatively you can enjoy the picturesque ferry ride to the CBD.  

Number of schools (within 2km): 11
Median house price:$1 million



Carlingford, which sits conveniently on the border of the Northern Suburbs and Western Sydney, will be able to provide you with the best of both worlds. It still has the family-friendly atmosphere of the North Shore while providing you with the affordability of Western Sydney. It is also close to top schools, such as James Ruse Agricultural High, which has been ranked as the top school in NSW for the past 28 years.

Number of Schools (within 2km): 8
Median house price: $650,000

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Baulkham Hills  

Further west you’ll find Baulkham Hills. Your family will be able to score a two-storey house for a more affordable price than the rest of Sydney. While in the past the area was set back by its remote location, the new metro has enhanced its convenience. The area is also set to burgeon in the future, with Sydney’s second CBD being developed in the nearby suburb of Parramatta.

Number of Schools (within 2km): 10
Median house price: $560,000



Waverton is nestled on Sydney’s lower north shore and is just a few train stops away from the Sydney CBD. The area is convenient for both parents and kids who are working or studying in the city and/or North Sydney. You can enjoy the strong suburban neighborhood feel that Waverton has to offer while still enjoying the best views of Sydney Harbor and the city skyline.

Number of Schools (within 2km): 10
Median house price:$1.4 million


Turramurra is situated around some of Sydney’s most elite private schools such as Abbotsleigh and Knox Grammar. If you dream of raising your family in a big house and leafy tree-lined streets, then Turramurra is for you.
Number of Schools (within 2km): 11
Median house price: $800,000



Menai is secluded from the rest of Sydney and when living here, you may feel like you are in a completely different city. Located in the Sutherland Shire, the area is dominated by families and there’s a reason for it. The area’s tight-knit community, the large range of schools, the beaches and the neighbouring Royal National Park have made this an attractive place to live.
Number of Schools (within 2km): 7
Median house price: $600,000


If you have a family, you’ll love the beachside lifestyle that Cronulla has to offer. The area is just south of Sydney’s city which is an easy train ride for parents. The close proximity to the South Coast will also mean that weekend trips to beach towns such as Vincentia and Hyams Beach will become part of your family routine. 

Number of Schools (within 2km): 10
Median house price: $1.3 million

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Words by Vidya Kathirgamalingam

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