Suburbs

  Miranda

Suburbs

Miranda is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South WalesAustralia. Miranda is located 24 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district, in the Sutherland Shire.

Miranda has a mixture of low, medium and high density residential and is known as a commercial centre for the southern suburbs. Miranda’s Westfield shopping centre attracts many shoppers from the Sutherland Shire, the St George area and as far away as Wollongong.

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Commercial

Miranda is noted for the Westfield shopping centre (mall), adjacent to the Miranda railway station. The shopping centre runs parallel to The Kingsway, and is built on three blocks, crossing over Kiora Road and Wandella Road. This shopping centre was once notable for being the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere. Originally known as ‘Miranda Fair’, the last extension and renovation was completed in 1994, providing 107,000 square metres of retail space. Westfield Miranda was soon eclipsed in size by Westfield Parramatta‘s extension. Miranda Fair is currently the 8th largest in Australia and the 4th largest in Sydney.

Miranda also has a shopping strip, running along The Kingsway and Kiora Road. Numerous commercial developments are also located on these roads and surrounding streets. A smaller shopping centre containing a supermarket and various grocery shops is located nearby in Wandella Road.

Transport

  • The Kingsway, Port Hacking Road, The Boulevarde and Kiora Road are the main roads through Miranda. Until 2002 a Miranda landmark was called “the number one black spot in the State for minor accidents,”[3] the five-ways roundabout which intersected The Boulevard, Kiora Road and Port Hacking Road. An A$8m project was completed from 25 February 2002 – 20 November 2002 to remove the roundabout and implement a series of traffic lights at the intersection. Collisions at the intersection fell from 222 in 2002 to 13 in 2003.[4]
  • Miranda railway station is on the Cronulla branch of the Illawarra line on the CityRail network. The railway station gives quick access to Cronulla Beach by train.
  • Sydney BusesVeolia and Caringbah Bus Service provide bus service to Miranda.

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  Grays Point

Suburbs

Grays Point is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South WalesAustralia 29 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire.

Grays Point is a small suburb with picturesque views of the Port Hacking estuary. Grays Point is adjacent to the Royal National Park and the suburbs of Gymea Bay and Kirrawee. There is only one road available for vehicular access however multiple walking and mountain bike tracks link it with locations such as Audley in the Royal National ParkEngadine andHeathcote. There is a small shallow boat ramp located at Swallow Rock Reserve for launching trailer boats, canoes and kayaks.

Swallow Rock is a wetland area. A large variety of wildlife resides in Grays Point, including possumssugar glidersMopoke owlsdeer (an introduced species), wallabiesmagpies andkookaburras.

 

Schools

Grays Point Public School is located in Angle Road. Grays Point also has a pre school and a child care centre.

History

The origin of the Grays Point name is unclear. It has been suggested that it was either named after Samuel William Gray, who owned land on the point or John Edward Gray, who was a well-known resident ranger in the Royal National Park in the 1880s.

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  Gymea Bay

Suburbs

Gymea Bay is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South WalesAustralia. Gymea Bay is 27&nbps;kilometres south of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire. The postcode is 2227, which it shares with the adjacent suburb of Gymea.

Gymea Bay takes its name from the small bay on the north shore of the Port Hacking estuary (also known as the Port Hacking River). The suburb’s extremities are defined by Forest Road on the northeast, Avenel Road on the north, Dents Creek on the west, and the waters of North West Arm and the bay itself to the south. The area is characterised by large amounts of verdant bushland. However, since the 1990s, invasions of feral deer from the Royal National Park have begun to negatively affect the ground cover underneath the tree canopy.

Schools

The suburb is home to a public primary school, Gymea Bay Public School, the largest primary school in the Sutherland Shire.

Recreation

Gymea Bay is home to the heritage-listed Gymea Bay Baths, off Ellesmere Road. Gymea Bay Swimming Club have been using the baths for over 40 years. The bay and Port Hacking estuary are used extensively for watersports such as wakeboarding and water skiing.

 

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  Gymea

Suburbs

Gymea is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South WalesAustralia. Gymea is located 26 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the Sutherland Shire. The postcode is 2227, which it shares with adjacent suburb Gymea Bay.

Schools

The suburb has one public primary school, Gymea North Public School; a Catholic primary school, St Catherine Labouré Primary; a secondary school, Gymea Technology High School; and theSydney Montessori School for pre-primary, primary and secondary students. Many children in Gymea attend schools in Gymea Bay, especially Gymea Bay Public School(the largest primary school in the Sutherland Shire), and Kirrawee. Gymea is also home to a campus of the Sydney Institute of TAFE.

Transport

Gymea railway station is on the Cronulla branch of the Illawarra railway line, part of the City Rail network, which provides regular rail services to the city. Gymea railway station is on Gymea Bay Road, in the middle of the main shopping area. Adjacent stations are Kirrawee and Miranda. Private buses, principally operated by Veolia NSW also service the local area and provide school student transport.

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