7.4 out of 10

Watanobbi

Ranked 360th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.2708442878715 151.425606588854
Great for
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

1/5
Mar 26, 2018

"An overpriced haven for hoons and junkies."

We recently broke a 12 month lease, and paid the associated penalties just to get away from the grub infested den of iniquity that is Watanobbi.

From the day we moved in, and went for a walk to find a park for the kids to play in, and instead found syringes, a broken meth pipe, empty cigarette packets and a burnt out car (which is still sitting there, by the side of the road after five months) to the day we left and had to intervene in a violent domestic, we loathed every minute of life in this overpriced, dirty cesspit.

The dirt around Watanobbi used to be unofficial race tracks for the local hoons, a long term resident proudly boasted. The covering of them with bitumen, and placing homes with families in them by the sides doesn't seem to have given the hoodlums the message that perhaps they need to head back down to Tuggerah straight.

It was not uncommon to see or hear a WRX, Ford or Holden V8, or trailbike hammering around the narrow streets at between 70-100kmh, leaning on the horn instead of slowing down if kids riding scooters dared cross their paths.

The streets are filled with detritus, especially on the day after bin night, when the winds of Watanobbi blow filth from the overflowing Sulos onto the roads.

It is high density housing at its worst. Almost every block has had one or two granny flats hastily constructed, many of which don't have DAs, or breach council rules. One door knocker visited whilst we were still there, and boasted about how his "portable cubby houses" were being used to circumvent planning laws and approvals, and allow owners to turn their back yards into a money pit.

Domestic violence is common, young children roam the streets unsupervised at night vandalising cars, homes, anything they can find, and everywhere you walk, the stench of cigarette smoke is in the air. Meth deals can be seen being done on the main road with alarming regularity, and the council and the cops don't seem to give a toss about the place.

Avoid it like the plague, especially if you have children or value your safety. It is a disgusting, filthy suburb, and the worst place we've ever lived. If I could give it no stars, I would.
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 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Cheap but an excellent place to live! Dunrossil ave is the best!"

I moved to watanobbi from thornleigh (hornsby) about 3 years ago i got a great deal on the house and i have experienced only good things!

When i moved in i had many of the surrounding neighbours send welcome cards and come over to say hi and welcome!
Everybody is so friendly and nice our street dunrossil ave is soo quiet! close to tuggerah shopping centre and the beach at the entrance.

My son goes to wyong little learners (amy close) which is just down the road and it is fantastic!! lovely childcare workers! Watanobbi is very safe!

The only prob is not much work on the central coast depending on what industry your in, my husband works at north sydney as a Logistics Coordinator and does the travel which he says isnt too bad...

I would recomend watanobbi to anyone looking for affordable housing and friendly Safe area.
Pros
  • Safe
  • affordable housing
  • Neighbours
  • Quiet
  • Small Community Feel
Cons
  • depending on industry, not much work might have to travel to sydney
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 2/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice and quiet suburb with friendly neighbours"

We live on Brittania Drive closer to De lisle drive, where a lot of new houses are being built at the moment. All of the houses are very nice and young with nice neighbours. Very quiet and safe area. Cheap at the moment, probably because there are still some land available to buy. Probably will go up in price soon.
There are childcare centres available in the area, and a very good school - Wyong Christian Community School at 100 Alison Road, Wyong with School ICSEA value 1057, which is very very good and above average.
Pros
  • Neighbours
  • Quiet
  • Small Community Feel
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
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 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Loved living here."

We lived on Casey Drive and loved it. We had the most wonderful neighbours, who are now some of our dearest friends. Our neighbours had lived there all their lives and have seen it become a community of families. It was great to go to the corner shop and know the kids serving you. It's only a small little area, but it's great to know that we had people around us who looked out for us, and us for them. We felt really safe living here. Really loved living there, and would definently move back.
Pros
  • Neighbours
  • Quiet
  • Small Community Feel
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Quiet neighbourhood with friendly neighbours, close to shops and transport, good freeway access."

We've loved living here with our 2 young children. Everything is close by - schools, shops, public transport, freeway access. Lots to explore with beaches only 20 minutes away and the beautiful Yarramalong Valley nearby. Great neighbours, friendly atmosphere.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Getting better every day"

It is getting better- once the Round about continues to sparks road- it will be even better
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Just moved to the area from Sydney's West"

The area of Watanobbi itself is fine but there is some influence from the neighbouring suburbs. There is a degree of under privileged residents in the older parts of neighbouring suburb and this did cause some issues with schooling for my 6 y/o but we moved to a 2nd local school and all is great.

Like most suburbs there are good and bad areas but the people you meet running shops, servos, shopping centres are really nice and friendly. Youth in the area seem to wanting more to do as they can disturb night silence but again this doesn’t occur on a regular basis.

Compared to Sydney’s West the move was excellent, the personalities of the locals is friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
CommunityMan
CommunityMan Sounds like you made a smart move. The outer west is a difficult place to live and you're closer to the beach where you are too!
2yrs+
rushie
rushie Thinking of moving up from sydneys west, what was the school you had problems with and where would you recomend for primary school aged kids? dont know the area up there at all. looking at buying in watanobbi..
2yrs+
Coastchick84
Coastchick84 My dad is a casual teach for primary school, Wyong Grove and Tacoma Public are both small very good schools, Wyong Public is a NO NO!!!
2yrs+
rushie
rushie looking at property on forster ave, do you know what the area there is like, seemed ok when we had a look??
2yrs+
Coastchick84
Coastchick84 Forster Ave is a road that links the older part with the newer part. That is an OK street to purchase as long as the surrounding homes look OK (eg. no rubbish lying around). In the older part there is still a few bad houses but they are evident from rubbish on lawns etc.
2yrs+
sateic
sateic Looking at areas all around the Central Coast, Watanobi has some really affordable Homes, i am from sydney's south west, so i think How bad can it be ? compared to here in the Liverpool area, seriously?
2yrs+
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