6.3 out of 10

Blackheath

Ranked 409th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.6438302131484 150.281475550447
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
3 days ago

"Not great"

Once we had our children, we decided to move up to Blackheath since we thought it would be a safer environment for them. How wrong were we. There is very little choice in High Schools and even if they need to travel to schools, the trains are dangerous.....even during daylight hours. Gangs from the Mt Druitt area ride the trains and all my children have been frightened on numerous occasions. Aside from that, there is nothing for teenagers here apart from a skate park on the highway. There were some bicycle dirt jumps but the council demolished them for a new housing estate. If you don't keep an eye on your kids, it's very easy up here for them to get in with a bad crowd.
Over the past 20 years we have watched the population change from decent country people to failures from the city who think they are now all big fish in a small pond. And once they get here they then start agitating for changes to the town.
Once our children have all finished school we are selling up and getting out.
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 23, 2016

"Its not for me"

I have lived all over the world. I found Blackheath to have beautiful parks but thats about it. The people were snobby and boring to be honest. I would rather live somewhere with a better sense of humour.
Cons
  • Snobs
  • Lack of work opportunities
  • No industry, so you may have to go to sydney for work
  • Small town living
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"A few facts for fun"

Pros
  • World Heritage Nation Park
  • Quiet
  • Safe, Lack of crime
  • Beautiful relaxed living, children grow up like we did.
  • Geat coffe shops Beautiful old houses
  • Landscape
Cons
  • Long way for kids to travel to University
  • Lack of good High Schools
  • Lack of work opportunities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"A Jewel but not for everyone"

We have lived here for ten years and have two small children. It is a stunningly beautiful place to live with four distinct seasons. Autumn is just gorgeous with crisp clear night and warm days. Summer doesn't get anything like the humidity that Sydney does and there are really only a handful of hot days in which most of the town heads for the local pool or any of the hidden waterholes around the area.
Winter is long. The cold is what a lot of people come to the Mountains for and Blackheath is certainly chilly from about April til November. For those of you who are gardeners the local rule is don't plant summer seedlings until after Melbourne Cup day because there are still frosts that will wipe everything out. Most houses are set up well for the cold with heating and people learn to dress for it. The problem with Blackheath is that it gets very misty and foggy, hence it is known as "Bleakheath" and this can get a bit depressing after a while.
It is very much a village and whilst this is wonderful in many ways it can get feel very small after a while. You see the same people everyday and everyone knows what is going on with everyone else. If you want privacy you go to a doctor in Katoomba and the chemist in Katoomba too. On the plus side people look out for other people and are willing to help in a crisis. If a dog is wandering down the street, someone will recognise it and take it to the owner. Teenagers can't get away with much without everyone knowing about it!
The local primary school is small and has a lovely community feel and there are teachers there who have taught three generations of the same family. Most people in Blackheath send their kids to Blackheath Public, the doctors, the mechanics, the physios, the hairdressers.. High School is where it gets tricky. Not many people consider Katoomba High School an option so the choice of High School is either expensive(Blue Mountains Grammar) or far away in Lithgow or Winmalee.
Blackheath has been the slow cousin of Mountains villages for a while with Leura the place to be but it is coming into its own with new cafes and shops that offer things just a little bit different. Weekdays can be slow but the weekends are always busy with tourists and travellers and weekend rock climbers and bushwalkers.
There are great farmer's markets once a month and a community market at the school once a month too.
The work situation is fairly dire. Unless you are in health, community services or small business there is not a lot of opportunities for work in Blackheath. Many, many people commute. Some people go as far as Parramatta and Penrith.
It is a quiet life but if you are after beautiful landscape, a varied climate, small town living and a friendly place for small children then it is great.
Pros
  • Landscape
  • Climate
  • Friendly small town living
Cons
  • Small town living
  • Lack of work opportunities
  • Long winters
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A small town, but still you dont know every body."

Blackheath is the little secret of the Blue mountains just an hour and a half to two hours from sydney ,great cafes, we have beautiful communtiy living with our fantastic growers market, sensational national parks, amazing views, snow in winter, Blackheath is a little secret that is developing into a really smart little town that you can be totally self sufficient in. 2 great bakeries two pubs, 2 little super,markets , hatted resuarants ,cafes and a groovy little wine bar called anoymous that we wait in anticipation to open , a butcher and fishmonger and the vegie patch. Great parks and our own swimming pool that is an icon that the locals have fought for. Blackheath is a town of passion, with great community spirit. We still crown our Rhodendron queen, and have a country parade that is part of our history, Blackheath is a beautiful place to raise your children, your dogs or just retire to. We welcome your with open arms, you can join many clubs, playgroups, or churches, adventure sports, yoga, you would be amazed what this little town has to offer. So rug up, and come and have a look. Book some accomodation, buy a house or invest, or come for a day trip. We are sure you will enjoy it.
Pros
  • Geat coffe shops Beautiful old houses
  • Be in control of your temperature
  • Beautiful relaxed living, children grow up like we did.
Cons
  • No industry, so you may have to go to sydney for work
  • Cold, misty
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Fresh Air, Relaxed, Great Value and only 1.5 hours from the city CBD....."

A beautiful and inspiring protected National Park on your door step, quaint and cute cottages at affordable prices and all the fresh air and shopping you could want!

Now I am not over 40 and still love the convenience of the city CBD only 1.5 hours away! I absolutely love living here, the community is friendly and passionate about their "Blackheath", parks and schools are all top rate and the local cafes, pubs and shopping is above what you would expect. There are regular trains and buses and roads are looked after.

If you ever pass through the Blue Mountains, you would certainly agree that Blackheath is the best kept secret in Sydney! Stop off and experience the true mountains village, "Blackheath".
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A place in the mountains"

Blackheath is a small community wih a big heart.
The schools are great and the general feeling in the community is fantastic.
Their is something for everyone , all budgets and styles are catered for. The cafes are a bonus and the weekends sees them busy and friendly still.
if you are into the wilds then its heer, for all levels from gentle walks to full on bush experiences.
I liked it so much I bought there!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Great pit stop on the way to Jenolan Caves"

Blackheath lies about 15 minutes down the road from Katoomba and is a small little country town. It is the main town to drive through if you are heading for a look at Govett’s Leap and also heading towards Jenolan Caves.

Blackheath is a nice place to stop and have a look at the bookstore and cafes with a few hatted restaurants to ensure the upper income crowd are catered for. Vulcans restaurant is quite nice and receives plenty of good reviews; expect to pay about $50 per head for a good meal with excellent deserts. Blackheath also is the home of the Hydro Majestic Hotel. The hotel itself has an excellent colonial feel so a stay here and a visit to Govett’s Leap and dinner at Vulcans is an excellent combination.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Tree Change Mecca"

The baby boomers of Sydney can usually not wait to flee the busy-ness of the city. Some opt for a sea-change, to the beach areas of the north and south coasts, others for a tee-change to be near their beloved golf courses. But more and more a looking for a tree-change, surrounding themselves with national parks and bushy areas. Such is the case with Blackheath, where many old homes are being removed and replaced with those with modcons. It has a great community feel, and the village shops, and nearby pub, are always busy.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees