8.7 out of 10

Oak Flats

Ranked 13th best suburb in Illawarra
-34.5589972876552 150.825099690298
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Students

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Worse then Expected"

Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Not very nice neighbours"

Recommended for
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Balarang is a long established neighbourhood with lots of young families"

Balarang is close to both Lake Illawarra and beaches like shellharbour and The Farm for surfers. There is both a primary school and High school in the local area and that is why there are many young families that live here. But their is also a lot of original families from 25 years ago and plus.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Friendly little community"

After growing up in Kiama I reasearched the property market for approximately 2 years before buying my first home in down town Oak Flats has the same little village feel as places like Kiama and Shellharbour without the sea side pricetag but being on the lake still has the cooling benefits of being near the water. Oak Flats has great schools from preschool right through to high school, it has great parks, sporting fields and a local pool (great in summer doesn't get too crowded). The main street has a great variety of shops like a very affordable supermarket, fruit shop, bottle shop, plenty of variety of dine in and takeaway outlets, hairdressers, travel agents, plus many more. I have since purchased and investment property in Oak Flats which has a solid retun and am at the moment in the market for another property in the area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Complete Oasis that's right next to everybody and everything."

Oak Flats is nestled on the lake and the tucked away from the highway and any main roads. It has a distinct country town feel to the main street, where local people support the local businesses. Comprising of around 2,600 homes there's numerous parks sprinkled around the suburb, local swimming pool, 2 primary schools, high school, private Catholic high school. There's the fantastic walking track along the lake, picnic areas and BBQ's. It has a very community feel about it where people look out for each other and each others things. It is very sought after area with a low turnover of homes for sale because no one wants to move out of the area. You're on average about 1 1/2 km from, Shellharbour Square Shopping centre, Cinema's, Bunnings, Wollworths & Dan Murphy's, plenty of take away outlets, a terrific Bowling Club with an excellent restaurant and hospital. Add to that your only about 2/3 km's from the beach. The main street is called Central Ave and it is aptly named as Oak Flats is a suburb that's a stones throw from all of lifes little pleasures and somewhere you won't want to leave.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees