Your guide to Sydney’s most family-friendly suburbs

Your guide to Sydney’s most family-friendly suburbs

Emma Norris - 1 Jul, 2021

While many people think of Sydney as an exciting place for young people, it also happens to be an ideal place to raise a family. With some of the nation’s most beautiful beaches, parks, and other natural scenery at your doorstep, it’s an idyllic place for children to grow up. Plus, NSW’s capital boasts some of Australia’s best schools and amenities like sporting fields — so, it’s truly an environment where children can thrive.

But, with so many options on offer, it can be hard to choose the best place to start a family in Sydney. The area you choose to live in will determine how your family is raised and the quality of life. Should you venture out West for a larger home with a backyard, or settle in the Eastern beaches for a laidback lifestyle?

To find the perfect postcode for your family, it’s important to weigh up a number of factors. This includes the quality of schools in the area, amenities, safety, affordability and the demographics of the area.

To help you choose the right place to buy your first home, we’ve compiled a list of Sydney’s most family-friendly suburbs.


What are the best places in Sydney to start a family?

There’s no one answer to the question ‘what is the most family-friendly suburb in Sydney?’ The city is so sprawling and diverse that it is almost made up of a cluster of mini cities — each with something unique to offer for families. From the village feel of the Inner-West to the picturesque serenity of the North, it really depends on what you are looking for. Here, we’ve put together a guide to Sydney’s residential regions — including the best suburbs to buy a property in.

Eastern Suburbs

There are few places in Sydney that offer a better quality of life than the Eastern suburbs. From the world-famous beaches to sprawling green spaces like Centennial and Queens Park, it’s a place where you can give your kids an outdoor lifestyle. The area also features a great mix of private and public schools. Naturally, the privilege of living in this area comes with the hefty price tag and competition to match, but you can find affordable gems, too.

Clovelly

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 favourite amongst locals because of its calm waters and family-friendly environment. Perfect for those wanting a waterside lifestyle.

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Number of Schools (within 2km): 6
Median house price: $3.37 million

Woollahra  

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.

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Number of Schools (within 2km): 10
Median house price: $3.6 million

Queens Park

If you’re looking for a house with a backyard in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, this small-yet-mighty suburb may be your best bet. Located in between Bondi Junction, Randwick, Bronte and Clovelly, it provides unparalleled access to schools, cafes, shopping and other infrastructure. With two of Sydney’s parks and three beaches within a 5 km radius, there’s no shortage of places to play outside the kids, either. In terms of price, it’s on par with Woolhara, but you’re likely to find larger homes, here.

Number of Schools (within 2km): 20
Median house price: $3.6 million

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Inner West

If community spirit is what you’re looking for, then the Inner West has it in spades. This area has become extremely popular for young families in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. The Victorian-Era cottages and terraces in this area may be on the small side, but they often come with an affordable price tag and a backyard (something that’s a hot commodity in Sydney!)  There’s also plenty of green, open spaces in this area — including the newly revamped Sydney Park.

Here are some of the most family-friendly suburbs in Sydney’s Inner West.

Drummoyne

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.

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Number of schools (within 2km): 8
Median house price: $2.3 million

Birchgrove

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.  

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Number of schools (within 2km): 11
Median house price:$2.4 million

Greater West

Traditionally, people might have warned you away from starting a family in Sydney’s Western suburbs, due to the high crime rates. However, times have changed, with many Greater West suburbs becoming safer and more attractive to young families. Here, you can find bigger houses with backyards for tens of thousands of dollars cheaper than Inner City suburbs.

That said, you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice the bells and whistles of city living to settle in the West. With areas like Parramatta becoming like Sydney’s second CBD, there’s plenty of infrastructure to comfortably raise a family.

Here are some of the most family-friend suburbs in Sydney’s West to set your sights on.

Carlingford  

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.

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Number of Schools (within 2km): 8
Median house price: $1,527,500

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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.

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

Northern Sydney

Green leafy streets, harbour views and some of Sydney’s best schools… North Sydney truly has it all. And, while it has an reputation as an affluent area, you may be pleasantly surprised by some of the bargains you can score in this area — particularly if you look in the Lower North. Many of these suburbs also tend to be in close proximity to the CBD, with a quick trip along the Pacific Highway dropping you straight into the city.

Waverton

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.

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

Turramurra

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: $1.2 million

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South Sydney

If you’re seeking the great Australian dream of a suburban home with a white picket fence, look no further than Sydney’s South. From the residential South-West suburbs all the way through to the Sutherland Shire, you’ll find no shortage of serenity to raise a family in. In this area, you’ll find homes to suit every budget and lifestyle. Southern Sydney is also a great place to settle if you want a laid-back, coastal feel, but without the hefty price tag of the Eastern suburbs.

Menai  

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: $1.1 million

Cronulla

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. 

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

Related: Melbourne’s most popular family suburbs

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