9.4 out of 10

Woonona

Ranked 2nd best suburb in Illawarra
-34.3489804840919 150.911062539474
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Quite green for country lovers"

Pros
  • Climate
Cons
  • Express trains only from Thirroul
  • Getting pricier
  • Not as undiscovered as it once was!
Recommended for
  • 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 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Coming home is like a holiday every day!"

We moved from Bondi last year and we're loving our new home. I work in Sydney and commute which takes me about 1&1/4 hrs each way. Considering it used to take me 40 minutes from Bondi that's not too bad, especially as we picked up a huge 4 bedroom house for less than we sold our 2 bedroom apartment for, plus we're up on the hill so we've got awesome ocean views! It's a total paradise for the family, with our choice of clean beaches and fantastic playgrounds. The new Bulli foragers market is well worth a look with live music, fresh/organic produce and just a really chill vibe- on every Sunday. There's plenty of local nightlife (although with two young kids what would we know) and the local restaurants are very good. Some weekends we head down to the Southern Highlands (45 min drive) or along the South Coast to places like Berry (1hr drive).

The area seems to be kicking off with a new Woolworths going in at the corner of Memorial Drive and Princes Hwy, plus the state government is preparing to extend Memorial Drive to connect it to Bulli pass which will make the area more accessible and an easier commute.
Pros
  • Property prices going up quickly
  • Chilled Byron Bay vibe
  • Easy access to Sydney
  • Climate
  • History
  • Local shops
  • Outside living; beaches and bush on the doorstep
  • Peaceful
Cons
  • Express trains only from Thirroul
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great value, great lifestyle"

With houses less costly than Thirroul and of a more varied and better stock, Woonona is a real bargain. Sydney commute is just over an hour door to door and Wollongong provides the bigger stores for when you don't want to go into the City. Plenty of shopping and eating options and best off all some great beaches to wind down on. Turn away from the beach and you have the magnificent Illawarra Escarpment full of trails to hike and bike in. Need more? The Royal National Park is 15 minutes away and provides an even bigger playground.
Pros
  • Outside living; beaches and bush on the doorstep
  • Peaceful
  • Climate
Cons
  • Getting pricier
  • Not as undiscovered as it once was!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • 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 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • 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+

"Woonona"

Woonona is great spot to live and vist. This surburb I find that im forever having enquires from locals and Sydney buyers looking for a peice of paradise. Woonona is so close to everything you need and for our Sydney buyers close to work and you can still relax and forget about the rat race.
The suburb has a strip of commerce along the highway and several historic buildings. It is mostly light density residential, though some new two storey buildings have been made. The local beach is known for surfing conditions and surfers frequent it during high wave times. A good swell will bring in many locals.There are a variety of breaks including the northern side of the rocks, the southern side and the famous "Dorrigo Ave". If your looking to purchase a new home check out Woonona
Pros
  • History
  • Local shops
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Super Area, Surf, Parks Schools and Cafes"

Its a gem of spot , close enough to Sydney but far enough away ,Ha ,Ha. This area has surf , Patrolled beaches, Cafes , Bike/walk tracks along the beach, great schools and parks. All with the bonus of public transport to take you to Sydney in under an hour. This area is unbelievable in value when you compare to the prices of Southwestern Sydney. P.s. its also generally cooler in summer, and warmer in winter due to being so close to the water and sea breeze. So the secrets out, get in while you can!!!!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees