If you’re considering a move to Sydney, you might want to get to know a bit more about the city and its suburbs before you settle on a location. With so many different areas and suburbs to choose from the decision can be quite difficult and overwhelming if you don’t already know the area well.

Of course you’ll want to take into account your budget, work and transport requirements, as well as whether you’re looking to rent or buy a place of your own. It’s also a good idea to visit some areas and take a look around before deciding on where you’ll live.

While we can’t make the choice for you, we can help you learn a bit more about some of Sydney’s most popular suburbs.

Surry Hills

Surry Hill is a hub of food, drink and culture located in Inner Sydney, an easy walking distance to the CBD. Central Train Station is located on the edges of Surry Hills too, making it the perfect location for commuting via train to different areas of Sydney and beyond.

This is the ideal location for singles and professionals, or those who enjoy art and culture and who want to be among the action of the city.

Expect apartment style living in this area and a competitive real estate market.

Potts Point

Potts Point is a harbourside suburb located in the inner-east, just three kilometres from the CBD. Expect epic city views and access to great cafes and restaurants all within walking distance.

Known for its Victorian terraces and parklands, Potts Point is densely populated but offers plenty of transport options too. This location would be ideal for singles and professionals who want to have easy access to everything a major city has to offer.


Strathfield is a suburb in the inner-west of Sydney, located twelve kilometres from the CBD. This area is perfect for families, offering access to a range of schools as well as excellent transport options.

Strathfield Railway Station is a major interchange on the Sydney trains and NSW Trainlink network, making it ideal for those needing to commute regularly or want to be close to a range of public transport options.

This suburb is mainly residential with some industrial and commercial land use. Strathfield has a diverse multicultural population and is close to Sydney Olympic Park and home to a campus of the Australian Catholic University.


If you want to be close to the water, you might want to consider somewhere like Manly – a beach-side suburb of Northern Sydney located fifteen kilometres from the Sydney CBD.

Manly is packed with waterfront restaurants, sensational views and offers real beach-style living. While this area does get busy – Manly Beach is one of Australia’s most well-known and popular surf beaches – it’s definitely a suburb where you can get the best of city living and relaxed holiday lifestyle.

This is a popular location so, not surprisingly, property doesn’t come cheap here though.


Located in Greater Western Sydney, Blacktown is thirty-four kilometres from the centre of Sydney. It is the largest of any suburb or township in New South Wales and is one of the most multicultural places in Sydney.

This suburb is ideal for young families, professionals and students alike, with affordable property options available. It’s also halfway between Sydney and the Blue Mountains, giving you great options for day trips on weekends if you like adventure.


If you are looking for a family-friendly suburb you might want to consider Camperdown in Sydney’s Inner West. It’s located just four kilometres from Central Sydney and offers older cottage style houses as well as newer apartment style living.

While it is pretty densely populated here you’ll get access to great schools – especially those focused on arts – and a great community feel.


If you have your heart set on a larger family home, Liverpool in Sydney’s South is an affordable option. Located thirty-two kilometres from the CBD, Liverpool is a hotspot for families looking for a little more space than the inner city suburbs can offer.

Liverpool Railway Station has regular services to Sydney CBD and is also well serviced by major roads such as the Hume Highway and the M5 and M7 motorways.

It’s a multicultural area with plenty of schools, shops and parks to utilise too.

Whichever suburb you decide on, Sydney has a lot to offer.

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