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Mortlake

Ranked 108th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8380252322041 151.105363947098
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"History Of Mortlake"

In an age when preventive medicine and inoculations have controlled children’s diseases, it is strange to recall that parents n the 1930s took children who had whopping cough to inhale the fumes from the gasworks at Mortlake. The efficacy of this cure is doubtful but the Australia Gas Light Company certainly came into the suburb in 1883 with its first purchase of land. Since those early days the company has increased its land holding to over 100 acres. Colliers carrying the coal for gas making from the Newcastle collieries were the main reason for the construction of the new Gladesville Bridge with is high arched roadway. The old bridge had to open and let the colliers through, causing frequent traffic delays on Victoria Road, one of main roads to the city.

At one time Mortlake was known at Bottle Point, and it is thought that the suburb was later named Mortlake in memory of the place of that name on the Thames, in England. Many of the suburbs bordering Parramatta River followed this pattern, possibly from memories of home; even Governor Arthur Phillip succumbed to nostalgia and called Parramatta River “the Thames of the Antipodes”. The actual date of naming this suburb is obscure. When the Australian gas light Company first purchased land there in 1883, it was referred to as “Parramatta land opposite Gladesville”. A township grew up around the gasworks and in the 1920s an attractive park and swimming baths were situated on the river, and weekends and school holidays found it crowded with people from the surrounding areas. The pleasure ground has now disappeared, and with it the laughter of those lost yesterday’s at Mortlake. The gasworks also went out of operation with the introduction of natural gas.

The gas works has succumbed to the wrecker’s ball and phoenix like a new village within a suburb of Breakfast point has arisen. Breakfast point is a self sufficient life style oriented conurbation with its own shops, Meeting Hall, waterfront Country Club and Village Green. The area consist of high standard units, large town houses, and free standing mansions many with water or city views.

The industries that grew up around the gas works are now moving out and being replaced by generous housing. The suburb has lost its old working class routes and has become one of the Inner West’s most desirable places to live.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Sydney's best kept secret."

Feels like coming home to a resort everyday.
Wide streets, manicured lawns, wonderful water views.
Good facilities- swimming pool, jacuzzi, tennis courts.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
2yrs+

"Great lifestyle"

Late last year i checked out Breakfast Point after several friends and work mates had told me how nice it was. Having lived in Sydney all my life i was surprised to find such a wonderful new waterfront estate so close to the city. You really have to take a drive through this place to get an understanding how different it is. The gardens are immaculate, the streets are wide and although there must be a few thousand residents by now you hardly see anybody around. I had a look at a couple of the display apartments and was shown the Country Club initially and have now just started renting here whilst i look for the right apartment to buy.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Best new development on the river"

After 12 months of searching through every new development on the Parramatta River, i chose Breakfast Point. The main reasons were the low density, wide streets and lots of open space. The architectual style is also different to all the other developments which is what sets it apart.

Having a ferry terminal just a few hundred metres away enables me to get in to the city in just 30 minutes and whist there is no train station, i see this as a positive. If you have ever spent much time or tried to get a car space in Burwood, Rhodes or Strathfield you will know what i mean.

There is an IGA supermarket, cafe, childcare centre and several other shops also within a few hundred metres.

The price difference between Breakfast Point and other developments further west was much closer than what i would have initially thought but the vaalue was far superior and the residents appear alot more 'upper class'.
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2/5
2yrs+

"Rather inconvenient suburb if you do not have a car"

Breakfast Point is located in the inner west of Sydney and is about a thirty minutes' drive from the city. There are plenty of houses around this area and in recent years, many high density residential apartments and town houses have been developed right on the wharf area close to Parramatta River. The designs of these apartments and town houses look very similar and thus gives a sterile feel to the whole area.

Transport to and from Breakfast Point is another problem. There is only one bus that runs through this neighbourhood. For those who work in the city, they have to catch the bus to Burwood Station before hopping onto a train to get into the city. This journey takes at least an hour. Alternatively, there is a ferry service at Cabarita and the journey is about an hour long too. This is definitely not a very convenient suburb if you do not have your own transport.
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radford
radford The ferry takes 36min to Circular Quay. I get the 7.38am ferry each morning and arrive at 8.14am. Beats sitting in the car!
2yrs+
MrsMole
MrsMole Many other people describe driving through this suburb as driving onto a movie set or into a different world compared to neighboring suburbs, a far cry from the "sterile" feel as noted.
Love the ferry, it's the best way to get into the city in the least most congested way during peak hours.
2yrs+
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